Eve: “I’ve always liked Azealia Banks. Lyrically, she’s dope. She has a lot of talent. I think Angel Haze is so dope. I would love to do something with her. I have a young chick on my album named Nacho and she’s ridiculous. I see some of these young girls coming up and I am inspired and impressed by them.”
HB: Why should we buy Lip Lock?
Eve: “Lyrically, on Lip Lock, people are going to be like, ‘That’s my girl.’ I’m an emcee. I’m a lyricist. You will definitely hear growth on this album. I’ve been in the game a long time. This is the first album I have done without my dogs, my dudes. I got to be the captain of the ship on every level. This is my women’s album, from my perspective. I feel like you can hear that on this album.”
HB: What in the world is going on with DMX?
Eve: “I just saw X about a week and a half ago. I had a show with him in Detroit. When I see him, it’s the best. I love X. He’s one of my favorite people. The thing with X, people see things on TV–yeah he does have a lot of issues, but at the same time, X is a grown man and he’s very clear on the things that he’s doing and who he is. I’ve known X since I was 18 and I am 30 plus now. He’s the same dude. You can’t make him or tell him to do anything. He’s his own man. At the end of the day, if he called me at any time, I would be right there. But I can’t make him do anything.
I can’t give up an opinion on what he needs. When I see him, I see him in the best light. When I see him, he’s laughing, joking, being crazy and we’re laughing and reminiscing. I don’t get that X that everyone else sees–those moments that other people see. The X that I get is the X that I love. I’ve seen him bad situations, but the majority of the time I’m with X, it’s awesome.”