Eve is a rapper and actor originally from Philadelphia in the United States, now living in London. She chats about loving London’s rain, female MCs and how it feels to go it alone.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN LONDON?
About a year. I love it. Even when it’s raining. Although I’ve got to be honest, this year has mainly been horrible, the sun was nowhere to be seen. The place feels like home now though, and when I’m not here I miss it.
That’s weird because I never thought I would leave the States. It’s nothing like Philadelphia, but there is something about London that feels like home.
HOW ARE YOU FEELING ABOUT THE ALBUM AND SINGLE?
I’m really happy with both, all the music and lyrics. I’m very excited about the single Eve. The previous single, Make It Out This Town, was done a while ago, early last year.
WERE ALL THE SONGS NEW FOR THIS ALBUM OR WERE THERE THINGS THAT’D BEEN WRITTEN FOR A WHILE?
They were all new, apart from one song on the album Salaam Remi wrote. That’s a reggae tune, and was done about two years ago. Everything else is new.
HIP HOP IS VERY DIFFERENT NOW TO HOW IT WAS IN 2002. WHAT DO YOU THINK ARE THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCES?
It’s more mainstream than it was in 2002. Some of my music was mainstream, but now it seems all hip hop is. That growth is good for the music, as long as it doesn’t lose its edge. It can’t lose that and hopefully it won’t, but we’ll have to wait. There are more female MCs now, but there aren’t so many sharing the big spotlight. When I came out it was me, Lil Kim, Missy and Trina, now there’s Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, Azealia Banks and Angel Haze, but there’s no unity.
WHAT PLANS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR?
We’re just finalising plans for a tour, both here in the UK and in the States.
WHAT COLLABORATIONS DO YOU HAVE IN MIND?
More world music collaborations, and more UK-based ones too. I recorded a lot of Lip Lock in New York, so next time I’d like to do it in the UK, with British artists and producers. I think it’s important, especially with me being here.
UK HIP HOP HAS CAUGHT UP WITH THE US IN RECENT YEARS.
Yes, people like Tinie Tempah have gone over to the States and done well. But it’s not just that, what I love about the UK is how many different styles of music there are everywhere. I would like to work with someone not from the rap world and see what we come up with.