Late last month, Ja Rule announced that his upcoming eighth solo album, currently titled COUP DE GRÂCE…, will be his “last.”

At the time of the announcement, it was unclear why Ja Rule was planning on stepping away from the mic; however, just before his performance at the Desert Smash Charity Tournament at Westin Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, California on March 8, the rapper opened up more about his future plans.

“[The album] will be my last because I’m focusing more on film and television and my companies,” Ja Rule said, according to Billboard.

Ja Rule has appeared in a number of films throughout his career. His first acting gig was playing the role of David “Gage” Williams in the 2000 film, Turn It Up. He also appeared in 2001’s The Fast and the Furious. The rapper later turned down a main role in the sequel, 2 Fast 2 Furious, with the movie’s director, John Singleton, saying Ja “got too big for himself.”

“He turned down a half a million dollars,” Singleton said during an interview with Grantland last year. “He got 15 grand to be in the first movie. He was really big at that time. I guess Murder Inc. was throwing out hits and were making money hand over foot. He was acting like he was too big to be in the sequel. He wouldn’t return calls. I went to the studio to go see him — that’s just my mantra, I deal with a lot of music people. He was kinda playing me to the side and I was like, ‘What? What is this shit?’”

Last year, Ja Rule became the creative lead for Magnises.

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