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Eve @ Kung Fu Necktie.

May 11, 2012
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Text, video and image by Morgan James.

Uptown’s fiercest lyricist and the industry’s most swagged female rapper is revving to make 2012 the year of E-V-E.

Back after a music hiatus – aside from a bevy of smash features and prominent acting gigs, Eve is poised to release her first full-length effort in ten years.

Eve kicked off the free “Reebok Classics” series sponsored by Reebok and Complex Magazine this week in her hometown (Eve graduated from Martin Luther King High School). The series of live concerts features hip-hop’s biggest icons and will visit Philly, NYC, Las Vegas and more throughout the summer. Concurrent with the campaign, the shows will be documented as part of an exclusive Complex film series.

Wednesday afternoon, Complex’s film crew captured hip-hop heads and Eve supporters wrapped around the corner at Kung Fu Necktie in anticipation. DJ Mike Nyce pumped up the volume and Eve wowed the crowd looking better than ever with some of her own classics “Hot Boyz,” “Satisfaction” and “Love Is Blind.”

During the performance she sampled two new tracks off of the upcoming album Lip Lock. She led the bar in a thumping reggae inspired track and later showcased an introspective song she dedicated to her brother, warmly telling the crowd and eyeing her father standing stage-left, “He graduates high-school this year and he’s going to college!”

A decade ago Eve rapped Let Me Blow Ya Mind.” This year she is ready to blow minds again. And she just might.

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