Ja Rule has had a tough 2003. The rapper's rivalry with fellow Queens, N.Y.
Ja Rule has had a tough 2003. The rapper's rivalry with fellow Queens, N.Y., MC 50 Cent has turned into one of the genre's most-heated beefs in recent memory. And while he may be looking for a peaceful resolution with the help of Minister Louis Farrakhan, the rapper's newest set says something different. "Blood in My Eye" takes direct aim at 50 Cent and his G-Unit squad. In lead single "Clap Back," Ja Rule asks, "What do you do when niggas spit at you?" His reply? "Clap back." Produced by Scott Storch, the guitar-tinged track works well as the rapper's call to arms. "Things Gon' Change" finds the MC—with help from Black Child, Young Merc and d.O. Cannons—taking more direct aim, naming his rivals. Throughout, Ja Rule makes his point loud and clear. But let's hope this beef stays in the recording booth.—RH