It’s been awhile since hip-hip artist Eve released an album — we haven’t heard much from the Ruff Rider’s First Lady since 2004’s “Eve-loution” — which had a lot of people wondering if she’d fallen off her game. Turns out, she’s been busy working on her personal life. She currently lives in London with her boyfriend of three years, British EDM artist and producer Max Cooper. Lucky for fans, love has not slowed E-V-E down one bit. Having spent the last few years touring around Europe, she’s headed back to states with her newest album “Lip Lock,” which was dropped yesterday.
Her first single, “Make It Out This Town” (an unlikely collabo with Gabe Saporta of Cobra Starship) has yet to earn a spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 list — and perhaps with good reason. After a long-term hiatus from the States, returning to the scene while the Minaj empire is still thriving, Eve would have done well to have come out swinging, with a tougher single to let everyone know she’s still got it. And here’s the thing: she does.
“Lip Lock,” in full, shows a new side to Eve. Powerhouse rap and R&B names both old and new — including Chrisette Michelle, Missy Elliott, and Snoop Lion (nee Dogg) — feature on the album. And while a handful of heartfelt tracks span the album (check out “Never Gone” and “Forgive Me”) don’t think for minute that Eve’s gone soft. Her cocky wordplay on every verse is still as strong as when she first came out in 1999. “Mama in the Kitchen”, “EVE” and “She Bad Bad (Remix)” are hot singles that command respect.
Listeners looking for the Eve of Ruff Ryder-fame may not find her. However, a fan who is willing to explore a new — and perhaps improved — Eve will appreciate a new album with an evolved style that’s fitting for her re-introduction to the airwaves. In her recent interview on Power 105.1 with The Breakfast Club, Eve describes herself as “feeling like a new artist”.
We’re thinking that “Lip Lock” can hold its own with this release, as no other female hip-hop artist is set to release an album at the moment.