Queens MC Ja Rule has reportedly been released from his Ray Brook Federal Prison in New York (May 7). Though the former Murder Inc. spitter wasn’t set to be released until July 28, several tweets from industry folk have stirred rumors that he is a free man.
According to TMZ, the rapper, real name Jeffrey Atkins, was picked up around 10AM by his wife and drove straight to his New Jersey home. Ja was hit with a two-year sentence in 2010 when he pled guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon from a 2007 incident where cops discovered a loaded semi-automatic handgun in his sports car. He turned himself in June 2011, where he was also dealt a two-year prison sentence for tax evasion. He served both sentences concurrently…..
Jeffery Atkins (born February 29, 1976),better known by his stage name, Ja Rule or Rule baby, 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. Ja Rule has sold over 30 million records worldwide and was the best selling rapper in 2001. He is also known for some well-publicized feuds with other rappers (in-particular 50 Cent and Eminem), which would ultimately put a negative effect on future projects, and he would begin to receive poor reception for certifications and sales.