Mum was the word when Geffen announced that Eve’s forthcoming album, Here I Am, was being pushed back to 2008. Based on previous interviews, the general feeling was that Eve’s work with Dr. Dre didn’t meet either of their standards, and led to an amicable split which landed her on Geffen instead of Aftermath. The self-proclaimed “pit bull in a skirt” explained the delays to Rolling Stone.
“All Night Long is [it] exactly,” Eve said. “I kind of want to keep it at that bar, which is why I’m going back in. I was very apprehensive about singing, just because it’s not something people have heard from me. It’s not me being Mary J. Blige or Alicia Keys, it’s more melodic rapping.”
Apparently Pharrell Williams of The Neptunes is partly to thank for the album’s change in direction. “Skateboard P” advised Eve to take a day off from recording after learning she was in a bad mood due to relationship trouble. She returned to find he had crafted “Look Who’s Single Now,” which she describes as “a celebratory breakup song.”
Speaking of the ever-present Williams, MTV reports that a new album from N.E.R.D., entitled N*R*D*3, could be in stores in the spring of 2008. While neither album from the trio has been a huge commercial success, both earned their share of critical acclaim, including the Shortlist of Music’s prize for the best album to sell less than 500,000 copies. Williams told MTV the new album was like “[drinking] a Red Bull with growth hormones in it.” Confused yet?
“[Fly or Die] was too consistent,” explained Pharrell. “That’s true. I’m known for being all over the place. This [new] album took a few years to make in terms of collecting the right records for it. Creating [music] at the keyboards is like going fishing. You fish for it every day. And you either get it or you don’t get it…sometimes I have to wait.”