The Last Temptation, Ja Rule's fourth album, was released on November 19, 2002. The single was followed by the street anthem "New York", featuring Fat Joe and Jadakiss, which charted at number 27 on the Billboard Hot 100. Exodus was the last album on Ja Rule's contract with The Inc.
Ja Rule's fifth album Blood in My Eye, was released on November 4, 2003 under the "Murder Inc." label, which renamed itself "The Inc." several days after the album release. This led to Def Jam Recordings refusing to renew The Inc.'s contract.
The material was intended simply as a mixtape, but was released as an album to fulfill Ja Rule's contractual commitment to Murder Inc. The album was described as a "hate" album, directed at various rappers including 50 Cent, G-Unit, Eminem, Dr. It spawned one hit single, "Clap Back" which reached number 44 on the Billboard Hot 100 and had won him a Source Award for "Fat Tape" song of the year. From 2005 to 2006, Gotti searched for other labels, until finally reaching a deal with Universal Records (part of the same company as Def Jam). left Universal Records due to business issues and failure to secure funds for music projects. Records in 2009, Ja Rule founded his own independent label, Mpire Music Group and recruited new artists while still maintaining friendship with Irv Gotti.
He also had a brief cameo in the video for "Walk In New York" by Queens hardcore rap group Onyx. It was going to be a Ja Rule solo song, until Jay-Z heard the track.
Ja Rule's debut album Venni Vetti Vecci was released in 1999, peaking at number 3 on the Billboard 200 with 184,000 copies sold in its first week.
With the arrival of Ashanti's latest album last week, Complex News asked the "Never Should Have" singer what's up with her and Rule these days, and when they're going to be getting back to their hitmaking ways.
Check the video above for her answer, and don't forget to check out the rest of our interview with Ashanti.
better known by his stage name Ja Rule, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, record executive, and actor from Queens, New York.
Born in Hollis, Queens, he debuted in 1999 with Venni Vetti Vecci and its single "Holla Holla". Due to his hits with his collaborators, Ja Rule has earned four Grammy nominations, and has earned six top-ten albums, two of which Rule (2000) and Pain Is Love (2001), topped the US Billboard 200. Atkins attended Public School 134 in Hollis, a school he has described as having a predominantly black student body.
The following day a teaser music video premiered on You Tube.
The official music video was released on October 11.
Ja Rule released his third studio album, Pain Is Love on October 2, 2001.