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Ruff Ryders' First Lady

1 rating: 5.0
Rap & Hip-Hop album by Eve

Rather than a full-fledged coming-out party for this tough-minded rapper,Ruff Ryders' First Ladyseems more like a sequel to theRyde or Die, Vol. 1compilation. Ryders bossDMX,Missy Elliott, and other guests take mic time equal to that of the album's nominal … see full wiki

1 review about Ruff Ryders' First Lady

Eve truly has a style all her own and I respect that about her

  • Jun 16, 2006
Rating:
+5
E-V-E, her album is terrific. I use to play the tape version on my Walkman constantly. I am proud of Swiss Beatz on those beats. I like almost every song on her album. Eve, although young in years during that time, did not lack experience for a second. Her quick deliveries and no-nonsense lyrics cut to the chase while spitting fire on wax with the rest of the dogs. Eve also brings a little sex appeal to the table. The reason I say little is because she does it in a way that you don't see all of her goodies, and that by the way is what a "First Lady" does.

Eve's conviction and passion make her noticeable no matter what the subject is, but she truly stands out when the stories become personal, examining the cost of the hard life she champions in other songs. "Love Is Blind" is a painful look at domestic violence. Self-respect and positively are the moral of "Heaven Only Knows." Both tracks are backed by beautiful arrangements with acoustic guitar and lush vocals. Eve maintains her hardcore image in these tracks. Drag-On, Missy, DMX, the LOX, and Beanie Siegel represent well on this album. Other tracks that grabs me are "Gotta Man", "Aint Got No Dough," "Philly Philly," and "Watch Ya'll want."

Eve comes full-circle with this album creating heartfelt rhymes that gain her respect as one of hip-hop's real ladies.

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Label: Interscope Records
Artist: Eve
Release Date: September 14, 1999

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