“I said bitches in debt, better pay they tax,” Eve repeats in her freestyle for BBC Radio 1′s Tim Westwood, set to Rihanna‘s “Pour It Up.” The emphasis is necessary — after a decade of false starts, Eve’s new album Lip Lock marked her return to rap, proving that the Ruff Ryder could still make herself heard among a new generation of MCs.
When Eve released her 1999 debut Let There Be Eve…. Ruff Ryders’ First Lady, she became the third female rapper to top the Billboard 200, following Lauryn Hill‘s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and Foxy Brown‘s Chyna Doll. During the making of her 2000 Grammy-winning single “Let Me Blow Your Mind,” Eve relied on her own killer instincts as she penned the chorus, then convinced the Ruff Ryders that Gwen Stefani was the right artist to feature.
In her freestyle, after she scolds rookie MCs, Eve dives into a second set of bars that details her arsenal: “Going crazy with the ratchet, killing spree / let them have it, Columbine, causing havoc / laying down hammock / I don’t give a shit, fuck it / tell these p—- n—-s to start ducking / I got the tomahawk and I’m cutting / Get ready, ’cause I’m gonna bust ‘em yeah / Yeah that’s right, gangsta bitch / fire-breathing, dragon shit / You got a problem? step to me / ’cause if you really want to get next to me, I’m out.” Watch up top.