Because the flagship artist for maker Irv Gotti’s Def Jam-affiliated Murder Inc. label, Ja Guideline became among the rap industry’s many commercially successful performers through the early 2000s, operating closely using the hitmaking maker and his steady of talent. Given birth to Jeffrey Atkins on Feb 29, 1976, in Queens, NY, Ja Rule founded himself with Venni Vetti Vecci (1999), a hardcore debut recording similar however you like to the durable thug rap after that popularized by DMX as well as the Ruff Ryder collective. On his second recording, Guideline 3:36 (2000), he started collaborating with woman R&B singers, along with a string of radio-friendly strikes resulted (“Between Me and you also,” “Wear it Me,” “I Cry”). Discomfort Is Like (2001) followed exactly the same template, providing up several rap-R&B hybrids for the singles (“I’m Actual,” “Livin’ It Up,” “Usually promptly,” “Down Ass Chick”) and filling in the recording with hardcore rap. Through the entire summer time of 2002, Ja Guideline was at his most widely used, presented on not merely his own strikes but also being a highlighted guest on Unwanted fat Joe’s “What’s Luv?” and Mary J. Blige’s “Rainy Dayz.” Close to the end of the entire year, he released his 4th record, THE FINAL Enticement (2002), which once again matched him with R&B vocalists because of its singles, this time around with Bobby Dark brown (“Thug Lovin'”) and Ashanti (“Mesmerize”). Ja Guideline began to end up being mocked by 50 Cent for this period, and beefs ensued between your two rappers’ camps; for example, over the defeat of 2Pac’s “Hail Mary,” 50 Cent teamed up along with his affiliates Eminem and Busta Rhymes for the stinging mixtape freestyle dissing Ja Guideline and Irv Gotti. Increasingly vunerable to the criticism as his music dropped out of open public favor, Ja Guideline returned with just as much vengeance as he could muster for Bloodstream in My Eyes (2003) and R.U.L.E. (2004). Although latter spawned a high Five hit one, “Great,” a rap-R&B cross types offering R. Kelly and Ashanti, both albums had been fulfilled with general indifference, getting the to begin Ja Rule’s albums to flunk of platinum qualification. Exodus (2005), a best-of collection, brought Ja Rule’s tenure with Def Jam to some close. From 2005-2007, as Irv Gotti’s Murder Inc. procedure dropped into shambles, Ja Guideline was noiseless; he charted no music in the Billboard Scorching 100 during this time period period. Toward the finish of 2007, he attempted a return, initial with “Uh-Ohhh!”; offering Lil Wayne, who was simply perhaps the most popular rapper of as soon as, the song non-etheless stalled at amount 106 in the Billboard 200. A few various other singles (“Body,” “Sunset”) also didn’t garner significant airplay, as well as the prepared November 2007 discharge of The Reflection was pushed back again and canceled. That same calendar year he would end up being arrested on weapon and drug ownership charges, which this year 2010 would become a two-year word in prison. A year afterwards, 28 months had been added for taxes evasion, nonetheless it didn’t end his 2012 record Pain Is Like, Vol. 2 from getting on his brand-new label M-Pire.
Full Name Ja Rule
Height 1.75 m
Profession Actor, Rapper, Singer, Music Producer, Songwriter
Spouse Aisha Atkins
Children Britney Atkins, Jeffrey Atkins Jr., Jordan Atkins
Awards MTV Video Music Award for Best Hip-Hop Video, MTV Video Music Award for Best Rap Video, BET Award for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist, World Music Award for World's Best Selling Hip Hop/Rap Artist
Music Songs Always on Time, Down A** B**ch, Between Me And You, Caught Up, Down 4 U, Murder Reigns, Real Life Fantasy, Life Ain't a Game, Uh-Ohhh!, Body, I'm Real, 6 Feet Underground, Suicide Freestyle, Smokin and Ridin, Kill 'Em All, E-Dub & Ja, Niggas & Bitches, We Here Now, The March Prelude, How Many Wanna, The Rule Won't Die, Only Begotten Son, Lost Little Girl, World's Most Dangerous, Count On Your Nigga, Bout My Business, So Much Pain, The INC Is Back, The Pledge, Furious, Do I Do, Worldwide Gangsta
Albums Venni Vetti Vecci, Rule 3:36, Pain Is Love, The Last Temptation, Blood in My Eye, R.U.L.E., Exodus, The Mirror, Icon, Pain Is Love 2, It's Muuurder, Ja Rule: 2005 (Live), Best of Ja Rule, PIL 2, Coup de Grâce
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, MTV Europe Music Award for Best Hip-Hop, Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Performance, Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, MTV Video Music Award for Viewer's Choice, BET Award for Viewer's Choice, MTV Video Music Award for Best Video from a Film, Billboard Music Award for Top Male Artist, Billboard Music Award for Top Rap Artist, American Music Award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist, Soul Train Music Award for Best Album of the Year, American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist, MuchMusic Video Award for iHeartRadio International Artist of the Year, Billboard Music Award for Top R&B Artist, MuchMusic Video Award for Peoples Choice: Favourite International Artist, Billboard Music Award for R&B/Hip-Hop Album Artist of the Year, Billboard Music Award for Male Albums Artist of the Year, Teen Choice Award for Choice Rap Artist in a Movie, Billboard Music Award for Rap Track of the Year, Billboard Music Award for Hot 100 Singles Male Artist of the Year
Movies The Fast and the Furious, I'm in Love with a Church Girl, Half Past Dead, Turn It Up, The Cookout, Scary Movie 3, Assault on Precinct 13, Back in the Day, Wrong Side of Town, Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn, The Cookout 2, Shall We Dance?, Beef, Crime Partners, Backstage, Da Hip Hop Witch, Kiss and Tail: The Hollywood Jump-Off, Sisters, Trolland, Furnace, Don't Fade Away, Ja Rule: 2005, Kurupt: G-TV, Death Before Dishonor, Hip-Hop VIPs, Slip N Slide: All Star Weekend, Hood Vision, Smack: Vol. 1, Island Def Jam Recording Presents: #1 Spot, Fat Joe: Follow the Don, Nuthin' to Lose, Step Your Game Up: Part 5: The Journal Story, South Beach Raw, Slip N Slide: Memorial Day Weekend, Street Heat: Vol. 10, Fast & Furious
TV Shows Follow the Rules, Black in the 80s
Is notorious for canceling his shows. He reportedly canceled one show so he could go to a L.A. Lakers game.
Released Greatest Hits album called "Exodus" on December 6th - the same day Eminem released his Greatest Hits album, "Curtain Call: The Hits". Ja Rule did this to compete with Eminem's record sales, and to fulfill his deal with Def Jam. However, the album was a comparative failure. It sold approximately 500,000 copies. [December 2005]
Releasing fifth album "Blood In My Eye" due out November. [October 2003]
Released fourth album, "The Last Temptation" [November 2002]
Signed the rapper from the Outlawz Hussein Fatal to Murder Inc, also known as the Inc. [November 2005]
Released fifth album "Blood In My Eye", an attempt to strengthen his street credibility. The album failed to reach platinum status. [November 2003]
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My family was Jehovah's Witnesses, which is a really tough religion. It kind of deterred me from religion for a long time. They still practice, but I don't. But I always remained spiritual, and had a belief that there is a God. I'm trying to find my way, you know?
That's the unwritten rule in hip-hop. If I get on a record with you, I want to smash you. That's it. Every MC knows that. If I'm on a track with you, I want to be the best on the track. That's just how it is in hip-hop.
When you go to jail, there's so much simple stuff missing. You just want some good toilet paper or a real toothbrush, a real blanket and a real bed to lay in.
Prison has humbled me in a lot of ways, because when you go to prison, I became 11 R 2024 you know, I wasn't Ja Rule the superstar. I wasn't any of that. I was just a regular inmate.
I came into the rap game in 1992; my life was changing, but my group wasn't successful; I also saw the biggest rappers in the world die all of a sudden in the ensuing years, so it was a matter of conquering yourself before you can conquer the world.
Film and TV and stuff like that was something that I wanted to do when I was really, really little; like, I remember I used to do these plays with my cousins. We used to do Michael Jackson performances, and I would be Michael.
I think it's time that we all be there for the children, to learn from the ones who came before us, and to teach our sons and daughters to have respect for themselves. Break the cycle.
I believe in God and a higher power. I'm still not the religious type per se because religion tore my family apart. I'm still a little scared and skeptical being one with any faith.
The best decision I ever made, period, was to get into the music business.
Acting was something I always wanted to try. I just didn't know how, or I didn't know when the door was gonna be open for me to try it. But it finally opened up for me when I did 'Turn It Up', and ever since then I've been in love with doing films.
There is only one me.
The public makes it so that we have to keep assaulting each other.
These companies are in it for their dollars, and whatever is hot that is what they follow.
I'm married, I have three children, I never hit my wife.
Music is my heart, but I see television and more movies in the next stage of my life.
My role now is as an artist and as a mogul to inspire and give others opportunities.
Jail is definitely not cool. Education is.
It's always good to be working.
I just like music that I can relate to, something to listen to in my car.
I got started in 1995, working in a group called The Cash Money Click.
I would love to do something like 'Beverly Hills Cop'. I'd get to be funny and cool and heroic all in the same breath.
I went through a lot of phases and studied many religions. I am not into religion, I am spiritual.
I love music; it's my passion.
Galley Molina's a great inspiration and role model for a lot of young kids out there.
I got a cold feeling toward religion in general. I don't think God would want to separate families.
Every religion there's something foul going on.
I don't want people to get confused. I'm not going to be putting out a gospel album.
I get mad quick and and go off at the handle quick.
I love to see my family together. That's what life is about. It's about family.
People think being famous is so glamorous, but half the time you're in a strange hotel room living out of a suitcase.
I wanted to go into prison and come out a better person - mentally, physically. So, I read a lot of books, got my GED while I was in there, and worked out every day. Strong body, strong mind.
I feel like unforgiveness, bitterness and resentment, it blocks the flows of God's blessings in life.
We, as artists, we have the right to express ourselves. That is our first amendment, freedom of speech. But I also believe that we have an obligation to the youth to be somewhat responsible in what we say on records. But I think that comes with age. I think that comes with artists growing up and becoming assured of who they are as people.
After doing two years in prison, trust me, I've seen a lot of tough guys pray. They're not just praying for themselves; they're praying for their family and the people they've let down.
I stopped going to Kingdom Hall, the church, when I was 11 years old, so I was very young. They don't celebrate birthdays, you get no Christmas, so it's a very difficult religion for children to get into. And they do a lot of finger-pointing among the Jehovah's Witnesses.
I'm an adrenaline guy. I like to do stuff that gets my blood pumping, like roller coasters or jumping out of planes. I'm into all that crazy stuff.
I prayed every night that God would keep my family safe. But as far as religion goes, I feel like everyone should have their own one-on-one with God.
Right now I'm on my God flow, you know what I mean? I got Job 1:21 tattooed on my chest.
I've always been a spiritual person who believed in a Higher Power. So, I've always had my 1-on-1 with God, even if I wasn't much of a religious person.
I believe in God and not religion, because I believe religion is the double cross. Because I've been double crossed by three religions, so I think I can safely say that religion - there is maybe something wrong with religion. Every temple that's put up may not be a holy one, so watch out.
Pain is love.
Being incarcerated is truly very serious, and it has changed my life to such an extent that breaking the cycle has become my sole focus. Jail is definitely not cool. Education is.
Who made these laws? That's what I want to know. So that's why I wear two crosses now. I call it double cross. I believe in God-not religion.
I'm a breakfast type of guy. Don't get me wrong. I can cook, I'm kinda nice on the burner, but I enjoy making breakfast. I do it all... Scrambled eggs... French toast... Pancakes... Breakfast is my thing.
That is our first amendment, freedom of speech. But I also believe that we have an obligation to the youth to be somewhat responsible in what we say on records. But I think that comes with age. I think that comes with artists growing up and becoming assured of who they are as people.
As far as religion goes, I feel like everyone should have their own one-on-one with God.
A lot of people say I tried to emulate Tupac, but when I look back at my career, we're very different artists. I took pages out of Pac's book, of course, and lots of other rappers - Biggie, Nas - of course you take pages out of those books, but you eventually make it your own thing. And I think I did a good job of that.
I think it's time that we all be there for the children, to learn from the ones who came before us, and to teach our sons and daughters to have respect for themselves.
I've signed a few sneakers in my day.
The rules, religion to religion that man set forth, made me shy away from religion and have my own one on one with God and cut out the middleman.
As far as rap goes, I grew up in Hollis, Queens, so early influences were people like Run DMC and LL Cool J.
Be very nervous of the shaky hands.
I've done a lot of films that all have been pretty edgy.
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