As Philadelphia rapper and actress Eve continues to slowly insert herself back into the spotlight with her first studio album in nine years to be released by year’s end, the Grammy Award winning star had a few choice words about the ongoing beef between the wildly popular Nicki Minaj and rap veteran Lil Kim.
The “Who’s That Girl” rapper was a guest on the BBC Radio 1xtra Tim Westwood show with guest host Kerry D alongside Bun B and Englishman rapper Lethal B during a break before Eve and Bun B head to the Gumball 3000 rally – which will take the rappers from London to Istanbul, Turkey in eight days. After exchanging pleasantries, Eve spoke to the Lil Kim and Nicki Minaj war on wax, and called for more balance in the male-dominated genre of hip hop.
“You know, it's definitely a nice group of females that's out representing, but because I come from hip-hop, I need more females in hip-hop," said Eve. "Nicki definitely is holding the flag down, and a lot of people be wanting me to hate just because that's how girls supposed to do in hip-hop, but I'm loving everything she does. But we need more females, man. There's too much testosterone in the hip-hop game."
Eve then spoke directly to Kerry D’s question about Lil Kim. “I need her to stop. If I was Kim's friend, I'd be like, yo. ‘cause she's Kim, period," said Eve. "So she never has to feed [into the beef]. She shouldn't. It's bad. It's not a good look. If I was her friend, I'd tell her, yo, just come back bigger and better. The best way to get at people is to do you better than you've ever done you. So that's it.”
Eve is intending to release her fourth studio album Lip Lock later this year and features production from her Ruff Ryder compatriot Swizz Beatz. Eve is also featured on Swizz’s first drop from his upcoming album Haute Living.
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