Former Murder, Inc rapper Ja Rule is cashing-in on his second chance at life after spending time behind bars on a gun conviction by aiming to launch a family-oriented reality television show.
While nothing is set in stone, Rule’s potential reality series would give fans a closer look into his life.
“First and foremost anything that I try to do, I try to bring my professionalism and creativity to the table and I think with myself and Cris [Abrego],” the 37-year-old rapper tells VIBE. “When all of our minds get together, collectively we all get together, it’s going to be incredible.” Fans can expect to see a softer side of the Hollis native, who is also a husband and father to three kids: Brittany, Jeff Jr, and Jordan, with wife Aisha. “It is a good family show. Television needs more positivity, especially young black families to look at,” he explains. “To see that it is not just negativity when it comes to Black couples on television, but also a lot of good families out there raising kids and doing good things out there. And also have fun out there and it doesn’t have to be corny, but young parents raising three beautiful kids and doing it our own way and it’s special. Its got to have the edge, its got to be sexy, its got to be fun and that’s what people gravitate towards.” (VIBE)
Television producer Cris Abrego is expected to be involved and co-signed what Ja brings to the table.
“I’ve been in this business long enough to know that everyone thinks they belong on television, that they have a big enough personality, or interesting enough lifestyle, that regular people will want to watch them,” Chris tells VIBE. “Ja is one of those rare cases where it really is the truth. You can’t help but watch this guy. That he’s a legend in the music business, one of the greats, is almost beside the point. The simple fact is, he’s a truly memorable personality with a fascinating life to match. And we’re extremely excited to have the opportunity to create some equally memorable television around him.” (VIBE)
Last month, Rule’s ex-labelmate Ashanti spoke on him returning home and possibly making new joint tracks.
“Yes, I have. I spoke to him the other day and I’m super, super excited for him,” Ashanti said in an interview when asked if she had talked to Rule since he came home from serving jail time. “He is, he is in great spirits. [Muscles?] Oh my gosh, I told him, ‘What were you doing in there?’ … He has a studio downstairs in the house, that’s where he’s going to be all the time. … Hopefully we get it all popping. There’s no denying our chemistry. We might [get a collabo project]. He has to focus on his stuff right now.” (Hot 97)
The rap veteran spoke on nearly serving two years on a gun conviction and the worst part about prison earlier this month.
“I guess I’d have to say those nights you’re just locked in your cell, by yourself, and you’re missing out on what’s going on outside. I would call home and I’d be missing birthdays or anniversaries. I’d speak to my homies and they’d be out and about, doing what they doing. You kind of say, “Damn, I’m really locked up, I can’t enjoy the things that are meaningful in my life, I can’t enjoy the small things in life.” You in a situation that you can’t control. Then there were situations like [Superstorm] Sandy and [Hurricane] Irene, where we was getting heavy storms at the house and all the lights and things are down, trees and power lines are down. My family had to pick up and go to a hotel. Those are the situations that I handle when I’m home and my wife had to step up to the plate, play father and mother during those situations. She’s a soldier, so she made it happen, but I’m sure she wishes that I was there. You’re helpless in those situations.” (Complex)