Ja Rule feat. Ashanti : Mesmerise

Ja Rule feat. Ashanti : Mesmerise

Some say that pop and rock fans are fickle, but their loyalty is positively Basset Hound-like in comparison to lovers of hip-hop. In rap, today’s hot potato is tomorrow’s toast and it’s all going a bit crispy round the edges for Ja Rule,...

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Ja Rule : Thug Lovin'

Ja Rule : Thug Lovin'

There are people who would suggest that Ja Rule’s shift from gritty ghetto superstar to silky R&B-tinged love puppet is sellout of the highest order. And then there are people whose ears work. Teaming up with long forgotten mentalist berk Bobby...

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Ja Rule : The Last Temptation

Ja Rule : The Last Temptation

Ja Rule 's stuck with a winning formula (gruff raps on life and love + Ashanti + Irv Gotti's patented Casio beats) and won hip hop's crown in the process. Only somewhere down the line he's turned into a bit of a joke. You don't drawl over J-Lo...

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Ja Rule/Ashanti/Romeo : London Wembley Arena

Ja Rule/Ashanti/Romeo : London Wembley Arena

Oh dear. Romeo looks a little out of place as he finishes 'Romeo Dunn' and runs offstage. No wonder - everyone else on tonight's bill is a Murder Inc artist, and this whole bash must feel like going round MI head honcho Irv Gotti's house for tea....

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Ja Rule : London Kentish Town Forum

Ja Rule : London Kentish Town Forum

It’s a symphony of boos, a tremendous boom of boo thunder, a boopocalypse . The blast of actually-we-think-you’re-rather-marvellous dissent that greets an American Wolfboy In London is frankly monumental. Ja puffs on a bifter; more boos than...

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Ja Rule : London Astoria

Ja Rule : London Astoria

The first thing you notice is how many girls are here. There are hundreds of them and they're all dressed to the nines. Some are dressed like Alicia Keys in black leather berets, a couple of them are rocking the Princess Superstar hooker chic...

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Ja Rule : Pain Is Love

Ja Rule : Pain Is Love

It's been a productive 12 months for Jeffrey Atkins. On the back of a multi-platinum album and starring role in the box-office smash 'The Fast And The Furious', the diminutive Queens native has become one of America's biggest rap stars. With...

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Summer Jam : Boston Tweeter Center

Summer Jam : Boston Tweeter Center

Jam'n 94.5 FM's annual Summer Jam is the unofficial jump-off to what some might consider the hot season. It's not only a celebration of the songs you'll be sick of in two months for all the times you heard it blaring out of an open car window, but...

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Rule 3:36

Rule 3:36

The jury is still out on Ja Rule. For many, he's a younger, not so versatile and less refined version of DMX. But although his voice is rugged, deep and raw, little of worth emanates from it. Too much "n***a" this, too much "murder" that. It...

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