Philadelphia's own female rapper Eve recently spoke about her goal of setting up her post-Ruff Ryder time as a new artist. E V E says that she often has problems moving past her past with the Ruff Ryders.
"I hate it when people say, 'The old Eve, the old Eve.' No! I can't pretend to be that girl anymore. If I did, people would see that and be like, Why is she trying to be that same person? … When I went to take label meetings and they would listen to the music, a lot of them would be like, 'Yeah, that's good, but what's up with the Ruff Ryders sh*t?' I'm like, 'Yo, I was 21 then.' It's been years now. I've done a million different things. 'Tambourine' isn't Ruff Ryders. The records I did with Gwen [Stefani] weren't Ruff Ryders. I trust my audience enough to think they've grown, just like me — I'm hoping for that, but we'll see." (Ink Magazine)
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