Slacker Logo

Ja Rule

ON AIR
Advertisement
Advertisement

Bio

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 Ass 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
Read All Read Less

Albums by
Ja Rule

false

    18 songs

    On Air

    R.U.L.E.

    16 songs

    On Air

    R.U.L.E.

    14 songs

    On Air

    Blood in My Eye

    15 songs

    On Air

    Blood in My Eye

    13 songs

    On Air

    The Last Temptation

    13 songs

    On Air

    Last Temptation

    16 songs

    On Air

    Pain Is Love

    16 songs

    On Air

    Rule 3:36

    16 songs

    On Air

    Rule 3:36

    20 songs

    On Air

    Venni Vetti Vecci

    20 songs

    On Air

    Venni Vetti Vecci

    11 songs

    On Air

    Best Of

    2 songs

    On Air

    Everything

    1 song

    On Air

    Real Life Fantasy

    1 song

    On Air

    Real Life Fantasy

    4 songs

    On Air

    Clap Back

    6 songs

    On Air

    Holla Holla

    18 songs

    On Air

    Exodus

    18 songs

    On Air

    Exodus

    13 songs

    On Air

    PIL 2

    18 songs

    On Air

    Rule 3:36 [Bonus DVD]

    20 songs

    On Air

    Blood In My Eye (+Bonus Disc)

    17 songs

    On Air

    Pain Is Love [Australia Bonus Tracks]

    3 songs

    On Air

    Livin' It Up

See All Albums

Top Songs by
Ja Rule

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Always on Time
  3.   Livin' It Up
  4.   Put It on Me
  5.   Mesmerize by Ashanti
  6.   Between Me and You
  7.   Holla Holla
  8.   Down A** B**cH by Charli Baltimore
  9.   Clap Back
  10.   New York
  11.   I'm Real
  12.   Daddy's Little Baby by Ronald Isley
  13.   Wonderful
  14.   I Cry
  15.   Thug Lovin'
  16.   Race Against Time
  17.   It's Murda
  18.   F*** You
  19.   Never Thought
  20.   R.U.L.E.
  21.   Furious featuring 01
  22.   Let's Ride
  23.   6 Feet Underground
  24.   The Pledge featuring 2Pac
  25.   Life Ain't a Game
  26. See All Songs

Stations & Shows Featuring
Ja Rule

    On Air

    Masters Of Hip Hop

    On Air

    Mikey Bolts Radio

    On Air

    50 Most Embarrassing Facebook Songs

    On Air

    Dr. Dre: DNA

    On Air

    '00s #1 Hits

    On Air

    '90s Hip Hop

    On Air

    '00s Hits

    On Air

    Hip Hop/R&B Hits

    On Air

    Party Hip Hop/R&B

    On Air

    N.W.A.: DNA

    On Air

    Freak Me

    On Air

    Lil Wayne: DNA

    On Air

    Hip Hop/R&B

    On Air

    Jay Z: DNA

    On Air

    Hip Hop

    On Air

    Now THIS Is Music

    On Air

    2Pac: DNA

    On Air

    The Notorious B.I.G.: DNA


Artists Related to
Ja Rule

On Air

Cam'ron

On Air

Diddy

On Air

Mase

On Air

Mike Jones

On Air

Fat Joe

On Air

G-Unit

On Air

Lloyd Banks

On Air

Petey Pablo

On Air

DMX

On Air

Trick Daddy

On Air

Onyx

On Air

Juvenile

On Air

Chamillionaire

On Air

Dem Franchize Boyz