Ja Rule

Ja Rule Interview

Ja Rule Interview
Ja Rule Interview

Bigger
Ja welcome back to the UK good to cya man, the album and now a new single “Caught Up” that is just such a tune. The thing is Ja you got this un-canny knack for a Hip Hop artist to take things to a level that most hip hop artists can only dream, you pick up tracks and take hardcore Hip Hop and give it to the masses, why do you think you can do it?

Ja Rule
I don’t know man, I just work hard, I think its got a lot to do with I put a lot of passion into the track and people can feel that its real, that its not something that I make up

Bigger
But its unusual for someone as hard as yourself to get to that level. There’s always this big serge of Hip Hop that does really well but to get to the level you are at, I mean you are as a big household name as R Kelly ands Usher

Ja Rule
Well you know I like to think that me and R Kelly when it comes to music that were connected in some way cos on the two songs that we recorded we didn’t even have to be in the same room, yet we both knew what each other wanted out of the record

Bigger
‘Always On Time’, ‘Between Me and You’, ‘Living’ It Up’ for example you’ve become really the master at producing these hit records after hit records, then you get this situation where you get awards after awards but what would you say is Ja Rules biggest achievement to date is?

Ja Rule
I would have to say standing my ground last year through all the drama I went through that means something.

Bigger
5 years 5 albums not a lot of artists can say that and your still making albums everybody’s aware of you

Ja Rule
I think that the sound that I came up with was fresh, its been imitated a lot since which is cool it’s a hot style but at the time it was fresh it was new and that’s what people always want and I was the young cat. Now I have so much more to say from all of the drama, the Federal investigation, beef with every artist you can think of there’s so much to say on the 6th album where as people start running out of things to say by there 6th album I got a mouthful to say

Bigger
Talking of the beef situation we had 50 on the show he put across how he felt and obviously we would like to give you the chance if you want to talk about it your more than welcome

Ja Rule
The situation with him is I really don’t feel I have to talk about him. When he gets on theses shows I’m sure he has a mouthful to say about me and that’s because he has I real infatuation with me. You know what, I don’t really know the dude so I don’t really know where the beef came from, as I see it now there’s just a lot of jealousy. There’s a lot of jealousy there cos one minute he ridicules me for one thing then he goes and does the same thing. So I’m always trying to analyses what his angle is. I already know that the bullet proof vest is just for the fans but I was really sitting back and trying to find what the guys angle is. Why does he hate me so much, when he doesn’t really know me. So I really don’t have to talk about it, the people understand what’s going on now

Bigger
You’ve got to have one of the most recognisable voices not just in Hip Hop but in music period every time somebody hears you they knows its Ja Rule straight away this voice you got its amazing

Ja Rule
I don’t know I didn’t really notice my voice until I got into music before then it was just a voice but its defiantly one of my assets

Bigger
You’re a young man but obviously you’ve been into hip hop all your life did it surprise you when radio and politicians try so hard to suppress the music that we all love yet it still is the biggest selling genre of music in the world

Ja Rule
That’s to be expected, they did it to rock to when it first came out. Ya know oh rockers are bad for the youth its making them crazy etc. Whatever, the fact remains this music is a very youth orientated thing its driven by the kids and its always going to be that way. I think what they didn’t anticipate was that the kids would grow up to be adults and still be listening to Hip Hop I think that they thought that when we became adults we’d listen to something else and it just hasn’t happened that way. So you got 30/40 year old listening to Hip Hop now and they really don’t like that.

Bigger
Do you think we live in a fickle world your 4th album had some amazing killers on it ‘Memorize’ for example, the people that supported you at commercial level over in this country suddenly seemed to stop supporting you even though you were still producing the goods how frustrating does that become as an artist?

Ja Rule
I mean you know it’s a little frustrating but you gotta understand that sometimes when you’re the top of your game people want to knock you down. I look at Muhammad Ali as the picture perfect example cos here you have a man that was arrogant but could back it up and get to the top of his game then was brought down not by getting beat at first but by other means by media, political things and he fought and he got through it. Then came the actual defeats of him getting knocked out and he fought and won the championship again so I look at him and think if a man can go through so many things and still get up and keep fighting there’s something to be said about that man. People didn’t look at him back then as the man he is now, but after all said and done people look at him and say he is a fighter, he is truly the greatest and they show him respect. So I needed to look at this whole thing as a blessing in disguise cos its gonna make me into a better artist cos I keep fighting no matter what.

Bigger
This new stuff is amazing but I wanna take you back to the 5th album ‘Blood In My Eye’ was very very hard was that purpose cos some of the commercial support had gone cos that album is almost hardcore Hip Hop

Ja Rule
That album was a personal album, I wanted to get that off my chest, I didn’t feel like being the versatile Ja Rule and making hit records for the world to hear and love. I felt like being the selfish Ja Rule and making records for me and my peoples in the hood cos that’s who I wanted to talk to on that album. Its funny cos if it was all about money then I couldn’t have made an album like that yet when you’re an artist and you’ve made your money you do music cos you wanna do it and you do it cos you love it. ‘Blood In My Eye’ is one of my favourite albums by me cos it was rebellious my record label said your crazy why do you wanna put out all this hard music

Bigger
Taking you back to the things like ‘Holla Holla’ does it really seem like over 5 years ago to you cos times almost flown

Ja Rule
Yeah its gone pretty fast I’m on to my 6th album I put an album out every year so I look at myself as an older artist and some of the younger artist come up to me there 19 or 18 you take them back 5 years they would be 14. So there’s a big difference from when your 14 to 18 so the younger ones make me feel old but then I look at them and I think you know what I look younger than you ( Ja laughs) its cool but I defiantly feel like an old school pioneer

Bigger
Not only have you become a pioneer but you’ve become one of these people that are in it for life you know 6 albums not many people can do that in a decade. Let alone in 6 years when you look back over the 6 years does it amaze you what you’ve done sometimes?

Ja Rule
It doesn’t amaze me cos I’ve worked so hard, it amazes me how fast everything’s happened. I look at artist like Nas and how long he’s been in the game, it’s a lot of years and he’s on his 5th or 6th album. So I think that I’ve put in a lot of work in a short period of time even Jay-z is on his 10th and he’s been in the game a lot of years to.

Bigger
We could sit here talking to you all day but were getting the time out signals Ja Rule thanks for joining us again.

Ja Rule
Its my pleasure Bigger, thanks for your support man



Advertisement
Advertisement