LEGENDS: Ja Rule
Why did Ja Rule have to clap back? He could do no wrong 15 years ago. 15 years… SHIT. Time isn’t waiting for anyone.
I must admit, I too had stopped listening to Ja’s music when 50 Cent came through on a mission to destroy Murda Inc. and everything associated with. As much as I want to blame myself and everyone else who felt we HAD to side with 50, I can’t. I can only blame Ja. He helped us make that decision when he stopped doing what propelled him to the top and decided to “Clap Back”. He helped us finalize that decision when he decided to get Eminem involved. What the fuck were you thinking Ja?!
Seriously, how can we forget about the hits he blessed us with in the early 2000’s? In a time where big name artists were pushing out hit after hit, Ja arguably “ruled” the game. From about 99-2004, which in my opinion was one of the dopest stretches for music, many artists were dropping classic hits in many genres. Pop, Reggae, Rap and R&B all had high quality music pumping. Ja was it. Everything attached to Ja’s name was certified banger.
Ja was introduced to the world in 1998 on the infamous “Can I Get A” hit by Jay Z that was featured on the Rush Hour soundtrack as well Hov’s Vol. 2: Hard Knock Life classic. The hook was actually written by Rule and the track itself was to be a solo for him. However, it became Hov’s track, which helped Rule tremendously. Being able to share the stage with Jay Z during the Hard Knock Life Tour was a huge deal for that man.
Everything went uphill after that. At this time, the quality of music was at a very high level, and so was originality. So competition was heavy. Jay Z, Eminem, Missy Elliott, Aaliyah, Nelly, Diddy, R. Kelly, Destiny’s Child, Usher and Janet Jackson were all dropping FIRE. Really, I could go on and on dropping names of artists that contributed to this golden era but that deserves its own article. Reminiscing about music during that time for me is almost equivalent to talking about what I would do with lottery money.
“Between Me & You”, “Put it One Me” and “I Cry” all heat that came off the platinum album, Rule 3:36 in 2000. Those Lil’ Mo/Ja Rule songs would never disappoint. HOW CAN WE FORGET?
Hit after hit. The summers weren’t complete until Ja was on the radio. Whether it be by feature on J-Lo’s “I’m Real”, Mary J. Blige’s “Rainy Dayz”, or even Christina Milian’s “Get Away”, Ja had us boo’d up in Times Square, rocking a velour suit and a du-rag, tongue kissing in front of McDonald’s. You were probably getting this captured in a picture taken by one of those cheesy ass city photographers to hang up in your room too.
If I was stranded on an island and only had 5 albums to listen to, Pain is Love would likely be one of them. That album is disrespectfully underrated and it’s a shame. How can we forget about the energy “Always on Time” gave us? Who wasn’t in love with Ashanti and her sideburns? It’s quite disrespectful that people aren’t giving Ja Rule his credit as a LEGEND. Yes, a legend.
He will always have my props for bringing extra heat to the summer with tracks like “Down Ass Chick” and the remix “Down 4 U”. The sun comes out just thinking about that Down 4 U track. Shit was amazing.
I haven’t forgotten about the flame Ja brought, but it seems like everyone else did. His musical catalogue is better than most and I think it’s time we put some respek on his name. Everyone’s run eventually fades out but his was cut short and music ain't been the same since.
His music will forever knock and his catalogue is AMAZING. Ja Rule had a legendary run. I don't think 50 would have a problem with us admitting that. Ja is indeed a legend.