Sunday, August 19, 2007


Rapper/actress Eve (Jeffers)graces the fall cover of HX magazine. In her candid interview, the self-proclaimed 'pit bull in a skirt' dishes on everything--from those seemingly never-ending gay rumors that have been throwing shade at her reputation for years--to the often times, unspoken truths of not only homophobia & homosexuality within the hip-hop community, but the down low rappers and moguls who are involved in it. The Philly native also spills the beans on why she has so much love for the gay community as well as who she considers to be her girl crush--while also revealing a couple of face-to-face moments with some of the most bold, brazen and aggressive lesbians you'd (probably)never want to meet. Check out a few excerpts from her interview below.

HX MAG: What kind of sound can we expect (on your new album)?
EVE: I didn’t want to do anything too slow or serious, and I didn’t want to do anything that was too much me talking about myself and me coming back in the game and how long it’s been. I wanted to do an album like the ones that make me drive in the car or make me feel good to get dressed to go out to the club— just make my day right. Those are the albums that I listen to, and hopefully that’s the album that I made.

HX MAG: How do you feel about criticism from the hip-hop community that you’ve gone Hollywood?
EVE: I want somebody to give me an actual definition of “Hollywood.” Hollywood always has this negative connotation attached to it. Yeah, I went and did a show in Hollywood [UPN’s Eve], so if that means me going Hollywood—yeah. As far as the negative connotations, I would hope they are not saying it in that way, and if they are, everyone’s entitled to their opinion. I don’t think I have.

HX MAG: You seem more glamorous than ever. How would you describe your current look?
EVE: I guess it is more glamorous and about fashion—I don’t know because I never put a title on myself. I feel like, if anything, it’s just a transition.

HX MAG: Speaking of fashion, what happened to your fashion line, Fetish?
EVE: The last partner I had I was Marc Ecko, and we just didn’t see eye to eye. Instead of going to court, we just decided to let the contract die out. Now I’m with new partners, a group called Signature group, and they’re amazing. We’re relaunching the line this fall, and then we’re doing a big line in the spring, so it looks amazing. I’m so happy with it.

HX MAG: At what point in your career did you know the gay community supported you?
EVE: I feel like they have always supported me from the time I came out. I always felt good if a gay person gave me props. Honestly, I feel like if a gay person gives you props, you must be doing something right. That’s just real, and I always felt like that. I wish I remembered this drag queen’s name…I was in downtown New York and she pulled me to the side and she was like, “Girl, you are hot! Okay? You don’t let nobody tell you different!” I loved it! I was like, “Thank you!” I’m happy I have the support.

HX MAG: Do you get approached a lot by women?
EVE: Yeah, I used to more when I first came out. I’ve had people tell me straight up and down that I was gay—I still get it from people. I get more accusations than I actually do get hit on now.



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