Eve Explains Split With Label, Says Exec Didn’t ‘Keep it Real’
Eve parted ways with her long-time label, Geffen/Interscope Records back in January, after putting up with several delays on her fourth studio album, now titled 'Lip Lock.' Although her 2007 single 'Tambourine' picked up considerable buzz, the album, formerly titled 'Here I Am,' was indefinitely shelved by the label.
In a recent interview with Vibe, Eve opened up about the split with Interscope, revealing her disappointment that label chairman Jimmy Iovine didn't keep it real with her, after an 11-year working relationship. "I'm not going to talk shit about him, but I don't appreciate the fact that he didn't go the extra mile for me," she said of Iovine.
Eve explained that she received unclear messages from Interscope after the release of 'Tambourine.' "[Interscope was] stupid because they didn't drop me at first, they [just shelved me] and dropped the ball," she said. The former Ruff Ryders first lady says that her biggest beef with the label stems from the fact that they promised to deliver, when they never intended to. "They promised me the machine. The machine is basically the roll out. It's 'Yo, when [Flirt] comes out, we'll give you this, we'll give you that. And that's what made me mad," she said. "It'd be different if we didn't have a meeting where people promised me s---. If they were just like 'Oh we're going to put the album out and see what happens,' that would be one thing. But they were like 'No, we're making sure this happens, it's coming out on this date.' It was concrete. But it's all good, everything happens how it's supposed to, when it's supposed to."
Eve released her debut album 'Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryder's First Lady,' on Interscope Records in 1999. She is currently reviewing offers from other labels, while completing work on her album 'Lip Lock,' which will be released later this year.