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Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryders' First Lady

Let There Be Eve…Ruff Ryders' First Lady is the debut album of American rapper Eve. The album was released September 14, 1999 on Ruff Ryders Entertainment and Interscope Records. It sold 213,000 copies in the first week.[8] The album has sold over 2 million copies (according to Soundscan) and is certified Double Platinum.[9] The album features singles such as "Gotta Man," and "Love Is Blind" with Faith Evans. All of the songs on the album were written by Eve herself. Eve became the third female hip-hop artist to have her album peak at number one on the Billboard 200 (Lauryn Hill's debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, being the first to top the chart in 1998 and Foxy Brown's second album, Chyna Doll achieving the feat earlier in 1999).

Let There Be Eve…Ruff Ryders' First Lady
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 14, 1999 (1999-09-14)
Genre
Length57:09
Label
Producer
  • Dee Dean (exec.)
  • Waah Dean (exec.)
  • Swizz Beatz
  • P.K.
  • DJ Shok
  • Jay "Icepick" Jackson
Eve chronology
Let There Be Eve…Ruff Ryders' First Lady
(1999)
Scorpion
(2001)
Singles from Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryders' First Lady
  1. "What Ya'll Want"
    Released: June 1999 (1999-06)
  2. "Love is Blind"
    Released: August 31, 1999 (1999-08-31)
  3. "Gotta Man"
    Released: December 9, 1999 (1999-12-09)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[2]
Muzik4/5 stars[3]
NME(7/10)[4]
PopMatters(favorable)[5]
Q4/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau(2-star Honorable Mention)(2-star Honorable Mention)[6]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[7]
The Source3.5/5 stars[3]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."First Lady (intro)"Swizz Beatz1:36
2."Let's Talk About" (featuring Drag-On)Swizz Beatz3:31
3."Gotta Man" (featuring Mashonda)Swizz Beatz4:24
4."Philly Cheese Steak (skit)"Swizz Beatz1:37
5."Philly Philly" (featuring Beanie Sigel)Swizz Beatz3:57
6."Stuck Up" (featuring C.J.)Swizz Beatz3:53
7."Ain't Got No Dough" (featuring Missy Elliott)Swizz Beatz4:17
8."BM (skit)"Swizz Beatz1:01
9."Love Is Blind" (featuring Faith Evans)Swizz Beatz4:20
10."Scenario 2000" (featuring DMX, The Lox and Drag-On)Swizz Beatz3:50
11."Dog Match" (featuring DMX)Swizz Beatz4:19
12."My Bitches (skit)"Swizz Beatz1:08
13."We On That Shit!" (featuring P. Killer Trackz)P.K.3:25
14."Chokie Nikes (skit)"Jay "Icepick" Jackson1:04
15."Maniac" (featuring Swizz Beatz)Swizz Beatz4:22
16."My Enemies (skit)"Swizz Beatz1:43
17."Heaven Only Knows"DJ Shok4:29
18."What Y'all Want (Remix)" (Bonus Track)DJ Shok4:05

PersonnelEdit

Credits for Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryders' First Lady adapted from Allmusic.[10]

ChartsEdit

Weekly ChartsEdit

Chart (1999) Peak
position
Canadian Albums Chart 16
US Billboard 200 1
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[11] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[12] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ LaVeck, Theresa E. "Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryder's First Lady - Eve". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-11-16.
  2. ^ Walters, Barry (October 8, 1999). "Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryders' First Lady Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2009-11-16.
  3. ^ a b c "Let There Be Eve... Ruff Ryder's First Lady CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved 2012-12-30.
  4. ^ "Album Reviews - Ruff Ryders' First Lady". NME. November 3, 1999. Retrieved 2012-12-30.
  5. ^ "Eve, Eve: Ruff Ryders' First Lady". PopMatters. Retrieved 2012-12-30.
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Eve". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 2012-12-30.
  7. ^ Touré (October 14, 1999). "Recordings: Eve, Eve: Ruff Ryders' First Lady". Rolling Stone: 119–120. Archived from the original on 2001-11-02. Retrieved 2012-12-30.
  8. ^ Boehlert, Eric (1999-09-22). "Eve Rides to the Top of the Chart". Rolling Stone. Straight Arrow. ISSN 0035-791X. Retrieved 2011-11-07.
  9. ^ Eve. "Singer of the Week". AskMen.com. Archived from the original on 2010-01-18. Retrieved 2009-11-18.
  10. ^ Eve. "Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryder's First Lady: Credits". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-11-17.
  11. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Eve – Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryders' First Lady". Music Canada.
  12. ^ "American album certifications – Eve – Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryders' First Lady". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.