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Also Known As: Eve Jeffers, Eve Jihan Jeffers Died:
Born: November 10, 1979 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: lyricist, actress

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Known for her hard lyrics and sweet voice, Eve (who once described herself as a "pit bull in a skirt") was proof positive that a female lyricist could be successful in the male dominated rap industry. Reaching a more mainstream audience, the rapper charmed audiences playing the lead in her urban self-titled sitcom, "Eve" (UPN, 2003-06). Raised by her mother and grandmother in Philadelphia, Eve was born with the gift to entertain. She was a member of rap group EDGP (pronounced Egypt) and was tagged the name "Gansta." After the Philly group split, Eve began working on a solo career under the name "Eve of Destruction." She spent the better part of her days perfecting her craft, much to the detriment of her education. She stopped attending class and barely graduated high school. After her mother remarried, Eve felt the need to escape. She began working as a dancer in a Bronx strip club. It was as a stripper that Eve met, rapper Ma$e. Ma$e encouraged her stop the disrobing and start rapping on a professional level. Eve's big break came when she used her stret smarts to trick producer Dr Dre into an audition. The rap impresario immediately liked what he heard and signed her to a one-year contract with...

Known for her hard lyrics and sweet voice, Eve (who once described herself as a "pit bull in a skirt") was proof positive that a female lyricist could be successful in the male dominated rap industry. Reaching a more mainstream audience, the rapper charmed audiences playing the lead in her urban self-titled sitcom, "Eve" (UPN, 2003-06).

Raised by her mother and grandmother in Philadelphia, Eve was born with the gift to entertain. She was a member of rap group EDGP (pronounced Egypt) and was tagged the name "Gansta." After the Philly group split, Eve began working on a solo career under the name "Eve of Destruction." She spent the better part of her days perfecting her craft, much to the detriment of her education. She stopped attending class and barely graduated high school. After her mother remarried, Eve felt the need to escape. She began working as a dancer in a Bronx strip club. It was as a stripper that Eve met, rapper Ma$e. Ma$e encouraged her stop the disrobing and start rapping on a professional level.

Eve's big break came when she used her stret smarts to trick producer Dr Dre into an audition. The rap impresario immediately liked what he heard and signed her to a one-year contract with Aftermath. Unfortunately, Eve's contract expired before she was able to release an album. She then returned back to Philly and met artists from the Ruff Ryder label. After an impressive audition, Eve became the first female artist to sign with Ruff Ryder Records. In 1999, she released her first album Eve: Ruff Ryders First Lady, which hit number one on Billboards Top 200 the moment it was released. Her March 2001 sophomore release, Scorpion, provided the raw emotion that Eve experienced in her past and exactly one year later, she released her third album Eve-olution, which was widely received as her best work to date.

After solidifying her place in the music circuit, Eve took her skills out of the studio and onto the big screen. In 2002 she made her feature debut in the action drama "xXx," starring Vin Diesel and landed the role of Terri in the smash summer comedy "Barbershop" (2002), a role she reprised in the 2004 sequel. Following in the footsteps of rappers-turned-actors Ice-T and Ice Cube, Eve proved female rappers could hold their own on screen - even the more intimate small screen - by headlining her UPN sit-com "Eve," while still keeping her eyes focused on the even greener pastures of music and movie stardom. On the big screen, she joined the ensemble of the Queen Latifah-produced urban comedy "The Cookout" (2004).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Barbershop 3 (2016)
2.
 With This Ring (2015)
3.
 All Wifed Out (2013)
4.
 Bounty Killer (2013)
5.
 Good Hair (2009)
6.
 Whip It (2009)
7.
9.
 Woodsman, The (2004)
10.
 Cookout, The (2004)
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Began emceeing and rapping under the name "Gangsta" and as part of the group EDGP
:
Began performing solo as "Eve of Destruction" at talent shows and clubs
:
Began stripping as an escape from her mother's new marriage
1997:
Received a one-year contract with Dr Dre's label Aftermath
1998:
Signed with Ruff Ryders Records
1999:
Released her debut album: "Let There Be...Eve: Ruff Ryders First Lady"
2001:
Released a more assertive and stylistic second effort: "Scorpion"
2002:
Released her third album: "Eve-Olution"
2002:
Made her feature debut as J.J in the action feature "XXX"
2002:
Co-starred as a barber in the feature comedy "Barbershop"
2003:
Starred in the UPN sitcom "Eve" as a fashion designer named Shelly
2004:
Reunites with cast members for "Barbershop 2: Back in Business"
2004:
Starred opposite Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick in the indie film "The Woodsman"; screened at Sundance
2004:
Cast in the comedy "The Cookout" scripted by Queen Latifah
2005:
Appeared on Gwen Stefani's top ten hit "Rich Girl"
2007:
Parted ways with Aftermath and signed with Geffen Records
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Notes

"Certain people call me Eve of Destruction. I don't mind it, cause I'm still her, I'm still destroying emcees."---Eve

"... The entertainer Eve and Eve Jeffers are not so different, but they are two different people. But I like being able to become other people. That keeps it interesting and exciting, because it's not music all the time. You can get bored when you do the same thing all the time."---Eve Interview September 2002

"... I worked extra hard because I've been broke. I don't want to be broke again, ever. Ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever. I've never been a workaholic before. I don't think that I've realized until now how important it is to be on top of your business."---Eve Interview September 2002

Her mom refers to her as the childhood nickname "poo-a-doo"

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Stevie J. Singer. Dating as of c. 2000; no longer together in September 2002.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Jerry Jeffers. Chemical plant supervisor.
mother:
Julie Wilch. Medical publishing company supervisor. Seperated when Eve was 12; Eve was raised by her mother and grandmother; mother remarried c 1993.
half-brother:
Farrod. Born c. 1994.

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