Ja Rule to return to Hardcore Roots on New Album

23 Dec

It has been some time since Ja Rule last released an album. His last album, 2004’s R.U.L.E., was a critical and platinum success. The album was a great rebound from his previous release, which was plagued by his many feuds with other rappers. After years of dominating the game, Ja Rule had struggled and overcame.

The next year, Ja Rule had gotten back to work on another album that would have been released in 2005, had things gone according to plans. Things did not go as planned and Ja’s label, Murder Inc. was under a federal investigation. Since they were being investigated, Def Jam dropped the label from their deal, leaving them all alone.

Since the label’s head, Irv Gotti, was caught up in the trial, he could not focus on working on a new Ja Rule album. Plus, with no label willing to distribute Murder Inc. Records, a new Ja Rule album would not be coming out anytime soon. Towards the end of 2005, Irv Gotti and Murder Inc. were cleared of all charges.

In 2006, Ja Rule resurfaced on an appearance with the rest of the hip hop community on a remix to The Game’s hit single, “One Blood.” Their collaboration led to an alliance between the two rappers that remain strong. In 2007, The Game worked with Ja Rule on his expected comeback album, The Mirror.

While the album was never released, those who heard it said that it was easily the best album that Ja Rule had ever created. On this album, he made the hardcore songs that built his early fan base, he touched down on some of the issues surrounding him, and he still made the songs that he was famous for. The only problem was the fact that the audience remembered him as the guy that no one liked, so no one requested his music.

Due to the fact that his album went unreleased, Murder Inc.’s deal with Universal Records lapsed and the label is currently looking for a new deal. While the label is waiting, Ja Rule is recording a new album. Initially, he announced a triple disc album, Venni Vetti Vecci 2010, but it is unclear if he is still going to release an album of that intensity.

In between The Mirror and this new music, Ja Rule has ended his feud with DMX and he has made connections with many other hip hop stars, past and present. During his time away from the game, Ja Rule has kept an ear to the streets. His activity in the streets and his old neighborhood will be reflected on this new album. He is promising a sincere return to his old style on Venni Vetti Vecci.

There is no set release date for this new Ja Rule album, but plenty of music is expected from the former face of hip hop in 2010.

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