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The “pitbull in a skirt” rapper Eve recently chatted with Women of Hip Hop in which discussed a range of things including the beef between Nicki Minaj and Lil Kim (sigh), newcomers like Azealia Banks and Iggy Azalea, her new project and more.
On the beef between Nicki Minaj and Lil Kim:
First of all, there needs to be a level of respect. I feel like a lot of people who are from the past generation trying to get at the new generation, it’s not about publicity. It’s about wanting that respect. I think maybe that’s where Kim is coming from, like, you’re doing your thing right now and no one can take that away from you, Nicki – we all see it — but at the end of the day, if it wasn’t for Kim, she wouldn’t be here and that sh-t is real. And if it wasn’t for Latifah, and if it wasn’t for Foxy and Lyte, I wouldn’t be here.
Yes, Nicki is doing her thing and she’s maximizing the market but that’s because there is no one else out. She’s the only female. She came in at a time when music was so different. She’s doing stuff now that we couldn’t do – well we could do it – I did the collaboration with Gwen, but it’s at a different place. It’s so different and it’s an unfair comparison sometimes for Nicki to say Kim is washed up. Kim is Kim, point blank period. Kim is doing her thing and Nicki is doing her thing.
On newcomers Azealia Banks and Iggy Azalea:
I like Azealia Banks. I think her style is dope. If you listen to her lyrics, she knows how to wordplay and I think that’s cute. I’m not really into the Iggy Azalea chick. I can’t really f-ck with her music, but her look is crazy. I just can’t believe it (her music).On her upcoming project:
I’m gonna throw out a viral single at the end of this month before the official single. I’m probably gonna throw out a couple records before the radio single. My whole goal for this record was, since it’s been so long, I wanted to make sure that my core audience didn’t feel like Eve completely forgot about us and went to another side. Musically, I’ve grown ( I wouldn’t say I’ve changed) and I think I feel like people will feel like they won’t recognize the stuff that they loved of me from before –you know all of the Ruff Ryders [stuff]. That’s my core, that’s where I come from and I wanted to make sure I did some tracks like that but I also wanted to do tracks that showed my growth […].
I feel like this record is well rounded. It has enough of the hard street stuff, it has some radio stuff, but it also has some stuff that people can listen to when they’re feeling down.
On new releases from her, Lil Kim, and Missy Elliott this year:
It’s kind of a good look for us [Missy & Kim] to all come out at the same time because we do really like each other and support each other. I feel like, I always represented — I feel like I am a regular chick that got a dope job. I got lucky. I represent the around the way chicks. I feel like right now in music, with Nicki out, she’s not representing all females. With me coming out and Nicki coming out, she represents a certain type of chick and with Kim coming out, she represents a certain type of chick that may feel like they don’t have a certain voice that’s speaking for them and that represents them.
You can listen to the entire interview below.