Eve, "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" (2002)
As Eve of Destruction, Philadelphia rapper Eve Jeffers was one of the first artists signed to Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment. But it didn't work out. "I was 18 when I first got signed. I just wanted my album out but I didn't know who I was as an artist and I think Dre works really good with artists who know their own directions," she told XXL magazine in 2004. A second deal with Ruff Ryders set her on the right path, and by the time she rejoined Dre for the biggest hit of her career, she was one of rap's biggest stars.
"Let Me Blow Ya Mind" has the same ringing blues guitar melody that girded Dre's "Xxplosive," but it sounds lighter here, and Gwen Stefani's sassy chorus gives it a winningly pop tone. Eve keeps it hardcore, though. "Drop your glasses, shake your asses," she commands. Perhaps inspired by the Top 10 charting, Grammy winning success of "Let Me Blow Ya Mind," Eve rejoined Dre's Aftermath camp in 2004. Sadly, history repeated itself: save for a memorable 2007 hit, "Tambourine," nothing much came out of her second stint at the label, either.