Eve had a lot to prove when she broke into hip-hop in the 1990s. In an interview with VIBE, the former Ruff Ryders First Lady talked about how she was perceived as the only woman in a male-dominated crew and how much harder those perceptions made her work. ”If anything, I probably overcompensated as a woman. With dudes, you have to snatch the respect,” she said. “You earn it, gain it, snatch it. I also was adopted compared to everyone else. They’re from Harlem and Yonkers and here’s this girl from Philly, so I had to prove that I could write like them or better than them. I had to prove that I wasn’t a groupie. I did whatever I could to gain that respect and let them know I didn’t need them to carry me.”
Before Eve joined up with Ruff Ryders and set her career into motion, she was known as Eve of Destruction and signed to Dr. Dre‘s Aftermath Entertainment. But when it wasn’t working out between the rapstress and the West Coast veteran, she got dropped from the label – a situation she recalls as “devastating.”
During an interview with MTV’s RapFix Live, Ruff Ryders’ First Lady says that Dre never reached out to her directly to discuss her getting dropped, but says that they weren’t seeing eye-to-eye. “That was devastating. Of course [Dre didn't call me]. It was real stealthy, too. I was in my cute little condo. I was 18, too. I was ballin’. They was like, you gotta go home,” she said.
She also remembered that a particular person called her to break the news. Though she had to move from Los Angeles back to her native Philadelphia, she says that it was for the best.
“There was a person who definitely had the conversation with me, and I thought they was lying. And they wasn’t lying. They sent my ass back to Philly. If I would’ve come out then, I wouldn’t be where I am now. I know that 100 percent. I’m glad I dropped the ‘of Destruction’ part. I just want to be Eve.” Source: hiphopdx.com