2019 American Music Awards

Ja Rule Protests Against New York City Housing Conditions: 'We Ain't Paying No More Rent Until This Situation is Dealt With'

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Ja Rule performs onstage at The Barstool Party 2017 on Feb. 3, 2017 in Houston, Texas.  

New York-native Ja Rule joined a protest in his home state Tuesday (Feb. 20) to rise up against the poor public housing conditions in NYC.

For the past few years, hundreds of thousands of residents were forced to deal with the sub-zero winter temperatures due to lack of hot water or heat—with little to no action from the New York Housing Authority. According to a report by The New York Times, from October 2017 to January 2018, more than 143,000 apartments were affected by heating and water outages.

“They should all be ashamed of themselves,” the rapper said in front of City Hall of Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill De Blasio. “These are Americans, New Yorkers, living in third-world conditions and it should not be this way.”

“How can the kids go to school and get a good education when they come home and there’s not heat and no water? If you can’t think straight at school, your mind can’t—we have to start right here,” he continued.

“No heat, no hot water? No money, no rent!” Ja Rule said to a hyped up crowd. Watch the full speech via CBS News below, beginning around the 24-minute mark.


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