The rapper will now remain under house arrest until July

Ja Rule has been released from prison after serving nearly two years on tax evasion and gun charges.

The rapper was incarcerated in New York’s Ray Brook jail after being sentenced to 28 months in prison for failing to pay £710,000 in taxes between 2004 and 2008. The 37 year-old was also sentenced to two years in prison for possessing a semi-automatic handgun, which was discovered by police in his car after a New York gig in 2007.

Ja Rule, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, pleaded guilty to not filing tax returns over a five-year period and attempted criminal possession of a weapon. Both sentences were served back-to-back. He will now remain under house arrest until July 28, reports BBC Newsbeat.

Ja Rule has scored two number one albums in his career – 2000’s ‘Rule 3:36’ and 2001’s ‘Pain Is Love’, which was also nominated for a Grammy. He also collaborated with Jennifer Lopez on the tracks ‘I’m Real’ and ‘Ain’t It Funny’.