News: Ja Rule Sides W/ Rick Ross In 50 Cent Battle, "Check Me On That 'Mafia Music' Remix" [Video]
Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 8:00AM
Murder Inc. frontman Ja Rule recently shared his thoughts on the current Rick Ross and 50 Cent battle, announcing his appearance on Ross' upcoming "Mafia Music" remix.
Ja didn't just address the 50/Ross battle, he also discussed his feelings on former rap rival DMX.
"Yeah, it's f*cking hilarious," he said regarding 50 and Ross. "I'm sittin' back getting a good laugh and sh*t. But yo, check me on that 'Mafia Music' remix. Holla back. Ross, you know how we do, n*gga...X was cool. We used to run around and do everything together...He's locked up right now, I haven't spoken to him recently, but you know, I ain't got no beef with X. Me and X was real n*ggas. I don't think it's beef because X is not like that. (Street Heat)
The Queens, New York-bred emcee revealed plans earlier this year to drop a new album in the near future.
"New album coming real soon, I ain't gonna give nobody no dates," Ja said in an interview. "None of that 'We pushin' it back, we pushin' it back' so I ain't giving y'all no motherf*cking date. It's coming real soon. We finishing it up. It's f*cking crazy. Y'all n*ggas get ready. We gonna have a good time this year...[I got a] new jewelry line coming real soon. Y'all can go to Itshot.com to check out all the new pieces from the Rule." (Sub Zero DVD)
Rule's upcoming project will reportedly be his unreleased The Mirror album originally slated to drop in 2007.
From 2005-2007, as Irv Gotti's Murder Inc. operation fell into shambles, Ja Rule was quiet; he charted no songs on the Billboard Hot 100 during this time period. Toward the end of 2007, he attempted a comeback, first with "Uh-Ohhh!", featuring Lil Wayne, who was perhaps the hottest rapper of the moment, the song nonetheless stalled at number 106 on the Billboard 200. A couple other singles ("Body," "Sunset") also failed to garner significant airplay, and the planned November 2007 release of The Mirror was pushed back. (All Music)
The rapper was also engaged in a publicized rap battle with 50 in 2002.
"I didn't start this," Rule said in a previous interview. "I'm an artist who really went out there to make my records while asking myself, 'What can I do to elevate myself and do music?' People started making more records that had more feeling. All the artists came into it making records with feeling about different aspects of life beside the criminal aspect. And this is where the whole hatred really started for him and trickled down. I guess when he got his record deal, he felt the need to call my name and disrespect what I am doing, which is crazy." (MTV News)
Check out Ja Rule speaking on Ross & 50 below: