Philly's resident Ruff Ryder Eve, born Eve Jihan Jeffers, gave us her all in the late 90's and early 00's. The self described blonde bombshell was the First Lady of Ruff Ryders, helping to pull the rap crew into the forefront, a group that included DMX, so she had to be able to hold her own. And that's just what she did. Her gritty lyrics and sassy delivery are pure Philly and we love her for it.
Let Me Blow Your Mind was the second single on Eve's 2001 sophomore album, Scorpion. With Gwen Stefani singing the hook, the song became a hit winning Eve a Grammy in 2002, the first one ever to be awarded for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. But our amazon emcee is not only reigning in the realm of Philly's Hip Hop hall of fame; Eve was the sultry voice that rapped with our soul brother Tariq Trotter AKA Black Thought on The Roots' uber historic track You Got Me, the song that grabbed The Roots more mainstream play and propelled them into becoming a household name. Eve was also featured on a track from our soul sista Jill Scott called Shame on her critically acclaimed, Billboard topping album The Light of the Sun.
Philly's music history is rich, we are happy to share so many great stories with you. Will you be watching to see if Philly brings home a new Grammy this Sunday night?