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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 (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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yepppppppppp p p p p p
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frezellblack i s b e a u t i f u l
you gotta give Ja Rule credit, he had a nice voice and rap sound
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Pandora hates me, making me listen to ja rule.
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jaydreal
Missing this sound, hope he gets back in the game.
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One of my faves ja n this song toooo luv u ja!!!!!
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Love the song ja
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Still one of my all time favorite artists. Much love!
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This was hot still is
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Old school jam
55Yrs old but could still grove to this beat.
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Ja-Rule is the MAN. Am a longtime FAN and I'm 60plus. I just love his music and "SWAGGER". ���� love you man! MS. HONEYBEE from STRONG ISLAND, NEW YORK
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Hell yeah this is my jamm
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Love this song
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Love u ja rule... Keep up the good work
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Much love be blessed
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Baby say YEEEAAAHHH!! !
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lenam6150
Baby I'm not always there when u call but ALWAYS ON TIME....
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Love me some Ja always have n always will...much love
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I Love Ja Rule....
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I still love his music. His lyrics were strong and real. Need more like him....
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My s**t
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Hottest shyt
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Early 2000s ����❤️
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All of yall don't text my boo
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I luv this song
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Don't read this. You will be kisses on the closest possible Friday by the love of your life. Now you have started reading this ignore it and you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes when your done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear on your screen this is creepy because it acutely works
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Say yeah!!!
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love Ja Rule !
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Pandora made me remember that JA Rule and Ashanti was the s**t back in the day
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I love it when I'm with u Freddie ;^)))
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Yes!
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Love me some ja rule :)
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I love this song
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Favorite everthing and always will be��������
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Raw
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Don't read this post it actually works you will be kissed on the next closest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life however if you don't post this you will be hurt but not die
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i love this song
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Follow the rules yeah
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tiger13av
I'm always on time.
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I'm Real---Hard Luvin--Strai g h t Thuggin--I'm Real-
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Best!!!!!!!! ! ! ! !
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chocolatefac t o r y 9 5
More than just lyric #Jammin
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Charlie Baltimore is so damn hot
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tiger13av
<3
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I love this song so much
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Ja is badass and also love his new show Follow The Rules
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I luv this song
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50 cent is better
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I get fast and furious song
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Favorite artist I used to love the song Always on Time from when i was around 3-5 years old which was cool and loved it and still do!Luv you
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