Before there was Drake, there was Ja Rule (real name Jeffrey Atkins) on his rapping/singing bit. His hits helped him stay on top of the game in the 90s to early 00s. Despite the public beefs he had, the face of Murder Inc is a legend on his own accord. Unfortunately, his past mistakes caught up with him and he had to pay his dues for the alleged crimes he committed. After spending over two years in jail, the rapper is back but with a new message, God. From his film In Love With a Church Girl to his persona, Rule is riding the church wave and is spreading his wealth around. He stopped by The Breakfast Club and chatted to the gang (Charlamagne Tha God, Angela Yee, and DJ Envy) about being saved, Christianity, Mase, and his rap career. Check out a few excerpts of the conversation.
On His Rap Career:
Ja Rule: After jail you have stupid sh*t on your mind. Right now musically I want to do something that’s incredible and different but still Ja Rule. My new album’s called Genius Loves Company. And I’m calling all the genius minds of music to collab with me on this album. Hopefully I’ll grab Prince, Stevie Wonder, Hov holler at me, people that are just incredibly dope musically and understand music and get it in a different way. I want to work with all these people. I understand music and I feel music and I know when its not right.
On Being Saved:
Ja Rule: When I went to jail and came home, I kind of reconnected with god by doing I’m in Love With a Church Girl. I was going to different churches, like doing a church tour—me and Adrienne—and I kind of reconnected with God in a different way. We went to all these different churches and they were great churches but I didn’t feel they were talking to me until I went to Hillsong Church and a pastor named Carl Lentz, he came out on stage and started preaching. I kid you not–the church is inside a club; they turn the church into a club on Sundays—it was a different type of crowd, then the pastor comes out and he might of been wearing what you got on, tatted up. When I seen him, he had jays on, jeans, and shirt but he started to preach and I felt like he was talking to me. I got saved at the church, me