Although currently behind bars for a 2007 weapons charge and receiving additional time Monday (July 18) on tax evasion charges, Queens rapper Ja Rule thought far enough into the future to prepare two new singles – one with video treatment – ahead of the release of his upcoming seventh studio album.
This fall, Ja Rule’s latest album Pain Is Love II will feature the singles “Real Life Fantasy” and “Black Vodka” – with Ja Rule linking with legendary Hip Hop video director Hype Williams for the clip for the first single. A second single “Black Vodka” will also get a video as well sans Rule. After completing mixing for Pain Is Love II shortly before entering prison, Ja Rule is said to have a hand in creative direction and roll out of his LP all while approving all executive decisions regarding the release.
Ja Rule turned himself in and entered Rikers Island on June 8 before his transfer to the Oneida Correctional Facility in upstate New York. Ja Rule was arrested along with Young Money captain Lil Wayne on the same fateful night in July 2007 in separate incidents after being pulled over for speeding in his Maybach. Police officials found a handgun in a subsequent search and in May, Ja Rule was handed down a two year sentence as a result.
The rapper born Jeffery Atkins had also been burdened with tax evasion charges stemming from unpaid taxes between 2004 and 2006 – of which an additional two years of prison time was tacked on. Ja Rule as said that the sentences will run concurrently, adding only a potential extra four months to his stay. Ja will also keep in touch with fans while inside with tweets and letters, intending to stay as engaged as possible with his fans.
Pain Is Love II will be released on Ja’s own MPire Records imprint and distributed by Fontana/Universal.
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