News: N.O.R.E Makes Huge Announcement: "Just Spoke To Ja Rule, Everybody Tell Him Welcome Home!!!"

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 11:14AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

New York rapper N.O.R.E. has the Internet in a frenzy after announcing an early prison release for fellow Empire State hip-hop artist Ja Rule.

While Ja has yet to speak out, N.O. proclaimed his freedom on Twitter Tuesday (May 7).

"Welcome home @Ruleyork," N.O.R.E. tweeted, referring to Ja Rule's Twitter account.
"Just spoke to @Ruleyork everybody tell him welcome home!!!" (N.O.R.E.'s Twitter)

Recent reports suggested Rule would remain locked up through late July.

The 36-year-old rapper left a state prison in central New York last week after serving most of his two-year sentence for illegal gun possession and went straight into federal custody in a tax evasion case. The Federal Bureau of Prisons says he has since moved from an upstate jail to Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center, which houses prisoners awaiting court dates or having short terms left on their sentences. The bureau said Thursday his expected release date is July 28. Ja Rule admits he failed to pay taxes on more than $3 million earned between 2004 and 2006 while he lived in New Jersey. (SF Gate)

A week prior, Rule bid farewell to serving time for his 2007 gun conviction case.

Platinum-selling rapper Ja Rule was set to leave an upstate prison on Thursday after serving most of his two-year sentence for illegal gun possession but head straight into federal custody in a tax case. The rapper, who had been in protective custody at the Mid-State Correctional Facility because of his celebrity, has some time remaining on a 28-month sentence for tax evasion, correction officials said. His sentences were expected to run concurrently. (CBS News)

In March, former Murder Inc. artist Ashanti talked about wanting to hook back up with Ja following his release.

"You know what," Ashanti told a caller during an interview when asked if she would be doing anything with Ja Rule upon his upcoming release from jail. "Ja is actually going to be home in, I belive, late July. [The rumor of him getting released a few weeks ago,] yeah, it didn't happen. I believe he will be out in late July and I know he's fiending to get back into the studio. We are probably going to get down, you know what I mean, and do something. [laughs] Yeah. [We made a good combination], yes, definitely." ("Sway In The Morning")

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