Eve knew from a young age that music was the passion she wanted to pursue. She began singing and rapping in high school, but got momentarily derailed in an emotional attempt to make money. She began stripping and drinking heavily at age 17. She knew she was depressed, so when Mase walked into the club and requested to speak with her (he told her, "You know you're not supposed to be here," she later recalled), it was her wake up call. She never stripped again.