100 Days Project

Ben: 100 Writings / 100 Opening Guitar Hooks

various, random creative expressions / writings, inspired partially by 100 popular songs (songs that somewhat begin with a leading hook of a guitar.)

Day 24:

“Let Me Blow Ya Mind” (2001) by Eve, featuring Gwen Stefani

“Let Me Blow Ya Mind” (2001) by Eve, featuring Gwen Stefani

Talk about bad blood.

Back in the 90’s, Eve’s first stage name was Eve of Destruction. She garnered a well-earned reputation in the music biz that she eventually turned up on the Bulworth Soundtrack singing a song called, funnily enough, “Eve of Destruction.” (Y’know the Soundtrack, right? It’s that one with "Ghetto Supastar" with Pras, Wyclef Jean, ODB and cute lil’ Mýa and her great big ole ass!)

Eve was doing so well that in 1998, Dr. Dre himself signed her onto his label, the coveted Aftermath Records. Woo hoo!

But I don’t know what happened, but Dr. Dre didn’t do much with her. Maybe he was too pre occupied with his own release, the critically and commercially acclaimed 2001, or maybe because one of her fellow Aftermath artists was taking the limelight. Limelight away from her, but, in fact, away from every other musician on the planet at the time. Some white rapper. What’s his name?

Anywho, eight months after being signed, the relationship was over. Like all relationships, she said she wasn’t attended to and left and he said they fired her because she wasn’t doing anything. I obviously believe the formers.

She soon signed to the Ruff Ryders label and had unprecedented success. Her debut album, in 1999, Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryders' First Lady, was the third album by female rapper to top the Billboard 200 behind Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and Foxy Brown's Chyna Doll. (It was thanks to Lauren Hill that there where emerging singer/rappers, like Eve, who could spit lyrical at a click of second after waltzing beautiful tones of vocals. But make no doubt, Lauryn Hill started that all. That was one heck of a great album!) Eve featured on singles with DMX, Faith Evans, Missy Elliot, Nas and Q-Tip. She seemed unstoppable by time to make her second album, Scorpion.

Writing a song called “Blow Ya Mind”, she had a spectacular writing and beat-laying team of Stevie J (Biggie), Scott Storch (The Roots), Mike Elizondo (Fiona Apple) and Steven Jordan (The Rolling Stones). But after recording the song, the boys asked guess who to mix it for them. Eve was not pleased seeing Dre again.

They argued constantly. They argued about ridiculous things like the air conditioning in the recording studio to the channels that that guitar hook should be played through in her headphones. Let’s be honest. They were obviously arguing from their history. She was top stuff and wanted him to know it. He’s a great artist and wouldn’t be spoken to like that. Arrr! Don’t you love the music biz!

But when all’s said and done, guess what? The song became a pop success – number two on the Billboard Hot 100! But most importantly, the song won a Grammy! Everyone gotta trophy: Eve and of course Dre. The critics loved the song too, with one critic noticing how the snappy rapping and delicate singing attempted to fill the vacuum left by Lauryn Hill, between feminine rap and beautiful singing.