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Ja Rule

Acknowledged as a vital talent in hip-hop music, with album sales topping 10 million worldwide, Ja Rule is now additionally pursuing a big-screen career.

To that end, he has appeared in Peter Chelsom's Shall We Dance, Lance Rivera's The Cookout, James Hunter's Back in the Day, David Zucker's smash Scary Movie 3, Don Michael Paul's Half Past Dead, Robert Adetuyi's Turn It Up, and Rob Cohen's blockbuster The Fast and The Furious.

Born in Hollis, Queens, Ja (the initials for Jeffrey Atkins) began rhyming at the age of 16. Word spread fast about the teenager with the lightning-fast wordplay and distinctive rhyming style, and he was soon signed to a record deal. Building on the strength of his debut on the single Time to Build, Ja united with two friends in the group The Cash Money Click. They scored a success with Bet the Fortune/For My Click.

Ever since his teaming on Can I Get A (from the Rush Hour soundtrack), with Jay-Z and Amil, Ja has been a leading presence in the hip-hop world. Some of his most notable cuts include Girlfriend/Boyfriend (in which Ja traded verses with Eve), How Many Wanna (from the Light It Up soundtrack), Dru Hill's You Are Everything [remix], Always on Time (dueting with Ashanti), Between Me and You (with Christina Milian), Livin It Up (with Case), Put It On Me (with Vita), Down A Chick (with Ashanti, Vita, and Charli Baltimore), and Thug Lovin (with Bobby Brown, Clapback, and The Crowne).

Ja's debut album, Venni Vetti Vecci (1999) went platinum, with the first single, Holla, Holla, becoming a street anthem. His subsequent albums were Rule 3:36 (2000), Pain is Love (2001), The Last Temptation (2002), Blood in My Eye (2003), and R.U.L.E. (2004).

He has written songs for Mary J. Bilge (their duet Rainy Dayz) and Jennifer Lopez (their duets I'm Real and Ain't It Funny). He co-wrote If We for Mariah Carey, and worked with Ruben Studdard on the single What Is Sexy (featured on Studdard's Soulful album).

In 2002, Ja Rule was nominated for three Grammy Awards: Best Rap Album (Pain is Love), Best Rap Performance - Duo/Group (Put It On Me), and Best Rap Song - Collaboration (Livin It Up). That same year, he was also nominated for an NAACP

Image Award, an American Music Award, a GQ Man of the Year Award, and a Teen Choice Award.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.
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Ja Rule Facts

Birth NameJeffrey Atkins
OccupationMusician, Actor
BirthdayFebruary 29, 1976 (48)
BirthplaceQueens, New York, USA
Height5' 6" (1m68)  How tall is Ja Rule compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Just Another Day
Kiss and Tail: Hollywood Jump Off
Turn It Up
Cookie Thief
Wrong Side Of Town
The Cookout 2
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