It has been almost 20 years since Grammy Award winning recording artist Eve dropped her debut album.
In 1999, Eve made significant impact in Hip Hop under the Ruff Ryders label founded by her brothers Joaquin, Darin Dean, and sister Chivon (the uncles and aunt of Grammy Award winning producer Swizz Beatz).
Today, the Philadelphia native is touring with the RnB Friday’s Live Tour, celebrating her 40th birthday last Saturday (November 10th) during the Melbourne leg of the tour.
During her visit she sat down with 10 Daily to discuss life at 40, her transition into becoming a talk show host, and her experience on tour.
On her debut album, Eve showed the world what differentiated her from other recording artists.
“While there were other females [at that time] who wanted to be naked, I never wanted to be that. If anything, they tried to cover me up as much as they could,” she said.
“They were also open to my ideas and we had great conversations. As long as it was a real situation I was [song] writing about, they were open to it.”
This open relationship showed on her first album with tracks such as “Love is a Blind”, a song Eve wrote at 16, depicting her 17-year-old best friend’s relationship with a 35-year old man whom she fell pregnant too. In the song she discussed domestic violence, a topic now being regularly discussed in hip-hop culture but not as much in 1999.
“When I put that song out, I didn’t even understand what domestic violence was. Honestly. As I got older, people would tell me how the song saved them or they’d played it for a friend who would then go and get help,”
On average, one woman is murdered per week by their current or former partner in Australia, with violence against women accounting for 61 women’s deaths in 2018.
When Eve was told of these statistics – she was stunned.
“That is truly scary, those kind of numbers in a country like this.”
Our hearts go out to all families and individuals affected by domestic violence. All women should be able to live safely, free from all forms of men’s abuse. We urge everyone to stand up and speak out to end all forms of men’s violence against women.
Why 2-Chainz Turned Down Jay-Z During “Watch The Throne” Era.
2-Chainz cites “Loyalty” as reason for declining an offer from Roc Nation.
In 2 Chainz new YouTube series #CrateTalk, he revealed that he was at one point close to signing a deal with Jay-Z. In the inaugural episode, Host 2 Chainz explained to special guest Steve Stoute how it all happened. The conversation starts at the 5:45 mark.
“Hov told me that he wanted to do business with you and you turned him down,” Stoute says
“I was already speaking with Kanye on and off,” 2 Chainz said, “While they was in Paris working on Watch the Throne, Ye would hit me the whole time talking about my mixtapes and just was speaking to me where we just built a great relationship on the phone because we share some of the same similarities, right?”
It was at this point that Jay-Z asked 2-Chainz to get on a flight to New York. 2 Chainz wanted to bring along his friend and business partner, DJ Teknikz, but the request was denied. Because of this 2-Chainz felt it was only right to decline the business meeting out of respect and loyalty to his friend DJ Tek.
No love was lost however, as the pair have been seen together on multiple occasions including the Roc Nation Pre-Grammy Brunch. On 2 Chainz 5th studio album “Rap or Go To The League” he boasts a Jay-Z sample (Lucifer) on the opening track “Forgiven” ft. Marsha Ambrosius. 2 Chainz wanted Jay-Z as feature on his new album but the timing wasn’t right. Hopefully we can get a collaboration from the two artists sometime in the foreseeable future.
Rick Ross Set To Release “Hurricanes” Memoir – September 3, 2019
The highly anticipated memoir from hip-hop icon Rick Ross chronicles his coming of age amid Miami’s crack epidemic, his star-studded controversies and his unstoppable rise to fame.
Celebrities and public figures write memoirs that detail their life stories as well as focus on issues they may or may not be as vocal about in public. For example, Michelle Obama’s latest literary achievement in “Becoming” is a memoir of her life’s journey as well as recording artist Gucci Mane’s book “The Autobiography of Gucci Mane.”
Recording artist and businessman, Rick Ross, is the latest celebrity involved in hip-hop music to publish a memoir titled Hurricanes and it’s set to be published in autumn (US).
In a statement, Rick said, “My story has always been deeper than rap. With this book I wanted to go deeper than I ever have. I wanted to tell people about the life of William Leonard Roberts.”
“Most people know Rick Ross as a global icon, but few are familiar with his origin story. Hurricanes transcends the conventions of celebrity memoir to offer an intimate and inspiring portrait of an artist who at every turn defied the odds and continues to change the game,” added Peter Joseph, editorial director of Hanover Square Press.
The book will not shy away from the recording artists fair deal of controversy including the rapper’s past as a drug dealer and correctional officer, as well as incidents such as his seizures, celebrity feuds, drive-by shootings, and his 2015 arrest on kidnapping and assault charges.
“From the making of ‘Hustlin” to his first major label deal with Def Jam, to the controversy surrounding his past as a correctional officer and the numerous health scares, arrests and feuds he had to transcend along the way, Hurricanes is a revealing portrait of one of the biggest stars in the rap game, and an intimate look at the birth of an artist,” reads the book synopsis.
Stream Shaggy’s New Song: “Use Me”
It’s been a while since we last heard from legendary reggae artist, Shaggy. Today, Shaggy has released a new single entitled “Use Me.” The track comes via Lyor Cohen’s, 300 Entertainment and Brooklyn Knights Entertainment
Check out Shaggy’s new single in the stream below:
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