Ja Rule, Fabolous
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Top hip-hop stars Ja Rule and Fabolous return this week with new albums. Rule gets a lift from a host of hip-hop heavy hitters on his sixth Def Jam set, "R.U.L.E.," including R. Kelly and Ashanti on the single "Wonderful." The cut is No. 5 on Billboard's Hot Rap Tracks chart and No. 13 on the Hot 100 this week.
Fat Joe and Jadakiss get in on the act on "New York" and Trick Daddy appears on "Life Goes On," while recent Hot 100 queen Ciara guests on "Get It Started." Ja Rule is also flanked by a host of artists from the Inc.'s stable, including Black Child (who appears on three songs), Lloyd and Cadillac Tah.
Fabolous' "Real Talk" (Desert Storm/Atlantic) sports the single "Breathe," which is No. 11 on the Hot 100 and No. 2 on Hot Rap Tracks. The album's guest stars include Sean Paul on "It's All Right," Thara on the "single ladies anthem" "Shake It," T.I. on "Get Down," Lil' Mo on "Holla at Somebody Real" and the Neptunes' Pharrell Williams on "Tit 4 Tat." "Chapelle's Show" regular Charlie Murphy lends a hand on opener "Church."