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In a room full of roughnecks, few were as tough as Eve Jihan Jeffers. The only female member of the East Coast brigade known as Ruff Ryders, the Philadelphian once known as Eve of Destruction is one of the most successful, and least-celebrated female rappers in history — an artist with million of sales to her name, and three strong, and occasionally terrific albums. This one, her first and best, is as much a statement of purpose for her as it is for Swizz Beatz, the auteur of the Ruff movement. He handles all but four of the productions here, and he was in full possession of his thudding, buzzing street sound — a pummeling style, executed nowhere better than on "Scenario 2000," a Ruff Ryders spotlight featuring DMX, The Lox, and Drag-On that swarms with descending Casio preset melodies that sound like doomsday tanks.
Eve balances both the girlish and the grim with equal poise. With "Love Is Blind," and her biggest hit "Gotta Man," she affirms a new sort of female rap — steely certainly, and sexual, but also emotionally resonant and in search of commitment. She also knew how to throw down. On "Philly Philly," a brutish duet… read more »