* 1999: Venni Vetti Vecci
* 2000: Rule 3:36
* 2001: Pain Is Love
* 2002: The Last Temptation
* 2003: Blood in My Eye
* 2004: R.U.L.E.
* 2005: Exodus
* 2008: The Mirror
Jeffrey Atkins (born February 29, 1976), better known by his stage name Ja Rule, is an American rapper and actor signed to The Inc. and Universal Records, formerly of Def Jam Recordings. A Hollis, New York native best-known for hits such as "Put It On Me", "Between Me And You", "I'm Real" and "Wonderful", Ja Rule has released seven albums to date and sold over 20 million albums worldwide.
Atkins began his rap career in 1994 with the group Cash Money Click. He told Curtis Waller of MTV News that his stage name "Ja Rule" came from a friend of his who addressed him by that name; other friends called him "Ja".
Venni Vetti Vecci (1999)
His debut album Venni Vetti Vecci was released in 1999. Singles included "Holla Holla" and "It's Murda" with Jay-Z and DMX. The final single was "Daddy's Little Baby", a duet with Ronald Isley. Venni Vetti Vicci was certified platinum by the RIAA on July 12, 1999.
Rule 3:36 (2000)
Ja Rule would return during the summer of 2000, with his new single "Between Me and You", which featured Def Soul act Christina Milian. The single was quickly followed by Ja's second effort, Rule 3:36, which was released on October 10, 2000. 3:36 also featured singles "Put It On Me," and "I Cry." The album featured guest appearances from Lil Mo, Vita, Christina Milian, label mates Jayo Felony, and Black Child. Rule 3:36 debuted at #1 on the Billboard Charts, eventually going 3x Platinum.
Pain Is Love (2001)
Soon after the release of Rule 3:36, Irv Gotti signed R&B singer Ashanti to the label, which led to Lil Mo ending her collaborations with the label. During the late summer of 2001, Ja Rule released "Livin' It Up", the lead single from his third studio album, Pain Is Love. The second single was the "I'm Real (remix)", and the third was "Always On Time", and the last was "Down Ass Bitch". Pain Is Love featured guest appearances from Case, The Murder Inc. Family, Missy Elliott, Jodie Mack, Tweet, Jennifer Lopez and a recording from the late Tupac Shakur. Along with its critical success it was also a commercial success, reaching 3x Platinum certification.
The Last Temptation (2002)
Ja Rule shaved his head during the promotion of his fourth studio album, The Last Temptation. His fourth album was released on November 19, 2002. The album was certified platinum.
Blood In My Eye (2003)
Blood In My Eye was his fifth album and the last released under the "Murder Inc." label, which would rename itself "The Inc." several days after the album release. It peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. In October 2003, Ja Rule met with Minster Louis Farrakhan, who wanted to intervene and prevent escalating violence in the feud between 50 Cent and Ja Rule.
Ja Rule's sixth studio album R.U.L.E. was released in November 2004. Its lead single was "Wonderful" featuring R. Kelly and Ashanti, followed by the street anthem "New York" featuring Fat Joe and Jadakiss and the love song "Caught Up" featuring Lloyd and Ashanti. In 2005, the RIAA certified R.U.L.E. and its single "Wonderful" gold. Critical reception of this album was poor, as with Blood in My Eye.
Hiatus, departure from The Inc. (2005-2007)
On December 6, 2005, The Inc. released Exodus, a greatest hits album. "Me" was the only new song in that album. Exodus was the last album on Ja Rule's contract with Def Jam. After the release of this compilation, Ja Rule took a hiatus from recording music.
In 2005, The Inc. Records would come under investigation because of the drug trades by Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff, who was associated with Irv Gotti. This would all lead to Def Jam Recordings refusing to renew The Inc.'s contract. From 2005 to 2006, Irv would search for other labels, until finally reaching a deal with Universal Records.
The Mirror (2007-present)
The first single of his eighth album The Mirror, "Uh-Ohhh!", featuring Lil Wayne, came out in August 2007. Following singles were "Body" featuring Ashley Joi and "Sunset" featuring The Game. All these singles failed in sales. Originally, The Mirror was to be released on September 12, 2007, then delayed to November 13. That release date was delayed, and the JaRule.net website later listed a 2008 release timeframe for The Mirror.
In 1999, he along with the rest of Murder Inc. were brought up on charges for assaulting 50 Cent, which led to a restraining order against them for 50. Also in 2003, he punched a man in Toronto for shouting at him in a crowd because of the 50 Cent feud. He would end up suing Ja Rule, but they settled out of court. In 2004, police investigated whether a feud involving The Inc. led to fatal shooting outside a nightclub party hosted by Ja Rule. In July 2007, Ja Rule was arrested for gun and drug possession charges along with Lil Wayne.
In the September 2007 issue of Complex magazine, Ja Rule was mistakenly reported to have expressed that homosexuals are to be blamed for the problems and destruction in the United States, and was disgusted at MTV's promotion of LGBT television shows. He also spoke out about how hip hop is being blamed for more issues than homosexuality, and perpetuated the belief that gays are evil and corrupting music and television.
“ "And if it is, then we need to go step to Paramount, and fucking MGM, and all of these other motherfuckers that's making all of these movies and we need to go step to MTV and Viacom, and lets talk about all these fucking shows that they have on MTV that is promoting homosexuality, that my kids can't watch this shit," he continued. "Dating shows that's showing two guys or two girls in mid-afternoon. Let's talk about shit like that! If that's not fucking up America, I don't know what is." ”
His comments prompted a strong rebuke from GLAAD, who issued a public statement stating, "No fair-minded person can look at Ja Rule’s interview with Complex Magazine and believe for one second that his children could be more harmed by what they might see on television than by the vulgarity and prejudice that comes out of their father’s mouth. Now that media have seen Ja Rule’s intolerance unmasked by his own words, they have a responsibility not to provide in the future a platform for his ugly, vulgar displays of prejudice.”
It was later revealed that GLAAD had been mistaken and that he was actually mis-quoted in an interview with online MySpace interview channel The Hook Up on October 24, 2007. He went on in a January 2008 issue of XXL Magazine to state his words were taken out of context. He is quote as stating:
“ "What I was saying in that article is everyone has that same responsibility. They're absolutely right: Rappers have a responsibility to the kids. But don't just pin it on the hip-hop. If I gotta curb my lyrics or censor what I say, no problem. But if you gonna show sexual images during the daytime for children, that should be censored as well ... And I'm not just talking about homosexuality. I'm talking about any sexuality. If it's too sexy for kids, its too sexy for kids ..." ”
Ja Rule founded the L.I.F.E Foundation, which opens its doors to underprivileged children through various programs such as art, music, poetry and sports.
Jeffrey Atkins, bilinen ad?yla Ja Rule (29 ?ubat 1976, Queens) ABD'li rap m?zisyeni ve akt?r. Lakab?n?n a??l?m? "Jeffrey Atkins Represents Unconditional Love Exists"dir.
Jeffrey Atkins, bilinen ad?yla Ja Rule, 29 ?ubat 1976'da Amerika'da d?nyaya geldi. Do?um g?nlerini ve Noel'i kutlamay? uygun bulmayan dindar bir aileden gelen Ja Rule'un evinde rap m?zik dinlemek de yasakt?. Halbuki k???k Ja Rule, bu m?zi?i dinledi?i ilk andan itibaren onun b?y?s?ne kap?l?p rap?i olmaya karar vermi?ti. Annesinin d??arda oldu?u zamanlarda gizlice eve cd'ler getirip odas?na kapan?yor, saatlerce m?zik dinliyordu. Seneler sonra yapt??? bir ?al??ma, Jay-Z'nin arkada?? Irv Gotti'nin ilgisini ?ekti. Bu ikili daha sonra The Inc. Records'? kuracakt?. Ja Rule'u TVT Records'?n elinden kurtaran Irv Gotti, sanat??y? b?nyesinde bulundu?u Def Jam Recordings'e ge?irdi ve bu sayede Jay-Z, DMX ve Ja Rule'dan olu?an "Murder Inc." ortaya ??kt?.
1999 senesinde Ja Rule, ilk solo alb?m? "Veni Vetti Vecci"ye imza att?. Bu alb?m k?sa s?rede sanat??n?n MTV, VH1 ve BET gibi ?nl? televizyonlarda boy g?stermesini sa?layarak onu bir hip hop y?ld?z? haline getirdi. Alb?mden ??kan "Holla Holla" ve "Its Murda" alb?m?n ??kt??? seneyi sallayan par?alar aras?nda yer ald?. Alb?mden ??kan son single sanat??n?n Ronald Isley ile birlikte s?yledi?i "Daddy's Little Baby" oldu. Ja Rule art?k bir y?ld?zd?.
2000'e ??kan "Rule 3:36"dan se?ilen single'lar "Between Me and You", "Put It On Me" ve "I Cry" par?alar?yd?. Bunlar?n her biri b?y?k ba?ar?ya imza att?. Ja Rule y?kselmesine y?kseliyordu; fakat m?zik ele?tirmenleri ikinci alb?m?n ticari sound'una tak?l?p bas?n? alb?mle ilgili olumsuz s?zlerle me?gul ediyorlard?. Sanat??n?n hayranlar? bu ele?tirilere kulak asmam?? olacak ki "Rule 3:36" alb?m? sanat??y? Billboard listesinin tepesine ta??d? ve tam bir hafta boyunca zirvede kald?. 2001'de yay?mlanan "Pain Is Love", Ashanti'yi m?zik d?nyas?na tan?tmas?n?n yan? s?ra konuk olarak Case, Missy Elliot, Jennifer Lopez ve Tweet gibi devleri a??rlayan ba?ar?l? bir ?al??mayd?. Bu alb?mde yer alan "Living It Up", "I'm Real", "Always On Time" ve "Down Ass Bitch" par?alar?na birer video ?ekildi. Bu sefer ele?tirmenler de hayranlarla ayn? fikirdeydi. "Pain Is Love" bu ba?ar?y? hakediyordu. Bu ?vg?lerin tek olumsuz taraf?, artan beklentilerin 2002'de ??kan "The Last Temptation"?n ba?ar?s?z bulunmas?na yol a?mas?yd?. Fazla ticari bulunan bu alb?m tekrar ele?tirilere maruz kalsa da, alb?m?n Bobby Brown, Charli Baltimore, Ashanti ve Pharrel gibi isimlerden olu?an kabar?k konuk listesi dikkate de?erdi. Sanat??, ayn? sene yay?mlanan "Irv Gotti Presents: The Inc." ve "Irv Gotti Presents: The Remixes" alb?mlerinde de yer ald?. 2002 yaz?nda Fat Joe'nun "What's Luv"?nda ve Mary Jay Blige'?n "Rainy Dayz"inde konuk sanat?? olarak yer alan Ja Rule, 2003 senesine gelindi?inde 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, Eminem ve Busta Rhymes gibi devlere g?nderdi?i diss'ler y?z?nden pop?lerli?ini neredeyse yitirmek ?zereydi. 2003 senesinde yay?mlad??? "Blood In My Eye" alb?m? sanat??n?n o g?ne kadar yay?mlanm?? olan ?al??malar?n?n en k?t?s?yd?. Y?llar sonra bir a??klama yapan Ja Rule, bu alb?m?n asl?nda piyasaya s?r?lmek ?zere kaydedilmedi?ini ve Def Jam'in zorlamas? y?z?nden yay?mland???n? s?yledi.
2004 senesinde ??kan "R.U.L.E" yine Lloyd, Trick Daddy, R. Kelly, Fat Joe, Jadakiss ve Black Child gibi ?nl? isimleri bar?nd?r?yordu. ?lerde hip hop d?nyas?n?n klasikleri aras?na girecek olan bu ?al??ma 2004'?n en ba?ar?l? alb?mlerinden biri se?ildi ve "Exodus" ismini ta??yan 2005 tarihli Greatest Hits alb?m?ne zemin haz?rlad?. Ayn? sene Def Jam'den ayr?lan sanat??n?n yeni bir plak ?irketiyle anla?mas? 2006 senesine kadar s?rd?. 2006'da Universal Records'la anla?an sanat??, 2008 tarihli 8. st?dyo alb?m?n?n ilk single'? olarak yay?mlad??? ve Lil Wayne'le birlikte seslendirdi?i "Uh Ohhh!" par?as?yla 2007'nin yaz?na damgas?n? vurdu. ?kinci single ise "Body" par?as?na se?ildi.
2009'a do?ru "The Mirror"?n devam? niteli?inde olan "The Mirror 2: Loki's Way"i piyasaya s?recektir.