Eve doesn’t let just anyone sample her catalogue of hits, but for UK rapper Central Cee‘s “Doja” single, she was happy to oblige – and she explained why in a recent interview.

Ruff Ryders’ First Lady stopped by 1Xtra’s Rap Show to chop it up with host Tiffany Calver in a new interview released on Thursday (March 16).

When Calver brought up Cee’s viral homage to Doja Cat that samples Eve and Gwen Stefani’s 2001 hit “Blow Ya Mind,” Eve broke down her process for approving – or denying – the sample requests. For Cee, it was a no-brainer.

“He ate that record!” Eve began. “So for that record in particular, we were very involved because I don’t say yes a lot. We get probably two to three offers a month. It’s usually ‘Blow Ya Mind’ or ‘Who’s That Girl.’ Those are the two that we get.”

She continued: “But him… First of all, knowing and living in London, his name’s already been ringing and I liked him. I was like, ‘Yo, he’s a dope artist.’ And then we got the song and I was like, ‘This song is everything!’”

Check out Eve talking about the sample below:

“Doja” dropped in July of 2022 and instantly went viral on TikTok for its lyrics, including the oft-repeated, “How can I be homophobic? My bitch is gay.” With a Lyrical Lemonade video, Central Cee became the first UK artist to have a video directed by Cole Bennett.

As for Eve, the Philly native has been enjoying motherhood after welcoming her first child with husband Maximillion Cooper in February 2022.

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