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"What Ya'll Want" [RealVideo]
"Gotta Man" [RealVideo]
Eve's "paws" tattoo [click to enlarge]
IN THIS FEATURE:

Eve on...
a more "grown-up" sound
taking more time for Scorpion
feeling her sting
"Who's That Girl" and Madonna
working with Dr. Dre and the Marleys
working with Teena Marie
her relationship with Stevie J.
tensions with DMX?
big plans for Ruff Ryders
checking her favorite tattoos
Valentine's plans
Watch Eve...
"Got It All" feat. Jadakiss [RealVideo]
"Ryde Or Die Chick" feat. the LOX live @MTV Week [RealVideo]
"Hot Boyz" live from the Cash Money Ruff Ryders tour [RealVideo]
"Gotta Man" live from the Cash Money Ruff Ryders tour [RealVideo]
"Let's Talk About" live from the Cash Money Ruff Ryders tour [RealVideo]
Listen to Eve...
"Who's That Girl" [RealAudio]
"Gotta Man" [RealAudio]
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MTV: What's up next for the Ruff Ryders camp?

Eve: My album, of course. Then Jadakiss is doing his solo thing. Then we have another compilation. Drag-On is coming, the Lox is coming. We've got some new artists. So there's a lot of stuff coming out from the camp.

MTV: After your first album, the tour was crazy. There were points where you guys were reported to be just exhausted, working on the new album.

Eve: I experienced a lot of stress on that tour. It really took a toll on my body, my mind and my spirit. I had to take time just to get back into myself. It took a couple months to really get my mind right, to even be able to write a record. I went to Jamaica for a little while and chilled out. That's my favorite spot. When I came back, it was hard actually starting the album. It was hard for me to write because I had so many things on my mind; my emotions weren't right. But the writing helped me bounce back. So by the end of the album I thought, "I'm 100 percent right now. Yeah."

MTV: What will you do differently on the next tour?

Eve: Definitely, my bus is gonna be less crowded. I'm gonna eat better, way better. I wasn't taking care of myself. I am gonna exercise. I'm gonna keep my surroundings positive, 'cause they weren't last time. I am gonna try to keep everything as organized as it can be.

MTV: Tell us about your tattoos.

Eve: Oh, my dog paws. I got them as a dare, but they look good. It's just funny, 'cause I got with the Ruff Ryders and they call themselves dogs and I call myself the bitch of the litter. And it just stuck, like the paws were supposed to be there. It's my favorite tattoo — or one of my favorites, anyway. [RealAudio]

MTV: What are the other tattoos?

Eve: I have one on my lower back that I got after my first album. It's a scorpion and an apple with two Chinese symbols that say "strong female." That's my favorite one because that's Eve. I have a big flower on my right shoulder. I just got that one in Miami to cover up my first tattoo, a little Chinese symbol, that I got when I was 18. I have a tattoo on my right wrist and my left arm and I want another one, but my mother says to stop it. But I can't. I'm addicted, so I'll probably get another one.

MTV: Valentine's Day is coming up. What makes that day special for you?

Eve: Valentine's Day is very special now that I have a love. But I never really paid attention to it until I actually fell in love. Stevie said we're supposed to be going away, but we'll see. He said it's a surprise and I'm waiting. It will be nice even if we just stay home.

MTV: What would you like for Valentine's Day?

Eve: I know what I would like, but I don't want to say it. [laughs] Bling, bling.




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