Eve on ‘VH1 Honors: All Hail The Queens’ by Uinterview

Eve is set to host the tribute to the most influential women in hip-hop at the VH1 Hip-Hop Honors: All Hail the Queens special event Monday night.

Eve Video Interview On ‘All Hail the Queens’

Eve doesn’t deny feeling a bit of nerves ahead of her hosting duties Monday evening, but she’s slightly put at ease by the fact that not only are the women she’s honoring the idols of her youth; they’re friends.

“Without Salt N Pepa, Queen Latifah, Missy and Kim even, I wouldn’t be or have the energy I have to be a female MC. It’s an honor for me to be able to host this because I’m actually a fan of all those women, so it’s gonna be a good night,” Eve told uInterview in an exclusive interview. “Thankfully, I actually do know all of those women and I can say that all of those women are cool chicks — amazing women. I’m excited to actually get to see them and kind of have a little reunion.”

In years past, Eve has been grateful for the the advice that the women, particularly Queen Latifa and Missy Elliot, have given her. As fellow women in the male-dominated rap game, they showed an interest in her career that undoubtedly played a part in her success.

“Queen Latifah has given me advice before, Missy’s given me advice before, and it’s been that kind of advice where you kinda just been hanging out at a party or at a dinner and they’ve both pulled me to the side and kinda asked me what my career was like and what I want to be doing in the next few years and I’ve always appreciated that,” Eve said

Eve added, “Queen Latifah was just someone who would be like — what are you doing? What are your plans? Asking me what my trajectory was I guess. And with Missy, it was more just about business, being in the business and being an artist in the business. I’ve always appreciated it.”

VH1 Hip-Hop Honors: All Hail the Queens airs on Monday, July 11 at 9 p.m.!

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Q: How are you preparing to host the show? -

At the moment it’s just my nerves. Just because I get nervous about public speaking or hosting anything, so at the moment it’s just my nerves but VH1 is amazing so I’m sure they’re gonna make sure I’m all good on the day.

Q: How have the women you are honoring shaped your own career? -

It’s been huge for me in my whole career — without Salt N Pepa, Queen Latifah, Missy and Kim even, I wouldn’t be or have the energy I have to be a female MC. It’s an honor for me to be able to host this because I’m actually a fan of all those women, so it’s gonna be a good night. Thankfully, I actually do know all of those women and I can say that all of those women are cool chicks — amazing women. I’m excited to actually get to see them and kind of have a little reunion.

Q: Have they ever given you career advice? -

Queen Latifah has given me advice before, Missy’s given me advice before, and it’s been that kind of advice where you kinda just been hanging out at a party or at a dinner and they’ve both pulled me to the side and kinda asked me what my career was like and what I want to be doing in the next few years and I’ve always appreciated that.

Queen Latifah was just someone who would be like — what are you doing? What are your plans? Asking me what my trajectory was I guess. And with Missy, it was more just about business, being in the business and being an artist in the business. I’ve always appreciated it.

Q: What is it like being a female rapper in a male dominated industry? -

Being a female rapper in this industry you have to have a hard shell. You definitely have to earn your respects, snatch your respect really, because it’s such a male dominated industry. I definitely was lucky though because I came up with Ruff Ryders and my Ruff Ryders protected me. I was like the baby sister, so I got lucky with them. But, you definitely have to fight a bit harder.

If there was a cipher or a rap battle on a street corner in Harlem or at the studio I was expected to get in it and show my skills and do my thing. I always have appreciated that — they never looked at me like ‘oh she’s the girl of the group so we don’t wanna put her in those situations.’ But for me, I’m also from Philly so as a Philly MC that’s something that we do and I’m happy that they treated me as an equal. They didn’t treat me like ‘she’s the girl rapper’ — they treated me as equal and I always loved that.