With the new release of Ja Rule‘s The Mirror landing online today (Juy 31) after a strong week of promotion, SOHH spoke with the Grammy-nominated rapper on what fans could expect to hear from the project.
Offering the full-length album on DoctorExclusive.com, Rule explained the project’s significance and why he decided to release it online instead of retail stores.
“The album was leaked already so I’m really just putting it out there for the people who didn’t really get a chance to hear it,” Ja explained. “There’s some extra records on there that I put on there that I didn’t necessarily record for The Mirror and there are a couple of records that were recorded for The Mirror but didn’t leak. A lot of people didn’t hear a lot of the records, so if you’re not a die-hard Ja Rule fan, then you probably didn’t hear a lot of the records or not at all…You gotta understand, The Mirror was made almost three years ago now so there’s a couple of jabs on The Mirror, I ain’t gonna front [laughs]…Newz is on The Mirror. He did a record on there called ‘300’ with me.” (SOHH)
Reports of the project’s release date made headlines earlier this week.
Welcome to Rule York Week – Day 2! New music from Ja Rule’s highly anticipated 7th album, The Mirror has been previously leaked — but due to an overwhelming demand — this sought after masterpiece will be available July 31, 2009, in it’s entirety for free download. Plus, log on daily to preview unreleased tracks exclusively at DoctorExclusive.com (Doctor Exclusive)
Rule previously spoke on the concept behind The Mirror in a 2007 interview.
“I have conversations with myself,” he explained. “I talk to the guy in the mirror. He never answers back; it’s always the same guy that asks the questions and answers the questions…But the funny thing about that is, it’s your moment of truth. You can’t lie to yourself. And I’m sitting there and I’m looking in the mirror, and I’m saying to myself … ‘This person you see in the mirror…you know who this person is, you know him very well. But is this the same person that your public sees when you walk outside? No. They don’t have a clue who the f— that person is in that mirror.'” (MTV)
Murder Inc.’s Newz recently spoke on his status alongside Irv Gotti‘s record label and forthcoming album.
“‘It’s Still Murda’ dropped a couple days ago,” Newz explained. Fire, featuring your boy Rule. You know what it is man. [My album] Hunting Season is coming. We got Ja, Game, Jadakiss, probably get a couple of R&B n*ggas or something on there…Lloyd still there. Ashanti there, Gotti said he’s gonna drop her but she’s still there. Rule there, I’m there…It is what it is [with 50 Cent.] You know what I mean, I ain’t got no problems with the boy, unless it presents itself.” (In The Box TV)
The Mirror is currently available for download via www.DoctorExclusive.com.
Check out a portion of SOHH’s interview with Ja Rule below: