Ja Rule Is Going To Prison

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Multiplatinum-selling rapper Ja Rule is set to go to prison, but he’s leaving fans with an album on the way.

The rapper-actor – whose gravelly voice, thuggish tough talk and duets with R&B divas made him one of rap’s stars in the early 2000s – is set to be sentenced Wednesday to two years in a New York prison.

“My last day out,” he tweeted Tuesday afternoon, adding that he was spending it at the movies with his family.

Ja Rule, 35, pleaded guilty in December to attempted criminal possession of a weapon, resolving a nearly 4-year-old case.

Police said they found a loaded .40-caliber semiautomatic gun in a rear door of his $250,000-plus Maybach sports car, which they’d said they’d stopped for speeding as he left a star-laden concert at Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre on July 22, 2007. Rap superstar Lil Wayne was arrested separately after headlining the same show. He later pleaded guilty to the same charge, spending about eight months in a city jail last year.

“Laws are laws,” Ja Rule said Monday on “Good Day New York,” which airs on New York’s Fox 5 TV station. “There’s nothing I could really do but own up to the situation.”

“You know, I try not to regret anything I do in life, because you go through life and you do things, and you man up to them. You own them,” he added.

Born Jeffrey Atkins, Ja Rule emerged as a hardcore rapper in the late 1990s but then became known for his collaborations with female pop singers, including Jennifer Lopez and Ashanti. He scored a best rap album Grammy Award nomination in 2002 with “Pain Is Love.” He also has appeared in movies, including the 2001 film “The Fast and the Furious” and 2003′s “Scary Movie 3.”


He’s recently been wrapping up a new album, “Pain Is Love 2,” but he told “Good Day New York” he’s also been trying to prepare himself mentally for prison. He lives in Upper Saddle River, N.J., with his wife and three children.

Meanwhile, he also pleaded guilty in a New Jersey federal court in March to failing to pay taxes on more than $3 million in income. He faces up to three years in prison in that case, though his lawyers are expected to try to arrange for his sentences to be served at the same time.

Ja Rule had some previous brushes with the law, including pleading guilty to assault for punching someone at a Toronto nightclub in 2004. He was fined $1,200.

He recently told TMZ.com he plans to keep busy behind bars by writing a book, getting his GED and possibly taking up the guitar.

“I’m gonna try to make good of my time while I’m inside,” he said.

His expected sentence will make him the latest in a long line of rappers to do time. Hip-hop stars including Tupac Shakur, Lil’ Kim, Foxy Brown, Shyne, Mystikal, Gucci Mane and T.I. have been in jail or prison for periods ranging from months to years.

Under state prison policies, Ja Rule might be able to shave up to six months off his sentence by meeting requirements for good behavior and other standards.

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Game Defends Shyne Dissing 50 Cent

Posted: Friday – April 23, 2010

Has anyone ever had that girlfriend/boyfriend that just wouldn’t get over the past and continue to bring up, even years down the line?

With Shyne’s recent attack on 50 Cent and Game attempting to deliver a knockout on “400 Bars”, it is evident that these two rappers still have some sort of fixation with the G-Unit general.

There’s such an enormous amount of hate, one would think that 50 got their baby’s mothers pregnant or something. After awhile, the relentless dissing just sounds like a mosquito that keeps buzzing around a person’s ear…annoying.

During an interview with VIBE, the leader of the G-Unot campaign spoke on Shyne’s attack on his former labelmate.

“That’s him man [with the beef], and I’m glad he can take that 50 Cent beef with him. I’m slowly but surely phasing it out, and I might poke a little fun here and there but for the most part I’m over it.”

So, is there like a 12 step program or a detox to get 50 Cent out of a person’s system?

He also commented on Shyne’s “bumpy” return to rap.

“I’m sure he’s rough around the edges. It’s kinda like if Kobe [Bryant] just decides to sit it down, and you come back out your first three, it’s probably gonna be an airball, you know? You just gotta give him a little room, a little space, let him breathe and I’m sure you’ll get the old Shyne back.”

Making the comparison to Kobe might have been a little over the top and it might be better to just call it Michael Jordan when he returned and moved to the Wizards.

Man, what if they were to team up and go at 50? I don’t know about you, but a diss the length of a sitcom would surely only make them both come off a little questionable if all these bars are for one man.

Rappers, spending so much time holding a grudge for years can’t be beneficial health wise. What’s done is done, so move on.

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Shyne Goes After G-Unit Sayin’ “There Will Be Blood”

Posted: Thursday – April 22, 2010

Recently released rapper Shyne is continuing his attack on 50 Cent and G-Unit with his latest track, There Will Be Blood. The song comes less than a week after the Belizean-bred rapper released a freestyle over Alicia Keys’ single Unthinkable on which he dedicated a one line diss to Fif, and finds him insinuating that 50 works with the feds and referring to G-Unit members as “chipmunks.”

“The champ is here and not a minute too quickly, like Mike, I’m back to the city to drop 50. Upon my return, I empty the cartridge, got fat while I was gone, now I’ma send you where God is,” raps Shyne. “Ah-hem, let me clear my throat — when you talk to the Feds, spell my name with a ‘y’/I hate rats and chumps, you guys ain’t gorillas, you’re fucking chipmunks/FYI, I’m the king of the jungle.”

The beef, which started more than six years ago, is reportedly a result of a failed business deal between the two. While Shyne was incarcerated, Fif was trying to recruit him into G-Unit, but Shyne instead chose to establish his own label under the Def Jam Island Records label. Shortly afterwards, 50 started sending shots Shyne’s way during interviews and most notably during a freestyle on Funkmaster Flex’s Hot 97 radio show. Shyne responded via the track For The Record, which was featured on his Godfather Buried Alive album, and Fif subsequently released Piggy Bank.

The war between the two had died down until recently, when Shyne began releasing freestyles. 50 has yet to respond.

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