Mystikal + Eve | Track reviews
Funk fervor from a NOLA MC and a rap crossover’s truck-rattling return.
Published: February 7, 2013
“She Bad Bad”
A career onscreen may have pulled Eve away from the recording booth, but she never abandoned the music world completely. “She Bad Bad” squares the Philly native with her roots in hip-hop, and serves as a reminder to anyone who remembers her eponymous sitcom that she was once the hungry MC who gave us “Who’s That Girl” and the Gwen Stefani–abetted, Grammy-winning pop crossover bid, “Let Me Blow Ya Mind.” Eve hasn’t lost any of that ambition, tapping producer Ronald “Jukebox” Jackson, the guy behind Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair,” who takes a sample of Enzo Siffredi’s “She Babao” and loops it into a mantra over a trunk-rattling stomp, basically the same formula behind Lil Wayne’s “A Milli.” Lyrically this is street-ready, chest-beating stuff, but the way Jukebox homes in on the line, “You know my style already / Scorpion, she stings, she lethal,” and chops it up over a synth throb suggests that Eve’s staking her comeback in the club.