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Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryder's First Lady [Explicit Lyrics]

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Barnes & Noble - Brett Johnson
From the revamped version of the salsa-inflected hip-hop single "What Y'all Want" originally released on this year's RYDE OR DIE, VOL. 1 through the rest of her 12-track debut disc, Eve proves that her brand of feminine moxie is no one-hit wonder. Over a bevy of buzzing, ominous tracks, supplied mostly by producer Swizz Beatz, the Philly-bred female promotes crew love, but never at the expense of her post-feminist politics. On the hit single "Gotta Man," Eve shows that she's down for her boo as acoustic guitar fingerings and pixie vocals propel the infectious chorus which mirrors the hook of Jay-Z's "Girl's Best Friend" from the BLUE STREAK soundtrack, and she trades ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Brett Johnson
From the revamped version of the salsa-inflected hip-hop single "What Y'all Want" originally released on this year's RYDE OR DIE, VOL. 1 through the rest of her 12-track debut disc, Eve proves that her brand of feminine moxie is no one-hit wonder. Over a bevy of buzzing, ominous tracks, supplied mostly by producer Swizz Beatz, the Philly-bred female promotes crew love, but never at the expense of her post-feminist politics. On the hit single "Gotta Man," Eve shows that she's down for her boo as acoustic guitar fingerings and pixie vocals propel the infectious chorus which mirrors the hook of Jay-Z's "Girl's Best Friend" from the BLUE STREAK soundtrack, and she trades street rhymes about money holding and pistol blazing with male counterparts DMX, Drag-on, and the LOX on the ringing "Scenario 2000." Still, the tow-headed rhymer is at her best when appealing to her female constituency. On the battered women's tale of redemption, "Love Is Blind," and the breezy yet self-revelatory "Heaven Only Knows," Eve comes full-circle with heartfelt rhymes sure to gain her respect as one of hip-hop's real ladies.
All Music Guide - Theresa E. LaVeck
The full title of Eve's full-length debut is Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryders' First Lady for a reason. The Philadelphia rapper sets out to prove she's earned her place in the Ruff Ryders crew, matching rhymes, raunch, and rounds with the hardest hardass. Minimal beats laced with synthesized strings and keyboards back traditional hip-hop brag fests like "Let's Talk About." Eve shows up guests Drag-on, DMX, and others with boasts of sexual prowess, withering insults to inadequately endowed brothers, and violent sister-centered anthems like "My Bitches." A few short skits offer snapshots of Eve's beloved hometown. The irresistible party anthem "We on That Shit!," reminiscent of Coolio's "Fantastic Voyage," chronicles a night of clubbing and rounds out the street picture. "Ain't Got No Dough," a fabulous collaboration with Missy Elliott, is a fiery bridge between street-centered raps and the more interesting tracks. Purring and pissed, it's an edgier alternative to TLC's hit "No Scrubs." Eve's conviction and passion make her noticeable no matter what the subject, but she truly stands out when the stories become personal, examining the cost of the hard life she champions in other songs. "Love Is Blind" is a painful look at domestic violence. Self-respect and positivity are the moral of "Heaven Only Knows." Both tracks are backed by beautiful arrangements with acoustic guitar and lush vocals. Eve maintains her hardcore image in these tracks, but with a subtle vulnerability that promise lots of interesting things to come from this Philly prodigy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/1999
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 606949045326
  • Catalog Number: 490453
  • Sales rank: 58,761

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 First Lady (Intro) (1:36)
  2. 2 Let's Talk About - Drag-On (3:31)
  3. 3 Gotta Man (4:24)
  4. 4 Philly Cheese Steak (Skit) (1:37)
  5. 5 Philly Philly - Beanie Sigel (3:57)
  6. 6 Stuck Up - C.J. (3:53)
  7. 7 Ain't Got No Dough - Missy Elliott (4:17)
  8. 8 BM (Skit) (1:01)
  9. 9 Love Is Blind (4:20)
  10. 10 Scenario 2000 - Drag-On (3:49)
  11. 11 Dog Match (4:19)
  12. 12 My Bitches (Skit) (1:08)
  13. 13 We On That Shit! - P. Killer Tracks (3:25)
  14. 14 Chokie Nikes (Skit) (1:04)
  15. 15 Maniac (4:22)
  16. 16 My Enemies (Skit) (1:43)
  17. 17 Heaven Only Knows - Parlé (4:29)
  18. 18 What Y'all Want (4:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eve Primary Artist, Vocals
DMX Track Performer
Rich Keller Multi Instruments
Eric ? Track Performer
Ron Martinez Vocals
Technical Credits
Adam Gazzola Instrumentation
Rich Keller Instrumentation
Shok Producer
Eric Smith Engineer
Tony Dawsey Mastering
Adam "Bunnie" Grossman Engineer
Chris Theis Engineer
Swizz Beatz Producer
Waah Executive Producer, Art Direction
Charles Duffy Art Direction
P.K. Producer
The Icepick Producer
Dee Dean Executive Producer
Kasseem Dean Composer
Keisha Gibbs Marketing
Jorgen Westman Composer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WHAT CAN I SAY?

    EVE IS JUST HEAVY! THERES NO TWO WAYS ABOUT IT. THIS ALBUM REALLY PROVED THAT EVE HS GREAT TALENT AND CAN MAKE ANY BEAT A TERRIFIC TUNE WITH HER FANTASTI LYRICS. SHE HAS STYLE, SHE LOOKS BEAUTIFUL. OBVIOUSLY I GOTTA RATE SWIZZ BEATS ASWEL. HE HAS A LOT OF TALENT WITH HIS EXCELLENT BEATS ON HER ALBUM. THE WHOLE RUFF RYDER CREW IS BRILLIANT. I THINK THEY NEED TO MAKE SOME MORE MUSIC, THEY BEEN GONE FOR A WHILE.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Eves fan

    Love is blind is eves tightest songs so far it's also my favorite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    let there be EVE

    best cd yet by EVE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Review

    This is a great gift for R&B, hip hop, or rap fans. She has great lyrics and rythm.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The First Lady

    E-V-E, her album is terrific. I am proud of Swiss Beatz on those beats. I think I like every song on her album. Representing Philly, EVE gets four stars on this album. We just need to work on those skits, but I got nothing but love for you and the Ruff Ryders!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Eve

    I LOVE YOUR MUSIC AND YOUR PERSONALITY.I WISH I COULD BE LIKE YOU. BEING THE ONLY FEMALE IN YOUR GROUP.LIKE I AM THE ONLY FEMALE ON THE FOOTBALL TEAM. LOVE YA, ASHLEY ALEXANDER

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    shes the illest out!!!!!!!!!!!!

    eve is the illest rapper out.....she spits hot lyrics....she keeps it real...and she is down with one of the hottest rappers out.....d.m.x.plus the lox and drag-on,and ja rule......plus nokio, she hot...and she be wearing some ill sh@t...she can dress, cant no one touch eve...shes too hot....but for real shes blazin......the illest yet...shes un touchable........keep it blazin evey eve!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    First Lady Of Ruff Ryders Shines On Debut

    If you don't buy this album or have it in your CD collection...Shame, shame, shame on you....By the way, Eve if you read this...Will you marry me?

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