5. Eve Goes Double Platinum
The truth is Eve Jihan Jeffers should have become a hip-hop footnote after being left on the shelf by Dr. Dre. Yet the one-time Aftermath act broke through big after linking up with the Yonkers, New York Ruff Ryders crew in 1998. Along with DMX and the Lox, Eve more than pulled her weight. Her 1999 debut Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryders’ First Lady became one of the imprint’s biggest sellers moving over two million copies.
Eve became the third female hip-hop artist to have an album debut at no. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts. A well-received television sitcom, clothing line and more hits would follow. But Eve’s impressive run would mean so much more to future female lyricists and her no-nonsense hometown.