35. Eve f/ Faith Evans "Love is Blind" (1999)
Album: Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryders' First Lady
Eve's "Love Is Blind" landed her a lawsuit, a spot at No. 34 on the Billboard charts, and a VMA nomination. It wasn't her most commercially successful single but it was her heaviest, leading her to formally take the throne as Ruff Ryders' First Lady. On the Swizz Beatz produced track featuring Faith Evans on the chorus, Eve takes on domestic violence, death, and revenge with the emotionally striking story of what sounds to be her close friend.
The opening lines of her verses go from hate to kill to wanting the abusive man dead, which she seems to accomplish in the final verse after he beats her friend dead. With lines like "How could you tell her that you love her? Don't give a fuck if she lives," Eve claimed the lane of an aggressively honest female who was not about to take anyone's shit, and that her rhymes were more than odes to fame, cars, and money. Lyrically, Eve hit hard with "Love is Blind," but more than that, it was a lesson to the ladies that they must "elevate and find" what love truly is. —Lauren Nostro