Posted by Bossip Staff
Ja Rule was featured in the December issue of S2S Magazine sharing intimate details regarding his upbringing. Before hitting the streets, he was raised in a Jehovah Witness household by his grandparents:
I had a difficult childhood. My grandparents were Jehovah’s Witnesses. So, as a young child, I had to deal with no birthdays and no Christmases. See people don’t understand that. When you’re a child, it’s worse than being made to go to church on Sunday. Like people complain, “I have to go to church. My grandmother made me go.” So it’s 10 times that. Do you understand? It’s no birthdays, it’s no Christmas, and it’s no being outside with other children that are not in your congregation. It’s alot of rules that are hard on children. So once I was old enough to go and live with my mom-which was about 11, 12-that’s when I ran wild.
Ja Rule talks about how his mother was shunned by the religion:
So they all treated my mom like this f@#king outcast because she had some drinks with her coworkers on occasion. It may have been even more severe than that, but who the f@#k cares? She may be dating a guy. Who cares what it was? It was minimal in society. So that f@#ked with me as a kid.
Ja speaks on his familiy’s relationship following his success:
Yes, she’s still shunned. but you know what’s funny? Here’s the funny thing. Once I became Ja Rule- It’s a little better now. And I’m not going to say that’s the reason why, but-
Funny how someone can be so strict but as soon as the money comes in, everyone is all smiles. Ja Rule is a good one. Just make sure you give your mother the best and tell the others to kick rocks.