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Rock - Released January 1, 2001 | Ruff Ryders RECORDS

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released January 1, 2007 | Aftermath Records - Geffen Records - Interscope Records

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released June 2, 2017 | Goldmind - Atlantic

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released September 14, 1999 | Interscope

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Pop - Released November 30, 2018 | MGRecords

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released January 1, 1999 | Interscope

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. ~ Theresa E. LaVeck
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released January 1, 2007 | Aftermath - Geffen

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Miscellaneous - Released August 23, 2006 | Disques Artiste

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released January 1, 2002 | Interscope

Rap/Hip-Hop - Released July 3, 2018 | Mo Thugs Records

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Pop - Released March 2, 2009 | Limelight Productions & Entertainment Ltd.

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Pop - Released July 11, 2014 | WM Finland

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Soul - Released August 17, 2015 | Blue Pie Records

Rap/Hip-Hop - Released June 2, 2017 | Goldmind - Atlantic

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Rock - Released January 1, 2001 | Ruff Ryders RECORDS

When Eve debuted in 1999, she surprised many as one of the few female rappers capable of attaining both popularity and respect without having to take on a sleazy role or sacrifice any of her muscle. In fact, her muscle seemed to be what impressed the rap community most. If anything, Eve brings even more muscle to her follow-up album, Scorpion. Her rhymes flow just as smoothly here as they did on her debut, and she sounds even more confident than before. Given her ensemble cast of producers and guest rappers, she probably should sound confident. When you have Swizz Beatz and Dr. Dre handling the better part of your album, along with a few other tracks handled by Ruff Ryder producers Teflon and DJ Shok, there isn't need to worry -- you know the beats are going to be cutting-edge. In terms of guests, the Ruff Ryders (DMX, Drag-On, and LOX) make their expected cameos. On paper, everything looks great -- more muscle, top producers, and top rappers. And the results are just that: great. A few songs really stand out here: the lead-off single "Who's That Girl?," a Teflon track with a quick tempo and an extremely catchy chorus; "Let Me Blow Ya Mind," a Dr. Dre/Scott Storch track with an unmistakable 2001 sound and a smooth R&B chorus featuring Gwen Stefani on backup vocals; and "Life Is Hard," a unique soulful moment late in the album with Teena Marie contributing a diva chorus and Eve dropping some heartfelt lyrics. At 16 tracks, this album doesn't overreach and really doesn't have too many surprises. There are a few flawed moments where the choruses aren't as catchy as they intend to be, but for the most part Eve plays it safe. If you liked her first album, you'll like this one even better. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released January 1, 2007 | Aftermath - Geffen-Eve

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released January 1, 2007 | Aftermath Records - Geffen Records - Interscope Records