Ja Rule

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Legal name: Jeffrey Atkins, Jeffrey Bruce Atkins


Jeffrey Bruce Atkins Sr. (born February 29, 1976), better known by his stage name Ja Rule (), is an American rapper. Born and raised in New York City, he debuted in 1999 with Venni Vetti Vecci and its lead single "Holla Holla". During the 2000s, Ja Rule was signed to Irv Gotti's Murder Inc. Records, formerly known as The Inc. From 1999 to 2005, Ja Rule had multiple hits that made the top 20 of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, including "Between Me and You" (featuring Christina Milian), "I'm Real (Murder Remix)" and "Ain't It Funny" (both with Jennifer Lopez)—which both topped the Hot 100—the number 1 hit "Always on Time" (featuring Ashanti), "Mesmerize" (featuring Ashanti), and "Wonderful" (featuring R. Kelly and Ashanti).

Ja Rule has been nominated for two American Music Awards and four Grammy Awards with respective collaborators Lil' Mo, Vita, Ashanti and Case. Following the release of his platinum-selling debut Venni Vetti Vecci (1999), he released his respective second and third albums Rule 3:36 (2000) and Pain Is Love (2001). Both albums topped the US Billboard 200 album chart, launching him into the mainstream, selling over a combined 15 million units to a wide audience, and attaining triple platinum status from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), becoming his bestselling albums to date. Ja Rule followed up with his respective fourth, fifth and sixth albums The Last Temptation (2002), Blood in My Eye (2003), and R.U.L.E. (2004), with The Last Temptation attaining platinum status and R.U.L.E. reaching gold status. As of 2018, Ja Rule has sold 14.4 million units in the US and has sold over 30 million records worldwide. In 2019, he joined the main cast of WeTV's Growing Up Hip Hop: New York.

Outside of music, Ja Rule attracted notable scrutiny for his involvement in the fraudulent Fyre Festival, which he co-founded with con artist Billy McFarland. In November 2019, he was cleared of any legal wrongdoing from his role in the festival.

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1999Venni Vetti VecciJa Rule1
2000Rule 3:36Ja Rule5
2001Pain Is LoveJa Rule8
2002The Last TemptationJa Rule3
2003Blood in My EyeJa Rule2
2004R.U.L.E.Ja Rule43
2012Pain Is Love 2Ja Rule1

Album + Compilation

2005ExodusJa Rule1
2012Best of Ja RuleJa Rule1
2012IconJa Rule1

Album + Live

20062005Ja Rule2

Album + Mixtape/Street

2007The MirrorJa Rule1


1998Can I Get a...Jay‐Z feat. Amil & Ja Rule22
1998The Grand FinaleDMX, Method Man, Nas & Ja Rule2
1999Holla HollaJa Rule2
1999Girlfriend/BoyfriendBlackstreet & Janet Jackson feat. Eve & Ja Rule2
2000Between Me and YouJa Rule feat. Christina Milian2
2001Livin’ It UpJa Rule5
2001Put It on MeJa Rule feat. Lil' Mo & Vita1
2002Always on TimeJa Rule feat. Ashanti1
2002Thug Lovin'Ja Rule feat. Bobby Brown3
2002Down 4 UIrv Gotti Presents Ja Rule, Ashanti, Charli Baltimore and Vita4
2003MesmerizeJa Rule feat. Ashanti1
2003The ReignJa Rule2
2003Reigns/Clap BackJa Rule1
2004WonderfulJa Rule feat. R. Kelly & Ashanti3
2004Caught UpJa Rule feat. Lloyd2
2005Letter森奥愛 & Ja Rule1
2007Uh-Ohhh!Ja Rule feat. Lil Wayne1
2007Wait Until TonightRange feat. Ja Rule1
2010Man DownJa Rule1
2015Old Thing BackMatoma & The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Ja Rule & Ralph Tresvant51
2016HelplessAshanti feat. Ja Rule1

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