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# Eve (rapper)

Eve (born Eve Jihan Jeffers on November 10, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American rapper associatec with the Ruff Ryders[?] crew. She adopted the name Gangsta in high school as part of an all-female group called EDGP (pronounced Egypt) and eventually went solo as Eve of Destruction. After a period of working as a stripper, Eve returned to hip hop at the encouragement of pop superstar Mase; she recorded "Eve of Destruction", which appeared on the soundtrack to Bulworth[?] in 1998 (see 1998 in music). Her label, Aftermath Records[?], found itself in financial trouble and Eve was soon without a record contract. She had, however, befriended DMX and appeared on It's Dark and Hell Is Hot[?] and other Ruff Ryders' compilations. Her single "What Ya Want" soon became a hit, and she collaborated with The Roots and Blackstreet and Janet Jackson, further expanding her fanbase. Her debut was Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryders First Lady[?] (1999, 1999 in music) and the album was an unprecedented success, the first rap album by a woman to enter the American charts at #1. The follow-up, Scorpion[?], was released in 2001 (see 2001 in music) to good reviewes, but the second single, "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" (with Gwen Stefani of No Doubt) became a pop success. The song won a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration[?] and Scorpion went platinum. Eve then appeared in XXX[?] with Vin Diesel[?] and in Barbershop with Ice Cube, released Eve-Olution[?] in 2002 (see 2002 in music). "Gangsta Lovin'", with Alicia Keys, then became another pop hit and Even closed out 2003 (see 2003 in music) by signing to UPN for a television show about a fashion designer.

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