Philadelphia native Eve Jihan Jeffers started out as part of a five-girl singing group before getting her big break in the world of rap, when she moved out to L.A. to meet Dr. Dre. Briefly signed to Dr. Dre's Aftermath label, she recorded a demo tape including a song that made it to the Bulworth soundtrack. Calling herself Eve of Destruction, she then met DMX and joined Ruff Ryders Records, becoming the only female rapper on the label. Using the simple name Eve, she released two solo rap albums -- Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryder's First Lady... and Scorpion -- before making her first film appearance in a brief role as J.J. in XXX, a spy thriller whose title song she also composed. After releasing her third album, Eve-olution, she then appeared in the urban comedy Barbershop (starring Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer) as Terri, the only female member of a south-side Chicago barbershop. Eve reprised her Barbershop role for its sequel in 2004, and was praised for her turn as the suspicious co-worker of a former child molester in The Woodsman the same year. The actress/singer dropped off the movie scene for several years in order to pursue her musical career and other ventures, then came back with a bang for a supporting role in Whip It, a comedy drama following an ex-pageant queen's experiences on a roller derby team. She also appeared on several episodes of Glee, Fox's hit television series following the oftentimes musical adventures of a high school glee club.
Biography by Andrea LeVasseur
- Began her rap career under the name Eve of Destruction.
- Credits DMX with helping her become the first female artist to sign with hip-hop label Ruff Ryders in 1998.
- Won a 2001 BET Award for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist.
- Made her feature-film debut in 2002's XXX, starring Vin Diesel.
- Launched her own clothing line, Fetish, in 2003.
- Appeared as rival glee-club director Grace Hitchens in episodes of Glee.