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'Queens': 5 things you need to know about Eve from ABC musical drama

Meet rapper, singer and now actress Eve in a stunning new diva persona only on 'Queens' on ABC
Eve the lead actress in 'Queens' (Instagram)
Eve the lead actress in 'Queens' (Instagram)

'Queens' is the latest addition to ABC's show list and fans are already excited about it! The ABC show is set to revolve around music with hip-hop, old friends, and a whole lot of talent. Fans are already hyped as the trailer showcases the fun ride 'Queens' is looking to be.

The official ABC synopsis reads, "Queens" follows four women in their 40s who reunite for a chance to recapture their fame and regain the swagger they had in the '90s when they were legends in the hip-hop world.' As the now older women get back into sync we'll follow the reigniting of flames, friendships and swagger."  Eve stars as Brianna aka Professor Sex, Naturi Naughton as Jill aka Da Thrill, Nadine Velazquez as Valeria aka Butter Pecan, Taylor Selé as Eric Jones, Pepi Sonuga as Lil Muffin and Brandy as Naomi aka Xplicit Lyrics on the ABC series. Read on to know more about lead actress Eve.


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5 things to know about Eve from 'Queens' 

1. Eve is not her complete name

Eve's real name is Eve Jihan Cooper. She uses Eve mononymously for artistic purposes.

2. Eve was originally a rapper

 Eve's first musical interest was singing which led her to join a choir. She even formed an all-female singing group (Dope Girl Posse or EDGP), which later split. She began her solo career under the name "Eve of Destruction". She has been part of numerous projects like the  Bulworth soundtrack as Eve of Destruction while signed to Dr Dre's record label Aftermath Entertainment. She appeared on DJ Clue?'s song "Ruff Ryders' Anthem" (Remix) from his album The Professional and The Roots' single "You Got Me" from the band's fourth album Things Fall Apart. Her second studio album 'Scorpion' was released on March 6, 2001, with her first single, "Who's That Girl" peaking at number 47 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number six in the United Kingdom, It was also number 97 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.

3. Eve used to be a stripper

Before she was a rapper Eve used to be a stripper. She started when she was 18 nd only stopped after rapper Mase convinced her to stop stripping. In 1999, Eve discussed stripping in an interview with Rolling Stone, saying "that was a hustle, too; there's a song about it on my album, 'Heaven Only Knows.' But I don't regret it – I was eighteen and confused, going through personal problems. I did it for about a month, and I was glad I did it. It helped me find Eve, helped me get serious." She found that world depressing and after finding that she didn't belong there she started her musical journey.


4. Eve is a Grammy Award-winning artist

Eve has received multiple awards and honors throughout her long career, which include a Grammy Award, BET Award, MTV Video Music Award, Teen Choice Award, and two Daytime Emmy Award nominations. Eve was also placed on VH1's list of the '50 Greatest Hip Hop Artists'. In 2020, Spin also named her one of the '30 Greatest Female Rappers Ever'.

5. Eve is about to become a first-time mother 

The singer is expecting her first child with husband Maximillion Cooper who she started dating in 2010. The couple became engaged in 2013 and married in 2014. Eve also has four stepchildren, all from Cooper's previous marriage to businessperson Julie Brangstrup.


“Queens” is set to premiere on Tuesday, October 19 at 10/9c on ABC. You can also stream the show on Hulu.