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Studio album by Eve
Released August 27, 2002
Recorded 2001–2002
Genre East Coast hip hop
Length 54:45
Label Ruff Ryders, Interscope
Producer Eve (exec.), Dee Dean (exec.), Waah Dean (exec.), Jay "Icepick" Jackson (co-exec.), Swizz Beatz, Dr. Dre, Scott Storch, Irv Gotti, Channel 7, Teflon, Hot Runner, Poke & Tone, Neckbones, Staxx, Bink!, Mike Elizondo
Eve chronology
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Singles from Eve-Olution
  1. "Gangsta Lovin'"
    Released: July 23, 2002
  2. "Satisfaction"
    Released: February 25, 2003

Eve-Olution is the third studio album by American rapper-songwriter Eve. It was released by Ruff Ryders Entertainment on August 27, 2002, distributed through Interscope Records. Production was handled by frequent collaborators Dr. Dre, Swizz Beatz and also Irv Gotti, among others. The album garnered the internationally successful single "Gangsta Lovin'", which reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B/Hip-Hop song charts as well as number four in Australia. The album debuted at number six on Billboard 200 with first-week sales 133,000 copies.[1] It reached the top twenty in Canada, France, and Switzerland. The album has sold over 500,000 copies in the US and was certified gold in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (68/100)[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[3]
Blender 3/5 stars[2]
E! Online B+[2]
Entertainment Weekly B+[4]
IGN (8.5/10)[5]
NME (7/10)[9]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[8]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[6]
Slant 3.5/5 stars[7]
The Village Voice (positive)[10]

In a positive review, Entertainment Weekly writer said that Eve-Olution is a "more complex and sophisticated sound that dexterously mixes up moods and tones." He also stated that "instead of the record coming off like a pu-pu platter -- a little R&B from column A, a little pop from column B -- it maintains its focus, making it a wholly satisfying experience."[4] Hope Gonzalez of IGN called the album a "smorgasbord of beats" because it "dapples in soul, electronic, and even salsa music to create yet another opus of hip-pop jingles." She also said "Gangsta Lovin'" is "quite different" from most of the tracks on the album because it is "the most radio-friendly track on the album."[5]

Slant Magazine's Sal Cinquemani said "Eve fares better when the rhythms are sexy and the rhymes are slick".[7] Allmusic noted that the "focus here is less hip-hop and more contemporary R&B, with fewer rappers invited as guests". He dismissed the songs "What" and "Gangsta Lovin'" as "surprisingly mediocre", adding that the guest vocalists are "vamping over bland choruses and Eve contributing only a few good rhymes."[3] He compared the album to Eve's previous releases and claimed "Eve-Olution can't offer as much as either of her first two solid LPs."[3] In contrast, Cinquemani said that "Eve's Eve-Olution might not change the order of the hip-hop food chain as we know it but it's another tight record that will undoubtedly keep her, um, rydin' high."[7]


"Gangsta Lovin'" was released in September 2002 as the first single from the album. In the United States, it peaked at number two on both the Billboard Hot 100 (becoming Eve's second highest charting song on the chart) and R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts while it reached number four in Australia.[11][12] The song had moderate success in Austria, peaking at number forty-one.[13] It peaked inside the top twenty in most countries such as Norway, New Zealand, Belgium, the UK and Switzerland, among others.

"Satisfaction" was released as the second and final single from the album in late March 2003. It saw moderate success in the US, reaching at number twenty-seven on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number twenty-two on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart.[14] It debuted inside the top twenty in the UK, and dropped off the chart after four weeks.[15] It was a minor hit in the Netherlands, only peaked at number eighty-seven.[16]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro"     1:24
2. "What!" (featuring Truth Hurts) Eve Jeffers, Shari Watson, Andre Young Dr. Dre 3:19
3. "Gangsta Lovin'" (featuring Alicia Keys) Jonah Ellis, Lonnie Simmons, Alisa Yarbrough Irv Gotti, Channel 7 3:59
4. "Irresistible Chick" Eve Jeffers, Irving Lorenzo, Seven Aurelius Irv Gotti, Channel 7 3:34
5. "Party in the Rain" (featuring Mashonda) Eve Jeffers, Mashonda, Kasseem Dean Swizz Beatz 4:10
6. "Argument" (Skit)     1:14
7. "Let This Go" Eve Jeffers, Terrance Lovelace, Robert Waller Hotrunner 4:12
8. "Hey Y'all" (featuring Snoop Dogg & Nate Dogg) Eve Jeffers, Lovelace, Waller, Calvin Broadus, Nathanial Hale Hotrunner 4:04
9. "Figure You Out" Eve Jeffers, Samuel Barnes, Jean-Claude Olivier, Francisco Pimental Franky Pimental, Poke & Tone 3:14
10. "Stop Hatin'" (Skit)   Eve, Jay "Icepick" Jackson 1:43
11. "Satisfaction" Eve Jeffers, Andre Young, Mike Elizondo Dr. Dre, Mike Elizondo 4:18
12. "Neckbones" Eve Jeffers, Amon Flanagan, Jean Baptiste, Wade Warner Neckbones, Amon Flanagan 3:55
13. "Double R What" (featuring Jadakiss & Styles P) Eve Jeffers, Kasseem Dean, David Styles, Jason Philips Swizz Beatz 3:56
14. "Ryde Away" (featuring Anthony Hamilton) Eve Jeffers, Roosevelt Harrell Bink! 3:44
15. "As I Grow" Eve Jeffers, Armique Wyche Staxx 3:49
16. "Eve-Olution" Eve Jeffers, Christian Ward Teflon 3:59


Charts and certifications[edit]

Preceded by
Lord Willin' by Clipse
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums number-one album
September 14, 2002
Succeeded by
The Eminem Show by Eminem

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Catalog
United States[33] August 27, 2002 CD, digital download Interscope B00006FR68
Canada[34] Universal Music B00006FR68
United Kingdom[35] May 26, 2003 Spectrum B00006HCKB


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