Last week, Ja Rule finished serving his time for a 2007 gun charge, and was released from state prison in central New York. He had still yet to complete his sentence for tax evasion however, which he was to serve concurrently with his other charge.
Ja Rule was released from jail this past July, after serving two years for gun charges. The rapper finally did his very first interview since his release, talking to Complex on his life in prison, his beef with 50 Cent and Eminem (which he says is squashed), what's coming up music-wise and more.
50 Cent has been raising eyebrows more than ever over the last few months. In recent interviews, the NY rapper took every opportunity he could to take shots at his former G-Unit crew, only to reunite with them onstage at Summer Jam last night.
Ja Rule will release his new book, Unruly: The Highs and Lows of Being a Man next week, and it may just bring an old beef back from the dead. The book details much of the highly-publicized feud between Ja Rule and 50 Cent, but most notably, gives us a look behind the scenes.
It's been well over a decade since Eminem reveled in the center of seemingly every fiery controversy in popular culture. Never before had an artist dragged so many bystanders into his path of destruction. His assaults were ghastly, yet outstanding displays of rhyme, cadence and character.
50 Cent has had his share of beefs in his career, but his feud with Ja Rule was one of the first high profile rivalries we saw from him. It was pretty clear from the outside 50 that came out on top, with the rapper rising to the top of the rap game, as Ja's relevance quickly waned.
50 Cent has been through so much beef, you could probably dedicate a book to the fights he has picked. Throughout his career, he has never been shy to give his honest opinion about fellow rappers. He has mastered the art of the diss song and pretty much wears the crown for being the king at feuding.
Just as Lauryn Hill receives her sentencing for tax evasion charges, Ja Rule finishes serving his own tax evasion sentence. This morning the rapper was released from jail, according to a tweet from N.O.R.E. aka P.A.P.I.
Ashanti and Ja Rule were each responsible for more than a few early aughts hits, but nothing connected with audiences more than when they collaborated. Neither of the former-Murder Inc. artists have been very present on the charts for the last few years, partly to do with Ja Rule's recent bid in Prison.
In the '90s the rap and R&B scenes had really emerged in to their own distinctiveness. The R&B scene was dominated by acts like Jodeci, Mary J. Blige, Aaliyah, SWV, Ginuwine, Mariah Carey, Brandy and Monica and many many more.
Ja Rule, Jay Z, and DMX have had varying degrees of success since, but in the late 90s, all three of them were pretty much on top their game. It was around that time that the three rappers decided to come together for a supergroup, settling for the menacing name Murder Inc.
Last night Jennifer Lopez gave residents of her hometown, The Bronx, the opportunity to catch her in concert for free, throwing an outdoor show at Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Park. Her first-ever concert in the borough, last night's show was made even more special by the guests J.
Ja Rule is keeping himself in the news these days, to coincide with the release of his new book "Unruly: The Highs and Lows of Becoming a Man." Earlier today we saw his sit-down with Ebro and Peter Rosenberg over at Hot 97, where he discussed at length his beef with 50 Cent and certain incidents he revealed within