With more artists moving and working in the United Kingdom, SOHH reached out to Nicki Minaj‘s British Nigerian protégé Parker Ighile to find out why hip-hop is so attracted to London and to get his take on Eve’s unexpected engagement.

A fan of E-v-e since her early Ruff Ryders days, the British crooner said the UK music scene is rich with culture and art.

“I love Eve’s music and growing up I was very much into the Ruff Ryder movement, I’m still a huge fan of Swizz [Beatz] too and it’s great to see how everybody’s grown and evolved since then,” Parker told SOHH when asked for his thoughts on Eve’s engagement to British designer Maximillion Cooper. “Over the past few years we’ve seen more and more British artists grace the world stage and in my opinion the UK is beyond eclectic when it comes to culture and art so honestly it’s really no surprise that Eve has settled out here. I’m sure she feels right at home, similar to how I feel when I’m stateside.” (SOHH)

While details were initially scarce, reports suggested the British designer popped the question to E-v-e last Christmas.

Eve’s love is going the distance. The singer-actress is engaged to British designer and Gumball 3000 founder Maximillion Cooper, E! News exclusively confirms. Eve’s rep tells us that Cooper popped the question on Christmas Day, the sparkly evidence of which was first spied on Instagram in a photo in which she’s surrounded by family–and flashing a diamond ring! (E! Online)

Last year, Eve told SOHH romantic interests initially persuaded her to make the move to London but admitted she quickly fell in love with the city’s music scene.

“I tell people all the time, I think any artist, whatever you do, London is one of those places you got to go at some point in your life,” Eve told SOHH. “It’s a lot of creativity there, it’s a lot of inspiration there. It’s different sounds than what’s here in the US and I just think it’s exciting. For me, I went out there for a different reason. I didn’t just go out there on the music side. I went out there because I was living there. I decided to move there for my relationship. It’s been a bonus that I got exposed to the music but yeah, it’s a lot of inspiration.” (SOHH)

G-Unit’s 50 Cent previously revealed his love for the London music scene.

“I’m going to go on an international tour following this [Street King Immortal release], with my music and stuff like that when I get back,” Fif revealed in an interview. “[Where do I love most outside of my home?] London. I do, I like London because it’s like your first stop, your first international spot. You be like, ‘Wow, I’m in London.’ Like, the record company takes you to London from the US. It’s the very first place and you get a chance to enjoy it.” (TV Total)

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