"The kind of thing that Dice and I would always put together. A song very much like "The Lesson" or any of the other collaborative efforts between he and I. There's that underlying competitive spirit between brothers. It was an ill beat that Quest came up with and we just kinda freaked. It was one of the very first records that you hear Eve's voice on. She's doing background vocals on 'Ain't Sayin' Nothin' New,' and then she raps later on the album, on 'You Got Me.' But "Nothin' New" was the first thing we put her voice on.
"We just know Eve was from Philly, like a rapper in Philly. Small town, you gotta know anyone doing what you do. We just knew her. You had to get in where you fit in. There was no designated spaces for Philly hip-hop readily available. But if you were nice then word would get around that you were nice and rappers would become available to you based on your niceness, your appeal. We knew Eve from the Philly battle rap scene, and from being nice enough to just kinda get out and rep Philly on the road.
The only person I felt like I had with me to rep for the East was Eve. I don't think even Jay had been messin' with her at this point.
"I remember one time we all went to L.A. and I was battlin. Just going off the top with Yayo Felony and Richie Rich, a couple West Coast rappers. The only person I felt like I had with me to rep for the East was Eve. I don't think even Jay had been messin' with her at this point. There was just this girl I knew from Philly who could rap, who somehow wound up the same room as me, all the way in L.A., and we had to rep for Philly together.
"Eve has always been that kind of rapper where, you know, she could come off the top, she got plenty of writtens, she could freestyle well enough to just—to get in there with any group of guys and not feel threatened or ill-prepared."