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AHH Feature : Ja Rule: How The DMX Beef Ended

He came he saw and he conquered! Ja Rule's abrasive voice and fluid delivery helped to erect the Murder, Inc. empire. With this musical revolution of the late '90's Ja Rule, the Inc.'s most devout soldier, became embroiled in a plethora of lyrical assaults . Some of these almost erupted into full-scale battles, for both street credibility and the limelight. Ja Rule opens up to AllHipHop.com about the verbal strife with DMX, the mutual decision to accept the peace pipe, and the future projects that has piqued his excitement.
 
“What led to the cease fire [was that] our beef wasn't really, that serious... Me and X we been friends for a whole lot of years, you know what I'm saying. So, our beef wasn't really, it wasn't really serious like you feel it was. It wasn't crazy like that. It may have felt like that at times; but, it really wasn't. “
 
“It was really a mutual thing [ending the beef]. We had spoke, recently—you know— through Swizz [Beats]. Last night, [September 23rd] it was extended on both sides; like it's love, n****. It ain't like that. That was the first initial opening up to the conversation. Like I said, we've been friends for a whole lot of years. He knows my family, he knows my wife, he knows my kids. I know his wife [and] I know his kids. Last night, I had my wife and my kids with me. So, while I was performing there, X, you know, seen them and gave one love to the kids. He was talking to little Rule and Brittany. So, right then and there, it let me know that everything was good and as it should be. Then when I finished performing and came down to my seat, he had got up and had came up to me. I was, you know, 'What's happening?' We hung and we kicked it and that was the end of it.”
 
Back in '06 Ja Rule acknowledges that he claimed the beef ended with DMX. He's aware that many of Hip-Hop's supporters are sickened by “beef” and have come to resent its distracting and sometimes destructive side effect. The tried MC authenticates that this is in fact the end of his propagated conflict with DMX.
 
“Last night I kicked it even more. We met back up with Swizz. We reminisced about old times, me him and Foxy. I mean it's all good.”
 
This initial event with DMX has inspired Ja Rule to establishing even more peace accords.
 
“Me last night I kicked it even more. We met back up with Swizz. We reminisced about old times, me him and Foxy. I mean it's all good.”
 
As Rule absolves himself of his past skirmishes, he focuses on his future projects with the utmost enthusiasm.
 
“Venni Vetti Vecci: 2010, is a three disc set. It's never been done. I felt it feels great; because, I haven't dropped an album in four or five years. I felt it was perfect for me to do this three disc set. It's innovative and [has] never been done before. Just have some fun with it. You know, Venni Vetti Vecci: 2010. Get ready for it, they gonna really enjoy the album. I'm working on some new movies. I just finished Cook Out 2. There's some other projects that are in the works. I work hard, you know, and I hope that everything goes right.”
 
Rule expounds upon his recent interview with Australia's Rhyme & Reason magazine. Where he states, 'We ain't getting money off rap records like we used to. So, when I'm doing it now it ain't for the money. It's for the love; because, it ain't out there like that.' With that said, he elaborates why he has never compromised his creativity to obtain commercial success.
 
“ I've always done what I wanted to do as an artist—whether if the label was in agreement with it or not. You know like, when I did my second album, they wasn't really in agreement with the direction I was taking when I did Rule 3:36. It was very different from Venni Vetti Vecci. So, the label wasn't in total agreement with me going in that direction. And, you know, I had to take a stand and say, well, this is what I want to do and this is the direction I want to go in with the project. They took a chance on that, we rolled the dice [and] we were successful with it.
 
So, I never compromised what I wanted to do on the mic; because,of any reasons. But, I was put on a time schedule. I will say that. When you become a professional in the business, you know, with a label and with a company—a lot of new artists y'all need to hear this and understand this. Because, making your first album, you got your whole life to do that. That first album is usually a lot of artists' “classic.” They put their life story into that LP... After that, you're kinda on the clock...that's if you're successful. If you have a successful first album, you're kinda on the clock. They want a new album, damn near, every year. So, it's one of them things [to] where you may have to record a little quicker than you would like to—or whatever the case may be. But compromise, never.”
 
As an established MC, Ja Rule still challenges himself:
 
“As an artist, as an MC, you always want to get better in whatever you do. That's as an competitor, period, you want to get better and better. You want to try new things and push the envelope and go to different places that people have never gone before, musically. With every album I try to do something different. With 2010 I plan to do something really different because it's a three disc set. So, I just really get to be Rule and get real wild and crazy on the album. The first disc, I'm taking it back to the early roots of my career. The second disc [will focus on] today. It will show how I've grown as an artist and started doing more of my melodic flows and duets and stuff like that. The third disc is going to be where I'm going, you know. It's the future's album, it's New York, it's what I'm putting together now; it's different. That's why I'm excited about this album. I get to explore all those musical fields that I played with from the beginning of my career up until now. So, it's going to be a real good project. It's going to be real fun making this project.”
 
Stepping back and chronicling the overall life experiences of, Jeffrey “Ja Rule” Atkins, is happy with his achievements.
 
“I'm a young black n****, right, that came from Hollis, Queens. That lived in a one bedroom apartment in the hood, in the ghetto—you understand what I'm saying—I had nothing. I hustled for a dollar and s*** like that. You understand, we sold drugs, we did that. You dig what I'm saying. What I live now is a great life. I got a beautiful family. I got a beautiful homes; I live a great life. I'm not mad, I could never be mad at how my life is. From where I come from to where I am, trust me, I'm living a fantastic life! When you come from nothing to something, I can't be that mad at anything that's happened in my life. I'm pretty happy about it. You know what I'm saying.”

allhiphop.com

published on September 28 th, 2009

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Ja Rule talks Def Jam

Check out this short clip posted by Ja Rule talking about what it meant to be signed to Def Jam. Don't forget to check out VH1's Hip Honors on Friday 13th October where Ja Rule performs 'Always On Time' and 'Down 4 You' with Ashanti. Leave your comments on our forum.

published on September 24 th, 2009

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Ja Rule Speaks on the Vh1 Hip Hop Honors

Hip hop honors was a historic night despite the little mishap wit my sound and NO nobody walked out on my set me & x made up good night!!!

From Ja Rule's
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For pictures from the set check out our
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published on September 24 th, 2009

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Merc Montana featuring Caddillac Tah - That Blow Pt 2

Young Merc hooked up with his Pov City cousin and mentor Caddillac Tah to recreate a classic joint they did in 2008 titled 'That Blow.'  We all know Caddy isnt on the best of terms with Irv Gotti at the moment but that hasnt stopped him burning any bridges with Young Merc. Check out the joint below and leave your opinions on our forum. As always shoutouts go out to Doe Dolla, Buck 3000 and of course Sonya.


Merc Montana featuring Caddillac Tah - That Blow Pt 2


published on September 23 rd, 2009

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Harry-O 'Serious Business' featuring Boxie

Harry-O is back with a new track titled 'Serious Business' featuring Boxie. Harry-O has been missing in action the last few months but promises MIO he will be back in our faces soon enough and look out for an indepth interview with MIO coming soon. Big thanks to Doe Dolla and Buck 3000 for the track. Leave your opinions on our forum.

Harry-O featuring Boxie - 'Serious Business'

published on September 22 nd, 2009

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Ja Rule to Perform with Ashanti at VH1's Hip-Hop Honors

MurderInc-Online.com can exclusively reveal that Ja Rule will be performing with Ashanti at VH1's Hip-Hop Honors and we can also exclusively reveal they will be performing 'Always On Time' and 'Down 4 You'. Below is a photo of Ja Rule and Ashanti rehearsing that we borrowed from somebody on twitter. Leave your thoughts on our forum about Ja Rule and Ashanti reuniting for the Hip Hop Honors. The show airs Friday October 13th on VH1 but will be recorded tomorrow September 23rd.

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published on September 22 nd, 2009

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Ja Rule featuring Boe Skagz - Amerikkka

MurderInc-Online.Com has gained yet another exclusive track for all you Murder Inc/MPire fans out there. Ja Rule and Boe Skagz have given us a freshly recorded straight outta the studio titled 'Amerikkka' which samples the movie 'Team America' theme tune. Check it out below and leave your opinions on our forum.


Ja Rule featuring Boe Skagz - Amerikkka



published on September 17 th, 2009

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Exclusive: VVV 2010

MurderInc-Online.Com can exclusively reveal that the title of Ja Rule's highly anticipated new album will be titled 'Venni Vetti Vecci 2010'. Expect a triple disc release on Mpire Records and look out for that Rule York mixtape. Leave comments on our forum.

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God Bless America

published on September 17 th, 2009

Vote For Jenna

Please vote for Murder Inc affiliated artist, singer/songwriter Jenna to perform at the Michael Jackson tribute concert in Miami, also check out her brand new banger "Love You Back." Vote and listen to the new track here.

Also check out Jenna's independent release "The Radio Singles" here. And be sure to check out MIO's interview with Jenna from last year. As always be sure to drop your thoughts on our Forum.

Click here to follow Jenna on twitter

published on September 9 th, 2009

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Ja Rule to Perform at VH1's Hip-Hop Honors

VH1 recently announced its plans for the 2009 Hip Hop Honors scheduled to air on October 13th 9/8c. This year’s show will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Def Jam Records, a record label that has not only stood the test of time but put out some of the most successful and prominent names in the music business.

Hosting this year awards is funnyman Tracy Morgan, who also hosted last year’s awards. Joining him on stage this year is a nice mix of artist and celebrities including; Eminem, Jimmy Fallon, Brett Ratner, Trey Songz Fabolous, DMX, Redman, The Roots ONYX, Public Enemy, Ludacris, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, Kid Rock, Ja Rule, Chris Rock, Warren G, Gym Class Heroes, Mary J. Blige and Scarface.

VH1 is doing a few things different this year by asking fans to log onto HipHopVH1.com to comment on what they want to hear at the 2009 celebration. They also want to know where on the web hip hop fans go to for news and nightlife in the following categories; Best Hip Hop DJ, Best Hip Hop Gear, Best Hip Hop Radio Station, Best Hip Hop Site and Best Hip Hop Venue. Nominees for these categories and voting will begin on September 14th.For more info: HipHopVH1.com

published on September 3 rd, 2009

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