1. Ja Rule Says His Next Album Will Be His Last, Plus More Insider Scoop

    March 10, 2016 6:02 PM EST Ja Rule's Coup de  Grâce Ja Rule says his next album will be his last because he wants to focus on acting. The "Thug Lovin'" rapper helped close out the final night of the Desert Smash Charity Tournament at Westin Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, Calif. on March 8, and…

  2. Ja Rule on His Favorite Touchdown Dance and His Super Bowl 50 Pick (Sorry, Denver Fans)

    February 05, 2016 5:06 PM EST Ja Rule , one of rap's best-known hitmakers, is also one of the music world's biggest football fans. Even though his beloved Giants didn't make it to the big game this year, he still agreed to share his Super Bowl 50 picks and predictions with Billboard readers. Considering how…

  3. Ja Rule on Fame: 'I Used to Love Being Famous'

    December 01, 2015 1:12 PM EST Ja Rule 's 15 minutes of fame has lasted for years. From being the MVP of Irv Gotti's Murder Inc. label in the early 2000s to his current MTV reality show Follow The Rules , the rap star born Jeffrey Atkins has seemingly developed a new attitude towards life in the spotlight.  Ja…

  4. Ja Rule Talks Family Life, Rap Beef & Best Advice From Madonna

    November 11, 2015 3:25 PM EST Ja Rule is never not working. Since screaming “Holla, Holla” in 1999, the Queens rapper who dressed like a young Tupac has since come into his own, leaving the bandanas, white muscle tanks and XL jeans in the past. With the house Irv Gotti built, formerly known as Murder Inc., the street…

  5. 50 Cent & Ja Rule Beef Reignited by Drake & Meek Mill Feud

    August 04, 2015 11:49 AM EDT Ja Rule and 50 Cent , two rappers whose beef lasted for years, had some advice for Drake and Meek Mill after Drake attempted to shut down the younger rappers' ongoing spat with a diss-filled performance at last night's OVO Fest (Aug. 3). Meek Mill vs. Drake: A Full Timeline of the…

  6. Drake, Ja Rule & Rest of the Internet Reacts to Meek Mill's 'Wanna Know' Diss Track

    July 30, 2015 11:57 PM EDT It was an eventful night for rap tonight, Thursday, July 30. Right when it seemed like Hot 97's Funkmaster Flex (again) didn't have Meek Mill 's diss song aimed at Drake in his possession, he unleashes "Wanna Know." The diss song features Meek Mill allegedly taking…

  7. John Singleton Reveals How Ludacris Ended Up In '2 Fast 2 Furious' Over Ja Rule

    April 04, 2015 8:34 PM EDT With the latest sequel in the The Fast and the Furious , Furious 7 , heating up the box office, comes some insider scoop on how Ja Rule , who starred in the first film, decided to step away from the franchise. Ja appeared in the 2001 film, which kick-started the whole phenomenon, but turned…

  8. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Frank Ocean, Gwen, St. Vincent, Tinashe, A$AP Ferg & More

    December 03, 2014 5:23 PM EST Even if most of this year's major albums are behind us, the last week saw an inordinate amount of great new releases. We got the first new Frank Ocean song in absolutely forever, an incredible Tinashe track with a DJ Mustard beat and a hilarious A$AP Ferg / Big Sean collaboration called…

  9. Ja Rule to Star in MTV Family Docu-Series 'Follow the Rules'

    September 04, 2014 7:04 PM EDT Rapper-turned-actor Ja Rule is set to turn the spotlight on his family. MTV has handed out a straight-to-series order for docuseries Follow the Rules , The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Nick & Drew Lachey's New Reality Series 'Lachey's Bar' Gets Greenlight From MTV…

  10. N.O.R.E., 'She Tried' Remix Ft. Lil Wayne, Ja Rule & Birdman: Exclusive Song Premiere

    August 08, 2013 2:34 PM EDT N.O.R.E. (a.k.a. P.A.P.I.) is true to his word: the sequel to "Student Of The Game" is coming. But before releasing the follow-up to his 2013 effort, the rapper, alongside Good Belt Gang members whose names he's yet to disclose, has a compilation album in the works. They…

  11. Ja Rule Released From Upstate New York Federal Prison

    May 07, 2013 3:56 PM EDT Federal authorities say rapper Ja Rule has left federal prison. The Federal Bureau of Prisons says he left a correctional facility in New York's Adirondacks on Tuesday (May 7), though time remains on his sentence. The bureau says the release date for the 36-year-old rapper, whose real…

  12. 50 Cent, 'Get Rich Or Die Tryin'' at 10: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    February 06, 2013 11:45 AM EST Ten years ago today, the hip-hop landscape shifted. 50 Cent, a young upstart from Queens, New York, put the rap game in a chokehold with the release of his debut studio album "Get Rich or Die Tryin'." The album was an audio snapshot of a hustler balancing machismo with…

  13. One Direction Nets Rare Pair of No. 1s in a Year

    November 23, 2012 10:00 AM EST One Direction 's arrival atop the Billboard 200 albums chart this week with "Take Me Home" marked the second No. 1 for the act in less than a year. It follows "Up All Night," which also bowed at No. 1 on the list dated March 31. With a pair of No. 1s on the Billboard…

  14. Flo Rida's 'Whistle' Works Way to Top of Hot 100

    August 15, 2012 1:50 PM EDT 'Whistle' blows Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' out of the top spot after nine weeks, while fun., Mumford & Sons and Taylor Swift also make notable moves Flo Rida's "Whistle" takes over atop the Billboard Hot 100 , pushing Carly Rae Jepsen '…

  15. Chart Juice: Jennifer Lopez's Greatest Hits Debuts in Top 10

    August 03, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Jennifer Lopez debuts her first greatest hits package, "Dance Again…The Hits," at No. 6 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and No. 20 on the Billboard 200 with 14,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. On the former list, it's the highest new entry this week, where Nas' "…

  16. Jennifer Lopez 'Hits' Package Coming in July

    June 25, 2012 6:00 PM EDT J. Lo will pack 13 years of hits onto one album when "Dance Again… The Hits," Lopez's first best-of collection, arrives on July 24 through Epic Records. "Dance Again… The Hits" will include a pair of previously unreleased songs: "Dance Again," the Pitbull…

  17. Ja Rule Gets Advice On Stocks & Education While In Prison

    February 02, 2012 12:00 PM EST NEW YORK (AP) -- Ja Rule has been getting advice behind bars from two once high-powered men: ex-New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi and ex-Tyco International CEO Dennis Kozlowski. The rapper, born Jeffrey Atkins, is serving two years for gun possession at Mid-State Correctional Facility in…

  18. Lil Wayne Logs Hot 100's Biggest Bow, Katy Perry Still No. 1

    August 24, 2011 5:19 PM EDT Katy Perry remains atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week with "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)," her historic fifth No. 1 from her album "Teenage Dream," while Lil Wayne leaps onto the survey at No. 3 with the latest single from his forthcoming album "Tha Carter…

  19. Ja Rule Given Two-Year Sentence for Failing to Pay Taxes

    July 18, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Rapper and actor Ja Rule was sentenced Monday to more than two years in federal prison for failing to file income tax returns, and said a combination of youthful inexperience, bad advice and an inability to manage fame and fortune lead to his financial troubles. "I in no way attempted to…

  20. 50 Cent to Write Anti-Bullying Novel for Teens

    June 20, 2011 6:12 PM EDT Cent has the writing bug. The rapper-actor is following up his bestselling 2005 autobiography "From Pieces to Weight" and 2008's "The 50th Law" with a book about bullying, titled "Playground." Unlike his previous efforts, which centered more on his life, …

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