Music: Watch Your Mouth, Adam

Philadelphia rapper Eve is funny and highly skilled but has an ego the size of the Liberty Bell

Nobody in hip-hop cherishes the word bitch more than Eve, and that's saying something. Male rappers use it all the time as an ostensibly neutral term for all women besides their mothers (or, in the case of Eminem, all women). But on her new CD, Eve-Olution (Interscope), the Philadelphia-bred queen of Top 40 rap applies it to herself and with fervid conviction. Eve sings about being a bitch the way Bob Marley sang about being a Rastafarian: it's what her album is about.

Flowing from Eve's glossy lips, the word most often means "woman to be reckoned with," whether that...

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