Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryders' First Lady

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Let There Be Eve…Ruff Ryders' First Lady
Studio album by Eve
Released September 14, 1999 (1999-09-14)
Recorded 1998–1999
Length 57:09
  • Dee Dean (exec.)
  • Waah Dean (exec.)
  • Swizz Beatz
  • P.K.
  • DJ Shok
  • Jay "Icepick" Jackson
Eve chronology
Ruff Ryders' First Lady
Singles from Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryders' First Lady
  1. "What Ya'll Want"
    Released: June 1999 (1999-06)
  2. "Love is Blind"
    Released: August 31, 1999 (1999-08-31)
  3. "Gotta Man"
    Released: December 9, 1999 (1999-12-09)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly C+[2]
Muzik 4/5 stars[3]
NME (7/10)[4]
PopMatters (favorable)[5]
Q 4/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[6]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[7]
The Source 3.5/5 stars[3]

Let There Be Eve…Ruff Ryders' First Lady is the debut album of American rapper Eve. The album was released September 14, 1999 on Ruff Ryders Entertainment and Interscope Records. It sold 213,000 copies in the first week.[8] The album has sold over 2 million copies (according to Soundscan) and is certified Double Platinum.[9] The album features singles such as "Gotta Man," and "Love Is Blind" with Faith Evans. All of the songs on the album were written by Eve herself. Eve became the third female hip-hop artist to have her album peak at number one on the Billboard 200 (Lauryn Hill's debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, being the first to top the chart in 1998 and Foxy Brown's second album, Chyna Doll achieving the feat earlier in 1999).

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "First Lady (intro)" Swizz Beatz 1:36
2. "Let's Talk About" (featuring Drag-On) Swizz Beatz 3:31
3. "Gotta Man" (featuring Mashonda) Swizz Beatz 4:24
4. "Philly Cheese Steak (skit)" Swizz Beatz 1:37
5. "Philly Philly" (featuring Beanie Sigel) Swizz Beatz 3:57
6. "Stuck Up" (featuring C.J.) Swizz Beatz 3:53
7. "Ain't Got No Dough" (featuring Missy Elliott) Swizz Beatz 4:17
8. "BM (skit)" Swizz Beatz 1:01
9. "Love Is Blind" (featuring Faith Evans) Swizz Beatz 4:20
10. "Scenario 2000" (featuring DMX, The Lox and Drag-On) Swizz Beatz 3:50
11. "Dog Match" (featuring DMX) Swizz Beatz 4:19
12. "My Bitches (skit)" Swizz Beatz 1:08
13. "We On That Shit!" (featuring P. Killer Trackz) P.K. 3:25
14. "Chokie Nikes (skit)" Jay "Icepick" Jackson 1:04
15. "Maniac" (featuring Swizz Beatz) Swizz Beatz 4:22
16. "My Enemies (skit)" Swizz Beatz 1:43
17. "Heaven Only Knows" DJ Shok 4:29
18. "What Y'all Want (Remix)" (Bonus Track) DJ Shok 4:05

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1999 R&B Albums 1
1999 Billboard 200 1
1999 Top Canadian Albums 16


Credits for Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryders' First Lady adapted from Allmusic.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ LaVeck, Theresa E. "Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryder's First Lady - Eve". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  2. ^ Walters, Barry (October 8, 1999). "Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryders' First Lady Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  3. ^ a b c "Let There Be Eve... Ruff Ryder's First Lady CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved 2012-12-30. 
  4. ^ "Album Reviews - Ruff Ryders' First Lady". NME. November 3, 1999. Retrieved 2012-12-30. 
  5. ^ "Eve, Eve: Ruff Ryders' First Lady". PopMatters. Retrieved 2012-12-30. 
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Eve". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 2012-12-30. 
  7. ^ Touré (October 14, 1999). "Recordings: Eve, Eve: Ruff Ryders' First Lady". Rolling Stone: 119–120. Archived from the original on 2001-11-02. Retrieved 2012-12-30. 
  8. ^ Boehlert, Eric (1999-09-22). "Eve Rides to the Top of the Chart". Rolling Stone. Straight Arrow. ISSN 0035-791X. Retrieved 2011-11-07. 
  9. ^ Eve. "Singer of the Week". AskMen.com. Retrieved 2009-11-18. 
  10. ^ Eve. "Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryder's First Lady: Credits". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-11-17. 

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Preceded by
Fly by Dixie Chicks
Billboard 200 number-one album
October 2–8, 1999
Succeeded by
The Fragile by Nine Inch Nails