Ja Rule – American rapper, songwriter, producer, and actor
Jeffrey Bruce Atkins was born on 29 February 1976 in New York. He started reading rap in 1993 when he was part of the band Cash Money Back. Back then, Atkins adopted a pseudonym, Ja Rule.
In 1998, he signed a contract with Murder Inc. Records. The same year, the single “Can I Get A...", written by Jay-Z with Ja Rule and Amil came out. This song was supposed to be Atkin’s solo work, however, Jay-Z liked it too much to let go. The single turned out to be one of the most successful tracks in Jay-Z’s career. It reached the 19th spot of Billboard Hot 100 and made it into many world charts. It helped the aspiring musician Ja Rule to earn some popularity as well.
In 1999, Ja Rule released his debut album, Venni Vetti Vecci. Even though the critics didn’t give the LP too many positive reviews, it debuted on the 3rd spot of Billboard 200 and topped Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. A year after the release, the LP earned a platinum status in the USA.