What's not to love about the pitbull in a skirt? Eve Jihan Jeffers is Philadelphia's own home girl who's translated her rhymes and edgy style into Hollywood cache. Grabbing her own self-titled television show and getting the opportunity to make out with Michael Ealy when she played Terri in Ice Cube's "Barbershop," Eve's had it pretty good. As we gear up to see Eve-y Eve at the ESSENCE Music Festival on July 6-8, let's take a look back at her journey.
Eve Jihan Jeffers was born in Philadelphia to Julia Wilch-Jeffers and Jerry Jeffers. Originally interested in singing, Eve joined a few different groups growing up, including EGDP and Dope Girl Posse. She also spent a bit of time as a stripper in her hometown before realizing that dancing wasn’t the path for her and she soon began a rap career as Eve of Destruction.
After moving to Los Angeles to pursue her MC career, she joined Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment and participated in the Bulworth film soundtrack as well as rhymed on The Roots’ “You Got Me” track from their “Things Fall Apart” LP. Unfortunately, the then-fledgling rapper wasn’t receiving the attention she craved from Dre so she began to explore other avenues for her music.
After recording with DMX and the Ruff Ryders crew for a DJ Clue song, she realized this was the group for her. And in 1999, her debut album “Let There Be Eve … Ruff Ryders’ First Lady” hit shelves boasting the hit single “What Ya Want,” featuring Nokio of Dru Hill. Bursting onto the Billboard 200 Albums chart, Eve became the first female rap artist to enter at number one.