Eve doesn’t let just anyone sample her catalogue of hits, but for UK rapper Central Cee‘s “Doja” single, she was happy to oblige – and she explained why in a recent interview.

Ruff Ryders’ First Lady stopped by 1Xtra’s Rap Show to chop it up with host Tiffany Calver in a new interview released on Thursday (March 16).

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When Calver brought up Cee’s viral homage to Doja Cat that samples Eve and Gwen Stefani’s 2001 hit “Blow Ya Mind,” Eve broke down her process for approving – or denying – the sample requests. For Cee, it was a no-brainer.

“He ate that record!” Eve began. “So for that record in particular, we were very involved because I don’t say yes a lot. We get probably two to three offers a month. It’s usually ‘Blow Ya Mind’ or ‘Who’s That Girl.’ Those are the two that we get.”

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She continued: “But him… First of all, knowing and living in London, his name’s already been ringing and I liked him. I was like, ‘Yo, he’s a dope artist.’ And then we got the song and I was like, ‘This song is everything!’”

Check out Eve talking about the sample below:

“Doja” dropped in July of 2022 and instantly went viral on TikTok for its lyrics, including the oft-repeated, “How can I be homophobic? My bitch is gay.” With a Lyrical Lemonade video, Central Cee became the first UK artist to have a video directed by Cole Bennett.

As for Eve, the Philly native has been enjoying motherhood after welcoming her first child with husband Maximillion Cooper in February 2022.

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The pair announced the pregnancy months earlier with an Instagram post showing off her baby bump. While she’d already been a step-mother to Cooper’s four children, this was the first child of her own.

After four years as a co-host on The Talk, Eve departed the show in 2020 to focus on her family. She later joined the cast of the ABC sitcom Queens alongside Brandy and Naturi Naughton – but became pregnant during filming and had to depart the show.

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Unfortunately, Queens was canceled after just one season despite a solid finale with over one million viewers and star-studded guest appearances among the likes of Fivio Foreign, Jadakiss, Cam’ron, Trina, DJ Envy and Wyclef Jean.