2 posts tagged "Eve"
Pretty, tough-girl rapper Eve won a Grammy Award in 2002 for her Ruff Ryders collaboration with Gwen Stefani, and her hit album, Eve-Olution, came out the same year. (For the record, Eve should have two Grammys; she was featured on the Roots song “You Got Me,” which won a Grammy in 2000, but she somehow never received a statuette.) Early success aside, the Philadelphia native known for her lyrical swagger and her sharp partnerships with DMX, Alicia Keys, Ludacris, and Lil Jon has been fairly quiet over the past decade. Her collaborative spirit is plenty alive, though; Eve is so into working with other talented musicians that last year she started uploading homemade remixes to YouTube with her rhymes over existing hits by Rihanna, Brandy, Miguel, and other unwitting costars. This month she invited legends such as Missy Elliott and Snoop Dogg to make cameos on her veritable comeback album, Lip Lock. Here, she talks about eponymous songs, the purse she can’t put down, and crazy-detailed nail art.
This month you performed with the Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. How was it to reunite with them?
It was amazing. They’re so incredible. Most of them I’ve known since I was 15 years old!
The new album is called Lip Lock—why?
My lips are my favorite feature—they’re fun, flirty.
So is your favorite beauty product lipstick, then?
[It's] Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream. [It's] the best thing ever. I put it all over my face on long flights, to keep my skin moisturized. If I’m breaking out, I put it on, and the next day it’s taken the inflammation down. I also use it on cuticles and lips, small cuts—it’s a miracle cream.
When Chris Rock’s five-year-old daughter asked him about her ”bad hair,” Rock was blown away that a child could already be aware—and concerned—about the appearance of her natural locks. Curious as to what, in effect, differentiates the good from the bad, he set out to document what black women (and some men) go through in their ongoing attempts to look beautiful. Last night, the Cinema Society and Target hosted a screening of Roadside Attractions and HBO Films’ Good Hair, in which Rock traverses the globe to reveal the details of the multimillion-dollar African-American hair industry. As he moves from New York to L.A. to India—the origin of most human hair weaves and extensions—Rock fleshes out the film with celebrity interviews, good old-fashioned quality time spent in neighborhood barber and beauty shops, and a trip to the famous Bronner Bros. hair show in Atlanta, which culminates in a hair-cutting battle royal of sorts that Rock uses to pace the movie. The result is an informative commentary on the social constructs of beauty, which is at times funny and equally shocking (“kiddie perms”? really?). Most fascinating was getting Nia Long’s insights on “weave sex” (“All I’ll say is stay on top,” she said, so as not to mess up what in some cases is a $3,500 hairpiece) and hearing celebs like Eve, Meagan Good, Raven-Symoné, and Salt-N-Pepa attest to their trials and tribulations with “the creamy crack,” i.e., sodium hydroxide relaxers. (Pep’s now-famous asymmetrical curly look from the “Push It” video? An accidental salvage job after her sister burnt the right side of her scalp with a relaxer.) As viewers filed out of New York’s IFC Center after the premiere, I overheard a moviegoer ask Rock why Beyoncé wasn’t in the film. “Because she would’ve been it,” Rock said, alluding to the fact that Sasha Fierce would’ve stolen the show. But I’m pretty sure that honor goes to Jason Griggers, the effeminate hairdresser with the blond, Zac Efron-esque side-swept hair who took second place at the Bronner Bros. hair show. That he and the competition’s winner, Derek J—who wore three-inch, custom-made stiletto boots to cut hair onstage—don’t have a Bravo reality show is a crime.