What Ever Happened to Ja Rule?

From 1999 to 2004 Jeffrey “Ja Rule” Atkins owned the airwaves. Besides almost never being photographed with a shirt on, the pint sized, gruff voiced rapper also created 6 albums over that time,  and had several top 20 hits.  He even did a song with J-Lo. You couldn’t escape Ja Rule’s music if you tried, and I did. I really did try.

What Went Wrong?

Ja and pop princess, Ashanti, were the king and queen of Irv Gotti’s Murder Inc Records and it appeared everything was going swimmingly. Well, you might have thought Murder Inc was one badass name, and you’re right, but Murder Inc was badass for more reasons than just its name. It was rumored Irv Gotti started Murder Inc with money from organized crime, specifically, drug dealing.

What’s so moronic about this, is that Irv Gotti, whose name is actually Irving Domingo Lorenzo, Jr., opted to change his name after that of former boss of the Gambino crime family, John Gotti. Then, Irv Gotti names his record label Murder Inc. Between the keywords “Murder” and “Gotti,” and the rumors of organized crime, the record label was getting plenty of attention from law enforcement. As if that wasn’t enough, they started attracting more attention.

In 2003, in the lovely and beautiful city of Toronto, Canada (homebase of CorruptCamel.com), Ja punched some dude in the face after the guy most likely said something about Ja Rule’s small stature, like, “Dude, you’re like a black Seth Green.”

Everyone knows short men are insecure about their height and can compensate for this by working out a lot and picking fights at any opportunity in order to gain respect and show the world that height means nothing. Apparently, no one had informed this dude about short man syndrome and to beware the little man. Ja was sued and settled out of court. This spelled the beginning of problems for the Ja Rule empire.

Later that year, Gotti smartened up and changed the name of Murder Inc to the boring and uninspired The Inc, and changed his name to Irv Poppins in order to minimize the negative attention the label received. Of course,the Poppins part isn’t true, but perhaps if Irv did change his last name to Poppins, things wouldn’t have continued to crumble as they did. Don’t worry about Irv though, he’s super rich, he’ll be okay.

In 2004, a fatal shooting occurred outside a nightclub party hosted by Ja Rule, and on a later date, Ja was arrested for driving with a suspended license and possession of marijuana. Let’s just say, it was a rough, rough year for Ja and company. I guess it’s true what they say: mo’ money, mo’ problems.

In 2005, Ja released the final album on his contract and said, “Might as well go for a soda,” and to the delight and disappointment of many, took an extended hiatus from music.

So What Ever Happened to Ja Rule?

Ja appeared in a bunch of movies before and during his break from music. Some highlights (and by highlights, I mean movies I’ve heard of) include The Fast and the Furious (2001) and Assault on Precinct 13 (2006).

Things got a little sticky for Ja in 2007, when he was arrested for gun and drug possession charges when caught driving with a loaded weapon after a Lil Wayne concert. Lil Wayne was with Ja and was also charged. In fact, it’s from this incident that Lil Wayne ended up serving 8-months in jail while Ja awaited his sentenced.

Ja Rule (5 ‘7) and Lil Wayne (5’6): two tiny rappers with big loaded guns. Little man syndrome at its worst. Keep your distance.

Fairly recently, Ja announced a new album, called Rule York, which he originally expected to release sometime in 2011. However, he may have hit a snag, because on December 13, 2010, Ja was sentenced to 2 years in jail for the 2007 charges.

Whether he’ll use this arrest to promote his album or wait till he’s released is yet to be seen, but unfortunately, Ja Rule will probably be back and he probably won’t be wearing a shirt.

  • malackey

    I heard, if you say ‘Murder Records’ three times in a mirror, both Ja, and Ashanti will appear, and perform a duet.
    I’ve never done it. It’s just what I heard.

    • Terrifying. I’ll never try that. EVER.

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  • His voice is like a musical version of of concrete trying to prove its intelligence.

  • His voice is like a musical version of of concrete trying to prove its intelligence.

    • The One

      Could you say that a couple more times for the ones who could not figure it out the first three times.

  • His voice is like a musical version of of concrete trying to prove its intelligence.

  • Camel hater

    C. Camel wuz fucked by a traveling group of rambunctious transexual horny midgets as he was just finding out that hiz sandy vagina could be used for more than just a storage container for “uncle camelus’s” secret sauce. C. Camel should do everyone a favor and just go kill himself. Im 62 inches tall and have seen plenty of tall people act a fool but what stereo typical reason whould bat shit crazy camel have come up with for that? Camel take some advice and get over the fact that they used and abused you and did not even call back (bet camel still trying to figure out how tall I am).

    • Yes, I’m aware that tall people can be jerks and short people can be saints, I was just referring to a couple of gun toting, angry, rappers that got themselves thrown into jail as being very likely to have little man syndrome.

      You, on the other hand, clearly have no issues with your apparent ‘short’ comings and don’t come off as angry at all. The fact that you refer to your height as 62 inches and not 5’1 or 5’2 means you’re very comfortable with your height.

      Still mad you’re not tall enough to get on the big boy rides at the amusement park?

      • Camel Hater

         Nah, I am good, you can ride along in the amusement park with your big boys, because I pretty much had all the fun with your mom, sadly your daddy was not good enough to please her, and that was truly amusing.

        • Masonlanden

          Wow.  You are one intelligent talker.  I’ll bet the reality is that you go fukd in the ass by your daddy.

  • dumbass

    Cameltoe, relax and stop hating buddy.

    • Ok, high five? Hug? Both? Please.

  • Glen

    I recall that Ja Rule was on top of the world, until he got into a war of words with 50 Cent. Of course, 50 Cent was huge, and people stopped buying Ja Rule records…

    • The lesson here is that you don’t mess with the half dollar.

    • Tasty.Kandi

      True, After 50 Cent came out with the song “Wanksta” ( “wanksta” is a  word meaning a person who acts/looks like a gangster or thug, but has never done anything gangster or thug-like) where he was actually calling out Ja Rule his whole careear went down from there and 50 Cent took over from there

  • Hdhhch

    This article actually favors Ja rule because the real story is that when 50 cent got into it with ja, eminem got involved and when ja came out with a track making fun of eminem and mentioned his daughter Hailie, eminem came out with a series of tracks that completely obliterated ja’s career. He couldn’t even defend himself, eminem’s raps were so crazy good and made ja and himself look so incredibly bad and pus$y. It was the most brutal rap war ever where eminem completely took away any credibility ja rule had and made him look like a complete bitch. He’s a genius and the raps were actually quite genius lyrically.
    Hail Mary remix feat 50 cent & busta rhymes
    Nail in the coffin
    go to sleep feat dmx and OT
    + a while bunch more. Ja’s reputation is ruined and he will forever be eminem ‘s bitch

    • onibaku

      with all due respect GET OFF HIS DICK

  • T_wshawv

    You have to have a sense of humor reading that or you’ll get the wrong impression. 🙂 

  • haha

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