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Eve Eyes September Release for ‘Lip Lock’

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It’s been almost a decade since the release of her third album, ‘Eve-Olution,’ but Philly rapstress Eve is eyeing the release date for her oft-delayed follow-up ‘Lip Lock.’ While in Jamaica for the EME Awards, Ruff Ryders’ first lady explained that she’s currently working on the LP, and that she hopes to have it in stores by the end of the summer.

“I’m also working on my new album that will come out hopefully in September,’ she told the Jamaica Observer while kicking it backstage with dance hall legend Lady Saw. “And I’m really excited about that.”

The release date should be taken with a grain of salt, though. In October 2010, the rapper-turned-mogul explained that label drama with her former imprint Interscope was to blame for the album’s postponement, and that because she had since signed with EMI, her album would land in stores at the top of March 2011.

“I been saying my album was coming and it was, but I left Interscope and now, I’m on EMI so the album is definitely coming at the top of the year,” she said at the time.

‘Lip Lock,’ which was previously titled both ‘Here I Am’ and ‘Flirt,’ is set to feature production from Swizz Beatz, Akon, MSTRKRFT, Chiddy Bang and Salaam Remi. Eve hasn’t revealed if she will reunite with her Ruff Ryders crew, but says that it isn’t out of the question. “You don’t get out of Ruff Ryders,” she said. “Obviously, that’s my fam, and I haven’t wrapped up the album yet, but you’ll hear stuff from somebody.”

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