Ja Rule and Irv Gotti Talk Prison, 50 Cent, & Ashanti with Angie Martinez

Angie Martinez, Ja Rule, and Irv Gotti

Nearly four months since completing his prison sentence, Ja Rule sat down with Angie Martinez on Hot 97 for his first post-prison interview. With Irv Gotti by his side, the New York rapper reflected on his experience behind bars, his “roller coaster” ride in the music industry, beef with 50 Cent, the fall of Murder Inc., and relationship with Ashanti. Plus, find out where he’s at now and his plans for the future.

On prison:
Ja Rule: “It changes you a little bit. You get a chance to really be at one with yourself. A lot of late nights by myself in the cell just thinking about things that I’ve gone through. … I was doing a lot of crazy things. I was spiraling out of control. Before I went in, I was out of control. I grew up a lot in prison, read a lot of books, just had a lot of time to reflect.”

On his downfall:
Ja Rule: “A lot of people think I was angry at the fans. But I wasn’t as much as angry as I was hurt. I did a lot for my fans. I really love my fans. It was really a weird time for me and out of that came the anger and then I went into a dark place and everything was dark for me. Everything I wanted to do was just angry. It wasn’t fun anymore.”

On hearing 50 Cent’s “In Da Club” for the first time:
Irv Gotti: “That record was so dope. I looked at Rule. I said, ‘Yo, we have a major problem.’ We took the L.”

On his current mindstate:
Ja Rule: “When I went to jail, I read the whole Bible. I’m really on my God flow. I’m really in a good head space. I want to do what I’m doing and not focus on nothing negative at all.”

On the future:
Irv Gotti: “I think we gon’ rule the world again.”
Ja Rule: “I’m just happy we back together and we in a good space. It’s a blessing that we’re still here in this business almost 20 years now.”

On Ashanti:
Irv Gotti: “We good, we talk. Honestly, I wish it was better. I have nothing against being around her or letting everyone know that we cool. I don’t know if she feels the same way or whatever like that.”
Ja Rule: “I have love for Bon Bon. We went through our little thing, but me and Bon Bon are cool. It’s like that sometimes with family.”
Irv Gotti: “We over here throwing them Ms up until we die. I don’t know if she wants to do that.”

In addition to music, Rule has a memoir coming out and is working on a family reality show.

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17 Comments

  1. Angel

    First off, Rap-Up thank u for the written interview so convenient on my phone. Secondly, great to see Ja back this interview has me wanting a murder Inc reunion!!! Ashanti and Jan = hit in my book!

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  2. michael

    i loved ja rule when he was out… but i think there is just no way is style can be hot right now in this hip hop age

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  3. BEDSTUYFLY

    OMG WELCOME BACK!! FUNNY HOW TIME FLY’S. I REMEMBER LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY, “ALWAYS ON TIME” WAS THE #1 JOINT BACK WHEN I WAS IN JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL.
    xoxo MUCH BLESSINGS JA.

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    Loyalty Reply:

    @BEDSTUYFLY, OMG! I was in junior HS too when that song was on top. Pain is Love was that album. Reminds me of when I was a young kid throwing the Ms up haha Down Ass Bitch wit Charlie Baltimore was that song too

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    BEDSTUYFLY Reply:

    @Loyalty, YASS, THAT PAIN IS LOVE ALBUM!

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  4. Mizz_brittany

    i miss murder inc! I really enjoyed the interview. I wish ja rule much success

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  8. John

    Wait can someone explain the fallout between Ashanti?

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  9. Simon kraal

    Rule-ja,he is back watch out states industry,even papa Ross salute the man well come ja god has been with ..gud luck Frm ur number one fan on south African.

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  10. alphaB

    Good article. I welcome ja back, and personally can’t wait for some more bangers, bring those times back, it sury is dry out here with power rangers as singers. Time for more baby making, club banging and love is and will always be pain, music. Welcome back!!

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  11. BROWN

    rule york.u good rapper man mighty R.U.L.E…..

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  12. florence okani

    ja rule I miss u nd glad to know u re bak……….wish to hear ur nw music nd no it will rock……..love u always……

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  13. florence okani

    miss u much nd will always love u as ur music…….I no ur re goin to blow us away as always…….

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  14. Vince

    I think JA had a great run back in the day, he may have imitated pac a bit much but he RAPPED!!! Not this crap we have right now, JA needs to go back to making music, be original & tell a story. What made PAC & big famous was their story line & how we all could concur with their assessments on life. Be real man & you will win your crowd back!!! All the best man.

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  15. essi

    fuck Ja Rule

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