Ja Rule

Oct
17
DMX, Foxy Brown, Ja Rule, & Ashanti Perform at Def Jam 30 Concert

Ashanti, Big Sean, Ja Rule, and Aisha Atkins

Def Jam celebrated 30 years of hip-hop with a star-studded concert at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Thursday night. The label’s past and present icons—from EPMD to Big Sean—united under one roof to perform some of their greatest hits.

Accompanied by Swizz Beatz, DMX tore up the stage with “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem,” “Where the Hood At,” and “Party (Up in Here).”

Ja Rule, who will star in MTV’s docu-series “Follow the Rules,” took it back with his Murder Inc. classics and brought out Irv Gotti and his former labelmate Ashanti for “Mesmerize” and “Always On Time.” The R&B princess stuck around to sing “Happy” and her debut single “Foolish.”

“This next record put me in the Guinness Book of World Records,” said Ashanti before performing the Biggie-sampled song, which spent 10 weeks at No. 1 in 2002.

Draped in a gold fur-lined jacket, a slimmer Rick Ross bumrushed the stage with French Montana and some twerking fans for “Pop That” and brought out Stalley for “One More Shot.”

Foxy Brown repped for her hometown with her classics “B.K. Anthem,” “Ain’t No Ni**a,” and “Get Me Home.”

Surprise guest Big Sean had the crowd singing along to his new anthem “I Don’t F**k With You,” Fabolous did his remix to “Hot Ni**a,” and 2 Chainz delivered a swagged-out set.

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Sep
4
Ja Rule Lands MTV Reality Show ‘Follow the Rules’

Ja Rule

Ja Rule is headed to TV. MTV has picked up the half-hour, comedic docu-series “Follow the Rules” starring the rapper-turned-actor and his family. The show centers around the hectic household that Rule and his wife Aisha are trying to keep under control, and includes his two teenage sons, their college-age daughter, and Ja’s mother and mother-in-law.

“Ja Rule is the modern day reality rap star version of Bill Cosby’s role from ‘The Cosby Show.’ He embraces a unique parenting style with his teenage kids that feels fresh and funny,” said Susanne Daniels, President of MTV Programming. “We’re excited to be in business with him and his delightful family.”

“I am truly honored and excited to be partnering with MTV and 51 Minds to bring you my new show ‘Follow the Rules,’” said Rule. “Family tradition will never be the same b*tch… Lmao!!!”

“Follow the Rules” is executive produced by Christian Sarabia, Jeffrey Atkins, Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, and Irv Gotti.

Get a first look below.

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Jul
29
Video: Ja Rule – ‘SuperStar’

Ja Rule

Since his release from prison last May, Ja Rule has penned a memoir Unruly: The Highs and Lows of Becoming a Man and starred in the Christian drama I’m in Love with a Church Girl.

He also continues to promote his 2012 album Pain Is Love 2, which was released while he was serving a 28-month sentence for attempted illegal gun possession and tax evasion.

In his latest video for “SuperStar,” the Queens rapper shares his addiction to the fast life while cruising down the Las Vegas Strip in a Phantom.

Rule is already working on Genius Loves Company, his first album since PIL2, to be released in 2015.

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Jun
5
Jennifer Lopez Brings Out Ja Rule, Fat Joe, & French Montana at Bronx Concert

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez has sold out shows across the globe, but she brought it back to the Bronx during a free concert for State Farm’s Neighborhood Sessions on Wednesday. Fifteen years after the release of her debut On the 6, the international superstar performed her biggest hits and brought out some special guests at Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Park.

She opened the 90-minute set with “Same Girl” and ran through her catalog of hits including “If You Had My Love,” “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” “Waiting for Tonight,” and her latest single “First Love” off her upcoming 10th album A.K.A., due June 17.

Ja Rule appeared for “I’m Real” and “Ain’t It Funny.” She also debuted a new song with Fat Joe, who delivered his hit “Lean Back.” French Montana joined J.Lo for “I Luh Ya Papi” and performed his own hits, “Ain’t Worried About Nothin” and “Pop That.”

Additionally, she paid tribute to Selena and covered Diana Ross’ “Theme from Mahogany” and Barbra Streisand’s “My Man” before closing with her 2001 hit “Jenny From the Block.”

“It feels super at home for me,” J.Lo told “GMA.” “It took me right back to Sundays in the Bronx.”

Backstage, she was joined by friends and family including T.I., Khloe Kardashian, Angie Martinez, her mother, and her sister.

Watch Jenny go back to the block.

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Nov
18
Ja Rule and 50 Cent Fly on the Same Plane

50 Cent and Ja Rule

What are the chances of two of rap’s most notorious rivals sharing a flight? Well, it happened over the weekend when Ja Rule and 50 Cent were seated only feet away from each other on the same plane.

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Oct
14
Ja Rule Talks Prison, Drugs in Music, & New Movie on ‘Wendy’

Ja Rule

Fresh out the pen, Ja Rule sat down with his old pal Wendy Williams for his first daytime interview since his two-year prison stint. The 37-year-old rapper opened up about why he went to jail, how he spent his time behind bars (getting his GED, domestic work), and how his fellow prisoners reacted to him.

“When I got there, people actually had a lot of admiration for me, a lot of love for me. It was a really different experience,” he said.

Wendy also asked what he thought of artists such as Miley Cyrus glorifying drugs in their music. “We as artists, we have the right to express ourselves,” said Rule, who is now drug free. “I also believe that we have the obligation to the youth to be somewhat responsible in what we say on records.”

Rule stars alongside Adrienne Bailon in the Christian drama I’m in Love with a Church Girl, which hits theaters on Friday.

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Sep
19
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.

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