Ja Rule is mounting a comeback in the form of his new album, Pain is Love 2, and will be joining MTV News’ Sway Calloway for an in-depth interview on “RapFix Live” Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET.
In the early Naughts, Queens rapper Ja Rule was a hip-hop juggernaut. As the face of Irv Gotti’s Murder Inc. Records, Ja combined melody with hard rap bars to create fan favorites such as “Put It On Me,” “Always On Time” and “Holla, Holla,” selling millions of records along the way. His beef with rapper 50 Cent, as well as the federal money-laundering case against Murder Inc. proved to be too much for the multi-platinum rap star to overcome, and eventually Rule faded away from the spotlight.
In 2007, things went from bad to worse when Ja was hit with charges stemming from a gun bust outside New York’s Beacon Theater after a show he co-billed with Lil Wayne. In December, he pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon; he was sentenced to 16 months in February and will begin his prison bid in June.
Ja’s sentencing was delayed until June so that the rapper could take care of some federal tax issues.
“We want to finish the album, and there’s also a tax issue,” his lawyer, Stacey Richman, said. “Somebody, an accountant, had filed an incorrect form, and this is to correct what was done in the past.”
Before he turns himself in, Ja will release Pain is Love 2. Last week, he debuted its first single, “Real Life Fantasy,” which he performed in New York as a surprise guest on Diddy-Dirty Money’s Coming Home Tour.
Tune in Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET to watch Ja Rule on “RapFix Live.”
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