Monday, May 6, 2013

heads up high and overcome

Head up high and Overcome - "...The inspirational tune finds her paired with Cobra Starship lead singer Gabe Saporta, who handles the song's chorus duties. The song is presumably aimed at Top 40 radio, not your favorite rap blog, but that's cool, because it's actually an okay tune. The video traffics in themes that pertain to school bullying, the idea being -- kids, keep your head up high and you can overcome that crap. Ah, if only it was as easy as a rap video. But anyway that's a cool message that we support and you should too. Unless you're a bully..." - Paul Cantor, The Boom Box (READ MORE)

Own Terms - "...In the end, Eve came off as her own person; a strong, no-nonsense street MC who could hold her own with most anyone on the mic; and was finding success on her own terms. She was born Eve Jihan Jeffers in Philadelphia on November 10, 1978, and started out as a singer in her early teens, performing with an all-female vocal quintet. She was also honing her skills as a rapper in impromptu battles with friends, and before she left high school, she formed a female rap duo called EDGP (pronounced "Egypt"), adopting the name Gangsta. EDGP performed at local talent shows and club gigs, often to the detriment of Eve's dedication to school. When the group broke up, she went solo and changed her name to Eve of Destruction; she also moved to the Bronx in the wake of her mother's remarriage, and worked for a time as a table dancer at a strip club. Unhappy with this direction, she decided to give rap another shot after being encouraged by Mase..." - Poem Hunter (READ MORE)

Positive Message - "...I don't want people to take [Lip Lock] too seriously," she says. "I'm not trying to relive any moments of my life. I'm in a new place in my life. I'm almost a new artist. It's a fun record...Make it Out This Town" was chosen as the lead single after Eve became the US female ambassador for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America. Striving to deliver a single with a positive message for the airwaves, Eve says "Make it Out This Town" is an uplifting song that in turn serves as a direct representation of her personal and professional growth. "This record is so me," she says of "Make It Out This Town." "No pretending. It's exciting to let people hear where I am musically, artistically, and as a woman." Employing similar sentiments to the rest of the album, Eve says there's a meaning behind every track. "Lip Lock" sprinkles her soulful sentiments in a mixture of her urban grit, bubblegum pop vibes. The rapper hopes fans will be open to discovering "the new Eve," but promises Ruff Ryder's first lady isn't far away. "I just hope that some of my fans, especially the ones that grew up with me, will just take ['Lip Lock'] how it is and have an open mind, head and heart," she continues. "Hopefully [fans] will say, 'Let me listen to where she is now.' You will recognize me from Ruff Ryders [and] lyrically I'm still that girl..." - Famous Artist Music (READ MORE)

Eve Jihan Jeffers (born November 10, 1978), better known by her stage name, Eve, is an American Grammy Award winning rapper-songwriter, record producer and actress. Her first three albums have sold over 8 million copies worldwide. She has also achieved success in fashion with her clothing line, Fetish. She is the inaugural winner of the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2002 for the song "Let Me Blow Ya Mind", with Gwen Stefani. Eve was number 48 on VH1's "50 Greatest Women Of The Video Era" list. As an actress, Eve is best known for her roles as Terri Jones in the films Barbershop and Barbershop 2: Back in Business, and as Shelley Williams on the UPN television sitcom Eve. - Wikipedia (READ MORE)

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