After selling more than 3 million copies of his most recent album, Rule 3:36, and making his acting debut in this summer's blockbuster The Fast and the Furious, Ja Rule shows no signs of slowing down.

After selling more than 3 million copies of his most recent album, Rule 3:36, and making his acting debut in this summer's blockbuster The Fast and the Furious, Ja Rule shows no signs of slowing down. For proof, look no further than the Queens, N.Y., rapper's third set. Pain Is Love offers a combination of street anthems and party tracks, including the Murder remix of "I'm Real," the artist's chart-topping duet with Jennifer Lopez. "Livin' It Up," the album's lead single, is already a club favorite; the Irv Gotti-produced track borrows a hook from the Stevie Wonder classic "Do I Do" and features a guest appearance by Def soul crooner Case. As with Ja Rule's previous two releases, Pain Is Love also carries a message. Witness tracks like "Lost Little Girl" and "So Much Pain" (a cover of a 2Pac track that also features the slain rapper's vocals), both of which offer valuable life lessons.—RH

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