Macklemore Recalls Writing "Angry Battle Raps" After Hearing Kendrick Lamar's "Control" Verse

Macklemore describes his reaction to Big Sean's "Control" and says that he is "first and foremost" an "emcee."

Macklemore recently spoke about perceptions and his competitive nature. 

"I'm a competitive person," Macklemore said in an interview with New York radio station Power 105.1. "I understand why people get put into boxes. Once you have a song like a 'Thrift Shop,' or even a 'Can't Hold Us,' it's easy for people to label it one thing, but if you listen to the body of the album, if you listen to the work, if you do some YouTube searches, I think it's easy to see, first and foremost, I'm an emcee. That's where this all started from. I'm competitive. I'm a rapper. I'm good at it. That's my job."  

As a rapper, Macklemore says that he was inspired by Kendrick Lamar's verse on Big Sean's "Control."

"Every single rapper, when that record dropped, spent that night writing angry battle raps," Macklemore said. "I was definitely one of them. I wasn't pissed, but for like 48 hours, I was like, 'Hell no. I've gotta step my game up.' That's what it is. That's the beautiful thing about that record. It has people talking. Everyone knows it. Everyone's competitive. If you get on a song with somebody else, there's not one rapper in the game that's not like, 'I want to have the best verse. I'm trying to out-rap the dude next to me.' That's natural. Kendrick is a competitive dude. He's always said it and he works his ass off. I think he's at that place in the game where he can say something like that and back it up. That's the beautiful thing.  It challenges everyone else to raise their bars and work as hard as he does."  

Discussing his roots as an emcee, Macklemore also recalled being a "backpack rapper." 

"I'm like a backpack rapper," Mackelmore said. "That's how I came up. I came up as a backpack rapper, underground Hip Hop. The fact that a song about thrift shops popped off the way that it did...I mean, we didn't think we had one single on the entire album, much less three." 

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis released The Heist last year and have released three commercially successful singles, "Thrift Shop," "Can't Hold Us" and "Same Love."  

In a previous interview with Power 105.1, Macklemore addressed being labeled as both a backpack rapper and a conscious emcee. 

"I just think it's corny," Macklemore said. "I'm not more or less conscious than anybody else. I'm a full spectrum of a human being. There's songs that are deep and personal and might bring up some social issues, but that's not the full side of me. I think that it's a box that's just corny. It's very outdated. It's very underground Hip Hop backpackerish and that's not the music I make." 

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Log in here, or just enter your info and leave a comment below. * required field Your Name * Your Email * Your Website Your Comment: Post Comment COMMENTS 220 POSTS Ja Rule Army: Jeffrey Atkins (born February 29, 1976),[2] better known by his stage name, Ja Rule, is an American rapper, singer, and actor from Queens, New York. Born in Hollis, Queens, he debuted in 1999 with Venni Vetti Vecci and its single "Holla Holla". From 1999 to 2005, Ja Rule had several hits that made the top 20 of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, including "Between Me and You" with Christina Milian, "I'm Real (Murder Remix)" with Jennifer Lopez, "Always on Time" with Ashanti, "Mesmerize" also with Ashanti, and "Wonderful" with R. Kelly and Ashanti. During the 2000s, Ja Rule was signed to The Inc. Records, which was formerly known as Murder Inc. and was led by Irv Gotti. He is also known for some well-publicized feuds with other rappers (in particular 50 Cent and Eminem). Contents 1 Early life 2 Music career 2.1 Venni Vetti Vecci (1999) 2.2 Rule 3:36 (2000) 2.3 Pain Is Love (2001) 2.4 The Last Temptation (2002) 2.5 Blood in My Eye (2003) 2.6 R.U.L.E. (2004) 2.7 Hiatus, departure from Def Jam and leaving The Inc. Records (20052009) 2.8 The Mirror and Mpire Music Group (2009) 2.9 Pain Is Love 2, prison and Renaissance Project (2012present) 3 Acting career 4 Personal life 4.1 Family 4.2 Legal issues 5 Feuds 5.1 50 Cent/G-Unit Records 5.2 Shady/Aftermath 6 Discography 7 Awards and nominations 8 Filmography 9 References 10 External links Early life Atkins was born in the Queens borough of New York City.[2] He was raised as a Jehovah's Witness by his mother, health care worker Debra Atkins,[3] and grandparents. At the age of five his sister died from breathing complications, leaving him as an only child. He attended Public School 134 in Hollis, a school he has described as having a predominantly black student body. He said he got into many fights at the school because of his small size, so his mother transferred him to Middle School 172 in Glen Oaks, which he described as a "white school".[4] Music career Atkins began his rap career in 1993 with his classic hip hop group Cash Money Click. He told Curtis Waller of MTV News that his stage name "Ja Rule" came from a friend who addressed him by that name; other friends called him "Ja".[5] In 1995, he made his first appearance on Mic Geronimo's "Time to Build" which featured Jay-Z and DMX, who were also in their early stages of their careers. In 1998 he had signed with Def Jam, and was also featured on Jay-Z's hit single "Can I Get A..." along with Amil which Ja Rule wrote the hook, and was going to be a Ja Rule solo song, until Jay-Z heard the track. Venni Vetti Vecci (1999) Ja Rule's debut album Venni Vetti Vecci was released in 1999, peaking at #3 on the Billboard 200 with 184,000 copies sold in its first week and eventually reached platinum status in the US due to the popularity of the hit single, "Holla Holla" which reached #35 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[6][7] Rule 3:36 (2000) Ja Rule returned in 2000 with his new single "Between Me and You", which featured Christina Milian which would end up getting Top 40 airplay. "Between Me and You" reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the second single "Put It on Me" featuring Vita and Lil' Mo reached number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.[6] The music video for "Put It on Me" had also topped the MTV Video Countdown for a week. The second album, Rule 3:36, was released on October 10, 2000 and had debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 with 276,000 copies in its first week, making it Ja Rule's first number one album. The album would be certified triple platinum by the RIAA.[7] Pain Is Love (2001) Ja Rule released his third studio album, Pain Is Love on October 2, 2001 and is considered to be Ja Rule's most commercially successful album of his career. The album spawned three top ten singles, two of them reaching number 1. The first single, "Livin' It Up", featuring Case, reached number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the second single "Always on Time", which featured Ashanti ended up being Ja Rule's first number 1 hit to top the Billboard Hot 100.[6] The remix of Jennifer Lopez's "I'm Real" which features Ja Rule, also topped the Billboard Hot 100. Like its predecessor, Pain Is Love topped the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 361,000 copies and was certified triple platinum by the RIAA.[7] The album would also receive a Grammy nomination in 2002 for Best Rap Album. By 2007, 3.6 million copies of Pain Is Love had been sold.[8] The Last Temptation (2002) The Last Temptation, Ja Rule's fourth album, was released on November 19, 2002. It featured two hit singles; "Thug Lovin'" (peaked at number 42 on the Billboard Hot 100), and "Mesmerize" another duet with Ashanti (peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100).[6] The Last Temptation debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 237,000 copies and was certified Platinum by the RIAA in December 2002.[7][9] Blood in My Eye (2003) 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. The album was originally planned to be a mixtape, but Murder Inc. had ordered Ja Rule to release an album each year based on the requirements of his contract. The album was described as a "hate" album, directed at artists on G-Unit/Shady/Aftermath. 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. It peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, selling 139,000 copies in its first week of release. It has since sold over 468,000 copies in the U.S.[9] In October 2003, Ja Rule met with Minister Louis Farrakhan, who wanted to intervene and prevent escalating violence in the feud between Ja Rule and 50 Cent.[10] R.U.L.E. (2004) Ja Rule's sixth studio album R.U.L.E. was released in November 2004 debuting at number 7 selling 166,000 copies in its first week of release. Its lead single was "Wonderful" featuring R. Kelly and Ashanti peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. 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. The third single was the love song "Caught Up" featuring Lloyd which had failed to make an impact on the Billboard Hot 100. The RIAA certified R.U.L.E. Gold on January 14, 2005,[7] and by October 2007, the album had sold 658,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[8] Hiatus, departure from Def Jam and leaving The Inc. Records (20052009) Ja Rule performing in Fort Hood, Texas, May 13, 2005 On December 6, 2005, The Inc. released Exodus, a greatest hits album whose only new tracks were the song "Me" and intro and outro tracks. Exodus was the last album on Ja Rule's contract with The Inc. After the release of this compilation, Ja Rule took a hiatus from recording music.[2] In 2005, The Inc. Records came under investigation because of drug trades by Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff, who was associated with Irv Gotti.[11] This led to Def Jam Recordings refusing to renew The Inc.'s contract. 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). The Mirror and Mpire Music Group (2009) After leaving Murder Inc. Records in 2009, Ja Rule founded his own independent label, Mpire Music Group and recruited new artists while still maintaining friendship with Irv Gotti. The Mirror was to be Ja Rule's seventh album and set for a 2007 release date, however, due to poor reception to singles (partly believed to be due to his beef with 50 Cent), it was pushed back. Tracks from the album leaked online, leading Ja Rule to re-record the album. He eventually decided to release it as a free download in 2009. Pain Is Love 2, prison and Renaissance Project (2012present) In February 2011, it was announced that Ja Rule started working on another album called Pain Is Love 2, naming it after the original 2001 triple platinum album (Pain Is Love). It was planned to have production from the producers on the original Pain Is Love album in order to "recreate magic". Most of the production would be done by 7 Aurelius (who co-produced "Down Ass Bitch"), while Irv Gotti was the executive producer of the album. He had planned on releasing it June 7, although later decided to delay the release date in order to allow more time to perfect the "level and quality of the records" and to avoid "doing an injustice to [his] fans".[12][13][14] Pain Is Love 2 was slated for an October 11, 2011 release date but was pushed back to February 28, 2012.[15] To make up for the delay Ja Rule released a new track called "Falling to Pieces" which was produced by 7 Aurelius. The song samples The Script's "Breakeven".[16][17] On October 2, 2011, another track called "Spun a Web" was released, which was also produced 7 Aurelius and samples Coldplay's "Trouble". The following day a teaser music video premiered on YouTube and the official music video was released on October 11.[18] Pain Is Love 2 was finally released on February 28, 2012, while Ja Rule was serving a two-year sentence in prison for gun possession. Renaissance Project is the upcoming eighth studio album by Ja Rule which has yet to have a confirmed release date. Recording sessions for the album took place primarily at Mpire Studios in NYC Studio during 2008 to 2011. Production was handled by Rule and several others, including Benzino, 7 Aurelius and Buck 3000. Most of the tracks that were meant for the Renaissance were transferred over to Pain Is Love 2. Ja Rule was set to be released from prison on July 28, 2013, but on May 7, 2013, he was released early.[19] He then announced that a new album is on the way and he is getting offers from major labels and artists wanting to collaborate with him. N.O.R.E announced that Ja will be on a remix to one of the tracks off his latest album, Student of the Game. He is then set to go out on his tour, "40 Days, 40 Nights" tour. He was featured the remix to the track "She Tried" which features Lil Wayne and Birdman, which is off N.O.R.E's latest album Student of the Game. Acting career Aside from rapping, Ja Rule has established a career as an actor, his first film was a buddy movie with Pras, he famously appeared in The Fast and the Furious. In 2004, he appeared in several movies including Back in The Day with Ving Rhames and Pam Grier and Half Past Dead as Steven Seagal's co-star. He also starred in the movies The Cookout with Queen Latifah and Assault on Precinct 13. Personal life Family In April 2001, Ja Rule married Aisha Murray.[20][21][22][23] He also has three children; Brittany (born 1995), Jeff Jr Atkins (born 2000), and Jordan Atkins (born 2004).[24][25] Legal issues In 2003, he allegedly punched a man in Toronto, who later sued Ja Rule. The issue was settled out of court.[26] In 2004, police investigated whether a feud involving The Inc. led to a fatal shooting outside a nightclub party hosted by Ja Rule and Leon Richardson where they thought he shot Proof of D12.[27][28] On July 1, 2004, Ja Rule was arrested with Don Rhys for driving with a suspended license and possessing marijuana.[29] In July 2007, Ja Rule was arrested for gun and drug possession charges along with Lil Wayne, and Don Rhys who served eight months in prison during 2010 for attempted possession of a weapon stemming from the arrest.[30][31][32] New York Supreme Court judge Richard Carruthers rejected Ja Rule's argument that the gun was illegally obtained evidence.[33][34] On December 13, 2010, Ja Rule received a two-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to attempted possession of a weapon after the aforementioned 2007 concert. On March 8, 2011 Ja Rule's surrender date for his two-year prison sentence was set for June 8.[35] His publicist said that Ja Rule will turn himself in to authorities. He will go to Rikers Island first, then be sent to a state facility in Upstate New York.[36] In July 2011, Ja Rule received an additional 28-month prison sentence for tax evasion, to run concurrently with his state term, failing to pay taxes on more than $3 million in earnings between 20042006.[37] He was released from state prison on February 21, 2013, but was immediately taken into federal custody for the tax case, for which he has less than six months remaining on his sentence.[38] Ja Rule was held in Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center and was set be released in July 28, 2013. On May 7, 2013, Ja Rule was released from prison early.[19][39] Feuds 50 Cent/G-Unit Records Before signing with Interscope Records, 50 Cent engaged in a well-publicized feud with Ja Rule and his label Murder Inc. Records. 50 Cent claimed that the feud began in 1999 after Ja Rule spotted him with a man who robbed him of his jewelry and also because of Ja Rule "trying to be Tupac".[citation needed] However, Ja Rule claimed the conflict stemmed from a video shoot in Queens because 50 Cent did not like Ja Rule "getting so much love" from the neighborhood.[40] A confrontation occurred in a New York studio where rapper Black Child, a Murder Inc. artist, stabbed 50 Cent, which resulted in him having three stitches.[4] In his book, 50 Cent details how Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff tried to resolve the conflict between him and Ja Rule. Allegedly, McGriff asked 50 Cent to leave them alone because of the money involved. 50 Cent insinuated the conflict had something to do with the shooting where he was ambushed and shot. Since then, Black Child publicly insulted 50 Cent twice in "There's a Snitch in the Club", and "You the Wanksta". In both songs, Black Child details violent actions directed toward 50 Cent.[4] The exchange of insult tracks released from both parties culminated in Ja Rule releasing Blood in My Eye, which was an album that returned additional insults to 50 Cent. Ja Rule eventually tried to quash the feud with 50 Cent by using minister Louis Farrakhan in a televised interview. However, the attempt at peace lost credibility as the interview was scheduled a day before Blood in My Eye was released. As a result, most fans, along with 50 Cent, dismissed the interview as a blatant publicity stunt. Because of the ongoing feud between the two, 50 Cent's labelmates Eminem, Dr. Dre, Obie Trice, D12, DMX, and Busta Rhymes also became involved and released tracks which insulted Ja Rule.[4] Ja Rule later released R.U.L.E. with the successful single "New York" featuring Jadakiss and Fat Joe in which Ja Rule took subliminal shots at 50 Cent. This single prompted 50 Cent to enter a feud with the two featured artists (see article on "Piggy Bank" for details). Although it seemed that the feud was over, Ja Rule returned with a track entitled "21 Gunz".[41] In response, Lloyd Banks and 50 Cent released the track "Return of Ja Fool" on Lloyd Banks' mixtape Mo Money in the Bank Pt. 4, Gang Green Season Starts Now.[41] 50 Cent claimed in 2010 that Ja Rule's beef with him and Shady/Aftermath has ruined Ja's career saying "We just ripped the nigga apart and he hasn't and can't come back from it." In an interview with MTV, Ja Rule stated that his album, The Mirror, would not be continuing any past feuds that he has engaged in. He said: There was a lot of things I wanted to say, and I didn't want there to be any bitter records on the album. Because I'm not bitter about anything that happened [in the past few years].[42] In May 2011, it was confirmed that both Ja Rule and 50 Cent ended the feud. Ja Rule said "I'm cool. We ain't beefing no more. We'll never collaborate. That's just what it is. You don't have to be at war with somebody, but it's also kind of like U.S. and another country that they may not get along with. We don't gotta go to war, but we're not friends either. But we can coincide inside of a world. He's doing him, and he's not thinking about me, and I'm doing me and I'm not thinking about him."[43] Shady/Aftermath The conflict started after 50 Cent signed to Shady Records and Aftermath. Ja Rule stated that he had a problem with Eminem and Dr. Dre for signing someone he disliked.[44] The conflict escalated when Ja Rule released "Loose Change", in which he insulted 50 Cent, called Eminem by the name "Feminem", called Dr. Dre bisexual, and claimed that Suge Knight knew of Dre "bringing transvestites home". The song also includes lyrics that insulted Eminem's family (most notably his daughter) and acquaintances.[44] After the "diss" track mentioned earlier Eminem and his group D12 made the songs "go to sleep" and "do rae mi" respectively Busta Rhymes joined the conflict when he was featured on the track "Hail Mary 2003", with Eminem and 50 Cent. The song, a remake of Tupac Shakur's song "Hail Mary", was done partially as a response to Ja Rule's remake of another Tupac song, "Pain" (retitled "So Much Pain"). The rappers felt that Rule could never amount to Tupac, and so they made the track, mocking him for trying to "imitate" the deceased rap icon. Eminem prevented Ja Rule from appearing on any of the "new" Tupac songs he produced, including those on Loyal to the Game.[45] Discography Main article: Ja Rule discography Studio albums 1999: Venni Vetti Vecci 2000: Rule 3:36 2001: Pain Is Love 2002: The Last Temptation 2003: Blood in My Eye 2004: R.U.L.E. 2012: Pain Is Love 2[46] 2013: Fuck Fame Independent album 2009: The Mirror Compilation albums 2005: Exodus 2012: Icon Awards and nominations Year Award/Nomination 2001 Source Hip-Hop Music Award Won for Single of the Year "Put It on Me" MTV Video Music Awards nomination for Best Rap Video "Put It on Me" 2002 MTV Video Music Awards Won for Best Hip-Hop Video "I'm Real (Murder Remix)" MTV Video Music Awards nominated for Best Hip-Hop Video "Always on Time" American Music Award nominated for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist Grammy Awards nominated for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group "Put It on Me" Grammy Awards nominated for Best Rap Album Pain Is Love Grammy Awards nominated for Best Rap/Song Collaboration "Livin' It Up" World Music Awards Won for World's Best-Selling Rap Artist BET Awards Won for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist Artist GQ Men of the Year Award Won for Musician of the Year Teen Choice Awards Won for Male Artist of the Year NAACP Image Awards Won for Best Rap/Hip-Hop Artist Soul Train Music Award nomination for Best Rap/Soul or Rap Album of the Year Pain Is Love 2003 Source Award Won for R&B/Rap Collaboration of the Year "Thug Lovin'" American Music Award nomination for Favorite Hip-Hop/R&B Male Artist Grammy Awards nomination for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration "Always on Time" 2004 Source Award Won for Phat Tape Song of the Year "Clap Back" 2009 MTV Video Music Brasil nomination for Hit do Ano (Song of the Year) "Fly" Filmography Film Year Film/Television Role Notes 2000 Turn It Up David 'Gage' Williams Alongside Jason Statham and Pras. 2001 The Fast and the Furious Edwin Plays a supporting role as a street racer. 2002 Half Past Dead Nicolas 'Nick' Frazier Though a sequel was made, Ja Rule did not star in it. 2003 Crime Partners Hitman 2003 Pauly Shore Is Dead Himself 2003 Scary Movie 3 Agent Thompson Minor role 2004 The Cookout Bling Bling/Percival Assmackey 2004 Shall We Dance Hip Hop bar performer 2005 Back in the Day Reggie Alongside Ving Rhames 2005 Assault on Precinct 13 Smiley Supporting role 2006 South Beach Donnie Fox T.V. Series "The S.B."(episode 7) 2006 Furnace Terrence Dufresne 2008 Ja Rule:2005 Himself A concert from his 2005 European tour, plus bonus tracks and interviews. 2009 Just Another Day Himself 2009 Don't Fade Away Foster 2009 Kiss and Tail: The Hollywood Jumpoff Himself[47] 2010 Wrong Side of Town Razor Alongside wrestlers; Batista & Rob Van Dam 2011 I'm in Love with a Church Girl Miles Montego His real son plays the younger version of himself, Miles. 2012 The Cookout 2 Bling Bling Sequel to The Cookout 2013 Goat Willie Davis Post-production.... Posted3 minutes ago | Reply Ja Rule Army: Jeffrey Atkins (born February 29, 1976),[2] better known by his stage name, Ja Rule, is an American rapper, singer, and actor from Queens, New York. Born in Hollis, Queens, he debuted in 1999 with Venni Vetti Vecci and its single "Holla Holla". From 1999 to 2005, Ja Rule had several hits that made the top 20 of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, including "Between Me and You" with Christina Milian, "I'm Real (Murder Remix)" with Jennifer Lopez, "Always on Time" with Ashanti, "Mesmerize" also with Ashanti, and "Wonderful" with R. Kelly and Ashanti. During the 2000s, Ja Rule was signed to The Inc. Records, which was formerly known as Murder Inc. and was led by Irv Gotti. He is also known for some well-publicized feuds with other rappers (in particular 50 Cent and Eminem). Contents 1 Early life 2 Music career 2.1 Venni Vetti Vecci (1999) 2.2 Rule 3:36 (2000) 2.3 Pain Is Love (2001) 2.4 The Last Temptation (2002) 2.5 Blood in My Eye (2003) 2.6 R.U.L.E. (2004) 2.7 Hiatus, departure from Def Jam and leaving The Inc. Records (20052009) 2.8 The Mirror and Mpire Music Group (2009) 2.9 Pain Is Love 2, prison and Renaissance Project (2012present) 3 Acting career 4 Personal life 4.1 Family 4.2 Legal issues 5 Feuds 5.1 50 Cent/G-Unit Records 5.2 Shady/Aftermath 6 Discography 7 Awards and nominations 8 Filmography 9 References 10 External links Early life Atkins was born in the Queens borough of New York City.[2] He was raised as a Jehovah's Witness by his mother, health care worker Debra Atkins,[3] and grandparents. At the age of five his sister died from breathing complications, leaving him as an only child. He attended Public School 134 in Hollis, a school he has described as having a predominantly black student body. He said he got into many fights at the school because of his small size, so his mother transferred him to Middle School 172 in Glen Oaks, which he described as a "white school".[4] Music career Atkins began his rap career in 1993 with his classic hip hop group Cash Money Click. He told Curtis Waller of MTV News that his stage name "Ja Rule" came from a friend who addressed him by that name; other friends called him "Ja".[5] In 1995, he made his first appearance on Mic Geronimo's "Time to Build" which featured Jay-Z and DMX, who were also in their early stages of their careers. In 1998 he had signed with Def Jam, and was also featured on Jay-Z's hit single "Can I Get A..." along with Amil which Ja Rule wrote the hook, and was going to be a Ja Rule solo song, until Jay-Z heard the track. Venni Vetti Vecci (1999) Ja Rule's debut album Venni Vetti Vecci was released in 1999, peaking at #3 on the Billboard 200 with 184,000 copies sold in its first week and eventually reached platinum status in the US due to the popularity of the hit single, "Holla Holla" which reached #35 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[6][7] Rule 3:36 (2000) Ja Rule returned in 2000 with his new single "Between Me and You", which featured Christina Milian which would end up getting Top 40 airplay. "Between Me and You" reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the second single "Put It on Me" featuring Vita and Lil' Mo reached number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.[6] The music video for "Put It on Me" had also topped the MTV Video Countdown for a week. The second album, Rule 3:36, was released on October 10, 2000 and had debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 with 276,000 copies in its first week, making it Ja Rule's first number one album. The album would be certified triple platinum by the RIAA.[7] Pain Is Love (2001) Ja Rule released his third studio album, Pain Is Love on October 2, 2001 and is considered to be Ja Rule's most commercially successful album of his career. The album spawned three top ten singles, two of them reaching number 1. The first single, "Livin' It Up", featuring Case, reached number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the second single "Always on Time", which featured Ashanti ended up being Ja Rule's first number 1 hit to top the Billboard Hot 100.[6] The remix of Jennifer Lopez's "I'm Real" which features Ja Rule, also topped the Billboard Hot 100. Like its predecessor, Pain Is Love topped the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 361,000 copies and was certified triple platinum by the RIAA.[7] The album would also receive a Grammy nomination in 2002 for Best Rap Album. By 2007, 3.6 million copies of Pain Is Love had been sold.[8] The Last Temptation (2002) The Last Temptation, Ja Rule's fourth album, was released on November 19, 2002. It featured two hit singles; "Thug Lovin'" (peaked at number 42 on the Billboard Hot 100), and "Mesmerize" another duet with Ashanti (peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100).[6] The Last Temptation debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 237,000 copies and was certified Platinum by the RIAA in December 2002.[7][9] Blood in My Eye (2003) 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. The album was originally planned to be a mixtape, but Murder Inc. had ordered Ja Rule to release an album each year based on the requirements of his contract. The album was described as a "hate" album, directed at artists on G-Unit/Shady/Aftermath. 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. It peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, selling 139,000 copies in its first week of release. It has since sold over 468,000 copies in the U.S.[9] In October 2003, Ja Rule met with Minister Louis Farrakhan, who wanted to intervene and prevent escalating violence in the feud between Ja Rule and 50 Cent.[10] R.U.L.E. (2004) Ja Rule's sixth studio album R.U.L.E. was released in November 2004 debuting at number 7 selling 166,000 copies in its first week of release. Its lead single was "Wonderful" featuring R. Kelly and Ashanti peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. 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. The third single was the love song "Caught Up" featuring Lloyd which had failed to make an impact on the Billboard Hot 100. The RIAA certified R.U.L.E. Gold on January 14, 2005,[7] and by October 2007, the album had sold 658,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[8] Hiatus, departure from Def Jam and leaving The Inc. Records (20052009) Ja Rule performing in Fort Hood, Texas, May 13, 2005 On December 6, 2005, The Inc. released Exodus, a greatest hits album whose only new tracks were the song "Me" and intro and outro tracks. Exodus was the last album on Ja Rule's contract with The Inc. After the release of this compilation, Ja Rule took a hiatus from recording music.[2] In 2005, The Inc. Records came under investigation because of drug trades by Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff, who was associated with Irv Gotti.[11] This led to Def Jam Recordings refusing to renew The Inc.'s contract. 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). The Mirror and Mpire Music Group (2009) After leaving Murder Inc. Records in 2009, Ja Rule founded his own independent label, Mpire Music Group and recruited new artists while still maintaining friendship with Irv Gotti. The Mirror was to be Ja Rule's seventh album and set for a 2007 release date, however, due to poor reception to singles (partly believed to be due to his beef with 50 Cent), it was pushed back. Tracks from the album leaked online, leading Ja Rule to re-record the album. He eventually decided to release it as a free download in 2009. Pain Is Love 2, prison and Renaissance Project (2012present) In February 2011, it was announced that Ja Rule started working on another album called Pain Is Love 2, naming it after the original 2001 triple platinum album (Pain Is Love). It was planned to have production from the producers on the original Pain Is Love album in order to "recreate magic". Most of the production would be done by 7 Aurelius (who co-produced "Down Ass Bitch"), while Irv Gotti was the executive producer of the album. He had planned on releasing it June 7, although later decided to delay the release date in order to allow more time to perfect the "level and quality of the records" and to avoid "doing an injustice to [his] fans".[12][13][14] Pain Is Love 2 was slated for an October 11, 2011 release date but was pushed back to February 28, 2012.[15] To make up for the delay Ja Rule released a new track called "Falling to Pieces" which was produced by 7 Aurelius. The song samples The Script's "Breakeven".[16][17] On October 2, 2011, another track called "Spun a Web" was released, which was also produced 7 Aurelius and samples Coldplay's "Trouble". The following day a teaser music video premiered on YouTube and the official music video was released on October 11.[18] Pain Is Love 2 was finally released on February 28, 2012, while Ja Rule was serving a two-year sentence in prison for gun possession. Renaissance Project is the upcoming eighth studio album by Ja Rule which has yet to have a confirmed release date. Recording sessions for the album took place primarily at Mpire Studios in NYC Studio during 2008 to 2011. Production was handled by Rule and several others, including Benzino, 7 Aurelius and Buck 3000. Most of the tracks that were meant for the Renaissance were transferred over to Pain Is Love 2. Ja Rule was set to be released from prison on July 28, 2013, but on May 7, 2013, he was released early.[19] He then announced that a new album is on the way and he is getting offers from major labels and artists wanting to collaborate with him. N.O.R.E announced that Ja will be on a remix to one of the tracks off his latest album, Student of the Game. He is then set to go out on his tour, "40 Days, 40 Nights" tour. He was featured the remix to the track "She Tried" which features Lil Wayne and Birdman, which is off N.O.R.E's latest album Student of the Game. Acting career Aside from rapping, Ja Rule has established a career as an actor, his first film was a buddy movie with Pras, he famously appeared in The Fast and the Furious. In 2004, he appeared in several movies including Back in The Day with Ving Rhames and Pam Grier and Half Past Dead as Steven Seagal's co-star. He also starred in the movies The Cookout with Queen Latifah and Assault on Precinct 13. Personal life Family In April 2001, Ja Rule married Aisha Murray.[20][21][22][23] He also has three children; Brittany (born 1995), Jeff Jr Atkins (born 2000), and Jordan Atkins (born 2004).[24][25] Legal issues In 2003, he allegedly punched a man in Toronto, who later sued Ja Rule. The issue was settled out of court.[26] In 2004, police investigated whether a feud involving The Inc. led to a fatal shooting outside a nightclub party hosted by Ja Rule and Leon Richardson where they thought he shot Proof of D12.[27][28] On July 1, 2004, Ja Rule was arrested with Don Rhys for driving with a suspended license and possessing marijuana.[29] In July 2007, Ja Rule was arrested for gun and drug possession charges along with Lil Wayne, and Don Rhys who served eight months in prison during 2010 for attempted possession of a weapon stemming from the arrest.[30][31][32] New York Supreme Court judge Richard Carruthers rejected Ja Rule's argument that the gun was illegally obtained evidence.[33][34] On December 13, 2010, Ja Rule received a two-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to attempted possession of a weapon after the aforementioned 2007 concert. On March 8, 2011 Ja Rule's surrender date for his two-year prison sentence was set for June 8.[35] His publicist said that Ja Rule will turn himself in to authorities. He will go to Rikers Island first, then be sent to a state facility in Upstate New York.[36] In July 2011, Ja Rule received an additional 28-month prison sentence for tax evasion, to run concurrently with his state term, failing to pay taxes on more than $3 million in earnings between 20042006.[37] He was released from state prison on February 21, 2013, but was immediately taken into federal custody for the tax case, for which he has less than six months remaining on his sentence.[38] Ja Rule was held in Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center and was set be released in July 28, 2013. On May 7, 2013, Ja Rule was released from prison early.[19][39] Feuds 50 Cent/G-Unit Records Before signing with Interscope Records, 50 Cent engaged in a well-publicized feud with Ja Rule and his label Murder Inc. Records. 50 Cent claimed that the feud began in 1999 after Ja Rule spotted him with a man who robbed him of his jewelry and also because of Ja Rule "trying to be Tupac".[citation needed] However, Ja Rule claimed the conflict stemmed from a video shoot in Queens because 50 Cent did not like Ja Rule "getting so much love" from the neighborhood.[40] A confrontation occurred in a New York studio where rapper Black Child, a Murder Inc. artist, stabbed 50 Cent, which resulted in him having three stitches.[4] In his book, 50 Cent details how Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff tried to resolve the conflict between him and Ja Rule. Allegedly, McGriff asked 50 Cent to leave them alone because of the money involved. 50 Cent insinuated the conflict had something to do with the shooting where he was ambushed and shot. Since then, Black Child publicly insulted 50 Cent twice in "There's a Snitch in the Club", and "You the Wanksta". In both songs, Black Child details violent actions directed toward 50 Cent.[4] The exchange of insult tracks released from both parties culminated in Ja Rule releasing Blood in My Eye, which was an album that returned additional insults to 50 Cent. Ja Rule eventually tried to quash the feud with 50 Cent by using minister Louis Farrakhan in a televised interview. However, the attempt at peace lost credibility as the interview was scheduled a day before Blood in My Eye was released. As a result, most fans, along with 50 Cent, dismissed the interview as a blatant publicity stunt. Because of the ongoing feud between the two, 50 Cent's labelmates Eminem, Dr. Dre, Obie Trice, D12, DMX, and Busta Rhymes also became involved and released tracks which insulted Ja Rule.[4] Ja Rule later released R.U.L.E. with the successful single "New York" featuring Jadakiss and Fat Joe in which Ja Rule took subliminal shots at 50 Cent. This single prompted 50 Cent to enter a feud with the two featured artists (see article on "Piggy Bank" for details). Although it seemed that the feud was over, Ja Rule returned with a track entitled "21 Gunz".[41] In response, Lloyd Banks and 50 Cent released the track "Return of Ja Fool" on Lloyd Banks' mixtape Mo Money in the Bank Pt. 4, Gang Green Season Starts Now.[41] 50 Cent claimed in 2010 that Ja Rule's beef with him and Shady/Aftermath has ruined Ja's career saying "We just ripped the nigga apart and he hasn't and can't come back from it." In an interview with MTV, Ja Rule stated that his album, The Mirror, would not be continuing any past feuds that he has engaged in. He said: There was a lot of things I wanted to say, and I didn't want there to be any bitter records on the album. Because I'm not bitter about anything that happened [in the past few years].[42] In May 2011, it was confirmed that both Ja Rule and 50 Cent ended the feud. Ja Rule said "I'm cool. We ain't beefing no more. We'll never collaborate. That's just what it is. You don't have to be at war with somebody, but it's also kind of like U.S. and another country that they may not get along with. We don't gotta go to war, but we're not friends either. But we can coincide inside of a world. He's doing him, and he's not thinking about me, and I'm doing me and I'm not thinking about him."[43] Shady/Aftermath The conflict started after 50 Cent signed to Shady Records and Aftermath. Ja Rule stated that he had a problem with Eminem and Dr. Dre for signing someone he disliked.[44] The conflict escalated when Ja Rule released "Loose Change", in which he insulted 50 Cent, called Eminem by the name "Feminem", called Dr. Dre bisexual, and claimed that Suge Knight knew of Dre "bringing transvestites home". The song also includes lyrics that insulted Eminem's family (most notably his daughter) and acquaintances.[44] After the "diss" track mentioned earlier Eminem and his group D12 made the songs "go to sleep" and "do rae mi" respectively Busta Rhymes joined the conflict when he was featured on the track "Hail Mary 2003", with Eminem and 50 Cent. The song, a remake of Tupac Shakur's song "Hail Mary", was done partially as a response to Ja Rule's remake of another Tupac song, "Pain" (retitled "So Much Pain"). The rappers felt that Rule could never amount to Tupac, and so they made the track, mocking him for trying to "imitate" the deceased rap icon. Eminem prevented Ja Rule from appearing on any of the "new" Tupac songs he produced, including those on Loyal to the Game.[45] Discography Main article: Ja Rule discography Studio albums 1999: Venni Vetti Vecci 2000: Rule 3:36 2001: Pain Is Love 2002: The Last Temptation 2003: Blood in My Eye 2004: R.U.L.E. 2012: Pain Is Love 2[46] 2013: Fuck Fame Independent album 2009: The Mirror Compilation albums 2005: Exodus 2012: Icon Awards and nominations Year Award/Nomination 2001 Source Hip-Hop Music Award Won for Single of the Year "Put It on Me" MTV Video Music Awards nomination for Best Rap Video "Put It on Me" 2002 MTV Video Music Awards Won for Best Hip-Hop Video "I'm Real (Murder Remix)" MTV Video Music Awards nominated for Best Hip-Hop Video "Always on Time" American Music Award nominated for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist Grammy Awards nominated for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group "Put It on Me" Grammy Awards nominated for Best Rap Album Pain Is Love Grammy Awards nominated for Best Rap/Song Collaboration "Livin' It Up" World Music Awards Won for World's Best-Selling Rap Artist BET Awards Won for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist Artist GQ Men of the Year Award Won for Musician of the Year Teen Choice Awards Won for Male Artist of the Year NAACP Image Awards Won for Best Rap/Hip-Hop Artist Soul Train Music Award nomination for Best Rap/Soul or Rap Album of the Year Pain Is Love 2003 Source Award Won for R&B/Rap Collaboration of the Year "Thug Lovin'" American Music Award nomination for Favorite Hip-Hop/R&B Male Artist Grammy Awards nomination for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration "Always on Time" 2004 Source Award Won for Phat Tape Song of the Year "Clap Back" 2009 MTV Video Music Brasil nomination for Hit do Ano (Song of the Year) "Fly" Filmography Film Year Film/Television Role Notes 2000 Turn It Up David 'Gage' Williams Alongside Jason Statham and Pras. 2001 The Fast and the Furious Edwin Plays a supporting role as a street racer. 2002 Half Past Dead Nicolas 'Nick' Frazier Though a sequel was made, Ja Rule did not star in it. 2003 Crime Partners Hitman 2003 Pauly Shore Is Dead Himself 2003 Scary Movie 3 Agent Thompson Minor role 2004 The Cookout Bling Bling/Percival Assmackey 2004 Shall We Dance Hip Hop bar performer 2005 Back in the Day Reggie Alongside Ving Rhames 2005 Assault on Precinct 13 Smiley Supporting role 2006 South Beach Donnie Fox T.V. Series "The S.B."(episode 7) 2006 Furnace Terrence Dufresne 2008 Ja Rule:2005 Himself A concert from his 2005 European tour, plus bonus tracks and interviews. 2009 Just Another Day Himself 2009 Don't Fade Away Foster 2009 Kiss and Tail: The Hollywood Jumpoff Himself[47] 2010 Wrong Side of Town Razor Alongside wrestlers; Batista & Rob Van Dam 2011 I'm in Love with a Church Girl Miles Montego His real son plays the younger version of himself, Miles. 2012 The Cookout 2 Bling Bling Sequel to The Cookout 2013 Goat Willie Davis Post-production.. Posted3 minutes ago | Reply Ja Rule Army: Jeffrey Atkins (born February 29, 1976),[2] better known by his stage name, Ja Rule, is an American rapper, singer, and actor from Queens, New York. Born in Hollis, Queens, he debuted in 1999 with Venni Vetti Vecci and its single "Holla Holla". From 1999 to 2005, Ja Rule had several hits that made the top 20 of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, including "Between Me and You" with Christina Milian, "I'm Real (Murder Remix)" with Jennifer Lopez, "Always on Time" with Ashanti, "Mesmerize" also with Ashanti, and "Wonderful" with R. Kelly and Ashanti. During the 2000s, Ja Rule was signed to The Inc. Records, which was formerly known as Murder Inc. and was led by Irv Gotti. He is also known for some well-publicized feuds with other rappers (in particular 50 Cent and Eminem). Contents 1 Early life 2 Music career 2.1 Venni Vetti Vecci (1999) 2.2 Rule 3:36 (2000) 2.3 Pain Is Love (2001) 2.4 The Last Temptation (2002) 2.5 Blood in My Eye (2003) 2.6 R.U.L.E. (2004) 2.7 Hiatus, departure from Def Jam and leaving The Inc. Records (20052009) 2.8 The Mirror and Mpire Music Group (2009) 2.9 Pain Is Love 2, prison and Renaissance Project (2012present) 3 Acting career 4 Personal life 4.1 Family 4.2 Legal issues 5 Feuds 5.1 50 Cent/G-Unit Records 5.2 Shady/Aftermath 6 Discography 7 Awards and nominations 8 Filmography 9 References 10 External links Early life Atkins was born in the Queens borough of New York City.[2] He was raised as a Jehovah's Witness by his mother, health care worker Debra Atkins,[3] and grandparents. At the age of five his sister died from breathing complications, leaving him as an only child. He attended Public School 134 in Hollis, a school he has described as having a predominantly black student body. He said he got into many fights at the school because of his small size, so his mother transferred him to Middle School 172 in Glen Oaks, which he described as a "white school".[4] Music career Atkins began his rap career in 1993 with his classic hip hop group Cash Money Click. He told Curtis Waller of MTV News that his stage name "Ja Rule" came from a friend who addressed him by that name; other friends called him "Ja".[5] In 1995, he made his first appearance on Mic Geronimo's "Time to Build" which featured Jay-Z and DMX, who were also in their early stages of their careers. In 1998 he had signed with Def Jam, and was also featured on Jay-Z's hit single "Can I Get A..." along with Amil which Ja Rule wrote the hook, and was going to be a Ja Rule solo song, until Jay-Z heard the track. Venni Vetti Vecci (1999) Ja Rule's debut album Venni Vetti Vecci was released in 1999, peaking at #3 on the Billboard 200 with 184,000 copies sold in its first week and eventually reached platinum status in the US due to the popularity of the hit single, "Holla Holla" which reached #35 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[6][7] Rule 3:36 (2000) Ja Rule returned in 2000 with his new single "Between Me and You", which featured Christina Milian which would end up getting Top 40 airplay. "Between Me and You" reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the second single "Put It on Me" featuring Vita and Lil' Mo reached number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.[6] The music video for "Put It on Me" had also topped the MTV Video Countdown for a week. The second album, Rule 3:36, was released on October 10, 2000 and had debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 with 276,000 copies in its first week, making it Ja Rule's first number one album. The album would be certified triple platinum by the RIAA.[7] Pain Is Love (2001) Ja Rule released his third studio album, Pain Is Love on October 2, 2001 and is considered to be Ja Rule's most commercially successful album of his career. The album spawned three top ten singles, two of them reaching number 1. The first single, "Livin' It Up", featuring Case, reached number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the second single "Always on Time", which featured Ashanti ended up being Ja Rule's first number 1 hit to top the Billboard Hot 100.[6] The remix of Jennifer Lopez's "I'm Real" which features Ja Rule, also topped the Billboard Hot 100. Like its predecessor, Pain Is Love topped the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 361,000 copies and was certified triple platinum by the RIAA.[7] The album would also receive a Grammy nomination in 2002 for Best Rap Album. By 2007, 3.6 million copies of Pain Is Love had been sold.[8] The Last Temptation (2002) The Last Temptation, Ja Rule's fourth album, was released on November 19, 2002. It featured two hit singles; "Thug Lovin'" (peaked at number 42 on the Billboard Hot 100), and "Mesmerize" another duet with Ashanti (peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100).[6] The Last Temptation debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 237,000 copies and was certified Platinum by the RIAA in December 2002.[7][9] Blood in My Eye (2003) 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. The album was originally planned to be a mixtape, but Murder Inc. had ordered Ja Rule to release an album each year based on the requirements of his contract. The album was described as a "hate" album, directed at artists on G-Unit/Shady/Aftermath. 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. It peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, selling 139,000 copies in its first week of release. It has since sold over 468,000 copies in the U.S.[9] In October 2003, Ja Rule met with Minister Louis Farrakhan, who wanted to intervene and prevent escalating violence in the feud between Ja Rule and 50 Cent.[10] R.U.L.E. (2004) Ja Rule's sixth studio album R.U.L.E. was released in November 2004 debuting at number 7 selling 166,000 copies in its first week of release. Its lead single was "Wonderful" featuring R. Kelly and Ashanti peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. 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. The third single was the love song "Caught Up" featuring Lloyd which had failed to make an impact on the Billboard Hot 100. The RIAA certified R.U.L.E. Gold on January 14, 2005,[7] and by October 2007, the album had sold 658,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[8] Hiatus, departure from Def Jam and leaving The Inc. Records (20052009) Ja Rule performing in Fort Hood, Texas, May 13, 2005 On December 6, 2005, The Inc. released Exodus, a greatest hits album whose only new tracks were the song "Me" and intro and outro tracks. Exodus was the last album on Ja Rule's contract with The Inc. After the release of this compilation, Ja Rule took a hiatus from recording music.[2] In 2005, The Inc. Records came under investigation because of drug trades by Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff, who was associated with Irv Gotti.[11] This led to Def Jam Recordings refusing to renew The Inc.'s contract. 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). The Mirror and Mpire Music Group (2009) After leaving Murder Inc. Records in 2009, Ja Rule founded his own independent label, Mpire Music Group and recruited new artists while still maintaining friendship with Irv Gotti. The Mirror was to be Ja Rule's seventh album and set for a 2007 release date, however, due to poor reception to singles (partly believed to be due to his beef with 50 Cent), it was pushed back. Tracks from the album leaked online, leading Ja Rule to re-record the album. He eventually decided to release it as a free download in 2009. Pain Is Love 2, prison and Renaissance Project (2012present) In February 2011, it was announced that Ja Rule started working on another album called Pain Is Love 2, naming it after the original 2001 triple platinum album (Pain Is Love). It was planned to have production from the producers on the original Pain Is Love album in order to "recreate magic". Most of the production would be done by 7 Aurelius (who co-produced "Down Ass Bitch"), while Irv Gotti was the executive producer of the album. He had planned on releasing it June 7, although later decided to delay the release date in order to allow more time to perfect the "level and quality of the records" and to avoid "doing an injustice to [his] fans".[12][13][14] Pain Is Love 2 was slated for an October 11, 2011 release date but was pushed back to February 28, 2012.[15] To make up for the delay Ja Rule released a new track called "Falling to Pieces" which was produced by 7 Aurelius. The song samples The Script's "Breakeven".[16][17] On October 2, 2011, another track called "Spun a Web" was released, which was also produced 7 Aurelius and samples Coldplay's "Trouble". The following day a teaser music video premiered on YouTube and the official music video was released on October 11.[18] Pain Is Love 2 was finally released on February 28, 2012, while Ja Rule was serving a two-year sentence in prison for gun possession. Renaissance Project is the upcoming eighth studio album by Ja Rule which has yet to have a confirmed release date. Recording sessions for the album took place primarily at Mpire Studios in NYC Studio during 2008 to 2011. Production was handled by Rule and several others, including Benzino, 7 Aurelius and Buck 3000. Most of the tracks that were meant for the Renaissance were transferred over to Pain Is Love 2. Ja Rule was set to be released from prison on July 28, 2013, but on May 7, 2013, he was released early.[19] He then announced that a new album is on the way and he is getting offers from major labels and artists wanting to collaborate with him. N.O.R.E announced that Ja will be on a remix to one of the tracks off his latest album, Student of the Game. He is then set to go out on his tour, "40 Days, 40 Nights" tour. He was featured the remix to the track "She Tried" which features Lil Wayne and Birdman, which is off N.O.R.E's latest album Student of the Game. Acting career Aside from rapping, Ja Rule has established a career as an actor, his first film was a buddy movie with Pras, he famously appeared in The Fast and the Furious. In 2004, he appeared in several movies including Back in The Day with Ving Rhames and Pam Grier and Half Past Dead as Steven Seagal's co-star. He also starred in the movies The Cookout with Queen Latifah and Assault on Precinct 13. Personal life Family In April 2001, Ja Rule married Aisha Murray.[20][21][22][23] He also has three children; Brittany (born 1995), Jeff Jr Atkins (born 2000), and Jordan Atkins (born 2004).[24][25] Legal issues In 2003, he allegedly punched a man in Toronto, who later sued Ja Rule. The issue was settled out of court.[26] In 2004, police investigated whether a feud involving The Inc. led to a fatal shooting outside a nightclub party hosted by Ja Rule and Leon Richardson where they thought he shot Proof of D12.[27][28] On July 1, 2004, Ja Rule was arrested with Don Rhys for driving with a suspended license and possessing marijuana.[29] In July 2007, Ja Rule was arrested for gun and drug possession charges along with Lil Wayne, and Don Rhys who served eight months in prison during 2010 for attempted possession of a weapon stemming from the arrest.[30][31][32] New York Supreme Court judge Richard Carruthers rejected Ja Rule's argument that the gun was illegally obtained evidence.[33][34] On December 13, 2010, Ja Rule received a two-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to attempted possession of a weapon after the aforementioned 2007 concert. On March 8, 2011 Ja Rule's surrender date for his two-year prison sentence was set for June 8.[35] His publicist said that Ja Rule will turn himself in to authorities. He will go to Rikers Island first, then be sent to a state facility in Upstate New York.[36] In July 2011, Ja Rule received an additional 28-month prison sentence for tax evasion, to run concurrently with his state term, failing to pay taxes on more than $3 million in earnings between 20042006.[37] He was released from state prison on February 21, 2013, but was immediately taken into federal custody for the tax case, for which he has less than six months remaining on his sentence.[38] Ja Rule was held in Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center and was set be released in July 28, 2013. On May 7, 2013, Ja Rule was released from prison early.[19][39] Feuds 50 Cent/G-Unit Records Before signing with Interscope Records, 50 Cent engaged in a well-publicized feud with Ja Rule and his label Murder Inc. Records. 50 Cent claimed that the feud began in 1999 after Ja Rule spotted him with a man who robbed him of his jewelry and also because of Ja Rule "trying to be Tupac".[citation needed] However, Ja Rule claimed the conflict stemmed from a video shoot in Queens because 50 Cent did not like Ja Rule "getting so much love" from the neighborhood.[40] A confrontation occurred in a New York studio where rapper Black Child, a Murder Inc. artist, stabbed 50 Cent, which resulted in him having three stitches.[4] In his book, 50 Cent details how Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff tried to resolve the conflict between him and Ja Rule. Allegedly, McGriff asked 50 Cent to leave them alone because of the money involved. 50 Cent insinuated the conflict had something to do with the shooting where he was ambushed and shot. Since then, Black Child publicly insulted 50 Cent twice in "There's a Snitch in the Club", and "You the Wanksta". In both songs, Black Child details violent actions directed toward 50 Cent.[4] The exchange of insult tracks released from both parties culminated in Ja Rule releasing Blood in My Eye, which was an album that returned additional insults to 50 Cent. Ja Rule eventually tried to quash the feud with 50 Cent by using minister Louis Farrakhan in a televised interview. However, the attempt at peace lost credibility as the interview was scheduled a day before Blood in My Eye was released. As a result, most fans, along with 50 Cent, dismissed the interview as a blatant publicity stunt. Because of the ongoing feud between the two, 50 Cent's labelmates Eminem, Dr. Dre, Obie Trice, D12, DMX, and Busta Rhymes also became involved and released tracks which insulted Ja Rule.[4] Ja Rule later released R.U.L.E. with the successful single "New York" featuring Jadakiss and Fat Joe in which Ja Rule took subliminal shots at 50 Cent. This single prompted 50 Cent to enter a feud with the two featured artists (see article on "Piggy Bank" for details). Although it seemed that the feud was over, Ja Rule returned with a track entitled "21 Gunz".[41] In response, Lloyd Banks and 50 Cent released the track "Return of Ja Fool" on Lloyd Banks' mixtape Mo Money in the Bank Pt. 4, Gang Green Season Starts Now.[41] 50 Cent claimed in 2010 that Ja Rule's beef with him and Shady/Aftermath has ruined Ja's career saying "We just ripped the nigga apart and he hasn't and can't come back from it." In an interview with MTV, Ja Rule stated that his album, The Mirror, would not be continuing any past feuds that he has engaged in. He said: There was a lot of things I wanted to say, and I didn't want there to be any bitter records on the album. Because I'm not bitter about anything that happened [in the past few years].[42] In May 2011, it was confirmed that both Ja Rule and 50 Cent ended the feud. Ja Rule said "I'm cool. We ain't beefing no more. We'll never collaborate. That's just what it is. You don't have to be at war with somebody, but it's also kind of like U.S. and another country that they may not get along with. We don't gotta go to war, but we're not friends either. But we can coincide inside of a world. He's doing him, and he's not thinking about me, and I'm doing me and I'm not thinking about him."[43] Shady/Aftermath The conflict started after 50 Cent signed to Shady Records and Aftermath. Ja Rule stated that he had a problem with Eminem and Dr. Dre for signing someone he disliked.[44] The conflict escalated when Ja Rule released "Loose Change", in which he insulted 50 Cent, called Eminem by the name "Feminem", called Dr. Dre bisexual, and claimed that Suge Knight knew of Dre "bringing transvestites home". The song also includes lyrics that insulted Eminem's family (most notably his daughter) and acquaintances.[44] After the "diss" track mentioned earlier Eminem and his group D12 made the songs "go to sleep" and "do rae mi" respectively Busta Rhymes joined the conflict when he was featured on the track "Hail Mary 2003", with Eminem and 50 Cent. The song, a remake of Tupac Shakur's song "Hail Mary", was done partially as a response to Ja Rule's remake of another Tupac song, "Pain" (retitled "So Much Pain"). The rappers felt that Rule could never amount to Tupac, and so they made the track, mocking him for trying to "imitate" the deceased rap icon. Eminem prevented Ja Rule from appearing on any of the "new" Tupac songs he produced, including those on Loyal to the Game.[45] Discography Main article: Ja Rule discography Studio albums 1999: Venni Vetti Vecci 2000: Rule 3:36 2001: Pain Is Love 2002: The Last Temptation 2003: Blood in My Eye 2004: R.U.L.E. 2012: Pain Is Love 2[46] 2013: Fuck Fame Independent album 2009: The Mirror Compilation albums 2005: Exodus 2012: Icon Awards and nominations Year Award/Nomination 2001 Source Hip-Hop Music Award Won for Single of the Year "Put It on Me" MTV Video Music Awards nomination for Best Rap Video "Put It on Me" 2002 MTV Video Music Awards Won for Best Hip-Hop Video "I'm Real (Murder Remix)" MTV Video Music Awards nominated for Best Hip-Hop Video "Always on Time" American Music Award nominated for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist Grammy Awards nominated for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group "Put It on Me" Grammy Awards nominated for Best Rap Album Pain Is Love Grammy Awards nominated for Best Rap/Song Collaboration "Livin' It Up" World Music Awards Won for World's Best-Selling Rap Artist BET Awards Won for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist Artist GQ Men of the Year Award Won for Musician of the Year Teen Choice Awards Won for Male Artist of the Year NAACP Image Awards Won for Best Rap/Hip-Hop Artist Soul Train Music Award nomination for Best Rap/Soul or Rap Album of the Year Pain Is Love 2003 Source Award Won for R&B/Rap Collaboration of the Year "Thug Lovin'" American Music Award nomination for Favorite Hip-Hop/R&B Male Artist Grammy Awards nomination for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration "Always on Time" 2004 Source Award Won for Phat Tape Song of the Year "Clap Back" 2009 MTV Video Music Brasil nomination for Hit do Ano (Song of the Year) "Fly" Filmography Film Year Film/Television Role Notes 2000 Turn It Up David 'Gage' Williams Alongside Jason Statham and Pras. 2001 The Fast and the Furious Edwin Plays a supporting role as a street racer. 2002 Half Past Dead Nicolas 'Nick' Frazier Though a sequel was made, Ja Rule did not star in it. 2003 Crime Partners Hitman 2003 Pauly Shore Is Dead Himself 2003 Scary Movie 3 Agent Thompson Minor role 2004 The Cookout Bling Bling/Percival Assmackey 2004 Shall We Dance Hip Hop bar performer 2005 Back in the Day Reggie Alongside Ving Rhames 2005 Assault on Precinct 13 Smiley Supporting role 2006 South Beach Donnie Fox T.V. Series "The S.B."(episode 7) 2006 Furnace Terrence Dufresne 2008 Ja Rule:2005 Himself A concert from his 2005 European tour, plus bonus tracks and interviews. 2009 Just Another Day Himself 2009 Don't Fade Away Foster 2009 Kiss and Tail: The Hollywood Jumpoff Himself[47] 2010 Wrong Side of Town Razor Alongside wrestlers; Batista & Rob Van Dam 2011 I'm in Love with a Church Girl Miles Montego His real son plays the younger version of himself, Miles. 2012 The Cookout 2 Bling Bling Sequel to The Cookout 2013 Goat Willie Davis Post-production Posted3 minutes ago | Reply Ja Rule Army: Jeffrey Atkins (born February 29, 1976),[2] better known by his stage name, Ja Rule, is an American rapper, singer, and actor from Queens, New York. Born in Hollis, Queens, he debuted in 1999 with Venni Vetti Vecci and its single "Holla Holla". From 1999 to 2005, Ja Rule had several hits that made the top 20 of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, including "Between Me and You" with Christina Milian, "I'm Real (Murder Remix)" with Jennifer Lopez, "Always on Time" with Ashanti, "Mesmerize" also with Ashanti, and "Wonderful" with R. Kelly and Ashanti. During the 2000s, Ja Rule was signed to The Inc. Records, which was formerly known as Murder Inc. and was led by Irv Gotti. He is also known for some well-publicized feuds with other rappers (in particular 50 Cent and Eminem). Contents 1 Early life 2 Music career 2.1 Venni Vetti Vecci (1999) 2.2 Rule 3:36 (2000) 2.3 Pain Is Love (2001) 2.4 The Last Temptation (2002) 2.5 Blood in My Eye (2003) 2.6 R.U.L.E. (2004) 2.7 Hiatus, departure from Def Jam and leaving The Inc. Records (20052009) 2.8 The Mirror and Mpire Music Group (2009) 2.9 Pain Is Love 2, prison and Renaissance Project (2012present) 3 Acting career 4 Personal life 4.1 Family 4.2 Legal issues 5 Feuds 5.1 50 Cent/G-Unit Records 5.2 Shady/Aftermath 6 Discography 7 Awards and nominations 8 Filmography 9 References 10 External links Early life Atkins was born in the Queens borough of New York City.[2] He was raised as a Jehovah's Witness by his mother, health care worker Debra Atkins,[3] and grandparents. At the age of five his sister died from breathing complications, leaving him as an only child. He attended Public School 134 in Hollis, a school he has described as having a predominantly black student body. He said he got into many fights at the school because of his small size, so his mother transferred him to Middle School 172 in Glen Oaks, which he described as a "white school".[4] Music career Atkins began his rap career in 1993 with his classic hip hop group Cash Money Click. He told Curtis Waller of MTV News that his stage name "Ja Rule" came from a friend who addressed him by that name; other friends called him "Ja".[5] In 1995, he made his first appearance on Mic Geronimo's "Time to Build" which featured Jay-Z and DMX, who were also in their early stages of their careers. In 1998 he had signed with Def Jam, and was also featured on Jay-Z's hit single "Can I Get A..." along with Amil which Ja Rule wrote the hook, and was going to be a Ja Rule solo song, until Jay-Z heard the track. Venni Vetti Vecci (1999) Ja Rule's debut album Venni Vetti Vecci was released in 1999, peaking at #3 on the Billboard 200 with 184,000 copies sold in its first week and eventually reached platinum status in the US due to the popularity of the hit single, "Holla Holla" which reached #35 on the Billboard Hot 1

  • Anonymous

    Um macklemore is not gay, even if he was, why are you clowns so hateful?! This young generation has no respect. If ur a hip hop fan you should love macklemore for what he's done. If ur not a hip hop fan. Gtfao

  • Jadakiss nas styles p eminem ghostface killah are the GOATS

    Macklemore >>> Machine Gun Kelly

  • Anonymous

    ITS GUCCIIIIIIIIIIII TIMMMMMMMMMMMMMEEEEEEEEEEEE Guci Mane realest rapper outthere: - this nigga throws bitches out his car - shoot niggas dead - beat niggas up. Gucci aint no fantasy nigga like: - mobb deep, - nas escobar lol nigga only had a ticket for parking his car wrong - 2pac never gangbanged - rick ross

    • Anonymous

      Chief Keef didn't even shoot any cops, he just waved the gun at them. Pac is a real dude.

    • Anonymous

      chief keef shot at cops you dont see anyone glorifying that as being gangster. Tupac was an actor he wasnt real period

    • Anonymous

      2pac shot two cops.

    • ^

      Kill yourself for the blasphemous bullshit you said. Nobody's taking a guy with an ice-cream cone tattoo on his face seriously.

    • Anonymous

      tupac was a balerina fuck outta here with your fantasies. Tupac never caught bodies like Gucci. Tupac wasnt a drug dealer before rapper like Gucci. Tupac aint shit he acted like a thug and ended up dead thats what happens when a fraud a phony portrays something hes not.

    • Anonymous

      Gucci Mane also has an ice-cream cone tatted on his face.

    • Anonymous

      You get no credit for saying Tupac isn't real because he didn't 'gangbang' he's a thug you fool! And you call glamorizing those negative shit as being real?

  • Anonymous

    ITS GUCCIIIIIIIIIIII TIMMMMMMMMMMMMMEEEEEEEEEEEE Guci Mane realest rapper outthere: - this nigga throws bitches out his car - shoot niggas dead - beat niggas up. Gucci aint no fantasy nigga like: - mobb deep, - nas escobar lol nigga only had a ticket for parking his car wrong - 2pac never gangbanged - rick ross

  • Anonymous

    ITS GUCCIIIIIIIIIIII TIMMMMMMMMMMMMMEEEEEEEEEEEE Guci Mane realest rapper outthere: - this nigga throws bitches out his car - shoot niggas dead - beat niggas up. Gucci aint no fantasy nigga like: - mobb deep, - nas escobar lol nigga only had a ticket for parking his car wrong - 2pac never gangbanged - rick ross

  • Fuck Seattle

    I can't imagine this person being angry

  • Anonymous

    its 2013; to all the haters here calling him a faggot, go back to your caves!

  • Anonymous

    This guy is a fucking FAGGGOT!~!~!~!~!~!~!~!~!~!~!~!~!~

  • Anonymous

    Who the fuck give a shit about this fucking faggot.

  • HyperScythe

    Who the fuck wrote this article. Can't get get the Artist's name right in the title?! The Fuck. And throughout the article changes the Artist name between "Macklemore" and "Mackelmore". Honestly - what the shit?!

  • Anonymous

    "after you turn off the computer and seek counseling" Your on here more than I am. Follow your own advice.

  • Anonymous

    "Is that a joke?" No, but your life is.

  • Truthspeak

    An emcee first? LOL. Wacklemore is a bitch first, pop star second and a bisexual third.

  • Anonymous

    what the fuck is goin on with this background hhdx i almost had a seizure fuck yo adidas ad

  • 490717

    Angry battle raps---new app on the iPhone download now at rapidshare.douchebag/emcee.com

  • LEATHER FACESSS

    http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/hs4jkysVBMo/movieposter.jpg

  • Anonymous

    who was he angry with? lol

  • poppa large

    OH NO! macklemore's angry! watch out for those backpack battle raps bro!

  • Anonymous

    THIS DUDE IS THE WHACKEST RAPPER EVER. GTFO OLD MAN

  • Anonymous

    this prick cudnt write a letter

  • Anonymous

    JA RULE GON KILL KENDIRKS CAREER!

  • White power

    im back to cause havoc, darkies

  • White power

    his way better than that corny rapper Kenny Lamar

  • MAKLEMORE

    http://brunabrenarija.blogspot.fi/

  • Anonymous

    He seems like a good guy. But i cannot stand his music... and who ever thought they were gay who wasnt? Weiiiiiiiiird

  • Anonymous

    He seems like a god giu. But i cannot stand his music... and who ever thought they were gay who wasnt? Weiiiiiiiiird

  • LEATHER FACESSS

    http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/oA4Ws5wq07s/mqdefault.jpg

  • Eye Control

    Nas was Nas Escobar acting like he was some kingpin drug dealer. Pac was Makaveli the Don like he was the ringleader of killers. Biggie was the black Frank White and rolled with a crew called the Junior Mafia and made himself sound like a bigger dealer than he was. Jay Z says he's the new Sinatra and proclaims himself J Hova aka God of Rap...all lies and/or stretches of the imagination and these are my favorite artists of all time. I own each one's discography. No joke Ross is nowhere on their levels. But in 6 years he has released 5 No. 1 albums 3 (about to be four) very good mixtapes, 2 group albums, and has signed artists who come out with high charted Billboard singles, not mention his own singles and multiple endorsements. Like it or not, he has the best production and is coming out with some of the best music. Not lyrics, but music. He has surpassed a 5 year run and it's clear he is here to stay. As a hip hop head, I understand that he's far from the best of anything. Put he plays his part, stays in his lane, and is feeding his group so that earns my respect. If it doesn't earn yours just shut up and stop putting money in his pocket by hating and making comments

    • Anonymous

      This guy above is a major flaming faggot.

    • LOL

      the dude above me is a spambot that posts the same reply to everyone - "Everything said here is bullshit"

    • Anonymous

      Everything said here is bullshit.

    • You asked for it

      ITSSSS GUCCCCCCI TIMEEEEEEEEEEEEE GUCCI MANE is the realest rapper and heres why. 1) all other rappers rap about being gangster shooting and killing but they havent done it. 2) Eminem raps about killing he hasnt. 3)Jay z raps in open letter about sending shots he hasnt. 4)Nas raps about how he is a queens thug but he wasn't. 5)Most of the rappers rap about stuff they havent done yet you all support them and say its real rap. 6)When rick ross does it you all claim he is fake and say its fake rap. This shows that hiphop fans are hypocritical and all these real hiphop fan wanna be's are just some unjustified haters whose opinions are just as irrelevent as the swag fag rapper fans. GUCCI MANE KILLED A MAN HE WAS A DRUG DEALER BEFORE RAPPER HE HAS STREET CREDENTIALS HE IS THE ONLY RAPPER THAT RAPS ABOUT FACTS THERE FORE BIG GUWOP IS THE REALEST RAPPER IN THE RAP GAME AND THATS A FACT!

  • Anonymous

    yall have problems... i don't see why everyone hates on mackelmore without actually listening to his album... listen to the whole album then judge please

    • Anonymous

      why would i listen to the rest of the album when all i have heard is trash when someone puts out crazp like that it doesn't make me want to find more duh I only listen to and purchase whole albums if there is one bad cut i can't rock it there are at least three horrible ones on there

  • Anonymous

    Like anyone is going to listen to the rest of the album and you tube other stuff besides mindless morons that are looking for more trash when your first impressions are that crap radio shit u twisted up obi

  • Anonymous

    he pretty much contradicted himself and called himself corny "I'm like a backpack rapper," Mackelmore said. "That's how I came up. I came up as a backpack rapper, underground Hip Hop. then "I just think it's corny," Macklemore said.I think that it's a box that's just corny. It's very outdated. It's very underground Hip Hop backpackerish and that's not the music I make." so you are an idiot

  • Prince Awesom3

    I agree that the hook and instrumentals from Thrift Shop and Cant Hold Us might be a little cheesy, but that is not what hip-hop is all about. All you cunts talk how lyricism and flow are the important aspects in hip-hop yet you criticie this guy from the instrumental and hook his songs presents. If anyone is to blame of exactly that, it is to be either Ryan Lewis or the person reciting the hook, not Macklemore. Check out his debut and underground album, Language Of My World. That album is just as conscience as Illmatic was, in my opinion. There might be a couple of loopy tracks, but overall, it is a masterpiece. Do not criticize this guy by what he wears or the beat of the song, criticize him by the lyricism as you all claim to be rendering when in reality you are not. Oh, and I forgot. Listen to Neon Cathedral, Wings, and Jimmy Iovine. I do not know why Macklemore released those three to the mainstream instead of Thrift Shop, Cant Hold Us, and Same Love since those tracks show what Macklemore is all about and delivers a great beat (so these buttfucks can stop complaining about the cheesiness of his tracks).

  • markus

    calling a white person a "wigger" in a bad way is making fun of our own race you idiots. if anything we should treat white boys acting "black" as a good thing ...

    • Anonymous

      ^^^^^ ^^^^^ hahahahah fucking so true and so awesome

    • wow

      ^^^ lol I wrote that Drake list like a year ago, it's hilarious how people saved it and are still reposting.

    • Eye Control

      Why Drake is a homo -Talks in a fake black American accent -Gets tattoos of dead singers and owls -Constantly dick rides other rappers and artists so they will like him -Talks tough on record but gets dissed and never responds back -Tries to act like a gangster saying "catch a body" and "suu wuu" -Has gayish mannerisms and hand movements -Thinks he's Sade -Tries to make Canada seem hard -Has fruity boy orgasms over His butt buddy "SOoo GOOOD OHH LIL WAYNE!" -Played a character even cornier then himself on a Canadian children's soap opera -Tries to dress like Kanye -Is Nicki Manaj's best gay friend -Grew up rich but cries and acts like his life is hard -Looks like a light skinned gorilla

    • Anonymous

      he's talking about the comments, which have white boys saying wigger & nigga we ain't all white markus but at least you can see if you look closely

    • A Person

      Who the fuck cares, music is music, someone acting black or white doesn't make any difference whatsoever, fools need to just get better at their craft instead of trying to be something they aren't

    • markus

      who am i kidding this site is all white people anyway

  • jason

    Macklemoore is a cool dude. Why is it only white people can rap about shit other than random nigga talk?

    • Anonymous

      See, they say "angry" when you're a Black who is pinpointing things and has a strong voice with knowledge to present it. A clue of how passive (fearful slave mentality) they want you to be while they babble, shout, spam, troll, lie and are allowed to speak whatever and however they feel accordingly to rights, but the Black has to talk a certain way and be in a certain mood. Nothing new. The programming is so deep, it's almost genetic. It won't be the kids, it will be the LABELS that will want more Macklemores and implement the protocol. The same way they wanted more Biggie's, Onyx', and no more Public Enemy's. During the recession no one was really selling except Black Eyed Peas. The industry has mimicked their music the past 5 years. "Here Usher, Bruno, B.o.B., Nicki, whomever else....do this, this is what's selling". will.i.am is on Nicki's 1st album, proof. The irony of it is y'all will get pigeon-holed while thinking you're finally taking over.

    • sufur222

      Although Anonymous sounds a little angry, in principle I agree with what he's saying: although Macklemore is an extremely talented rapper himself, I'm worried that he;s turning hip hop into a genre for ten year old suburban kids - because his radio friendly and anti current rap stereotype style has been so successful, while something this fresh is needed I also fear it's going to encourage lots of young rappers to take on certain aspects of his style - the poppy hooks, etc. - which mean that proper, hard lyricists who swear even slightly will not get a chance or be lambasted, and the genre will be doomed as it'll no longer have that inclusivity we've treasured for years. Bear in mind that out and out conscious rappers have never found Macklemore's level of commercial success before, so their impact on the masses hasn't been as great - not Common, not Mos Def, not Talib Kweli, nobody.

    • Anonymous

      jason doesn't understand he's being programmed to think that way..........BIG KRIT wouldn't have sold "Can't Hold Us" feat B.o.B. y'all would have supported that much to the same level? how about Warren G, "Thrift Shop" with some Nate hook nobody heard? y'all would have taken it to the same heights? HELL FUCKING NO, DON"T LIE TO YOURSELF. Macklemore is the anti-Eminem, they've been dying for this for YEARS. WOO! Get Mack & Ryan to ghost compose some songs for someone's grandchild or cousin or favor owed friends and they got some white hoes on the block now! And that's when you'll realize that you've been fooled by your own, because 20 Macklemores will be around and none of you Eminem, Tech N9ne or Mac Miller clones will be able to get on, you'll be old news. Next up will be the square white girl with some rap skills who's gonna be a Macklemorette. They don't need to be like Kreayshawn or V-Nasty anymore.

    • jahorse

      Did you take nothing away from that whole part of the article about not putting people in boxes or did you just skip over the article to the comment section and make an ass of yourself?

    • A Person

      you are fuckin dense....... Nas, Rakim, Kane, Kool G Rap, etc, or even the newer underground guys, come on dumbass, get with it, there is dope hip hop everywhere, and you are discounting it because you don't think.

  • all talk no rap

    Thanks for letting us know your a rapper, oh oh and competative.

  • Meggalif

    HAHAHA "I'm like a backpack rapper," Mackelmore said. "That's how I came up. I came up as a backpack rapper, underground Hip Hop." Fuck outta here with that bullshit. Fucking pop star.

    • Anonymous

      You obviously never heard of his underground music. Listen to The Language of My World and Open Your Eyes. He wasn't rich and famous a year ago.

  • sxxx9

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6W1tG-m4NSU

  • Anonymous

    Biggest rap record of the year!!!! Macklemore is the truth! Yes imma nigga and macklemore is ill. Respect the hustle, deal with it hatersssssss! One!

  • Lawless_1

    He needs to keep his bi curious second hand clothes wearing a** out of it.

  • hip hop

    Jeru the Damaja - 99.9%

  • hip hop

    Meth and Red - Cereal Killer

  • Real hiphop

    fuck these pop faggots they are on the same boat as that pop faggot BOB. If your a fan of either you are not a true hiphop fan period.

  • hip hop

    Eminem - Till I Collapse

  • hip hop

    Souls of Mischief - 93' till infinity

  • sxxx9

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZUGpOjswDk

  • sxxx9

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pC1YuWwgKP4

  • sxxx9

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqeIiF0DlTg

  • Anonymous

    so many sad haters posting non-sense.

  • hip hop

    Royce Da 5'9 - Street Hop

  • ha

    He's first and foremost a popstar and a poof. He made his choice with hip hop and now he must stick with it.

  • hip hop

    CYNE - First Person

  • hip hop

    Bumpy Knuckles - Who Did The Beat

  • Anonymous

    Hey Macklemore nobody cares. You're not taken seriously by any rap fans.

  • hip hop

    Method Man - Got to Have it

  • hip hop

    Dilated Peoples - Back Again

  • hip hop

    Apollo Brown & Hassan Mackey - Tell Me

  • hip hop

    hieroglyphics - Halo

  • hip hop

    Tupac - Got My Mind Made Up

  • jrocc_727

    First and foremost an emcee and apparently secondly a comedian....

  • ContrabandProductions

    Meant post that in reply to Anonymous's "hahahahaah, hahahahahahaha, hahahahahahhaahahahahahah" post

  • ContrabandProductions

    After he said he is first and foremost an "emcee", I felt the same way. I didn't even read the rest because I couldn't take anything else he said seriously after that(not saying that I could before)

  • Anonymous

    This title makes it seem like this shit happened last year and he's reminiscing on it.... SMFH! It just happened last week! LMFAO! Who runs these fake ass Hip Hop sites? SMH

  • SLUMERICAN

    SICK of this dude. I just don't feel him in any way. Props to him for his success, but I am way more interested in the Hip Hop that is Atmosphere and Yelawolf. His only hope is to go and make music with actual Hip Hop legends and street rappers and sadly they will be down because they will get access to tap into Macklemore's mainstream fan base. That's not TIMELESS music and that's not organic chemistry. Authentic, timeless music is Yelawolf having music on Arena Rap -- referencing Wu, Eminem, Travis Barker, Kid Rock, Three 6 Mafia way before meeting any of those artists -- and then actually making class, timeless music with every single one of those artists. That's fucking LOVE, mutual respect and PURE MUSIC... You better be sure Macklemore won't ever step into Yelawolf territory anymore. Yelawolf stepped up because it was necessary. Macklemore was also wearing the Deer gear in the Thrift Shop video. Knowing how stupid most Americans are, there is a VERY strong chance people will get those 2 artists confused and it's important they both stick to their own, unique lanes. So yeah, if Yelawolf is about to get hyphy over a Deer, Macklemore knows his place now..

  • Anonymous

    "I'll .50 cal you in the skull myself" Turn off Belly and go counsel someone.

  • Anonymous

    "p.s. "half a sperm" is not insulting or demeaning, it's corny, non-laughable humor, blank stare silence comedy" Hey unhappy black guy. What's up? Long time no see. How are your patients? On ledges I hope.

    • Anonymous

      they good, making sure they don't become a bitch ass like you. football & b-ball is coming, lot of Div I home games to attend. Sorry my kids ain't poor nigg3r ghetto misfits, but we know how you condescending asshole white boys think. how about that marvelous life, still trying to win an internet debate with that shoddy knowledge of yours and do you still throw the keyboard when I post those make-you-look-in-the-mirror comments?

  • Anonymous

    "im sure he really cares about his street cred while hes rolling around in his millions of dollars" You act like he's a billionaire. He's just now experiencing wealth. A year or two down the road he's going to need some street credibility unless he just says fuck it and cashes out.

  • Anonymous

    Your work speaks for you Macklemore, and it has nothing to do with where you came from, your skin color, or even how competitive you aren't... the album is a cookie cut, generic pop, one hit wonder. Simple as that, you can expect to be overlooked for a while, least 'til you put out more shit music.

  • Anonymous

    macklemore nigga think he black

  • Joan W. Tucker

    what Victoria implied I didnt even know that a person can get paid $6306 in one month on the internet. have you read this web link... www.Can99.com im sure he really cares about his street cred while hes rolling around in his millions of dollars

  • Anonymous

    hahahahaah, hahahahahahaha, hahahahahahhaahahahahahah

  • Joan W. Tucker

    what Victoria implied I didnt even know that a person can get paid $6300 in one month on the internet. have you read this web link... www.Can99.com im sure he really cares about his street cred while hes rolling around in his millions of dollars

  • amaterasu

    oh no, i gotta step my game up, says wacklemore the wigger. i think he just reached top spot of most despised rappers of all time.

  • amaterasu

    wacklemore the wigger

  • Lawless

    Macklemore lost all street credibility with his album, but his style of rapping on Ryan Lewis' beats clearly captured the mainstreams attention, so he's doing something right. Last thing I want to see is dude try to be an "Emcee".

    • A Person

      The best artists in hip hop are all incredible emcees, what is wrong with that? Also, the mainstream is fuckin retarded and can't tell the difference between terrible and half-decent.

    • Anonymous

      what is street credibility and why would he want that

  • amaterasu

    white rappers are killing hiphop

    • ContrabandProductions

      No..... Wack rappers are killing Hip-Hop. I don't even consider Mackelmore in that Genre. He is a pop artist in my opinion

  • brotherteresa

    Everyone hating on Macklemore is exactly what's WRONG with Hip-Hop. Rather than judging the dude by the TOTALITY of his album & the creativity of his storytelling, you nitpick his singles? Despite them beingAT LEASTmore ORIGINAL than Drake's pussy-whipped crooning, Game's name-dropping, & Kanye infatuation with his own dick. In the immortal words of Jay-Z: Do you fools listen to music or do you just skim through it? Macklemore might not be as lyrically proficient as Kendrick, Cole, Lupe, or K.R.I.T., but he's definitely as creative as Childish Gambino & transcendental as Lecraeall of whom are MUCH better than the likes of Big Sean, Trinidad James, 2 Chainz, & Rick Ross.

    • Anonymous

      Drake is a Kanye West/Lil Wayne wannabe.

    • Joe

      Macklemore>Drake Drake makes music for females

    • Anonymous

      Singles tell you everything about an album. Macklemore had 3 huge hit singles that all sounded like shit. What does that say about the rest of the album if his 3 successes all sound like karaoke crap?

    • Anonymous

      Drake's music stands out (both good and bad) because there's no other artist who sounds like him. Who gives a shit if Game name drops. They all do. The point is he can rap. He just can't release a good album anymore.

    • A Person

      or I am just smart enough to see that he is nothing more than an overrated pop artist that doesn't have the essence of hip hop. I have heard stuff from all sorts of artists, he is kinda sorta terrible.

    • Macklemore's a bitch nigga

      Don't insult Drake by comparing him to this trash.

  • A Person

    This guy is a terrible emcee, and his fans are fuckin annoying.

  • Jay

    I live in seattle, Born and raised. Macklemore is a terrible "MC" his flows aint shit. Fuck this square. "Underground hip hop backpackerish and thats not the music i make" Haha hes a rich faggot

  • killah_casp

    Anybody need they dick sucked?

  • drizzy!

    Macklemore didn't write any battle raps. After hearing Kendrick's verse he drove to Starbucks and ordered a chai mocha latte. That's how Seattle niggas get down. Drake > Macklemore OVO all day!

  • Macklemore

    I am the #1 wigger. plus I suck. plus im a fag. Peace peeps

  • Anonymous

    No matter what, he released songs that entered the pop charts and he lost all street credibility. Now we all think he is that wigger Eminem wanna-be.

    • Anonymous

      if thats how he feels why shouldnt he say it. he said right there they didnt think their album had any singles on it they didnt know that song was gonna blow up. that doesnt make him any less of an emcee

    • Anonymous

      He did if he feels he has to say he's still an "Emcee" hahaha.

    • Anonymous

      im sure he really cares about his street cred while hes rolling around in his millions of dollars

  • killah_casp

    why these rappers going crazy over this song this supposed to be hip hop and all these little bitches acting like divas when anyone say something they dont like.... go ahead release your diss track if you say you gunna do something then man up and do it pfft rappers these days more pussy in em then a downtown stripclub.

  • Anonymous

    Yes half a sperm. I'm still laughing at this lame white boy whose got your Dockers all wet.

    • donnis mac

      you've got wolves circling you.....that ain't me fyi, I'll .50 cal you in the skull myself. p.s. "half a sperm" is not insulting or demeaning, it's corny, non-laughable humor, blank stare silence comedy.

  • asher1985

    Macklemore is definitely a beast, probably one of the top 10 out right now. I just hate the pro fag stuff, like I think a lot of people do. Hopefully he won't do anymore songs like that in the future

  • Anonymous

    Hahaha this is a great joke.

  • Fish

    Macklemore can battle Lil B. That's roughly his level. Now fuck off Macklefag.

  • This Guy ^

    Before this album all this dude was put out dope albums and rhymes. Everyone just knows him, because of The Heist.

  • Anonymous

    So Vanilla Ice Jr. thinks he has bars? lol

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