On the brink of serving a two-year jail sentence on a gun conviction, rapper Ja Rule recently reflected on his situation and confessed the guilt he has for his family.
Upset with himself, Rule thought about not being physically present for his family.
“I’m disappointed,” Rule said in an interview. “I’m mad at myself. My daughter, she’s 15 right now. These are her last couple of years. She’s about to graduate from high school, and she’s going to college. She needs her father. My boys really need me right now too, as well as my wife. They need Daddy, and Daddy f*ced up…This is something that’s bad, but there’s gotta be some good that comes out of it. Even if there are other kids that look at me and say, ‘Let me put my burner down.’ Even if it’s that, then there is something learned from my mistakes.” (MTV)
In addition to jail, Rule recently made headlines for failing to file federal taxes over the course of five years.
Rapper Ja Rule could go to prison for three years but likely will be fined after admitting in federal court in Newark today that he ducked $1.1 million in federal income taxes on nearly $4.4 million in royalties and live performance payments over five years. U.S. Magistrate Judge Patty Shwartz allowed 35-year-old Jeffrey Atkins, who lives in the tony Bergen community of Saddle River, to remain free on $500,000 bail pending a scheduled June 13 sentencing. (Cliffview Pilot)
Last month, a judge delayed Rule’s gun possession case sentencing in light of the tax situation.
Ja Rule is set to go to prison in June in a New York City gun case. On Wednesday, a judge set a June 8 date for the platinum-selling rapper-actor’s sentencing. His lawyer says he’ll spend the intervening months finishing a new album, “Renaissance Project,” and taking care of tax matters. The 35-year-old performer pleaded guilty in December to attempted weapon possession. He agreed to a two-year prison term. (Wall Street Journal)
Until his June sentencing, Rule is planning on the upcoming release of his next album.
“We in Miami doing it, putting the finishing touches on the [Renaissance] project,” Rule said in an interview. “Finishing that up and we’re getting started on [Pain Is Love 2]. Yeah, Pain Is Love 2. Yeah, it’s about to go down. The Renaissance Project, it’s got a real soulful vibe, a real music vibe. It’s rider music. When you listen to the album, it’ll put you in a different zone — I dealt with the women on the album, you know, different than what you’re used to. It’s kind of like grown-up conversation. When you’re young and you’re making records towards the ladies, sometimes they can be rather derogatory. ‘B*tch, h*e this, B*tch, that.’ So you know, with some of the records on this album, they’re more on an intellectual level when I’m talking to the ladies. It’s more of a relationship that we’ve been in for a long time that we know how to talk to each other verbally…” (Rule York)
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