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

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I'm sure he makes a better friend than rapper. Maybe even a better actor than rapper, but really HE CAN'T RAP OR SING.
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HE CAN'T SING PEOPLE. AND HE CAN BARELY RAP... I like some rap BUT NOT JA RULE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH
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lil_sprout0
Ja WAS the man until 50 but now where 50 at,b**ch a** n**ga wann talk s**t about Ja Rule singing on records and now all rappers do the same s**t including 50. bunch of busta a** n**gaz with no skills and very limited talent.
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Noooooo! Monica! RIP Paul Walker
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I love you
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f**k ja rule he can eat a dick 50 is way better he a stupid f**k
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ayannawhite2 k 1 0 3
I have always loved this song....
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This be mi S**t rite here...
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Real talk Wer u at wit it let's ride hit me up $$$$$$$
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jacobcharles 8 3
Hold them up,like just taking it back.
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california love
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I love the song Always on time
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Yeah he could still get it. Lol- Hey Ja!
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Hey-= Ja Rule!!!!!!!
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I love Ja Rule,He is a fine man and He can shoal rap and sing
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I'm real
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THE MIRROR was better than PIL 2. Garbage JA. Hit them with one more ALBUM something classic JA.
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Always On Time..
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Love it
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The way smile, the way smell ,it drives wild, and i cant go on without you.....
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I love this song
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I love this song so much that I love ja rule and ashtai too much now
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love it
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Cuz im real me and Rocky in 01 in love.
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My one and only my sexy man! Rocky.
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I love too put it on my man ROCKY.
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I gave u my all. Love u Rocky.
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Back in the day boyfriend lol
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Yeah yeah,,,,
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I will always luv Ja rule no matter what my boo got real talent!
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Im real
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Damn! Preschool and elementary Feels :3
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He was born on a leap year
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Sexy
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dats not jlo rappin
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I need a new c d
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Super excited to be listening to something so great
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I DO NOT LIKE JA RULE.. THANK YOU BUT NO THANKS. PEACE.
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F**k his beef with em and 50. There's no doubt that this man dropped some classics
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WHAT WOULD I BE WITHOUT MA BABYYYY
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Hell yeah:))
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Classic
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JaRule ����
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I love this song so much that I love ja rule and ashtai too much now
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projectsidef x
This is my favorite DMX song.
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I like this music:)
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Love that f**k love that mad thing mad live song man wow that great yea ☺☺☺ go jah rule love you am song am 15year old God know love you
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I'm real ❤☺
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I love him so much
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