Exclusive: Ja Rule Talks 50 Cent, Superhead, and Curl Kits

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Ja Rule’s crazy ass dropped the dirt on Bossip last week. In a two part interview, he tells why 50 Cent is a marketing genius, talks about smacking up 50 in a studio, and for the first time, discusses the Superhead book and how it has affected his personal life.

He also discusses his relationship with DMX, a night in jail with Lil Wayne, and his reaction to Irv Gotti’s comments about sleeping with Ashanti on Wendy Williams.

Part 1

Ja Rule snaps at 50 Cent and the real deal on “Superhead”.

Part 2

Ja Rule talks about his collaboration with Game, his relationship with DMX, the infamous night in jail with Lil Wayne, and his “naturally curly hair”.

See the text from the interview after the jump

Bossip: Today, September 11th we have 50 and Kanye both going up against each other. What do you think is going to come of that competition? Do you think 50 is going to outsell Kanye?

Ja Rule: 50 ain’t gonna outsell sh*t. Kanye gonna smack that n*gga right about now

Bossip: So, you are riding with Kanye?

Ja Rule: I ain’t riding with nobody. I’m riding with Rule. I’m just speaking the truth [laughs]

Bossip: Now you did say in a recent radio interview that 50 was sheer genius. You called him brilliant or I guess the way he came out. Could you elaborate on that?

Ja Rule: Well I didn’t mean to give him that much credit [laughs] but you know he was clever in his marketing scheme. He’s a marketing guy. He should be a marketing guy at a label somewhere and sh*t. He’s really good at marketing himself and promoting his projects or projects that are of his camp or whatever. ..that may not even be good projects but he knows how to promote them and have people gear up to go check them out. Like this album right here that he has out, I haven’t heard one good song.

Bossip: I get money? Not even?

Ja Rule: That’s like a Cassidy jack and sh*t.

Necole Bitchie: well, yea..

Ja Rule: Why wasn’t it that hot when Cassidy put it out? It’s f*ckin’ “I’m a Hustla”. Like n*ggas is crazy. Outside of New York you don’t hear that record like that. Go to like DC. Go right outside of New York. Go to Philly. Go anywhere outside of New York and you are not hearing that record. So it’s not that important.

Bossip: This is a reader question. He wants to know, how does it feel to know that 50 dissed your style and then stole it?

Ja Rule: It’s flattering to know that people want to attempt to do my style. And I’m not even gonna call it my style. I didn’t f*ckin’ reinvent the wheel with this sh*t. N*ggas been having R&B singers and sh*t on their records forever. You understand? I think what people mistake, is what I have done and why people say it’s my style, is because I kind’ve fused it a little bit more to where it is a duet. When I did “I’m Real” I wrote the whole record including J.Lo’s part. So when I wrote the record I said I was going to incorporate myself into this record. It was more than 16 bars rapping on the record. I put myself on the hook . We shared the hook. We went back and forth damn near on the verses. It was a duet. It was me and her record and THAT was the difference.

Bossip: um, you and 50 actually had a physical altercation in Atlanta and-

Ja Rule: [interrupts] and I whooped that ass

Bossip: and then again at Hit Factory where some of his camp sued-

Ja Rule: [interrupts again] and I whooped that ass again [laughs] Hey, next time ya’ll interview, ask him who is the only rapper that ever went upside your head with a crutch n*gga. Ask him the good questions and sh*t you know what I’m sayin’!

Bossip: Well you know..if we have the opportunity to ask him-

Ja Rule: [interrupts] Ask him out of all the rappers he ever beefed with who is the only n*gga that showed up at his studio session and let him know what it’s about. Ask him that!

Bossip: And they actually sued you afterwards, right?

Ja Rule: Absolutely! Absolutely! Uh , Marv Bernard, I think that’s Yayo’s name right? Marvin Bernard or some sh*t like that. Yea, he sued me. He got about a buck fifty. *(150 grand)

Bossip: So, you don’t think you’ll ever put this to rest with 50 and make some good music together?

Ja Rule: I don’t got no problems with 50! You know what I’m sayin’. I ain’t thinking about that dude. I don’t got no problems with him at all. But when people ask me about him, all I do is speak the truth baby. I never fabricated nothing about this man. He’s the n*gga that fabricated, and told all the stories, told all the lies. This n*gga is a liar. Everything about him is a lie down to his name. He took his name from another n*gga. Like who the f*ck does that? That’s like Chris Rock CB4 sh*t. Like who the f*ck takes a name from another n*gga? And now, you this n*gga? It’s insane, man. This n*gga’s Gusto from CB4. He done stole Gusto’s name and sh*t!

Nothing that he says is real you understand? He said he got shot 9 times. He didn’t get shot 9 times. He says he got 400 million for f*ckin Vitamin water, he didn’t get 400 million. Everything he says is a f*ckin lie!

Bossip: So you think he’s just… you know, fabricating just a little bit?

Ja Rule: EVERYTHING he says, he lies about. He fabricates you understand what I’m sayin’?… I haven’t .. it’s It’s…you know… Anyway, enough about that n*gga! Good Luck to him! September 11th!

Bossip: ok cool! September 11th, we’ll see.

Bossip: Alright, so you meet this girl out in LA, and you chill with her and a few years later she comes out with a book. What is your initial reaction when you find out that you are in this book?

Ja Rule: It’s crazy but people do what they wanna do. Like, I can’t knock her hustle at all. What she’s doing is what she’s doing.

Bossip: Right. Did you consider her like another groupie or did you really care about [pause] her?

Ja Rule: Nah, she was just a person that I met. She was just… I don’t..I don’t really know how to describe her

Bossip: Just a friend…ya’ll was chillin…

Ja Rule: We weren’t even friends like that. She was an associate. An acquaintance. Somebody I knew

Bossip: ok, but you made like three chapters you know…

Ja Rule: I mean-

Bossip: Like you carried through three chapters in that book

Ja Rule: [laughs] you must have read the book

Bossip: yea, you know, I gotta do my research

Ja Rule: you are funny

Bossip: It wasn’t hard to find you. The chapter was called Pain is Love

Ja Rule: [laughs] you are real funny

Bossip: When you met her, did she introduce herself as Yizette or was it Karrine?

Ja Rule: uhhh, I don’t remember

Bossip: you don’t remember?

Ja Rule: I don’t recall. I think… I…I don’t remember

Bossip: you know that’s crazy right?

Ja Rule: I think she told me both names.

Bossip: She told you both?

Ja Rule: I think she told me both names. Like one time she told me her name was Karrine and another time she told me her name was Yivette or some sh*t like that

Bossip: And you just rode with it? Like “alright, whatever”

Ja Rule: Nah, I said, “Your name is Superhead from now on” [laughs]

Bossip: ok, so you’re the one…

Ja Rule: nah, I’m just playing [laughs]

Bossip: oh ok, you crazy! [laughs] She said that Murder Inc…that was a running thing. Like ya’ll kind’ve, you know penned her Superhead

Ja Rule: [laughs]

Bossip: Ya’ll crazy! So did you enjoy the chapters that you were in? Did she paint an accurate picture or no?

Ja Rule: I didn’t um… actually read it

Bossip: oh, you didn’t?

Ja Rule: Nah, what does it say? What does she say? What does she say?

Bossip: She found out that your wife was 5 months pregnant and then she went off on you, throwing you know…glasses and stuff at you in the club and you let her go

Ja Rule: oooh sh*t! Hell no ain’t no sh*t like that go on [laughs] See what I mean, you know people write books they gotta beef it up, they gotta make it good, they gotta make it interesting for the people

Bossip: I mean, it was good. I was like dammmmmmnnnnn, okay

Ja Rule: That’s funny

Bossip: So, how did the book affect your personal life? Like, it has to affect you in some sort of way.

Ja Rule: Not at all, not at all. My wife she’s …she’s

Bossip: She knows what’s up

Ja Rule: yea, she’s not having that sh*t. She’s like “whatever b*tch”

Bossip: ok cool. You know one time they had the running rumor that you was in rehab and she was leaving you because of this book so…

Ja Rule: I was in Rehab?

Bossip: yea, well she didn’t put that in the book but afterwards the rumor was that –

Ja Rule: What you ab libbing and sh*t?

Bossip: no no! I’m telling you what, you know…what’s put out there. That ya’ll were, you know… on the verge of divorce because of this

Ja Rule: nah

Bossip: ok, well ya’ll all good. So if you saw her you know tomorrow, everything would be good? It ‘s all love? [pause] You know she had to get that money.

Ja Rule: Get your money ma. Ya know, go on and get ya paper [laughs]



Bossip: The industry has changed since you’ve been out. How do you think people are going to respond to your new music?

Ja Rule: I’m Ja Rule. People know me for what I do and I’m not a new artist you know what I mean. People basically know me for what I bring to the table and I got a lot of different records on my album that people may not be used to Ja Rule doing but you know… that’s part of being me too. I like to dare to be different so you know…It’s all good.

Bossip: Do you think your fans have betrayed you at one point in your career?

Ja Rule: I mean you know, the fans are the fans. It’s like, you can’t say they ever betrayed you or anything like that because that’s the business that we are in. You gotta have tough skin in this business and I definitely got tough skin. I’ve been in it for a long time, being doing it for a long time so I seen a lot of people go through their ups and downs and it ain’t nothin’. You just gotta keep pushin’ and do what you do. So as far as the people abandoning me, I don’t feel they abandoned me because they are with me right now, rockin’ with me, so it’s all good.

Bossip: What is your relationship like with DMX?

Ja Rule: Right, as of now, it’s really none. We don’t speak at all but I don’t have any hard feelings towards X. You know, X is X. I’ve known him for a lot of years and it’s always been a thing where we pity X. Like, when he says something crazy or does something crazy, it’s all like you know…that’s X. He’s on that sh*t or you know, whatever. It comes a time in your life where it’s like “We grown dog, like grow up. When are you going to grow the f*ck up? You got a family, you got kids. You got people that look up to you. You know, people you look after.” At a certain point you have to stop babying a grown man, you know what I’m sayin’. So Judas is not a diss record. It’s a real record, a tough love record.

*Sidenote* In the record Judas Ja Rule talks about his relationship with DMX and his “sister”.

Bossip: How did your collaboration with The Game come about?

Ja Rule: We had a chance to just chop it up, air it out, all our differences or whatever and once that was out of the way it was all love.

Bossip: Where you two beefin’ when he was ridin’ with 50 or like it was som-

Ja Rule: [interrupts] Me and Game didn’t know each other to have beef. You know, he was with a team, he was ridin’ with that team and you know, if you are a rider that’s what you are supposed to do. You see what I’m sayin’? If you are a real n*gga and you are down with a crew or whatever and n*ggaz got beef with the team across the street, n*gga you can’t be friends with them n*ggaz, if you down with me. You feel what I’m sayin’? So I understand it and I guess that’s the first part of us being able to talk because I understood his position, you understand? It was all good. He let me know it wasn’t nothin’. He was just ridin’ wit those n*ggaz and it was what it was. You know, he didn’t even know me like that. It wasn’t no hard feelings towards me, it wasn’t nothing. So, you know it’s all good, me and Game are cool. I f*cks with homie.

Bossip: You called Irv [Gotti], up to the stage on Friday. You all have like a close relationship, what is it really like?

Ja Rule: That’s my dawg! That’s my brotha, that’s my n*gga, man. We ridin’ this out for life, you feel me?

Bossip: What was your reaction to his comments he made about sleeping with Ashanti on Wendy Williams?

Ja Rule: I mean, hey, you know that’s him, that’s his business. I try to stay out of sh*t like that. It ain’t got nothin’ to do with me [laughs] you feel me? We all family but that sh*t ain’t got nothin’ to do with me. I try to stay out of their little shananigans and sh*t.

Bossip: He said that he felt that she was disloyal to the camp when Murder Inc was going through their whole legal situation. Do you feel the same way?

Ja Rule: See you probably didn’t notice the second verse of Judas.

Bossip: umm umm [no]

Ja Rule: But I speak on it

Bossip: okay

Ja Rule: When I gave my second little speech, I didn’t mention a name but I said my sister. I kind’ve gave it a hint. Ya’ll probably thought I was talking about my real sister.

Bossip: Yea I did, honestly I did. I had to you know..

Ja Rule: I don’t have any sisters and brothers baby, so you kind’ve have to read between the lines a little bit. Yea, I’m an only child.

Bossip: Do you still talk to her [Ashanti] at all?

Ja Rule: Me and Bon Bon?

Bossip: ummmmmmmm

Ja Rule: yea, I mean, I still speak to her. I haven’t spoken to her in a minute but I still speak to her.

Bossip: okay, cool. You spent a night in jail with Lil Wayne, what was that like?

Ja Rule: [laughs] Yea, me and Weezy did a night in the peeen [laughs]

Bossip: Ya’ll were in the same cell and everything?

Ja Rule: In the same cell,{inaudible} It was cold as a mutha f*cka in there but ya know..

Bossip: Working on another record

Ja Rule: [Laughs] A jail record [laughs]

Bossip: What is it like working with him?

Ja Rule: That’s my dawg man. Me and Weezy go back . I’ve been f*ckin with Weezy and Baby and the whole Cash Money crew for a long time so…

Bossip: And do you agree, he is the hottest MC out there right now, or atleast one-

Ja Rule: He’s definitely scorching them right now. He’s definitely the hottest n*gga out there right now.

Bossip: Yea, he’s doing his thing

Ja Rule: He’s on everything [laughs] When you are on everything, you’re the hot guy.

Bossip: Definitely. Do you read blogs? Like, do you read Bossip?

Ja Rule: No

Bossip: You Don’t! Now you know you said…when I met you, you said we be having you on the site looking crazy!

Ja Rule: I seen a picture you all had up there with my curls, my curly hair and sh*t

Bossip: What was up with that, though?

Ja Rule: Alright, First of all, let me clear it up

Bossip: yea, Please!

Ja Rule: That’s my natural hair. I have naturally curly hair.

Bossip: See we didn’t know, because you always wear it low

Ja Rule: I always wear it low

Bossip: Or you had it in braids

Ja Rule: I know, I know… But my hair is naturally like that. It’s no f*ckin chemicals in my-

Bossip: [giggles] Duke kit? …S Curl?

Ja Rule: Alright, it’s no f*ckin kit n*ggaz, alright?

Bossip: [laughs]

Ja Rule: And I was shooting a movie at the time

Bossip: oh, okay

Ja Rule: Yea, I was playing a surgeon and it’s a good thing ya’ll didn’t get the whole picture of me because they shaved my mustache, my beard and everything.

Bossip: oooh lawd! So you had a bald face and almost like a duke kit

Ja Rule: Yea, you know surgeons aren’t allowed to have facial hair

Bossip: okay

Ja Rule: So you know, they had to shave my face for the part. And I had my hair…and actually when you see the movie you are gonna laugh. They had my sh*t parted like..

Bossip: ooooh laaaaawwd

Ja Rule: oh yea yea yea, I was Bill Cosby in that mutha f*cka, but it’s all good

Bossip: Wait, so what movie is it?

Ja Rule: It’s called Don’t Fade away. It’ll be out later this year.

Bossip: Later this year? Okay.

Ja Rule: Yea, me and Mischa Barton. It’s a good movie

Bossip: And you have Furnace, a movie called Furnace coming out?

Ja Rule: Yea, Furnace will be coming out later this year too.

Bossip: Who’s in that movie?

Ja Rule: Me and Tom Sogmore. He’s a wild wild boy. You know the guy that had the sh*t out, said he had a tape on Paris Hilton? That was sleepin’ with Paris Hilton or whatever?

Bossip: Yea, that’s crazy, that’s him?

Ja Rule: Yea, he’s a great actor though. He’s a great actor but he’s a wild boy

Bossip: Okay, so you have The Mirror coming out November 13th. New single “Body”. When is that dropping?

Ja Rule: I’m gonna take it to video stations next week, I think September 18th

Bossip: September 18th? And the video was shot by Hype Williams?

Ja Rule: Yea, oh Hypish, Hypee

Bossip: alright, and it was a four day shoot?

Ja Rule: Yea

Bossip: And one more thing, Lloyd…Is he still with Murder Inc? I know some people think he’s with Jazzy Pha’s label.

Ja Rule: Yea, he’s still with Murder Inc. He’s still a Murder Inc artist

Bossip: okay, Ja thank you so much for calling in.

Ja Rule: No doubt babygirl

Bossip: People still ridin’ with you. They wanted to hear your story, you’ve been gone a minute

Ja Rule: yea yea yea

Bossip: And we’ll be glad to hear the new material

Ja Rule: Oh, yea, the album is crazy. I can’t wait to bring it to the people. You know how we do. November 13th is my day. Everybody better back the f*ck up!



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