Rapper Eve had a long career in music before anything else, and she’s been reminiscing on her time in the business due to the airing of the BET special Ruff Ryders: Chronicles. While she’s since moved into television, hosting CBS’ The Real, it’s her time among the hip-hop heavyweights that’s drawing attention to her history.
Coming from hip-hop has always been something Eve has been very upfront about but it her choice of partner, a White man, during the recent divisive mood in America that made Eve have some unfortunate conversations outside of music. Eve’s been married for almost 7 years now and the discussion came up on The Real.
Eve has been married to international entrepreneur Maximillion Cooper, since 2014. When they married, Eve also became a stepmother to his 4 children and creating a whole new family dynamic for herself and new family. Of course, interracial marriages bring their own challenges, especially when you’re marrying a very visible Black hip-hop artist from America.
Eve previously told her The Real co-hosts Carrie Ann Inaba, Marie Osmond, Sheryl Underwood, and Sharon Osbourne, as well as special guest, KCBS-TV Los Angeles anchor Pat Harvey, that she and Maximillion had been having “some of the most difficult and uncomfortable conversations” about race that they’ve ever had.
“But, at the same time, it’s a beautiful thing, because… I don’t know his life through his eyes. He doesn’t know my life through my eyes,” she noted. “All he can do is try to understand and try to ask the questions, and he wants to understand, and that’s what the nation — that’s what the world — has to do.”
With the addition of a career retrospective on top of what the country has been going through, Eve’s letting folks know her side of the story in detail, using her platform as a television host to speak up and speak out. Now, she’s telling the story of how Dr. Dre dropping her from Aftermath Records “devastated” her.
She told viewers on her show parts of her backstory and how she first got introduced to Dr. Dre because her drug-dealing managers suggested she pose as the “weed girl,” among other wild stories.
“So we got to this house, I stood up, they put a tape in, and I started rapping. And the guy was like, ‘What the f—, where’s the weed?’ He finished listening to me, he let me rap, and then he called Dre right there and was like, ‘I think we found our girl.’ That next weekend, I was in LA recording a demo for Dr. Dre.”
Her time with Dre didn’t produce the outcome she expected, however. After moving to Los Angeles after being signed, Dre went M.I.A. on the rapper, crushing her dreams, because he’d had a newer signing deemed more important – Eminem. “It wasn’t too long after Eminem got signed, I got dropped from Aftermath. I was devastated,” she said.
“I would literally show up to studio sessions that I wasn’t supposed to be at where I knew Dre was gonna be and be like, ‘So, when am I recording? When are you gonna put me in a song? What’s going on?’ I think he got sick of that and then I got dropped eight months later.”
Despite that, she packed up, went back home to Philadelphia, PA and connected with the Ruff Ryders, eventually becoming the “First Lady” of the prominent hip-hop clique.
See the interview below.