ARTIST PROFILE

Ja Rule

Name: Ja Rule

Birthday: Feb.29, 1976

Fav Dish: Beef Tacos

Jeffrey Atkins (born February 29, 1976), better known by his stage name Ja Rule, is an American rapper, singer, and actor from Queens, New York.

Born in Hollis, Queens, he debuted in 1999 with Venni Vetti Vecci and its single “Holla Holla”. From 1999 to 2005, Ja Rule had several hits that made the top 20 of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, including “Between Me and You” with Christina Milian, “I’m Real (Murder Remix)” and Ain’t It Funny with Jennifer Lopez, which both topped the US Billboard Hot 100, the Grammy-nominated #1 hit, “Always on Time” with Ashanti, “Mesmerize” also with Ashanti, and “Wonderful” with R. Kelly and Ashanti.

During the 2000s, Ja Rule was signed to The Inc. Records, which was formerly known as Murder Inc. and was led by Irv Gotti. Due to his hits with his collaborators, Ja Rule has earned four Grammy nominations, and has earned six top-ten albums, two of which Rule 3:36 (2000) and Pain Is Love (2001), topped the US Billboard 200. He is also known for some well-publicized feuds with other rappers, in particular 50 Cent and Eminem.

Atkins was set to be released from prison on July 28, 2013, but was released early on May 7.He was featured on the remix of the track “She Tried” which features Lil Wayne and Birdman, which appeared on the N.O.R.E album Student of the Game. On September 18, 2013, Ja Rule released a track titled “Fresh Out Da Pen”. The track had first premiered on Hot 97. A few days later he released “Everything”. Both tracks were produced by Visionary producers, Reefa and Myles William. On September 27, 2013, both of those tracks were released on iTunes for digital download.

In September 2013, it was confirmed that Ja Rule and Irv Gotti have relaunched Murder Inc Records. In 2014, Ja Rule had released a memoir titled Unruly: The Highs and Lows of Becoming a Man, in which he reflected on his past struggles with a difficult adolescence in New York City and everything that followed, from breakout success and destructive rivalries to fatherhood and a two-year prison sentence. In July 2014, Ja Rule announced his eighth studio album which was eventually pushed back for a 2016 release.

Also in 2014, it was announced by MTV that Ja Rule alongside his family will star in the upcoming reality show Follow the Rules which was co-produced by Queen Latifah. A sneak peek trailer of the show surfaced on the internet in September 2014 and the show premiered on October 26, 2015. In October 2015, it was also announced by Ja Rule that himself and Irv Gotti have partnered with Paramount Pictures to work on a TV drama series based on the history of Murder Inc., it is set to premiere in 2016. In February 2016, Ja Rule announced on his Twitter account that the title of his upcoming eighth studio album would beCoup De Grâce. He had also announced that it would be his last album.

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