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Ja Rule

As the flagship artist for producer Irv Gotti's Def Jam-affiliated Murder Inc. label, Ja Rule became one of the rap industry's most commercially successful artists during the early 2000s, working closely with the hitmaking producer and his stable of talent. Born Jeffrey Atkins on February 29, 1976, in Queens, New York, Ja Rule established himself with Venni Vetti Vecci (1999), a hardcore debut album similar in style to the rugged thug rap then popularized by DMX and the Ruff Ryder collective. On his second album, Rule 3:36 (2000), he began collaborating with female R&B singers, and a string of radio-friendly hits resulted ("Between Me and You," "Put It on Me," "I Cry"). Pain Is Love (2001) followed the same template, serving up a few rap-R&B hybrids for the singles ("I'm Real," "Livin' It Up," "Always on Time," "Down A** Chick") and filling out the album with hardcore rap.

Throughout the summer of 2002, Ja Rule was at his most popular, featured on not only his own hits but also as a featured guest on Fat Joe's "What's Luv?" and Mary J. Blige's "Rainy Dayz." Near the end of the year, he released his fourth album, The Last Temptation (2002), which again paired him with R&B vocalists for its singles, this time with Bobby Brown ("Thug Lovin'") and Ashanti ("Mesmerize"). Ja Rule began to be mocked by 50 Cent around this time, and beefs ensued between the two rappers' camps; for instance, over the beat of 2Pac's "Hail Mary," 50 Cent teamed up with his associates Eminem and Busta Rhymes for a stinging mixtape freestyle dissing Ja Rule and Irv Gotti. Increasingly susceptible to the criticism as his music fell out of public favor, Ja Rule returned with as much vengeance as he could muster for Blood in My Eye (2003) and R.U.L.E. (2004). Though the latter spawned a Top Five hit single, "Wonderful," a rap-R&B hybrid featuring R. Kelly and Ashanti, both albums were met with general indifference, becoming the first of Ja Rule's albums to fall short of platinum certification.

Exodus (2005), a best-of collection, brought Ja Rule's tenure with Def Jam to a close. From 2005-2007, as Irv Gotti's Murder Inc. operation fell into shambles, Ja Rule was quiet; he charted no songs on the Billboard Hot 100 during this time period. Toward the end of 2007, he attempted a comeback, first with "Uh-Ohhh!"; featuring Lil Wayne, who was perhaps the hottest rapper of the moment, the song nonetheless stalled at number 106 on the Billboard 200. A couple other singles ("Body," "Sunset") also failed to garner significant airplay, and the planned November 2007 release of The Mirror was pushed back and then canceled. That same year he would be arrested on gun and drug possession charges, which in 2010 would turn into a two-year sentence in jail. A year later, 28 months were added for tax evasion, but it didn't stop his 2012 album Pain Is Love, Vol. 2 from landing on his new label M-Pire. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Pil 2

1. Intro - F**k Fame

2. Real Life Fantasy

3. Parachute

4. Superstar (Intro)

5. Superstar

6. Black Vodka

7. Drown

8. Never Had Time

9. Strange Days

10. To The Top

11. Pray 4 The Day

12. Believe

13. Spun A Web

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Track List: Pil 2 (Explicit)

1. Intro - F**k Fame

2. Real Life Fantasy

3. Parachute

4. Superstar (Intro)

5. Superstar

6. Black Vodka

7. Drown

8. Never Had Time

9. Strange Days

10. To The Top

11. Pray 4 The Day

12. Believe

13. Spun A Web

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Track List: Blood In My Eye (Explicit)

1. Murder Intro

2. The Life (feat. Hussein Fatal, Caddillac Tah & James Gotti)

3. Clap Back

4. The Crown (feat. Sizzla)

5. Kay Slay (Skit)

6. Things Gon' Change (feat. Black Child, Young Merc & D.O. Cannons)

7. Race Against Time II

8. Bobby Creep (Skit)

9. N****s & B*****s

10. The I.N.C. Is Back (feat. Shadow, Sekou 720 & Black Child)

11. Remo (Skit)

12. Blood In My Eye (feat. Hussein Fatal)

13. It's Murda (Freestyle) (feat. Hussein Fatal)

14. The Wrap (Freestyle) (feat. Hussein Fatal)

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Track List: The Last Temptation (Explicit)

1. Intro

2. Thug Lovin' (feat. Bobby Brown)

3. Mesmerize (feat. Ashanti)

4. Pop N****s

5. The Pledge Remix (feat. Ashanti, Nas & 2Pac)

6. Murder Reigns

7. Last Temptation (feat. Charli Baltimore)

8. Murder Me (feat. Caddillac Tah & Alexi)

9. The Warning

10. Connected (feat. Eastwood & Crooked)

11. Emerica (feat. Young Life & Chink Santana)

12. Rock Star

13. Destiny (Outro)

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Track List: Pain Is Love (Explicit)

1. Intro

2. Pain Is Love

3. Livin' It Up

4. The Inc.

5. Always On Time

6. Down A** B*ch

7. Never Again

8. Holla At Me

9. Leo (Skit)

10. I'm Real (Murder Remix)

11. Nothin' But Gangstas

12. X

13. Where I Am (Skit)

14. Lost Little Girl

15. So Much Pain

16. I Do I Do

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Track List: Rule 3:36

1. Intro

2. Watching Me

3. Between Me And You

4. Put It On Me

5. 6 Feet Underground

6. Love Me, Hate Me

7. Die

8. F**k You

9. I'll F**k You Girl (Skit)

10. Grey Box (Skit)

11. Extasy

12. It's Your Life

13. I Cry

14. One Of Us

15. Chris Black (Skit)

16. The Rule Won't Die

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Track List: Venni Vetti Vecci

1. The March Prelude

2. We Here Now

3. World's Most Dangerous

4. Let's Ride

5. Holla Holla

6. Kill 'Em All

7. Hate N**gaz (Skit)

8. N**gaz Theme

9. Suicide Freestyle

10. Story To Tell

11. Chris Black (Skit)

12. Count On Your N**ga

13. It's Murda

14. E-Dub & Ja

15. 187 Murda Baptiss Church (Skit)

16. Murda 4 Life

17. Daddy's Little Baby

18. Race Against Time

19. Only Begotten Son

20. The Murderers

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Track List: Everything / Fresh Out Da Pen (Single)

1. Everything

2. Fresh Out Da Pen

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Track List: R.U.L.E. (Explicit)

1. The Inc Intro

2. Last Of The Mohicans

3. Wonderful

4. What's My Name

5. New York

6. Stripping Game (Skit)

7. The Manual

8. Get It Started

9. R.U.L.E.

10. True Story (Skit)

11. Caught Up

12. Gun Talk

13. Never Thought

14. Life Goes On

15. Weed (Skit)

16. Where I'm From

17. Bout My Business

18. Passion

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feliciadanie l b
love this song
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I wish he would get himself together get off that s-----t and get in the studio and let everybody know , you are better than those clowns, do it man, for your true fans, JC
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God Bless Hiis Musiic, Man Honestly Bettr Than Drake. Thiis Brings Back feelings Good Feeliings! I Wiish He Stiil Made Musiic.... Haven't Heard From Hiim:(
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and as far as eminem, f**k if everyone didnt wana a WHITE rapper at the time because of all the damn black rappers out there and no white kids could say n**ga along with there favorite rappers in public, em wouldnt have been much more then another rapper rapping, he had writters just like 50, em was a SLAM POET uh NOT a proffesional song writer, and thus why he fell off so hard after encore..
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i cant believe he isnt one of raps top 10 he literally had NO writers on his s**t EVERY album was ALl him how the f**k did he not make it above 50? 50 had ONE good album and that s**t was tweeked by em and dre..like wtf man sorry im a rule fan for life..get em rule bet 50 wouldnt talk much s**t now after he beefed the f**k up the way he did one on one no posse's involved..ps h h h
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I LOVE this song! ����
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samsin76
Everybody loved Ja years ago. When 50 started hatin' on him, all you followin' a** sheep fell right in line.
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lindsie.alem a n
Always On Time
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He prolly would of still been producing hot tracks till this day and we probably would of still loved him if he never f**ked with em and went into hiding...he got to cocky
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Dont read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day if your life. However if you dont post this you will be injured but wont die in two days. Now you started reading this so dont stop. Post this on at least 5 songs jn the bext 143 minutes. When your done press f7 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letter. This is so scary it actually works
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Ja Rule will always be remembered unique and different voice... Always makes me calm n wanna groove
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His voice was different but cool because it was unique - Ja Rule . Cool and rough with rhymes that flowed. Thanks.
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50 murdered Ja...then 50 got murdered by everyone!
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yvonneartisf
�� Rule and Ashanti!!!!
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Always On Time ....
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Brings back memories of riding around with my pops ❤️
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Remind me of the good times
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Memories with this song
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LOving it JaRule no more
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❤❤❤❤
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yvonneartisf
�� me some JaRule!!!
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Ja da s**t real talk son ��������
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JaRulen It..My Mans!#
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Yassss
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FIVE IT UP!......to JA RULE (a STARby far.......sa m e as ALACARE the pros' for sho!!!!
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Lovvvv this joint
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I need my Babedaddy back together forever in my loveing amrsing Babedaddy I love you
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amber_lie
All Ja rule.. my jam from way back.. me and my bff always had him on blast!
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Love It!! ����������
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Leavcomment
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luv luv this song
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love it
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So many memories during my younger days in the club. Wow... ��
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Where the lyrics ��
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Say mermaid five times then Post on to other songs Don't talk till you touch water
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akirogs
Brings back memories.... .
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lindsie.alem a n
Mesmerize
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tootie0123
Love me some ja rule! ��
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My niece was so in love with Jarule and my lovely daughter Sabrina ....how i miss the family
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Hi my name is ryonna I'm a kid
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john_etta
Always On Time
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Ooooo
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I love you
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Look his music was made for s**t aclock
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This Is Always On Time Not The Inc. ????
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ja can go die in a hole,
his music got old,
bold of him to beef,
probably taking to many puffs of the leaf,
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TRASH
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That Thug Love
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Im still a kid, but i am so happy that my momma introduced me to Ja rule!!! Better than any rapper i know, and that says a lot cuz i listen to country most the time!!
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Throw back .. 2000s
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