Ja Rule is an American rapper singer and actor. The grizzly-voiced rapper once had a net worth of $30 million but that was before he battled in court against gun charges and tax evasion and even served jail time. Currently, Ja Rule’s net worth is estimated to be in the tune of $5 million. Here’s more about Ja Rule’s rise to wealth and his current financial status.
Ja Rule Net Worth: How He Began
Ja Rule was born Jeffrey Atkins on February 29, 1976 in Queens, New York. He grew up as an only child in Hollis Queens and was raised by his mom and grand parents as a Jehovah’s witness. As a child, Ja Rule was diagnosed with dwarfism syndrome which made him a somewhat object of ridicule in his high school days. After getting into too many fights, he was transferred to another school, where he finally earned his GED in 2012.
Ja Rule in 1993, at the age of 17 decided to take his interest in music to another level, joining the hip hop group known as Cash Money Click. Fast forward two years later to 1995, Ja Rule together with upcoming artists like DMX and Jay Z made his first appearance “Time To Build” song by Mic Geronimo.
Four years after loosing out on his first recording deal, Ja Rule in 1998 signed with “Murder Inc. Records”, now “The Inc. Records”- a part of Def Jam Records.
Ja Rule Net Worth: Musical Success
After signing the record deal, Ja Rule’s first success in music came when he was featured on Jay Z’s single Can I Get A…,” which became an instant hit. In 1999, Ja Rule released his debut studio album “Venni Vetti Vecci” to become Murder Records first released album. The album peaked at #3 on the Billboard 100 and spawned the Hot 100 charting single “Holla Holla”. It sold over 2 million copies to gross around $2.4 million
Ja Rule achieved more success with his sophomore album Rule 3:36 (2000) which peaked atop the Billboard 200. Preceding the album were successful singles like “Between Me and You” ft Christina Milan, and “Put It on Me”. The album sold 276,000 copies in the first week of release and later received triple platinum certification. Album sales grossed almost $5 million, a double of his previous album.
The early 2000’s were undoubtedly the peak of Ja Rule’s music career when the massive sale of his albums brought him the multi-millionaire status. His 2001 album “Pain Is Love” enjoyed extreme success and is probably the rapper’s most successful work to date. It became his second chart-topping album and produced 3 hit singles which appeared on the Top 10 charts. The album also marked the beginning of his extensive work with songstress Ashanti; the two in August 2016 embarked on a collaborative tour known as Natural Born Hitters tour.
Some of the notable hit singles from the album included “Livin’ It Up” Always on Time” ft Ashanti which reached #1 and “I’m Real” remix ft Jennifer Lopez. “Pain is Love” has sold over $3.5 million copies, receiving triple cert from the RIAA.
Ja Rule released 3 more successful albums with Murder Inc. before departing with them in 2005. After taking a 4-year hiatus, he founded his own independent record label Mpire Music Group in 2009. The rapper revealed that “Coup De Grâce”, his eighth studio album would be his last.
For his works in music, Ja Rule has received 4 Grammy nominations, 3 Source Awards, 1 BET and MTVVMA awards.
Ja Rule Net Worth: Acting And Business Ventures
At the peak of his music career, Ja Rule ventured in Hollywood beginning with minor and supporting roles. He made his debut in 2000 film “Turn It Up”. He has since had a number of cameo as well as acting roles. Some of his notable movies include the first installment of the Fast And Furious franchise “The Fast And The Furious” (2001). Per reports, Ja Rule would’ve still been part of the now worth $3 billion franchise had his ego not gotten in the way.
Ja Rule has also made numerous appearances on TV shows including a reality TV show “Follow the Rules” that centres around his family.
Ja Rule has engaged in numerous business ventures beginning in 2004 when he started a clothing line ErvinGeoffrey in collaboration with Murder Records boss Irv Gotti.
The Mojito, a liquor company launched in 2006, Maven x Madden a male sneakers line in collaboration with Steve Madden launched in 2015. Ja Rule shills for credit card service company Magnises of which he is also helms the creative section.
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Ja Rule Net Worth: Problems With The Law And Dwindling Net Worth
Ja Rule’s problems with the law began in 2003. The rapper was arrested and bailed out many times on several violent and drug related charges. In 2001, he was arrested for gun possession and violence, as well as tax evasion, rapper pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to two years behind bars. He began doing time in June 2011 and was released 4 months earlier in May 2013.
Ja Rule’s absence from the music scene as well as the heavy fines he faced were evidenced in the rapper’s dwindling finances. However, with a couple of businesses in view, Ja Rule would just maybe regain his multi millionaire status.
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