Ja Rule, born Jeffrey Edward Atkins, is a New York-based American rapper, songwriter, record producer, record executive, and actor. He’s lately made headlines for reigniting his feud with 50 Cent.
Ja Rule was born Jeffrey Bruce Atkins on February 29, 1976, in Queens, New York. He was reared in the Hollis community by Debra and William Atkins.
Ja Rule’s grandparents were Jehovah’s Witnesses, and because his parents worked so much, he spent a great deal of time with them and began practicing the religion himself.
At age 12, he abandoned the church and began selling narcotics in Hollis. Due to his diminutive size, he was frequently involved in school altercations. Ja Rule did not complete high school but received his GED in 2012.
In 1994, he began his career as a member of the group Cash Money Click. Shortly thereafter, he changed his stage name to “Ja Rule.” The trio separately created a handful of tracks, including their 1994 debut single “Get Tha Fortune.”
Due to the arrest and imprisonment of group member Chris Black, they were dropped from their label and disbanded within a year of signing with TVT records.
Ja Rule made his debut solo performance on Mic Geronimo’s “Time to Build,” which also featured Jay-Z and DMX. Rule signed with Def Jam in 1998 and appeared on Jay-“Can Z’s I Get A…” single.
His debut album, Venni Vetti Vecci, was published in 1999 and ultimately peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. His second and third albums were each certified three times platinum and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts.
On November 19, 2002, he released his fourth album, which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spawned two hit singles. The publication of his fifth and sixth albums occurred in 2003 and 2004.
In 2005, following the release of his sixth studio album and greatest hits album, Ja Rule terminated his contract with Def Jam and went on hiatus until February 2011, when he stated he had begun working on a new album titled “Pain is Love 2.”
One year after its release, he was serving a two-year prison sentence for tax evasion and firearm possession. He was discharged in May of 2013.
Following Ja Rule’s release from prison, he and Gotti founded Murder Inc Records. In 2014, he also published the memoir Unruly: The Highs and Lows of Becoming a Man. Shortly thereafter, he revealed that his eighth studio album would be delayed indefinitely.
In December 2016, Ja Rule appears on The Hamilton Mixtape, rapping Hamilton’s verse from Ashanit’s song Helpless. In June of 2018, Ashanti stated that she and Ja Rule are collaborating on a new album.
“Holla Holla,” “Between Me and You,” “I’m Real (Murder Remix),” “Ain’t It Funny,” “Always on Time,” “Mesmerize,” and “Wonderful” are among Ja Rule’s most popular hits. He has collaborated with R. Kelly, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Milian, and Christina Milian.
He has acted in films such as The Fast and the Furious, Scary Movie 3, and The Cookout (2004), in which he co-starred with Queen Latifah.
Aisha Murray is married to Ja Rule. The couple has three children: Britney (born in 1995), Jeffrey (born in 2000), and Jordan (born in 1995). (b. 2005).
Ja Rule has received four Grammy nominations and won three Source Awards, one MTV Video Music Award, one World Music Award, one BET Award, one GQ Men of the Year Award, one Teen Choice Award, and an NAACP Image Award.
In 2003, after assaulting a man in Toronto, Rule settled out of court. In 2004, he was arrested for marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license.
In 2007, he was arrested on allegations of weapons and narcotics possession. Gun and tax evasion allegations landed him in federal jail for nearly two years.
Between 2004 and 2006, he allegedly neglected to pay taxes on earnings totaling $3 million.
Ja Rule has engaged in feuds with 50 Cent and G-Unit Records, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Shady Records, Aftermath, Foxy Brown, and Lil’ Mo, among others.
The most well-known conflict was with 50 Cent in 1999, after recording a music video in Queens, since 50 Cent apparently did not enjoy Ja Rule “receiving so much love” from the Hollis community.
Ja Rule alleges that he struck 50 Cent with a baseball bat during their confrontation in Atlanta.
In the second incident in New York City, Black Child, one of Ja Rule’s artists on Murder Inc, stabbed 50 Cent, causing him to require stitches. Both rappers confirmed in May 2011 that they have ended their dispute.
Ja Rule’s Net Worth
It’s estimated that Ja Rule’s net worth is around $4 million. His songs “Between Me and You,” “I’m Real,” and “Always on Time” all made the Billboard Hot 100.
The “Fyre Festival” was scheduled to take place in late April 2017 on a private island in the Bahamas, according to Ja Rule.
The event turned out to be a catastrophic failure. Some attendees, who paid hundreds of dollars for their tickets, were stranded on a garbage-strewn gravel lot with little food and just FEMA disaster tents for shelter.
By the time festival-goers arrived on the island, the majority of the scheduled musical performances had been canceled after learning about the festival’s conditions. A festival-goer filed a $100 million class-action lawsuit against Ja Rule and his event co-founder Billy McFarland on May 1, 2017.