February 29th 1976 marks the birth date of Jeffrey Atkins, better known as Hollis Queens, New York’s own, Ja Rule. Born on a leap year, we here at the JP Lime Productions aren’t sure whether Ja celebrates his big day on February 28th or March 1st on non-leap years, but what we do know is that love him or hate him, “The Mighty Rule” has an impressive legacy in Hip Hop. Sadly, Ja Rule is too often remembered for his feud with 50 Cent in the early 2000s; a battle just about everyone, including Rule and Murder Inc. cohort Irv Gotti themselves, will tell you 50 won handily. Needless to say, those weren’t the best of times for Ja Rule and the Murder Inc. camp, as their street credibility and commercial appeal took quite a beating at the hands of 50’s well-coordinated and persistent onslaught. Despite such however, Rule was able to put together a stellar discography and list of accomplishments that rival some of the top emcees of any generation.
He’s a 4-time Grammy nominee who’s collaborated with some of the biggest names in music, including Jennifer Lopez, R. Kelly, Ashanti, Jay-Z, DMX, Jadakiss, Nas, and Fat Joe. He’s sold over 15 million records worldwide, including two #1 albums in Rule 3:36 and Pain Is Love. He’s also responsible for some of the more catchy, feel-good, singles of the early-mid 2000s, such as the #1 charting “Always on Time”, “Mesmerize”, “Wonderful”, “Put it on Me”, and “Living it Up”. Ja is not a one trick pony however, with certified hardcore bangers such as “Holla Holla”, “Clap Back”, and “New York” to balance out the more radio friendly tracks listed above. And lest we forget, he’s also landed himself some television and movie roles over the years, as evidenced by his IMDb.com filmography.
Neither Ja’s 2009’s mixtape, The Mirror nor his 2012 release, Pain is Love 2 managed to make any significant noise, falling well short of the lofty sales figures from his earlier works. Ever persistent, however, Ja Rule has indicated that he’s primed for a comeback in 2017. If it ever materializes, he’s indicated his next album, Coup de Grâce will be his last. Regardless of what happens in the future however, Ja Rule has already cemented himself as a memorable, accomplished, and at times controversial artist whose list of hit records is unquestionable. Accordingly, today we wish Ja Rule a Happy Hip Hop Birthday, and wish him the best in his quest to recapture his past successes. IT’S RULE BABY!!!