Eve Jihan Jeffers (born November 10, 1978), is an American recording
artist and actress. Her first three albums have reached a total of
over 8 million albums sold worldwide. She has also achieved success
in fashion as she started a clothing line titled "Fetish." She
ranked number 46 on VH1's "50 Greatest Women Of The Video Era" show
As an actress, she is best known for her roles as Terri Jones in
the films Barbershop and Barbershop 2: Back in Business, and as Shelley
Williams on the UPN television sitcom Eve.
* 1 Early life
* 2 Career
o 2.1 1998-1999: Ruff Ryders' First Lady
o 2.2 2000-2001: Scorpion
o 2.3 2002-2004: Eve-Olution
o 2.4 Guest singles
o 2.5 2007-present: Lip Lock
* 3 Acting career
* 4 Discography
* 5 Filmography
* 6 Awards and nominations
* 7 References
* 8 External links
 Early life
Eve was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Julia
Wilch-Jeffers, a publishing company supervisor, and Jerry Jeffers,
a chemical plant supervisor. She adopted the name Gangsta in high
school as part of an all-female group called EDGP (pronounced Egypt),
and went solo as Eve of Destruction.
During her early years in Philadelphia, She was educated at Martin
Luther King High School. Eve's first musical interest was singing.
She sang in many choirs and even made an all-female singing group
(Dope Girl Posse or D.G.P.) with a manager. This group covered songs
from En Vogue and Color Me Badd. After the group's manager saw the
rap group ABC, they suggested that the group should rap, and Eve
stuck with it. She then went on to form a rapping group. After the
group split, Eve began working on a solo career under the name "Eve
Eve is featured (along with Erykah Badu) on the song "You Got
Me" by The Roots, from their 1999 album Things Fall Apart. The
song won a Grammy Award in 2000, which should have been Eve's first.
She stated on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" in 2009 that
she did not receive a Grammy for the track. ?uestlove, from The Roots,
had brought his Grammy to the show that night and showed she's not
even credited on the award plaque. Only The Roots and Erykah Badu.
Eve would win her own in 2002. She also provided background vocals
on the song "Ain't Sayin' Nothin' New" from the same album.
In the album's liner notes, she is referred to as Eve of Destruction.
 1998-1999: Ruff Ryders' First Lady
Eve first appeared on the Bulworth soundtrack as EVE of destruction
while signed to Dr Dre's Aftermath Entertainment she did not see
much action with big releases soon coming from Dr Dre so she grouped
up with DMX and the Ruff Ryders on her first single as a ruff ryder
DJ Clue's The Professional, along with other Ruff Ryders' compilations.
Her next single, "What Ya Want", featuring Nokio the N-Tity
of Dru Hill, became a top 40 hit on the U.S. Billboard 200 peaking
at 29. Her 1999 debut, Let There Be Eve…Ruff Ryders' First
Lady, was an unprecedented success, becoming the second rap album
by a woman to enter the Billboard 200 at number one.
 2000-2001: Scorpion
The follow-up to Ruff Ryders' First Lady, Scorpion, was released
in 2001. Its first single, "Who's That Girl" guaranteed
the rapper first international success. The second single, "Let
Me Blow Ya Mind" (with Gwen Stefani of No Doubt and produced
by Dr. Dre co-written by Stevie J.), became a pop success, peaking
at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. The song won a Grammy Award
for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, and Eve eventually went platinum.
One of the record's strengths, cited in several reviews, was Eve's
exploration of her singing voice in addition to her rapping skills. "I
was a singer before I started rapping," Eve said in a Ruff Ryders
press release, "so on this album I wanted my audience to hear
more of my vocal skills".
 2002-2004: Eve-Olution
Eve's third album, Eve-Olution, was released in summer 2002 (see
2002 in music) and peaked at number six on the Billboard 200. In
the meantime, the album's first single, "Gangsta Lovin'",
with Alicia Keys, became another number two hit. The second and final
single, "Satisfaction", only saw moderate success again.
Eve-Olution went gold selling 720,000 copies becoming Eve's lowest
selling album to date. Eve also appeared on the remixed version of
Michael Jackson's "Butterflies".
 Guest singles
In 2005, the rapper appeared on Gwen Stefani's cover version of
Louchie Lou & Michie One song "Rich Girl", which peaked
at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 in March. The same year,
she appeared on the remix of Amerie's number one U.S. R&B hit, "1
Thing" the Hitch soundtrack. Eve also was featured in Keyshia
Cole's song Never as on the Barbershop 2: Back in Business soundtrack
and The Way It Is along with the official remix for Teairra Mari's
second single No Daddy.
In 2007, she appeared on Kelly Rowland's single "Like This".
The Punk Cabaret band One On None covered Eve's 1999 song "Love
Is Blind". In July 2007, Eve made a guest appearance on Maroon
5's second single Wake Up Call on Live @ 45th at Night, it is unknown
if this will be an official remix or if it will even be recorded.
In late 2008, she sung the song "Set It On Fire", which
was featured on the credits for the movie Transporter 3 and is available
on the Transporter 3 soundtrack.
In late 2010 Eve was the featured rapper on Australian singer Guy
Sebastian's single "Who's That Girl", which has reached
number one on the ARIA Singles Chart, and achieved platinum certification.
It is Eve's first number one single in Australia.
 2007-present: Lip Lock
Eve at the premiere of Whip It at the 2009 Toronto International
In 2007, Eve began work on a new album title Here I Am. In May
2007, XXL magazine profiled six recorded tracks from Here I Am. Five
of them were produced by Swizz Beatz, including singles "Tambourine" and "Give
It To You" (featuring Sean Paul). Pharrell Williams produced "All
Night Long". In contrast to most of the tracks, Eve sings
rather than raps on "All Night Long". XXL published
a review of the original Here I Am in July, rating it an L in its "shoe
size" rating system ranging from S to XXL. However the album
ran into a series of delays due to corporate change at the record
label and discontent with the lackluster success of the first and
second singles, "Tambourine", released in April 2007, and "Give
It to You" (featuring Sean Paul), released later on.
The project was delayed to September 11, 2007 and then October 16
but was never released, according to Eve in an interview with the
New York Post in February 2009 the problems at Interscope Records
were responsible for the pushbacks. Since then the project has been
retitled Flirt but remains unreleased/unfinished. It is believed
that Eve is still working on the delayed project. In the meantime
she is featured on the debut single from the Paradiso Girls titled "Patron
Tequila". The song was released in April 2009. It was rumored
the album would be released in mid 2010, under a new title of "Lip
Lock" without Interscope Records, but that failed to pass.
She recently appeared on Ludacris' new album Battle Of The Sexes
in the remix of My Chick Bad with fellow female rappers Trina and
Diamond (rapper). Recently on the Hennessy Artistry Tour, Eve
stated that the album will be released March 2011 via EMI. In
December 2010 Eve featured on an Alicia Keys track "Speechless",
though the song will not be released as a single or part of an album,
it has received a good reception and has many hits on YouTube. A
video will be recorded as a 'behind the scenes' video has been released.
 Acting career
Eve at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival
Eve appeared in xXx with Vin Diesel, both Barbershop and Barbershop
2: Back in Business with Ice Cube, The Cookout with Queen Latifah
and Meagan Good, and The Woodsman with Kevin Bacon in mid 2004. She
voiced Major Jones in the video game XIII, as well as one of the
villains of the short-lived show Spider-Man Animated Series on MTV.
She also featured in the 2008 movie Flashbacks of a Fool alongside
In 2003, Eve starred in the UPN television sitcom, Eve, as a fashion
designer named Shelly. The show lasted three seasons until it was
cancelled on May 2006. Eve guest starred as Yvette Powell on an episode
of Third Watch. She also was a guest star on an episode of Numb3rs
In 2009, she had a role in the film Whip It as Rosa Sparks, opposite
Ellen Page and Drew Barrymore.
Eve guest starred on two episodes of Glee, appearing as rival glee
club coach Grace Hitchens.
In 2010 Eve appeared as Latisha, a supporting role, in Noel Clarke's
Main article: Eve discography
* Let There Be Eve…Ruff Ryders' First Lady (1999)
* Scorpion (2001)
* Eve-Olution (2002)
* Lip Lock (May 2011)
Year Film Role Notes
2002 Barbershop Terri Jones
2003–2006 Eve Shelly TV Series
2003 Third Watch Yvette Powel Television drama (Episode - "Second
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle New Angel
Spider-Man: The New Animated Series Cheyenne Tate/The Talon Voice
Role (Episode - "Keeping Secrets")
XIII Major Jones Voice role
2004 The Woodsman Mary-Kay
Barbershop 2: Back in Business Terri Jones
One on One Ida (Episode - "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Hip Hop
The Cookout Becky
2008 Flashbacks of a Fool Ophelia Franklin
2009 Whip It! Rosa Sparks
Glee Grace Hitchens Episode 11 ("Hairography"), Episode
Good Hair Herself
2010 188.8.131.52 ... The Countdown Begins Latisha
 Awards and nominations
* BET Awards
o 2001, Best Female Hip-Hop Artist (Winner)
* American Music Awards
o 2003, Favorite Female Hip-Hop Artist (Nominated)
* NAACP Image Awards
o 2000, Outstanding New Artist (Winner)
* Black Reel Awards
o 2005, Best Actress (Independent): The Woodsman (Winner)
* Grammy Awards
o 2002, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" w/ Gwen
o 2002, Best Rap Album: Scorpion (Nominated)
o 2003, Best Female Rap Solo Performance: "Satisfaction" (Nominated)
* Image Awards
o 2003, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Barbershop (Nominated)
o 2004, Outstanding Music Duo or Group (with Mary J. Blige) (Nominated)
o 2005, Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series: "Eve" (Nominated)
* Lady of Soul Awards
o 2000, Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist: "Gotta Man" (Nominated)
o 2000, Best R&B/Soul Female Solo Album of the Year: Let There Be Eve (Winner)**
2000, Best Music Video: "Love Is Blind" (Nominated)
o 2001, Best Music Video: "Who's That Girl" (Nominated)
* MTV Movie Awards
o 2003, Best Female Breakthrough Performance: Barbershop (Nominated)
* MTV Video Music Awards
o 2000, Best Rap Video: "Love Is Blind" (Nominated)
o 2001, Best Female Video: "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" with Gwen Stefani
o 2001, Viewer's Choice: "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" with Gwen Stefani
o 2001, Best Hip-Hop Video: "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" with Gwen Stefani
o 2007, Best Choreography: "Tambourine" (Nominee)
* MOBO Awards
o 2001, Best Hip-Hop Act (Nominated)
* Soul Train Awards
o 2000, Best New R&B/Soul or Rap Artist: "Gotta Man" (Nominated)
o 2000, Best Music Video: "Hot Boyz" with Missy Elliott, Nas, & Lil'