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REAL NAME: Jeff Atkins
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BIRTHDAY: February 29, 1976
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BIGGEST SINGLE: "Mesmerize" (2003)
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BIGGEST LP: Pain Is Love (2001)
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GRAMMY AWARDS: 0
button.gif (123 bytes) "I'm a confident person. Anything I put my mind to, I can do it." - Ja Rule

 
TIMELINE

Ja Rulebutton.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule was born Jeff Atkins on the leap year of February 29th in 1976. Ja Rule begin rapping in New York as a member of 'Cash Money Click.' It was helping out Jay-Z with his hit "Can I Get A..." that helped Ja Rule breakout as a solo rapper.

1998...

button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule signed with Def Jam Records.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule could be heard on the soundtrack for Belly with "Story To Tell."

1999...

June
Ja Rule - Venni Vetti Vecci button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule released Venni Vetti Vecci with the hit "Holla, Holla?"
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule topped the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with
Venni Vetti Vecci for 3 weeks.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Venni Vetti Vecci was certified platinum.
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule toured with the 'Family Values' package tour.

December
Ja Rule - Holla Holla (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule topped the Billboard Year-End Chart-Toppers as the Top New R&B / Hip-Hop Artist.

2000... # 162 Singles Artist of the Year

March
Ja Rule - Rule 3:36button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule could be heard on Irv Gotti Presents The Murderers.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule released Rule 3:36.
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule topped the Billboard 200 Albums chart with
Rule 3:36 - selling over 275,000 copies in the U.S. its first week. Rule 3:36 also topped the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart for 3 weeks.

November
Ja Rule - Between Me And You (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule hit the Top 40 with "Between Me And You" with help from Christina Milan.

2001... # 59 Singles Artist of the Year

February
Ja Rule - Put It On Me (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Rule 3:36 was certified 2x platinum.
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule topped the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart for 6 weeks with "
Put It On Me" featuring Lil' Mo & Vita.
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule topped the MTV Video Countdown with "
Put It On Me" for a week.

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule hit the Top 40 with "Put It On Me" featuring Lil' Mo & Vita.

June
The Fast And The Furious DVDbutton.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule helped out Jennifer Lopez with a remix of her hit "I'm Real."
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule could be seen in the film
The Fast And The Furious as street racer, Edwin.

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Rule 3:36 was certified 3x platinum.
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule,
Snoop Dogg, and Beenie Man, were charged with indecency accusations after performing in Jamaica - the charges stem from indecent language used during their performances.
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule won a Source Hip-Hop Music Award for Single of the Year ("
Put It On Me").

September
Ja Rule - Pain Is Lovebutton.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule released Pain Is Love.
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule performed at the
MTV Video Music Awards with Jennifer Lopez. The video for "Put It On Me" was nominated for Best Rap Video.
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule's remix on
Jennifer Lopez's "I'm Real" topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 5 weeks and the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart for a week.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule topped the Billboard 200 Album chart for 2 weeks with Pain Is Love after selling over 360,000 copies in its first week in the U.S. Pain Is Love also topped the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart for 3 weeks.

November
Ja Rule - Livin' It Up (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule hit the Top 40 with "Livin' It Up" featuring Case.
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Livin' It Up" topped the MTV Video Countdown for a week.
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Pain Is Love was certified platinum.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule hit the Top 10 with "Livin' It Up."
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Always On Time" topped the MTV Video Countdown for a week.
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule topped
Billboard Year-End Charts as the Top Hot 100 Artist - Male.

2002... # 17 Singles Artist of the Year

January
Ja Rule - Always On Time (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule topped the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks for 8 weeks and the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart for 9 weeks with "Always On Time."
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule was nominated for an
American Music Award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist.
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule hit the Top 40 with help from
Ashanti with "Always On Time."
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Pain Is Love was certified 2x platinum.

Ja RuleFebruary
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule again helped remix a Jennifer Lopez track ("Ain't It Funny").
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule topped the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart for 2 weeks and the Hot 100 Airplay chart for 2 weeks with "
Always On Time."
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule was nominated for 3
Grammy Awards including Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group ("Put It On Me"), Best Rap Album (Pain Is Love), and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration ("Livin' It Up" featuring Case).

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule topped the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart with the remix of "Ain't It Funny".
Mary J. Blige - Rainy Dayz (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule hit the Top 10 with "Always On Time."
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule won a World Music Award for World's Best-Selling Rap Artist.

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Pain Is Love was certified 3x platinum.
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule hit the Top 40 helping out
Mary J. Blige on "Rainy Dayz."

May
Ja Rule - Down As Chick (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule already started talking about retiring from music. He has stated: "I'm going to retire after 2 more albums."

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule won a BET Award for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist.
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule hit the Top 40 with "
Down Ass Chick."

June
Irv Gotti Presents The Inc.button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule hit the Top 10 with Mary J. Blige with "Rainy Dayz" from Blige's re-packaged No More Drama LP.
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule could be heard as part of
Irv Gotti Presents The Inc. on the tracks "Down 4 U," "Gangstafied," and "Rain."

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule won a Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Award for Rap Album of the Year.
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule hit the Top 40 with "
Down 4 U" as part of Irv Gotti Presents The Inc. featuring Ashanti, Charlie Baltimore & Vita from Irv Gotti Presents The Inc.
Irv Gotti Presents The Inc. featuring Ja Rule, Charlie Baltimore & Vita - Down 4 U (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule won a Teen Choice Award for Choice Male Artist.
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule won a
MTV Video Music Award for Best Hip-Hop Video for the remix of "I'm Real" with Jennifer Lopez. He was also nominated in the category for "Always On Time" with Ashanti. Ja Rule performed at the ceremony.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule was named Musician of the Year at the GQ Men of the Year Awards.

November
Ja Rule - The Last Temptationbutton.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule could be heard on Irv Gotti Presents... The Remixes with "The Pledge" (with Ashanti, Nas, and 2Pac), "Come-N-Go" (with Caddillac Tah and Ashanti), "Rainy Dayz" (with Mary J. Blige), and "No One Does It Better" (with Caddillac Tah and Black Child).
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule released
The Last Temptation.
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule could be seen in
Half Past Dead with Steven Seagal.

December
Ja Rule - Thug Luvin' (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) The Last Temptation was certified platinum.

button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule had moderate R&B hits with the tracks "Live My Life" (with N.O.R.E.), "Never Again," and "Thug Lovin'" (with Bobby Brown).

2003... # 57 Singles Artist of the Year

January
Ja Rule - Mesmerize (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule hit the Top 40 with help from Ashanti with "Mesmerize."
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule was nominated for a
American Music Award for Favorite Hip-Hop/R&B Male Artist and performed at the show.
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule could be heard on the soundtrack for
Biker Boyz with "We Did It Again" along with Metallica.
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule will be touring with
Eve kicking off at the end of the month, throughout February and the start of March.

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule hit the Top 10 with help from Ashanti with "Mesmerize."
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule was nominated for a
Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration ("Always On Time" with Ashanti).
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule could be heard on
R. Kelly's LP, Chocolate Factory, with the track "Been Around The World."

April
Ja Rule - Clap Back / Reign (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) VH1: 50 Greatest Hip Hop Artists includes Ja Rule at # 39.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule took home a Source Award for R&B/Rap Collaboration of the Year ("Thug Lovin'" with Bobby Brown) and was booed when he performed at the ceremony.

November
Ja Rule - Blood In My Eyebutton.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule released Blood In My Eye.
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule topped the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart for a week with Blood In My Eye.

2004... # 131 Singles Artist of the Year

June
Ja Rule - R.U.L.E.button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule was arrested and charged with marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license. The marijuana possession charges were dropped.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule won a Source Award for Fat Tape Song of the Year ("Clap Back").

November
Ja Rule - Wonderful (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule topped the UK singles chart with "Wonderful."
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule released
R.U.L.E.
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule hit the Top 40 with help from
Ashanti and R. Kelly with "Wonderful."

button.gif (123 bytes) # 280 on the Top Pop Artists of the Past 25 Years chart.

2005...# 80 Singles Artist of the Year

January
CD SIngle Available at Amazon.combutton.gif (123 bytes) R.U.L.E. was certified gold.

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule plead guilty to assult charges from last June and was fined.

May
Ja Rule - Exodusbutton.gif (123 bytes) The single "Wonderful" was certified gold.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule released the hits collection
Exodus.

2007...

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule was arrested in New York on criminal possession of a weapon charges.

2010...

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule plead guilty to weapons possession and will be sentenced early next year to a likely 2 year prison sentence.

2011...

June
Ja Rule - 'Pil 2'button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule was sentenced to 2 years in jail for criminal possession of a weapon.

2012...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Ja Rule released
Pil 2.



LPs
Ja Rule - Venni Vetti Vecci Venni Vetti Vecci
Released: June, 1999
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 3
Rolling Stone review: 3 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "The March Prelude" - "We Here Now" - "World's Most Dangerous" - "Let's Ride" - "Holla Holla" - "Kill 'Em All" - "Suicide Freestyle" - "Story To Tell" - "Count On" - "E-Dub & Ja" - "Murda 4 Life" - "Daddy's Little Baby" - "Race Against Time" - "Only Begotten Son"
Ja Rule - Rule 3:36 Rule 3:36
Released: October, 2000
US: 3x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 1 (1 week)
Rolling Stone review: 2 stars from Rolling Stone - Entertainment Weekly: B
Tracks: "Watching Me" - "Between Me And You" (featuring Christina Milan) - "Put It On Me" (featuring Lil' Mo & Vita) - "6 Feet Underground" - "Love Me, Hate Me" - "Die" - "F___ You" - "Grey Box" - "Extasy" - "It's Your Life" - "I Cry" - "One Of Us" - "The Rule Won't Die"
Ja Rule - Pain Is Love Pain Is Love
Released: September, 2001
US: 3x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 1 (2 weeks)
Entertainment Weekly: B+
Tracks: "Dial M For Murder" - "Livin' It Up" (featuring Case) - "The Inc." - "Always On Time" (featuring Ashanti) - "Down Ass Chick" - "Never Again" - "Worldwide Gangsta" - "I'm Real (Murder Remix)" - "Smokin And Riden" - "X" - "Lost Little Girl" - "So Much Pain" - "Pain Is Love"
Ja Rule - The Last Temptation The Last Temptation
Released: November, 2002
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 4
Tracks: "Thug Lovin'" (with Bobby Brown) - "Mesmerize" (with Ashanti) - "Pop Ns" - "The Pledge Remix" (with Ashanti, Nas & 2Pac) - "Murder Reigns" - "Last Temptation" (with Charli Baltimore) - "Murder Me" (with Caddillac Tah) - "The Warning" - "Connected" (with Eastwood & Crooked I) - "Emerica" (with Young Life & Chink Santana) - "Rock Star" - "Destiny"
Ja Rule - Blood In My Eye Blood In My Eye
Released: November, 2003
Billboard peak: # 6
Rolling Stone review: 2 stars from Rolling Stone - Entertainment Weekly: C
Tracks: "Murder Intro" - "The Life" - "Clap Back" - "The Crown" - "Kay Dlay" (skit) - "Things Gon' Change / 2 Punk Ass Quarters" (skit) - "Race Against Time II" - "Bobby Creep" (skit) - "N****** & B******" - "The I.N.C. Is Back" - "Remo" (skit) - "Blood In My Eye" - "It's Murda" (Freestyle) - "The Wrap" (Freestyle)
Ja Rule - R.U.L.E. R.U.L.E.
Released: November, 2004
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 7
Entertainment Weekly: C+
Tracks: "Glory Intro" - "Last Of The Mohicanas" (featuring Black Child) - "Wonderful" (featuring R. Kelly & Ashanti) - "What's My Name" - "New York" (featuring Fat Joe & Jadakiss) - "Stripping Game" - "Manuel" - "Get It Started" (featuring Ciara) - "R.U.L.E." - "True Story" - "Caught Up" (featuring Lloyd) - "Gun Talk" (featuring Black Child) - "Erection" - "Never Thought" (featuring Giselle) - "Life Goes On" (featuring Trick Daddy & Chink Santana) - "Weed" - "Where I'm From" (featuring Lloyd) - "Bout My Business" - "Passion"
Ja Rule - Exodus Exodus
Released: December, 2005
Tracks: "Exodus" (Intro) - "Me" - "Holla, Holla" - "It's Murda" - "Put It On Me" - "I Cry" - "Livin' It Up" - "Always On Time" - "Ain't It Funny" (Murder Remix) - "Thug Lovin'" - "Mesmerize" - "Clap Back" - "New York" - "Wonderful" - "Never Again" - "Daddy's Little Baby" - "Love Me Hate Me" - "Exodus" (Outro)
Ja Rule - 'Pil 2' Pil 2
Released: February, 2012
Tracks: "Intro (F*** Fame)" - "Real Life Fantasy" - "Parachute" - "Superstar (Intro)" - "Superstar" - "Black Vodka" - "Drown" - "Never Had Time" - "Strange Days" - "To The Top" - "Pray 4 The Day" - "Believe" - "Spun A Web"
POP SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY [based on The ARC Weekly Top 40 (listing explanation)
1 Ja Rule - Mesmerize (Single)Mesmerize
[Ja Rule featuring Ashanti]
from
The Last Temptation
ARC Chart Run:
39 - 35 - 31 - 24 - 20 - 13 - 9 - 7 - 6 - 3 - 3 - 4 - 6 - 8 - 11 - 20 - 26 - off
Year-End Chart Position: #
42
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2 Ja Rule - Always On Time (Single)Always On Time
[Ja Rule featuring Ashanti]
from Pain Is Love
ARC Chart Run:
38 - 31 - 28 - 23 - 18 - 15 - 10 - 8 - 7 - 5 - 5 - 8 - 11 - 24 - 32 - off
Year-End Chart Position: #
51
Grammy Nominee:
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
MTV VMA Nominee:
Best Hip-Hop Video
5 15 2002 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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3 Ja Rule - Livin' It Up (Single)Livin' It Up
[Ja Rule featuring Case]
from Pain Is Love
ARC Chart Run:
38 - 32 - 27 - 23 - 18 - 14 - 13 - 11 - 10 - 8 - 8 - 13 - 18 - 25 - 30 - 29 - 37 - off
Year-End Chart Position: #
53
Grammy Nominee:
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
8 17 2002 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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4 Mary J. Blige - Rainy Dayz (Single)Rainy Dayz
[Mary J. Blige featuring Ja Rule]
from Mary J. Blige's No More Drama (repackaged)
ARC Chart Run:
40 - 37 - 34 - 31 - 28 - 25 - 19 - 17 - 14 - 12 - 11 - 9 - 11 - 18 - 29 - off
Year-End Chart Position: #
66
9 15 2002 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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5 Ja Rule - Wonderful (Single)Wonderful
[Ja Rule featuring R. Kelly & Ashanti]
from
R.U.L.E.
ARC Chart Run:
39 - 34 - 32 - 30 - 27 - 24 - 21 - 18 - 15 - 14 - 20 - 24 - 33 - off
Year-End Chart Position: #
77
RIAA Certification: Gold
14 13 2005 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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6 Ja Rule - Put It On Me (Single)Put It On Me
[Ja Rule featuring Lil' Mo & Vita]
from Rule 3:36
ARC Chart Run:
36 - 33 - 31 - 28 - 25 - 23 - 21 - 25 - off
Year-End Chart Position: #
117
Grammy Nominee:
Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group
MTV VMA Nominee:
Best Rap Video
21 8 2001 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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7 Irv Gotti Presents The Inc. featuring Ja Rule, Charlie Baltimore & Vita - Down 4 U (Single)Down 4 U
[Irv Gotti Presents The Inc. featuring Ja Rule, Charlie Baltimore & Vita]
from Irv Gotti's Irv Gotti Presents The Inc.
ARC Chart Run:
37 - 32 - 28 - 26 - 23 - 21 - 18 - 24 - off
Year-End Chart Position: #
118
18 8 2002 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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8 Ja Rule - Down As Chick (Single)Down Ass Chick
from Pain Is Love.
ARC Chart Run:
36 - 33 - 28 - 26 - off
Year-End Chart Position: #
171
26 4 2002 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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9 Ja Rule - Between Me And You (Single)Between Me And You
[Ja Rule featuring Christina Milan]
from Rule 3:36
ARC Chart Run:
38 - off
Year-End Chart Position: #
185
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  Ja Rule - Holla Holla (Single)Holla, Holla?
from Venni Vetti Vecci
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  Ja Rule - Always On Time / I Cry (Single)I Cry
[Ja Rule featuring Lil' Mo]
from Rule 3:36
** ** 2001 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Ja Rule - Thug Luvin' (Single)Thug Lovin'
[Ja Rule featuring Bobby Brown]
from The Last Temptation
** ** 2002 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  The Crown
from Blood In My Eye
** ** 2003 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Ja Rule - Clap Back / Reign (Single)Clap Back
from Blood In My Eye
** ** 2003 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  New York
[Ja Rule featuring Fat Joe & Jadakiss]

from R.U.L.E.
** ** 2004 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  CD SIngle Available at Amazon.comCaught Up
[Ja Rule featuring Lloyd]
from
R.U.L.E.
Year-End Chart Position: #
163
** ** 2005 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Uh-Ohhh!!
[Ja Rule featuring Lil Wayne]

from The Mirror
** ** 2007 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Body
[Ja Rule featuring Ashley Joi]

from The Mirror
** ** 2007 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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