Music: First Lady Of Gangstas

It's not easy being a female rapper, but Philly's favorite daughter, Eve, shows how to do it with style

Eve, the reigning queen of gangsta rap, sweeps into the New York City radio station Hot 97 with the same you-can't-stop-me air Allen Iverson has when he steps onto a basketball court. She's dressed way past the nines--she's hovering around the elevens--in purple boots, purple Anna Sui leather pants and a black mink coat. Her hair, once platinum blond, is arranged in cornrows dyed a shade of red that almost makes the braids appear to glow, like space-heater coils. Eve does an on-air interview hyping her new CD, Scorpion (Ruff Ryders/Interscope), and then records a few attitude-filled promos. "Who's that girl?"...

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