By Tiffany Lewars

The former first lady of Ruff Ryders, Eve, is back in the game. Readying her fourth album, Liplock, Eve finally gives fans some new music. The first single off the album, She Bad Bad, was released Oct. 9 and looks like a hit. The bass-bumping track is produced by JukeBox (“Whip My Hair”), and while the femcee is not known for making club bangers, this one seems to be something DJs won’t stop spinning and the girls won’t stop singing. The track oozes of traditional hip-hop lyricism, like when Eve claims to be the “baddest.”

Eve stands as one of the most important female rappers of our generation, and her reemergence is both necessary and refreshing. After Nicki Minaj made a smash on the music scene, female rappers have been popping up left and right. Older artists have been inspired to get back in the booth, while newer faces like Iggy Azalea and Azealia Banks are being revered as amazing talents. Eve has always had a raw sound, with her tone and adlibs hitting you like a punch in the face.

I’m not sure if she’s trying to catch the ear of some new fans or show her old fans that she’s changing up her style, but for now it works. Hopefully, she does not isolate her older fans with a completely new sound but instead finds a happy medium by merging the old with the new. I’m excited to see what else she has to offer.