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SWIZZ BEATZ WANTS DIVORCE COURT GAG: Producer asks judge to seal ... - Eurweb.com
*Now that he's gone public about his romance with songstress Alicia Keys, rapper and producer Swizz Beatz wants the public barred from ongoing divorce proceedings with his wife, singer Mashonda, the New York Post's Dareh Gregorian reports....
Meet Alicia Keys' secret boyfriend, Swizz Beats - New York Daily News
Hip-hop maestro Swizz Beatz is finally admitting that he and Alicia Keys are an item — but he wishes his estranged wife, Mashonda, would leave the Grammy winner out of their divorce. For months now, Swizz has been trying to keep his thing with Alicia...
DMX Reunites W/ Jadakiss, "Check That Sh*t Out Son" [Video] - SOHH
DMX recently announced his return to the recording booth with Ruff Ryder associates Jadakiss and Swizz Beatz for the "Who's Real" remix. In addition to revealing plans to re-link with his old rap posse, X spoke on returning to hip-hop's spotlight and...
Bette Midler Makes 50 Cent Feel Beautiful - New York Magazine
Since going public about his relationship with Alicia Keys, rapper Swizz Beatz wants his divorce proceedings banned from public view, asking that the Manhattan Supreme Court issue a gag order, which is interesting, because no one really cared in the...
Lil Kim, Swizz Beatz Become Celebrity Crank Caller Ralphige's ... - BallerStatus.com
His latest victims are superproducer Swizz Beatz and Lil Kim. In his call with Swizzy, the crank caller gets at the producer for not responding to his Twitter replies. Swizzy ain't feeling that to say the least. On his call with Lil Kim, Ralphige tries...
Kid Cudi Says People Are Taking His Sound, So He's 'Really ... - BallerStatus.com
Today, he's crafting his debut album, Man on the Moon: The Guardian, with the industry's top producers such as Kanye West, Will.i.am, and Swizz Beatz, among others. So, what can we expect from this highly anticipated debut? An album like none you've...
Swizz Beatz and Hennessy Team Up For Hennessy Black Cognac LE - HipHopRX
Music producer/rapper Swizz Beatz has teamed up with Hennessy to help launch a new limited-edition line of cognac which the single “When I Step In The Club” is being used for. The single “When I Step In The Club” which is directed by Hype Williams is...
Jadakiss On Internet Rumors, "I Ain't Broke & I Ain't Gay" [Video] - SOHH
Think I'm gonna call it Top 5 Dead Or Alive and I'm only gonna work with [DJ Premier], Alchemist, Swizz [Beatz], Dame Grease, nah mean?" (MTV) Jada recently broke down his feelings on the Big Apple's hip-hop making a comeback....
Whitney Houston Is Swizz Beatz' 'Mill Dollar' Baby - Rap-Up.com
Swizz Beatz is playing millionaire matchmaker with Whitney Houston. We previously reported that the producer had crafted a “smash” for the legendary diva's new album. Now Swizzy is revealing the name of the track to Rap-Up.com....

Swizz Beatz

Swizz Beatz performing at Hot 97's Summer Jam 2007

Kasseem Dean (born August 30, 1978), better known by his stage name Swizz Beatz, is an American record producer and rapper. He is the founder of the label Full Surface Records.

In 2004, Swizz Beatz married R&B singer Mashonda. In April 2008, the couple separated after four years of marriage. Rumors have since surfaced online suggesting Alicia Keys was involved in the break-up, but Swizz dismissed the rumors saying that that is far from the truth. Swizz Beatz is a painting collector and a painter himself on his own free time. He donates the money he earns from his paintings to the Children's Cancer & Blood Foundation. In 2008 it was noted that Swizz Beatz owes the IRS $842,644.52 in back taxes.

With his uncles (Chivon, Dee, and Waah Dean) involved with the Ruff Ryders label, he began to produce tracks at the age of 16. He sold his first beat at 17 which became DMX's hit single Ruff Ryders Anthem. He started working with Ruff Ryders, Roc-A-Fella Records, Elektra Records, Epic Records, Def Jam Recordings, and Bad Boy Entertainment and his career blew up from there. But it wasn't until his first solo album, 2002's Presents G.H.E.T.T.O. Stories, that he started to get notices for his production style and interesting ideas. He released two singles "Guilty" and "Bigger Business" and both had music videos.

Swizz Beatz has his own record label called Full Surface which was helped developed by Cassidy and is currently working on albums by Cassidy, Jay-Z, 2 Much, 50 Cent, Drag-On, Papoose, Busta Rhymes, Ruff Ryders, Michael Jackson, Eve, T.I., Lil Wayne, Bow Wow, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Eminem, Lil Jon and Ludacris. He is also set to be recording the new album for his close friend DMX which is confirmed to be titled Walk with Me Now and You'll Fly with Me Later. It was also confirmed he will be working with Jennifer Lopez for the first time on her new album.

In February 2007 the producer mixed the music for design duo Heatherette's Fall 2007 New York Fashion Week runway show.

Swizz Beatz released his first proper solo album titled One Man Band Man on August 21, 2007, selling 45,000 records in its first week of release including songs such as "It's Me Bitches", "Money in the Bank".

On October 19, 2007, as an extension to his first solo project, Swizz Beatz launched a contest called Music Video 2.0 and The Source Magazine Presents "Share the Studio." The contest and allows unsigned/indie music artists the opportunity to compete on the Music Video 2.0 website for the chance to open for Swizz Beatz at a NYC event.

Swizz Beatz also did an interview with MTV about his next album stating he just leaked a record called "Hard Knocks" with Drag-On. It's the first offering from Beatz's upcoming follow-up to One Man Band Man.

The title is between Life After the Party and Remember Hip-Hop," he continued. "I'm in between them. I don't even have a date on my joint. I'm just feeling out the scene.

He later announced that his second album would be entitled Life After the Party.

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Ludacris

Ludacris at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards

Christopher Bridges (born September 11, 1977), better known by his stage name Ludacris, Grammy Award-winning American rapper. Along with his manager, Chaka Zulu, Ludacris is the co-founder of Disturbing tha Peace, an imprint distributed by Def Jam Recordings. Ludacris is the highest-selling Southern hip hop solo artist of all time with over 15 million units sold in the United States. Ludacris is also a SAG award and Critic's Choice Award award winning actor.

Ludacris was born on September 11, 1977 in Champaign, Illinois. He lived in Oak Park, Illinois and attended Oak Park and River Forest High School. During his high school years his family later moved to College Park, a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. He attended Banneker High School and then studied Music Management at Georgia State University.

In 2007, Bridges lost his father Wayne to cancer. Bridges also has a daughter named Karma.

He worked as a radio presenter under the pseudonym DJ Chris Lova Lova at Atlanta hip-hop station Hot 97.5. WHTA, now located at 107.9. Producer/rapper Timbaland made an offer for Ludacris to work with him at the radio station. Ludacris performed on the track "Phat Rabbit" as Ludacris on Timbaland's 1998 album Tim's Bio.

Ludacris released his major label debut, Back for the First Time, in November 2000. This album, which was actually a modified re-release of the album Incognegro,made in 1998. It was produced with the help of the underground producer Sessy Melia, whom he also dated for a short while. The album reached as high as #4 on the charts, and was a major success. Ludacris made his mark on the industry with singles such as "Southern Hospitality" and "What's Your Fantasy", which was heavily inspired by rapper Too Short, along with his first ever single the "Phat Rabbit", from two years prior. Guest appearances included 4-Ize, I-20, Lil Fate, Shawnna, Pastor Troy, Timbaland, Trina, Foxy Brown, UGK, and others.

Ludacris promptly completed his next album, Word of Mouf, and released it at the end of 2003. The video for the lead single, "Rollout (My Business)", was nominated for a 2002 VMA, and Ludacris performed it live at the awards' pre-show. He also released singles "Saturday (Oooh Oooh)" with Sleepy Brown, "Move Bitch" with Mystikal & I-20, and "Area Codes" with Nate Dogg. Word of Mouf became Ludacris' best selling album to date. Guest appearances included Nate Dogg, Mystikal, I-20, Shawnna, Lil Fate, Three 6 Mafia, Twista, and Jagged Edge.

During the spring of 2003, Ludacris returned to the music scene after a brief hiatus with a new single, "Act a Fool", from the 2 Fast 2 Furious soundtrack. At around the same time, he released the lead single from his album Chicken-n-Beer, called "P-Poppin" (short for "Pussy Poppin'"). Neither of his new singles were as well-received by either the urban or pop audiences as his previous songs had been, and both music videos received only limited airplay. Chicken-N-Beer opened strongly, but without a popular single, the album fell quickly. Guest appearances include Playaz Circle, Chingy, Snoop Dogg, 8Ball & MJG, Lil' Flip, I-20, Lil Fate, and Shawnna.

In the fall of 2003, Ludacris rebounded with his next single, "Stand Up", which appeared on both Chicken-n-Beer as well as the soundtrack for the teen hip-hop/dance movie, You Got Served. Produced by Kanye West, "Stand Up" went on to become one of Ludacris' biggest mainstream hits to date, hitting the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 garnering heavy airplay on mainstream pop, rhythmic, and urban radio stations, as well as on MTV, MTV2, and BET. Ludacris was sued by a New Jersey group called I.O.F. who claimed that "Stand Up" used a hook from one of their songs, but in June 2006, a jury found that the song did not violate copyrights. "I hope the plaintiffs enjoyed their 15 minutes of fame," Ludacris said after the verdict.

The album's next single, "Splash Waterfalls", was released in early 2004. A huge pop hit (despite its steamy video and explicit, adult-oriented lyrical content and themes), it subsequently became a success at urban radio and BET, and is the only time he has produced two consecutive top 10 singles from a solo album, except for Release Therapy (an unedited version of the video could only be viewed on BET's Uncut program). It was Ludacris' most sexual video yet and an R&B remix that featured Raphael Saadiq and sampled Tony! Toni! Tone!'s "Whatever You Want". Ludacris also received his first Grammy Award with Usher and Lil Jon for their hit single "Yeah!". Ludacris next released "Blow It Out", a gritty song with an urban, low-budget music video. A departure from the R&B leanings of "Splash Waterfalls", "Blow It Out" acted both as a response to the criticism levied by Bill O'Reilly and an attack on Pepsi's role in the affair.

Although not entirely different from the usual antics of the previous albums, Ludacris had taken a more mature approach to this, his fourth album. Sohail Khalid helped produce this album with various artists such as T.I., Lil Flip and Bun B. Ludacris openly boasted that he may be the only rapper able to keep the Def Jam label afloat on the opening track. Ludacris filmed and recorded the single "Get Back" in which he was featured as a muscle-bound hulk who was being annoyed by the media and warned critics to leave him alone. He first appeared on the long-running sketch show Saturday Night Live as a special guest performing with musical guest Sum 41 on a season 30 episode hosted by Paul Giamatti. He then recorded Get Back with Sum 41 to make a rock crossover single. The follow-up single was the Austin Powers-inspired "The Number One Spot". It was produced by New York City's Hot 97 personality DJ Green Lantern. It used the Quincy Jones sample of "Soul Bossa Nova" and sped it up to the tempo of Ludacris' rap flow. He also filmed the video in which he pokes fun at O'Reilly's problems with Andrea Mackris (Hi Mr. O'Reilly / Hope all is well kiss the plaintiff and the wifey). Production credits come also from veteran producers Timbaland, Lil' Jon, The Medicine Men. Featured artists on the album include Nas, DJ Quik, DMX, Trick Daddy, Sleepy Brown, and Disturbing tha Peace newcomers Bobby Valentino (of Mista fame) and Dolla Boi and Small World. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard charts.

In an issue of XXL, a hip-hop based magazine, Ludacris was placed in the number nine spot for the most anticipated albums of 2006, for Release Therapy. The album Release Therapy was released on September 26, 2006. Ludacris formatted the CD to have two sides: a Release side and a Therapy side on a single CD. With the Release side having songs that allow him to get everything off his chest and the Therapy side being just feel-good music, on the flip side it's extremely dark in mood. Guest appearances include Pharrell Williams, R. Kelly, Young Jeezy, Mary J. Blige, Field Mob, Bobby Valentino, Pimp C, C-Murder, & Beanie Sigel. The first single, "Money Maker", which features Pharrell Williams, was released to U.S. radio outlets on July 17, 2006. "Money Maker" reached number one on the BET 106 & Park. It then went to become the rapper's second number one single after 6 years. His second single, "Grew Up a Screw Up", featuring Young Jeezy, dispels rumors that both Ludacris and Young Jeezy having beef toward each other. His third single, "Runaway Love", soon peaked at number one on the U.S. Rap Billboard and won Best Collaboration in the 2007 BET Awards. His album then reached number one on the Billboard 200 album charts with sales of 309,000 in its first week. With the release of this album, Ludacris marked a change in style in his career with his musical style. The new album itself features a departure of the light-hearted mood of his previous albums, and introduces a darker side. A change of hair accompanied this as he cut off his trademark braids for a more conventional "fade" cut. This was done to project a new image for the album. To promote the album, Ludacris returned to Saturday Night Live (as both host and musical guest) on November 18, 2006.

Ludacris recently revealed to BET Weekly that he has collaborated with rock group Good Charlotte for his upcoming sixth solo album titled Theater of the Mind. Ludacris also divulged that he also wants to work with Eminem on the album. The Preview, a mixtape to preview the album was released on the 28th of July 2008. Theater of the Mind, is slated for release on November 24, 2008, and in April 2008, a single named "Stay Together" appeared on xxlmag.com; supposedly from the new album ("Stay Together" was expected to but did not release as a track on the new CD). Also, a song with Small World called "Pinky Shinin" was also expected to be on the album. In an interview with Complex Magazine he states that Chris Brown, Lil Wayne and The Game will be on the album; The Game is featured in a track with Willy Northpole titled "Call Up the Homies" Swizz Beatz has also produced some songs for the album. T.I. will be on the album on a track called "Wish You Would". The album debuted at number five on the Billboard 200 with 213,493 sold first week. The album was released the same day as Kanye West's 808s & Heartbreak, which took the number one spot. His first single "What Them Girls Like", featuring Chris Brown and Sean Garrett, peaked at #33 on the Billboard 100. His second single, "One More Drink", featuring T-Pain, peaked at #24 on the Billboard 100. He also confirmed a "sequel" to the album due to be released sometime in 2009.

Ludacris was featured on the cover of Beyond Race magazine for the publication's summer 2008 issue.

After the success of Back For The First Time, Ludacris then used his opportunity to start his own foundation. The Ludacris Foundation, started by Ludacris and Chaka Zulu, is an organization that helps young middle and high school students motivate themselves in creative arts.

In 2007 Matt Apfel, a reality TV producer, had an idea for a show about mashups between fans and rock stars. He sat down with Ludacris and Disturbing tha Peace CEO Chaka Zulu and discovered that they wanted to do something similar. Out of this partnership, they started a new media distribution company called wemix.com. Recently, WeMix.com announced a partnership with PhoneZoo to launch an innovative content distribution platform for new artists.

In April 2008, Ludacris was to have launched his latest business venture, Straits Atlanta, bringing Singaporean cuisine to the artist’s hometown. The restaurant is the fourth of its kind: Ludacris’ partner in the venture, Chef Chris Yeo, owns three other restaurants in the Straits brand in San Francisco, San Jose and Burlingame, California. Straits Atlanta will further incorporate Georgian ingredients into the menu. The upscale $2.7 million dollar restaurant will open in Midtown Atlanta, in a building purchased by Ludacris nearly one year ago. Ludacris has also invested almost $1,000,000 into renovating the building. Two more restaurants are in the works.

Ludacris is also the co-host of a show with rocker Tommy Lee for Planet Green titled "Battleground Earth". The show premiered on August 3, 2008 and aired through September 2008. The show airs Sundays at 10 PM ET on Planet Green and Thursdays at 8 PM ET on TLC.

He also appeared in episodes as a relative of Finn (played by 9 Ice T) on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.

On August 27, 2002, Bill O'Reilly called for all Americans to boycott Pepsi products, due to O'Reilly's opinion that Ludacris' lyrics glamorize a "life of guns, violence, drugs and disrespect of women".

On August 28, 2002, O'Reilly reported that Pepsi had fired Luda. O'Reilly later denied his call for a boycott when challenged on his show, claiming that he merely said he wasn't going to drink any Pepsi products.

Furthering the Pepsi controversy, in response to the signing of the Osbourne family, popular hip-hop music mogul Russell Simmons organized a boycott against the company. Simmons demanded an apology from Pepsi to Ludacris and a 5 million dollar donation to one of his charities. Eventually Simmons and Pepsi settled on an agreement to stop the boycott, right before it was to officially begin. While Pepsi did not formally apologize to Ludacris, they did agree to donate millions of dollars over several years to Russell Simmons Hip-Hop Summit Action Network.

The song "Politics (Obama Is Here)" from Ludacris' mixtape The Preview has caused controversy due to lyrics in the song criticizing Reverend Jesse Jackson (”Now Jesse talkin’ slick and apologizin’ for what?/ If you said it then you meant it”), McCain (”McCain don’t belong in any chair unless he’s paralyzed”), President Bush (”Yeah I said it, ‘cuz Bush is mentally handicapped/ Ball up all of his speeches and throw ‘em just like candy wraps/ ‘Cuz what you talkin’ I hear nothin’ even relevant/ And you the worst of all 43 presidents”), and insulting Hillary Clinton (”Hillary hated on you, so that bitch is irrelevant..”).

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Life After the Party

Life After the Party cover

Life After the Party is rapper/producer Swizz Beatz' second studio album.

Guests and production on the album might include artists and producers from Swizz Beatz' label Full Surface such as Cassidy, Eve, Drag-On, Vinylz, The Individualz, & Neo Da Matrix.

Songs such as "Get Loose" featuring Fatman Scoop, "Showtime" produced by Cookin Soul and a snippet of "Way You Make Me Feel" featuring Alicia Keys were leaked onto the internet it is unknown whether these songs will be on the album or not.

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Top Down

“Top Down” cover

The song was featured in the second half of the music video for "Money in the Bank". In it Swizz Beatz is in front of a green screen "riding" a Lamborghini. After the video was released Swizz Beatz released the single on his Myspace.

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Ruff Ryders Entertainment

Image:Ruff Ryders Logo.jpg

Ruff Ryders Entertainment is a New York-based record label and management company, specializing in hip hop music. It was founded in 1988 by Chivon Dean and her brothers Dee and Waah, uncles of producer Swizz Beatz. The misspelling is deliberate, and a take off of Theodore Roosevelt's band of Rough Riders, the 1st Volunteer Cavalry Regiment during the Spanish-American War.

Ruff Ryders' founders were initially famous for managing rapper DMX, who became a multi-platinum star for Def Jam Records in the late-1990s. After DMX's success, the management company started its own label imprint through Interscope Records, and had success with releases from female rapper Eve, former Bad Boy Records group The L.O.X. and its main rapper Jadakiss, Drag-On, and newcomer Jin, winner of BET's 106 & Park freestyle MC battle competition. The Deans' nephew Swizz Beatz is the main producer for most of the acts on the roster. In 2006 Cassidy was signed to the label through Swizz Beatz along with Full Surface labelmate Yung Wun.

The L.O.X.

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Eve (rapper)

Eve Jihan Jeffers (born November 10, 1978), better known as Eve, is a grammy winning rapper, singer, actress, and musician. She has sold millions of albums during her musical career. Her first three albums have so far reached 7 million copies sold world wide. In 2003, she became the star of her own TV show, Eve, which lasted for 3 seasons. The rapper/singer/actress has also achieved success in fashion as she started a clothing line titled "Fetish." She ranked # 48 on VH1's "50 Greatest Women Of The Video Era" show list.

Eve was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Julia Wilch-Jeffers, a publishing company supervisor, and Jerry Jeffers, a chemical plant supervisor. She adopted the name Gangsta in high school as part of an all-female group called EDGP (pronounced Egypt), and went solo as Eve of Destruction.

During her early years in Philadelphia, Eve's first musical interest was singing. She sang in many choirs and even made an all-female singing group (Dope Girl Posse or D.G.P.) with a manager. This group covered songs from En Vogue and Color Me Badd. After the group's manager saw the rap group ABC, they suggested that the group raps and Eve stuck with it. She then went on to form a rapping group.

Eve is featured (along with Erykah Badu) on the song "You Got Me" by The Roots, from their 1999 album Things Fall Apart. She also provided background vocals on the song "Ain't Sayin' Nothin' New" from the same album. In the album's liner notes, she is referred to as Eve of Destruction.

Eve first appeared on DJ Clue's The Professional, along with other Ruff Ryders' compilations. Her next single, "What Ya Want", featuring Nokio of Dru Hill, didn't do so well on the charts, so she collaborated with The Roots, Blackstreet and Janet Jackson, which further expanded her fan base. Her 1999 debut, Ruff Ryders' First Lady, was an unprecedented success, becoming the second hip-hop album by a woman to enter the Billboard 200 at #1 (the first was by Brooklyn rapper, Foxy Brown).

The follow-up to Ruff Ryders' First Lady, Scorpion, was released in 2001. Its first single, "Who's That Girl" guaranteed the rapper first international success. The second single, "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" (with Gwen Stefani of No Doubt) and produced by Dr. Dre, became a pop success, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song won a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, and Eve eventually went platinum.

One of the record's strengths, cited in several reviews, was Eve's exploration of her singing voice in addition to her rapping skills. "I was a singer before I started rapping," Eve said in a Ruff Ryders press release, "so on this album I wanted my audience to hear more of my vocal skills".

Eve's third album, Eve-Olution, was released in summer 2002 (see 2002 in music) and peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200. In the meantime, the album's first single, "Gangsta Lovin'", with Alicia Keys, became another #2 hit. The second and final single, "Satisfaction", only saw moderate success again. Eve-Olution only went gold and became Eve's worst-selling album to date. Also that year she performed the entrance song "All Grown Up" for WWE personality Stephanie McMahon. Afterwards, Eve closed out 2003 by signing to UPN for a television show about a fashion designer titled, Eve, and a feature on Mary J. Blige's single, "Not Today".

In 2005, the rapper appeared on Gwen Stefani's top ten hit "Rich Girl", which peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March. The same year, she appeared on the remix of Amerie's #1 U.S. R&B hit, "1 Thing" the Hitch soundtrack. Eve also was featured in Keyshia Cole's song Never as on the Barbershop 2: Back in Business Soundtrack and The Way It Is along with the official remix for Teairra Mari's second single No Daddy.

In 2007, she appeared on Kelly Rowland's single "Like This". The Punk Cabaret band One On None covered Eve's 1999 song "Love Is Blind". In July 2007, Eve made a guest appearance on Maroon 5's second single Wake Up Call on Live @ 45th at Night, it is unknown if this will be an official remix or if it will even be recorded.

After a series of delays, which saw Eve's last album 'Here I Am' eventually shelved, the rapper has confirmed the album has been re-branded, is now titled 'Flirt' and will be released in mid-2009.

Those rumored to be involved with the album are Timbaland, Dr. Dre, The Neptunes, Swizz Beatz and Scott Storch. Slated to make guest appearances are Adam Levine, Sean Paul, Swizz Beatz, Shakira, and possibly Gwen Stefani.

The first single "Tambourine" from Here I Am was released in April 2007. The second single was "Give It to You" featuring Sean Paul, a reggae-influenced breezy mid-tempo song Eve has stated that the third single may be a song called "All Night Long". This song is an 80s-pop influenced song that Eve sings rather than raps. "All Night Long" was produced by Pharrell and finds Eve singing, something the rapper had previously been reluctant to undertake despite persuasion from her label.

Eve appeared in XXX with Vin Diesel, both Barbershop and Barbershop 2: Back in Business with Ice Cube, The Cookout with Queen Latifah and Meagan Good, and The Woodsman with Kevin Bacon in mid 2004. She voiced Major Jones in the video game XIII, as well as one of the villains of the short-lived Spiderman cartoon on MTV. She is currently appearing in the nostalgic drama Flashbacks of a Fool alongside current James Bond actor Daniel Craig.

In 2003, Eve starred in the UPN television sitcom, Eve, as a fashion designer named Shelly. The show lasted three seasons until it was cancelled May 2006. She will be seen as guest star on an episode of Numb3rs in 2009.

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It's Me Bitches

“It's Me Bitches” cover

An edited version of the song was featured on the Madden 2008 soundtrack. The song gained popularity on So You Think You Can Dance when Robert Muraine gave a fairly lengthy audition set to the edited instrumental version of the song.

The music video was directed by Benny Boom. Rap group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Fabolous, DJ Felli Fel, and DJ Enuff of Hot 97 all make cameo appearances in the video.

Lil Wayne raps the first verse putting on a faux-Jamaican accent and even rapping in French a few times. This song is the first time he says the line "I say he so sweet make her wanna lick the wrapper, so I let her lick the rapper" which is later popularized in his hit single "Lollipop". He also freestyles over the beat on Da Drought 3.

R. Kelly sings the second verse giving it a little R&B, even slowing down the song a bit.

On the third verse, Swizz Beatz raps over a re-used beat from "Get Me Bodied" by Beyoncé (produced by Swizz Beatz himself).

Jadakiss raps the last verse over the famous "C.R.E.A.M." beat by Wu-Tang Clan. This verse is very rare and is sometimes even cutoff in the middle of it.

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