Name: Ja Rule - Birth Name: Jeff Atkins
Birthday: February 29, 1976
Hometown: Hollis, Queens
If the company you keep is any indication of your own merit, then
Def Jams latest rap phenomenon, Ja Rule is destined for
greatness. Juggling roles within DMXs Ruff Ryder camp and
Jay-Zs Roc-a-fella imprint, the 21-year old native of Hollis,
Queens has been responsible for some of todays hottest hip
hop verses. Jas distinctive gravel-stone voice and fiery
presence have blessed projects that include: "Murdergram"
a single on the Streets is Watching Soundtrack; Jay-Zs "Can
I Get A ;" and "Gangsta Shit" from DJ Clues
The Professional. Importantly, with the highly anticipated release
of his debut album Venni, Vetti, Vecci (Latin for "He Came,
he saw, he conquered"), Ja Rule establishes his place as
a force to be reckoned with in todays competitive environment.
Rhyming from the age of 16, Ja (taken from his initials Jeff
Atkins) made his first vocal appearance on Mic Geronimos
1995s "Time To Build," the B-side to Mic Geronimos
"Masta I.C." The tracks producer and fellow Hollis,
Queens neighbor, Irv Gotti heard of Ja rule from around the way
and immediately enlisted his services. Building from the strength
of his debut appearance, Ja and two friends, collectively known
as "The Cash Money Click" signed an album deal with
Blunt/TVT Records. Their first and only single, 95s
"Get The Fortune," b/w "For My Click" saw
rotation on New Yorks Hot 97. After a great first effort,
longtime friend Irv Gotti, Ja secured a meeting with Def Jam president,
Lyor Cohen. In a strange turn of events, Lyor,impressed by Irvs
street sense and business savvy, hired him as an A&R representative,
whose first order of business was to sign Ja Rule to Def Jam.
While people might recognize Ja for his party-styled contributions
on Jay-Zs smash "Can I Get A ," his debut
effort is a soulful salute to the street. Songs such as the introspective
"Only Begotten Son," the heartfelt "Daddys
Little Baby," and the inspiring "Race Against Time,"
represent only a piece of Jas well-rounded freshman opus.
"Its really not a conquering of the world, but more
a conquering of myself," says Ja of his triumphantly titled
album, which boasts 17 tracks featuring Jay-Z, DMX and Memphis
Bleek. Needless to say, Jas debut LP also boasts its
healthy share of murderous material. The ominous "Its
Murda" features the reunion of Ja, DMX and Jay-Z, who proceed
to lay competition to rest 3 the hard way. The alarming "Worlds
Most Dangerous," represents the official arrival of Ja as
he declares a lock down on the hip-hop world.
The albums first single, "Holla, Holla" is destined
to be raps next street anthem. A hard track established
the perfect foundation for Jas newly-grafted doubled-up
style and his infectious call and response hook: "Holla,
Holla / All My Niggas thats ready to get / Dollas, Dollas
/ Bitches know who get them a little / Hotta Hotta / Come on,
if you rollin with me / Folla, Folla Its murda!"
"Ive learned to deal effectively with the pressure,"
says a confident Ja. In addition to his forthcoming album, Jas
slated projects include: the Wyclef produced "25 to Life"
from the Life Soundtrack, featuring Ja alongside Juvenile and
Xzibit; Blackstreets first single "Girlfriend / Boyfriend"
featuring Janet Jackson and Eve; and Dru Hills "You
Are Everything." "I dont want people to think
Im piggy backing on anyone," explains Ja, whose name
should be swarming the streets this summer. "I want everyone
to feel me for me. When my album drops, I want my fans to have
a clear picture of Ja. Thats why I named my album Venni,
Vetti, Vecci," continues Ja. Im clear where I want
to go and what I want to do. The only thing that remains is for
me to conquer my destiny." And knowing Ja Rule, it shouldnt
While Metallica aren't gonna turn all rap-metal on your ass,
they are going to release a song with hotshot rapper Ja Rule.
"We Did It Again" will come out May 14 on Ghetto Stories,
a hip-hop compilation by Ruff Ryders producer Swizz Beatz. The
Metallica track will be the only mega-rock tune on the album,
which will also feature Ronald Isley, Shyne and others. On the
track, the hitmaking MC (see "J. Lo Teams With Ja Rule Again
For Remix Disc" ) raps over two 12-bar verses loaded with
the band's patented crunch, chug and wallop. The rest of the song
is instrumental and does not feature vocalist and guitarist James
Hetfield, who was in rehab when the mix was recorded last August
(see "Ja Rule Spins Verses For Metallica In Studio"
During Hetfield's absence, drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist
Kirk Hammett also worked on Metallica's next album with producer
Bob Rock, who played all the bass parts (see "James Hetfield
Exits Rehab, Rejoins Metallica"), since the band has still
not replaced Jason Newsted, who vacated the group early last January
(see "Bassist Jason Newsted Leaves Metallica"). Ulrich
recently told Metallica fanzine "So What" that Metallica
have assembled the frameworks for 20 new songs and are looking
forward to working on them with Hetfield. The band is currently
on hiatus and will return to the studio later this year, Metallica's
Before he gets to know the new Metallica songs, Hetfield will
probably want to get to know his new family member. He and his
wife, Francesca, are expecting their third child by early February.
October 18th, 2001 - Ja Rule Teaming Up With Steven Seagal For
Action Film. Seems like Steven Seagal can't get enough of those
Def Jam rhyme spitters. The ponytailed bootie kicker, who teamed
up with DMX earlier this year for his box-office comeback "Exit
Wounds," will be seen with X's labelmate Ja Rule in "Half
Past Dead" next year. Seagal and Ja Rule are currently shooting
the action flick in Berlin, a spokesperson for Screen Gems Pictures
said. In the film, directed by Don Michael Paul, Ja lays the smackdown
on some bad guys alongside fellow inmate Seagal. Seagal's jail
time is just a cover, though he's really an FBI agent trying
to thwart the plans of a criminal played by Morris Chestnut. Chestnut,
who shared scenes with Seagal in 1995's "Under Siege 2: Dark
Territory," is trying to get info from a death row inmate
who has the 411 on $200 million in gold.