Ja Rule
Rapper, actor
Ja Rule
Jeffery Atkins, better known by his stage name, Ja Rule, is an American rapper, singer, and actor from Queens, New York. Born in Hollis, Queens, he debuted in 1999 with Venni Vetti Vecci and its single "Holla Holla". From 1999 to 2005, Ja Rule had several hits that made the top 20 of the U.S.
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The Full Tracklist For 'The Hamilton Mixtape' Is Finally Here
Huffington Post - 4 months
Hello hello hello! Been working on a mixtape for years. It's finished. You can pre-order it TOMORROW.#HamiltonMixtape pic.twitter.com/PcgluIUXw4 — Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 3, 2016 As Broadway hero Lin-Manuel Miranda stated in a tweet earlier today, he’s been working on “The Hamilton Mixtape” for years. And his fans ― probably, the ones who celebrated #Hamilween earlier this fall ― are past patiently waitin’ for the record to drop.  Thankfully, the man who brought America’s first Secretary of the Treasury to the stage has good news: You can preorder the damn thing starting Friday, Nov. 4. But you can gaze upon “The Hamilton Mixtape” full tracklist (finally!) now. But wait there's more! #HamiltonMixtape pic.twitter.com/cguOx95N96 — Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 3, 2016 There are tons of names to geek out over: The Roots are there, of course. Busta Rhymes, Sia, John Legend, Chance the Rapper, Nas. Regina Spektor and ...
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J-Lo said what to Ja Rule?
CNN - 10 months
For years, most of us likely thought we knew exactly what Jennifer Lopez said at the beginning of the 2001 Ja Rule-collaborative hit "I'm yours." We were wrong. Sponsored: Drivers With No Tickets In 3 Years Read This Do NOT pay your next car insurance bill until you try this.
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Jennifer Lopez Is Second To None In Jaw-Dropping Las Vegas Debut
Huffington Post - about 1 year
BRB, moving to Las Vegas real quick to see JLo slay your faves.  Jennifer Lopez launched her Las Vegas residency on Wednesday night at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and made sure to leave everything on the floor. The "American Idol" host treated an audience chock full of celebs (we'll get to that later) with a jaw-dropping display of her considerable talents: dancing, singing and looking better than a 22-year-old in a sheer bodysuit.  Britney Spears has performed her "Piece of Me" show at Planet Hollywood since late 2013. The two will alternate nights until Lopez's show ends in June 2016.  Lopez performed some of the biggest hits of her career as part of her show, dating all the way back to her breakthrough debut album "On the 6," like "Waiting for Tonight" and "If You Had My Love." The show, titled "Jennifer Lopez: All I Have," was directed by choreographer couple Napoleon and Tabitha D'umo (aka Nappytabs) and featured a live five-piece band and 16 dancer ...
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Jennifer Lopez Is Second To None In Jaw-Dropping Las Vegas Debut
Huffington Post - about 1 year
BRB, moving to Las Vegas real quick to see JLo slay your faves.  Jennifer Lopez launched her Las Vegas residency on Wednesday night at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and made sure to leave everything on the floor. The "American Idol" host treated an audience chock full of celebs (we'll get to that later) with a jaw-dropping display of her considerable talents: dancing, singing and looking better than a 22-year-old in a sheer bodysuit.  Britney Spears has performed her "Piece of Me" show at Planet Hollywood since late 2013. The two will alternate nights until Lopez's show ends in June 2016.  Lopez performed some of the biggest hits of her career as part of her show, dating all the way back to her breakthrough debut album "On the 6," like "Waiting for Tonight" and "If You Had My Love." The show, titled "Jennifer Lopez: All I Have," was directed by choreographer couple Napoleon and Tabitha D'umo (aka Nappytabs) and featured a live five-piece band and 16 dancer ...
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Jennifer Lopez Is Second To None In Jaw-Dropping Las Vegas Debut
Huffington Post - about 1 year
BRB, moving to Las Vegas real quick to see JLo slay your faves.  Jennifer Lopez launched her Las Vegas residency on Wednesday night at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and made sure to leave everything on the floor. The "American Idol" host treated an audience chock full of celebs (we'll get to that later) with a jaw-dropping display of her considerable talents: dancing, singing and looking better than a 22-year-old in a sheer bodysuit.  Britney Spears has performed her "Piece of Me" show at Planet Hollywood since late 2013. The two will alternate nights until Lopez's show ends in June 2016.  Lopez performed some of the biggest hits of her career as part of her show, dating all the way back to her breakthrough debut album "On the 6," like "Waiting for Tonight" and "If You Had My Love." The show, titled "Jennifer Lopez: All I Have," was directed by choreographer couple Napoleon and Tabitha D'umo (aka Nappytabs) and featured a live five-piece band and 16 dancer ...
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The Mouth That Roared: Q&A With Comedian Bill Burr, The Man Who Told Philadelphia To Go F*ck Itself, Hard, And Lived To Tell
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Photo by ANGELO KOURI WARNING: Strong language & adult situations It was a day that would live in infamy. September 9th, 2006, was an unseasonably hot day in Philly and the crowd at the Susquehanna Center had been drinking for hours in the sun. The natives were restless. This was not good. The crowd vibed a little bar fight-y to begin with, lots of buzz-cut hammerheads in Eagles jerseys and jorts and calf tats and the ladies who like that kind of thing. There was a low hum of menace in the air, like things could go 700 Level at any minute. Somebody was gonna hurt someone before the night is through. Somebody was going to lose a tooth. Or maybe an eye. Or worse. The crowd didn't want to laugh that day, they wanted to draw blood. They didn't want comedy, they wanted a crucifixion. The first two comedians got their dicks handed to them and shown the door in a hail of boos. Walking onto that stage was like walking into a den of lions wearing Lady Gaga's raw meat dress. Most men wo ...
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Ja Rule to write microwave cookbook inspired by prison stint
LATimes - over 3 years
When 2 Chainz issued a cookbook , he focused on dishes that could be pulled off in the small confines of a tour bus. Boy George looked at macrobiotic cooking for his, while Coolio opted for comfort foods with a healthful twist (he termed it “Ghetto Gourmet”). Liberace's recipes were curated from his seven dining rooms.
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Ja Rule Is Writing Either The Best Or Worst Cookbook Ever
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Here's something you don't hear every day: Ja Rule is reportedly working on a "microwave cookbook" inspired by his stint in jail. That's right -- the ... Read more: Ja Rule Gun Case, Ja Rule Cookbook, Ja Rule Prison, Ja Rule Gun, Ja Rule Food, Ja Rule News, Ja Rule, Ja Rule Jail, Ja Rule Cooking, Ja Rule Microwave Cookbook, Ja Rule Prison Food, Celebrity News
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Ja Rule sees change with 'I'm in Love With a Church Girl'
LATimes - over 3 years
Promoting 'I'm in Love With a Church Girl' after his release from prison takes Ja Rule into churches, yes, but also into religion. Standing in front of his congregation at One Church International, pastor Touré Roberts made an impassioned plea: Go see a Ja Rule movie this weekend.
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Movie Review: Ja Rule in ‘I’m in Love With a Church Girl’
NYTimes - over 3 years
The rapper Ja Rule stars as a stylish concert publicist in “I’m in Love With a Church Girl,” written by a pastor who plays a pastor in the film.     
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Celebrate Ashanti's 33rd Birthday With The Singer's Early '00s Singles
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Ashanti celebrates her 33rd birthday on Oct. 13. The former "Army Wives" actress kicked off her career in the early '00s with a series of chart-topping R&B hits. She released her self-titled debut studio album "Ashanti" in 2002, following up with "Chapter II" in 2003, "Concrete Rose" in 2004, and "The Declaration" in 2008. Ashanti is set to return to music early next year with the release of her fifth studio album, "BraveHeart." In celebration of Ashanti's 33rd birthday, get nostalgic with the singer's early hits below. 2001: "How We Roll," Big Pun ft. Ashanti 2001: "Always On Time," Ja Rule ft. Ashanti 2002: "Foolish" 2002: "Happy" 2002: "Baby" 2002: "What's Luv?" Fat Joe ft. Ashanti 2003: "Rock wit U (Awww Baby)" 2003: "Rain on Me" 2003: "Mesmerize," Ja Rule ft. Ashanti 2004: "Breakup 2 Makeup (Remix)" 2004: "Wonderful," Ja Rule ft. Ashanti and R. Kelly 2005: "Don't Let Them" 2005: "Still On It"
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'I'm in Love With a Church Girl' Gives Ja Rule A Feature Film After His Release From Prison
Huffington Post - over 3 years
ATLANTA -- ATLANTA (AP) — Ja Rule, who recently spent nearly two years behind bars for illegal gun possession, landed a role in a new movie because screenwriter Galley Molina empathized with the rapper's missteps. "People used to ask, 'Well, you know he's a felon?' And I would say, 'Well, so am I,'" recalled Molina, a 44-year-old pastor who was locked up for five years for drug trafficking. "I know his heart. I know what type of dude he is and he was probably one of the most professional guys on the set." "I'm in Love With a Church Girl" will debut Oct. 18 in more than 280 theaters in the U.S. Ja Rule stars as a high-level drug dealer who struggles to leave his illegal lifestyle behind after getting into a serious relationship with a church-going woman played by Adrienne Bailon of Cheetah Girls and 3LW fame. Stephen Baldwin, "Sopranos" actor Vincent Pastore and Michael Madsen also appear in the movie. The film, which was produced by Molina and Grammy-winning Christian singer Israe ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ja Rule
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 39
    In February 2016, Ja Rule announced on his Twitter account that the title of his upcoming eighth studio album Coup De Grâce.
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  • 2015
    Age 38
    In October 2015, it was also announced by Ja Rule that himself and Irv Gotti have partnered with Paramount Pictures to work on a TV drama series based on the history of Murder Inc., it is set to premiere in 2016.
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    On August 7, 2015, the feud between Ja Rule and 50 Cent reignited when Ja gave a feedback to a social follower via Twitter over a similar feud between Meek Mill and Drake.
    More Details Hide Details Enraged, 50 later responded back with photos and comments via Instagram, only siding with Drake. The conflict started after 50 Cent signed to Shady Records and Aftermath in 2002. Ja Rule stated that he had a problem with Eminem and Dr. Dre for signing someone he disliked. The conflict escalated when Ja Rule released "Loose Change", in which he insulted 50 Cent, called Eminem by the name "Feminem", called Dr. Dre bisexual, and claimed that Suge Knight knew of Dre "bringing transvestites home". The song also includes lyrics that insulted Eminem's family (most notably his daughter) and acquaintances. As a reaction, Eminem released the song "Go To Sleep" featuring labelmate Obie Trice and DMX (appeared on the Cradle 2 the Grave soundtrack) in 2003, and "Hailie's Revenge (Doe Rae Mi)" (appeared on the 2003 mixtape Straight from the Lab) featuring his group D12 and Obie Trice.
    In May 2015, Ja Rule partnered with Billy McFarland, the CEO of Magnises, a credit card service company to become the creative head and spokesman of that company In August 2015, Ja Rule collaborated with footwear businessman Steve Madden on a new line of Men's sneakers called Maven x Madden.
    More Details Hide Details The collection of shoes have been made available for retail purchase as of Fall 2015. In 2004, Ja Rule founded the L.I.F.E. Foundation, a charitable organization that specializes in mentoring at-risk youth who reside in Jamaica, Queens, New York, helping them exceed academically, improve social behaviour and escape street gang violence.
  • 2013
    Age 36
    In September 2013, it was confirmed that Ja Rule and Irv Gotti have relaunched Murder Inc Records.
    More Details Hide Details In 2014, Ja Rule had released a memoir titled Unruly: The Highs and Lows of Becoming a Man, in which he reflected on his past struggles with a difficult adolescence in New York City and everything that followed, from breakout success and destructive rivalries to fatherhood and a two-year prison sentence. In July 2014, Ja Rule announced his eighth studio album which was eventually pushed back for a 2016 release. Also in 2014, it was announced by MTV that Ja Rule alongside his family will star in the upcoming reality show Follow the Rules which was co-produced by Queen Latifah. A sneak peek trailer of the show surfaced on the internet in September 2014 and the show premiered on October 26, 2015.
    On September 18, 2013, Ja Rule released a track titled "Fresh Out Da Pen".
    More Details Hide Details The track had first premiered on Hot 97. A few days later he released "Everything". Both tracks were produced by Visionary producers, Reefa and Myles William. On September 27, 2013, both of those tracks were released on iTunes for digital download.
    In September 2013, in an interview with Angie Martinez on The Angie Martinez show on HOT 97, both Ja Rule and Murder INC CEO/ Producer Irv Gotti acknowledged 50 Cent not only took a toll on Ja Rule's prominence, but along with the Federal Indictment, damaged Murder Inc as a music label.
    More Details Hide Details Both Ja Rule and Irv Gotti explained an experience of when they both first heard 50 Cent's single, In Da Club, on the radio and stated the record was "so dope," they had a problem. During the interview, the duo also explained a few experiences surrounding the rap feud including being blackballed from various award shows where the feuding rapper would perform. Both rappers went on to say 50 Cent was a hustler and liked his entrepreneurial mentality and they have no problems with him 10 years on. Ja Rule plans to write a book surrounding the whole experience.
    Ja Rule was released from prison early on May 7, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Before signing with Interscope Records, rapper 50 Cent engaged in a well-publicized feud with Ja Rule and his label Murder Inc. Records. 50 Cent claimed that the feud began in 1999 after Ja Rule spotted him with a man who robbed him of his jewelry and also because of Ja Rule "trying to be Tupac". However, Ja Rule claimed the conflict stemmed from a video shoot in Queens because 50 Cent did not like Ja Rule "getting so much love" from the neighborhood. A confrontation occurred in a New York studio where rapper Black Child, a Murder Inc. artist, stabbed 50 Cent, which resulted in him having three stitches. In his book, 50 Cent details how Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff tried to resolve the conflict between him and Ja Rule. Allegedly, McGriff asked 50 Cent to leave them alone because of the money involved. 50 Cent insinuated the conflict had something to do with the shooting where he was ambushed and shot.
    Ja Rule was held in Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center and was set to be released on July 28, 2013.
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    He was released from state prison on February 21, 2013, but was immediately taken into federal custody for the tax case, for which he had less than six months remaining on his sentence.
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    Ja Rule is a Christian. Ja Rule became a Christian in 2013 when he was promoting the movie I'm in Love with a Church Girl.
    More Details Hide Details Ja Rule has spoken about his faith saying, "I want to make sure I'm doing the right thing. I don't want people to misconstrue what I'm doing here. I'm taking baby steps, and I want to get closer to God. I feel it's something you should do in life."
    In 2013, he starred in I'm in Love with a Church Girl.
    More Details Hide Details In 2004, Ja Rule teamed up with Irv Gotti launching an urban clothing line called ErvinGeoffrey. In 2006, Ja Rule launched a liquor company called The Mojito.
  • 2012
    Age 35
    Pain Is Love 2 was finally released on February 28, 2012, but by that time Ja Rule was serving a two-year sentence in prison for gun possession and tax evasion.
    More Details Hide Details Also at the time Ja Rule was working on Renaissance Project which was to be a follow up album to Pain Is Love 2, however the album would eventually get scrapped. Recording sessions for the album took place primarily at Mpire Studios in NYC Studio during 2008 to 2011. Production was handled by Rule and several others, including Benzino, 7 Aurelius and Buck 3000. Most of the tracks that were originally meant for the Renaissance Project were transferred over to Pain Is Love 2. Atkins was set to be released from prison on July 28, 2013, but was released early on May 7. He was featured on the remix of the track "She Tried" which features Lil Wayne and Birdman, which appeared on the N.O.R.E album Student of the Game.
  • 2011
    Age 34
    In February 2011, it was announced that Ja Rule had started working on another album called Pain Is Love 2, naming it after the original 2001 triple platinum album (Pain Is Love).
    More Details Hide Details It was planned to have production from the producers on the original Pain Is Love album in order to "recreate magic". Most of the production would be done by 7 Aurelius (who co-produced "Down Ass Bitch"), while Irv Gotti was the executive producer of the album. He had planned on releasing it June 7, although later decided to delay the release date in order to allow more time to perfect the "level and quality of the records" and to avoid "doing an injustice to his fans". Pain Is Love 2 was then slated for an October 11, 2011 release, but was pushed back to February 28, 2012. To make up for the delay, Ja Rule released a new track called "Falling to Pieces" which was produced by 7 Aurelius. The song samples The Script's "Breakeven". On October 2, 2011, another track called "Spun a Web" was released, which was also produced by 7 Aurelius and samples Coldplay's "Trouble". The following day a teaser music video premiered on YouTube and the official music video was released on October 11.
  • 2009
    Age 32
    He eventually decided to release it as a free download in 2009.
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  • 2007
    Age 30
    The Mirror was to be Ja Rule's seventh album and set for a 2007 release date.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2005
    Age 28
    In 2005, Ja Rule and his two bodyguards were initial suspects in the killing of Willie "Willie Bang Bang" Clark, whom authorities linked as a "revenge" that stemmed back to a robbery case involving Foxy Brown's brother.
    More Details Hide Details In 2007, in the midst of Foxy Brown's indictment for assaulting a prisoner, radio hosts asked Ja Rule what his words would be toward Brown if he saw her in jail. Rule responded: "Aww man. Hold ya head ma, you'll be alright. Shit." In January 2003, while co-hosting 106 & Park: Prime, singer Lil' Mo sent a shout-out to 50 Cent, just seconds after she premiered a Ja Rule video. The incident sparked an outrage with Ja Rule and the Murda Inc. clique. Mo had told the press she assumed BET was going to edit out the shout, furthermore she didn't think the gesture would cause such an uproar. In response, Ja Rule released the diss track "Loose Change," which targeted Eminem, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, Chris Lighty and Lil' Mo. Rule rechristened Mo as a "bitch", and credited himself as the reason why she had any hits. Mo refused to fire back, stating that she "had better things to do." However, in May 2003, Mo released a freestyle diss to Ja Rule, where she rapped, "Used to be my homie, used to be my ace, now I can't stand you, yeah I wanna slap the taste out your mouth."
    From 2005 to 2006, Gotti searched for other labels, until finally reaching a deal with Universal Records (part of the same company as Def Jam).
    More Details Hide Details However a few years later it was announced by Gotti that The Inc. had left Universal Records due to business issues and lack of funds secured for musical projects (caused by the FBI persuading Universal not to do business with Gotti). After leaving Murder Inc. Records in 2009, Ja Rule founded his own independent label, Mpire Music Group and recruited new artists while still maintaining friendship with Irv Gotti.
    The RIAA certified R.U.L.E. Gold on January 14, 2005, and by October 2007, the album had sold 658,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
    More Details Hide Details On December 6, 2005, The Inc. released Exodus, a greatest hits album whose only new tracks were the song "Me" and intro and outro tracks. Exodus was the last album on Ja Rule's contract with The Inc. After the release of this compilation, Ja Rule took a hiatus from recording music. Meanwhile, in 2005, The Inc. Records had come under investigation because of drug trades by Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff, who was associated with Irv Gotti, after the label's offices were raided by FBI agents and NYPD officers a couple years earlier. This led to Def Jam Recordings refusing to renew The Inc.'s contract.
  • 2004
    Age 27
    Ja Rule's sixth studio album R.U.L.E. was released in November 2004 debuting at number 7 selling 166,000 copies in its first week of release.
    More Details Hide Details Its lead single "Wonderful" featuring R. Kelly and Ashanti peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single was followed by the street anthem "New York" featuring Fat Joe and Jadakiss which charted at number 27 on the Billboard Hot 100. The third single was the love song "Caught Up" featuring Lloyd which had failed to make an impact on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • 2003
    Age 26
    It has since sold over 468,000 copies in the U.S. In October 2003, Ja Rule met with Minister Louis Farrakhan, who wanted to intervene and prevent escalating violence in the feud between Ja Rule and 50 Cent.
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    Ja Rule's fifth album Blood in My Eye, was released on November 4, 2003 under the "Murder Inc." label, which renamed itself "The Inc." several days after the album release.
    More Details Hide Details The album was originally planned to be a mixtape, but Murder Inc. had ordered Ja Rule to release an album each year based on the requirements of his contract. The album was described as a "hate" album, directed at artists on G-Unit/Shady/Aftermath. It spawned one hit single, "Clap Back" which reached number 44 on the Billboard Hot 100 and had won him a Source Award for "Fat Tape" song of the year. It peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, selling 139,000 copies in its first week of release.
    In April 2003, additional controversy surrounding lack of recognition and payment for Lil' Mo's contributions on records "I Cry" and "Put It on Me" was brought to attention.
    More Details Hide Details Mo told MTV News, "Those two records Cry", "Put It on Me" ruled 2001. The whole world knows that If I speak the truth, I can't apologize. Mo went on to contrast the situation with Jay-Z, where the Brooklyn-native rapper gave Mo recognition; a plaque, a thank you card and a bottle of Cris for her work on "Parking Lot Pimpin'". In 2005, Lil' Mo filed a lawsuit against Ja Rule, Murda Inc. and Def Jam Records for over $15 million. In 2010, the two reconciled. Lil' Mo stated that she ended the dispute due to the declination of Ja Rule's career and noted that "life is too short You just never know what people are going through." In 2011, the two reunited and recorded a track together titled, "U & Me". DMX and Jay-Z guest-starred on the single "It's Murda" from Ja Rule's first album. Ja Rule had previously feuded with Busta Rhymes, Dr. Dre, Eminem and 50 Cent; all of which had been resolved or faded from significance. DMX accused Ja Rule of copying DMX's signature "gruff style". DMX said that he wanted the feud to end when he was released from jail in 2005: "Gotti came to me in jail and said I want to make peace with you and him. I was like, 'Alright Gotti, lets do it." DMX and Ja Rule finally ended their feud at VH1's 2009 Hip Hop Honors.
    In 2003, he allegedly punched a man in Toronto, who later sued.
    More Details Hide Details The issue was settled out of court. In 2004, police investigated whether a feud involving The Inc. led to a fatal shooting outside a nightclub party hosted by Ja Rule and Leon Richardson where they thought he shot Proof of D12. On July 1, 2004, Ja Rule was arrested with Don Rhys for driving with a suspended license and possessing marijuana. In July 2007, Ja Rule was arrested for gun and drug possession charges along with Lil Wayne, and Don Rhys who served eight months in prison during 2010 for attempted possession of a weapon stemming from the arrest. New York Supreme Court judge Richard Carruthers rejected Ja Rule's argument that the gun was illegally obtained evidence. On December 13, 2010, Ja Rule received a two-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to attempted possession of a weapon after the aforementioned 2007 concert. On March 8, 2011, Ja Rule's surrender date for his two-year prison sentence was set for June 8. His publicist said that Ja Rule will turn himself in to authorities. He went to Rikers Island first, then he was sent to a state facility in Upstate New York.
  • 2002
    Age 25
    The Last Temptation, Ja Rule's fourth album, was released on November 19, 2002. It featured two hit singles; "Thug Lovin'" (peaked at number 42 on the Billboard Hot 100), and "Mesmerize" another duet with Ashanti (peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100). The Last Temptation debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 237,000 copies and was certified Platinum by the RIAA in December 2002.
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    The album would also receive a Grammy nomination in 2002 for Best Rap Album.
    More Details Hide Details By 2007, 3.6 million copies of Pain Is Love had been sold.
  • 2001
    Age 24
    Ja Rule released his third studio album, Pain Is Love on October 2, 2001.
    More Details Hide Details It is considered to be Ja Rule's most commercially successful album of his career. The album spawned three top 10 singles, two of them reaching number 1. The first single, "Livin' It Up", featuring Case, reached number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. The second single "Always on Time", which featured Ashanti, ended up being Ja Rule's first number 1 hit to top the Billboard Hot 100. The remix of Jennifer Lopez's "I'm Real" which features Ja Rule, also topped the Billboard Hot 100. Like its predecessor, Pain Is Love topped the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 361,000 copies and was certified triple platinum by the RIAA.
    In April 2001, Ja Rule married Aisha Murray.
    More Details Hide Details The couple have three children; Brittany (born 1995), Jeffrey Jr. (born 2000), and Jordan (born 2004).
  • 2000
    Age 23
    Ja Rule returned in 2000 with his new single "Between Me and You", which featured Christina Milian. "Between Me and You" would end up getting Top 40 airplay and reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.
    More Details Hide Details The second single "Put It on Me" featuring Vita and Lil' Mo reached number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. The music video for "Put It on Me" also topped the MTV Video Countdown for a week. The second album, Rule 3:36, was released on October 10, 2000. It debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 with 276,000 copies in its first week, making it Ja Rule's first number one album. The album would be certified triple platinum by the RIAA.
  • 1999
    Age 22
    Ja Rule's debut album Venni Vetti Vecci was released in 1999, peaking at number 3 on the Billboard 200 with 184,000 copies sold in its first week.
    More Details Hide Details It eventually reached platinum status in the US due to the popularity of the hit single, "Holla Holla", which reached #35 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
    Born in Hollis, Queens, he debuted in 1999 with Venni Vetti Vecci and its single "Holla Holla".
    More Details Hide Details From 1999 to 2005, Ja Rule had several hits that made the top 20 of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, including "Between Me and You" with Christina Milian, "I'm Real (Murder Remix)" and Ain't It Funny with Jennifer Lopez, which both topped the US Billboard Hot 100, the Grammy-nominated #1 hit, "Always on Time" with Ashanti, "Mesmerize" also with Ashanti, and "Wonderful" with R. Kelly and Ashanti. During the 2000s, Ja Rule was signed to The Inc. Records, which was formerly known as Murder Inc. and was led by Irv Gotti. Due to his hits with his collaborators, Ja Rule has earned four Grammy nominations, and has earned six top-ten albums, two of which Rule 3:36 (2000) and Pain Is Love (2001), topped the US Billboard 200. He is also known for some well-publicized feuds with other rappers, in particular 50 Cent and Eminem.
  • 1998
    Age 21
    In 1998 he had signed with Irv Gotti's The Inc.
    More Details Hide Details Records (at the time named Murder Inc. Records) which was an imprint label under Def Jam, and along with Amil, he was featured on Jay-Z's hit single "Can I Get A", for which Ja Rule wrote the hook. It was going to be a Ja Rule solo song, until Jay-Z heard the track. Allowing Ja to attend the successful Hard Knock Life Tour alongside Jay-Z, DMX, Method Man, Redman, & DJ Clue?
  • TEENAGE
  • 1995
    Age 18
    In 1995, he made his first appearance on Mic Geronimo's "Time to Build", which featured Jay-Z and DMX, who were also in their early stages of their careers.
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  • 1993
    Age 16
    Atkins began his rap career in 1993 with his hip hop group Cash Money Click.
    More Details Hide Details He told Curtis Waller of MTV News that his stage name "Ja Rule" came from a friend who addressed him by that name; other friends called him "Ja".
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1976
    Born
    Born on February 29, 1976.
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