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Today In Hip Hop History: Ja Rule Drops His ‘Venni Vetti Vecci’ Album 21 Years Ago

On this day in Hip Hop history, Queens rapper Ja Rule released his debut LP Venni Vetti Vicci. As the first release ofrom Irv Gotti‘s Murder Inc. record label, this project carried a lot of weight on its shoulders as the breakthrough for not only Ja Rule’s career but the career and integrity of Murder Inc Records as a whole.

Fortunately enough, the album was a hit and launched Ja Rule and Murder Inc. up among the ranks of some of New York’s most respected and successful rappers. Ja Rule’s force, style, and energy blended perfectly with and help grow the popularity of the East Coast hardcore movement that was taking place in the late 90s and early 2000s.

The mix of high energy, club jam production and hardcore gangster lyricism is what made this album so appealing. Although it could be said that Ja Rule wasn’t the greatest with the pen, the party appeal of this project kept it flying off the shelves in record stores across the country. The album’s commercial reception was more than any one could ask for a debut album peaking at #1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop chart and #3 on the Billboard 200 chart all while going platinum in the year of its release.

Following this album, Ja Rule went on to have quite a successful career. With the help of Murder Inc., Ja Rule was able to rise to become one of the most popular brands in Hip Hop during the first half of the 2000s. He has since released seven solo studio albums, including Coup de Grâce which was released this past year.

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‘Untold Stories of Hip Hop’ Set to Air Special Quarantine Edition

Summer hip-hop concerts may have been put on hold, but the stories will continue as WE tv’s Untold Stories of Hip Hop: In Quarantine will air a special extension episode on Thursday, May 28th.

Hosted by legendary hip-hop artist and radio host Angie Martinez, will focus on how some of the industry’s hottest stars are navigating the current situation of quarantine and social distancing like the rest of us.

Some of the show’s staple stars, including Fat Joe, Ja Rule, Nelly, and more, are expected to join Martinez as they look back at their original, illuminating interviews, catch up on what’s happened in their lives and careers since then and during the recent pandemic and quarantine, and reveal new untold stories along the way.

The special episode is expected to follow the show’s traditional format in which Martinez invites friends from the hip-hop industry and pop culture to join her over drinks, games, and more, as they dish on the industry’s never-before-heard stories of what went down behind the scenes.

While Martinez will not be able to host her guests in person, the special will be held as a virtual viewing party using Zoom technology. Martinez and her guests are  also expected to be virtually joined by celeb fans eager to share their own takes on what went down.

During season one, Untold Stories of Hip Hop featured never-before-told tales from the biggest names in hip hop, including interviews with Cardi B, Snoop Dogg, Queen Latifah, Ice Cube, Nelly, A$AP Rocky, DJ Khaled, Wyclef Jean, and more icons and upcoming artists.

For viewing options, visit https://www.wetv.com/shows/untold-stories-of-hip-hop.

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[WATCH] Fat Joe Tells Ashanti That Ja Rule And Irv Gotti Wanted Jennifer Lopez For ‘What’s Luv’

Bronx rap icon Fat Joe had some startling info for Long Island songstress Ashanti; Murder Inc. wanted J Lo to song on her smash hit “What’s Luv” featuring Ja Rule and himself.

While chopping it up on Live with Ashanti, Joe Crack recalled the time when Ja Rule and Murder Inc. label honcho Irv Gotti hit him up in the middle of the night for a studio session. Joe said that they played the song’s remix with Ashanti on it, but say that Ja And Irv disclosed that they wanted Jennifer Lopez on the track instead.

Authentically upset and surprised at Irv, Ashanti replied, “He stayed pulling records or trying to pull records from me.”

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50 Cent Calls Irv Gotti a ‘Sucker Ass N***a’ and Issues Warning Over Borrowed Money

In his forever beef with Ja Rule, 50 Cent also let Irv Gotti know he isn’t exempt. After 50 hit Big T for some cash owed and set a deadline for Monday, he would double down and call out Irv Gotti.

“You best be coming with that bread you borrowed from Big T in Encino you sucker ass nigga,” 50 wrote. “You didn’t got see him or put nothing on his books. Yeah he home now so you can stretch out to him or get stretched.”

Southwest T, one of the leaders of the Black Mafia Family, is currently out of prison on serving home confinement due to COVID-19 concerns. Efforts are currently underway to also have Big Meech released. You can see Fif’s message to T here.

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50 Cent Thinks Snoop Dogg is More Fitting Competition Than Ja Rule for Verzuz Battle

The people have spoken loud and clear when they said they wanted a Verzuz battle between rivals, 50 Cent and Ja Rule.

The Murder Inc. rapper was all for doing it for the culture, but 50 immediately shut down the idea and teased that Ja wants to do it for attention. The closest thing we got to the highly-demanded battle was a hypothetical battle on Hot 97.

On an interview with Big Boy, Fifty claimed that it didn’t even make sense for him to go against Ja and suggested that Snoop Dogg’s catalog is more of a competition for him. “It would make more sense, catalog wise — me and Snoop. ‘Cause we would be able to compete every step of the way. Ja Rule? He got like five, six good duets,” Fif explained. “They’re all doable records but they’re someone else’s,” he added. “Stevie Wonder, ‘Do I Do’!”

We’re all bored in the house and in the house bored, so the “Holla Holla” rapper caught wind of the comments and responded expeditiously. “He don’t want that pressure,” Ja wrote with a laughing emoji. “And Snoop [out] ya league bra,” he added.

Ja Rule has a point. Snoop’s catalog and impact dates at least a decade before 50 broke out on the scene. Do you think that will be a fair match or should Fif’ just battle Ja?

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Ja Rule Wants 50 Cent To Put Respect On His Name: “Let’s Be Honest I Musically Influenced 50”

Ja Rule Selfie Clip Moment

New York rapper Ja Rule wants 50 Cent to put some respect on his name. The hip-hop veteran is acknowledging the influence he’s had on longtime rap foe 50.

Ja Rule Wants R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Ja went online this week to share his thoughts on the possibility of going on a hits face-off against 50. Rule took things a step further by saying he’s responsible for influencing his rap nemesis’ music.

“Haha cute lil battle but let’s be honest I musically INFLUENCED 50… let’s talk about!!! Lmao” -Ja Rule’s Twitter

Ja Rule wants 50 Cent to admit he influenced him

“I just wanna say that it’s all love from my side never scared to compete I was asked would I do a verzuz with 50 and I said of course I don’t back down lol… I stand by my catalog and the records I’ve written for others I LOVE HIP HOP… #fortheculture

“I love the fans y’all go super hard for this sh*t…”

50 Cent Rejects Face-Off Challenge

50 Cent went to his social media pages Tuesday and didn’t hold back in roasting Ja Rule. In addition to rejecting the challenge, Fif also clowned Rule for trying to get attention.

“who want to battle, 😆and here’s a moment of silence for the still sick and suffering. LOL #abcforlife#starz #powerbook2,3,4,5 #Fox #BMF#needattention call 50 #bransoncognac #lecheminduroi #g-unitfilms #g-unitbooks #g-unitrecords” -50 Cent’s Twitter

“Stupid #fryfestival

50 Cent posted this meme to roast Ja

Wait, There’s More

This week, footage surfaced across social media showing Rule telling his longtime New York pal Fat Joe he’s down to take on Fif. Ja also promised he would behave and not turn things ugly if the bout does go down. Watch below as Ja Rule challenges 50 Cent for a battle.

“I want all the smoke but I’ll behave. [laughs] I promise I’ll behave!”

Ja Rule challenges 50 Cent to a battle. Which veteran rapper would you put your money on?

Before You Go

A few months ago, Ja asked fans to weigh-in on if he or his longtime rap foe 50 Cent had a better discography.

Ja Rule asked fans to weigh-in on who had the better discography between him and 50 Cent

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50 Cent Suggests Ja Rule Wants to Battle Him for Attention

The Verzuz series curated by Timbaland and Swizz Beatz have been the highlight of the quarantine. Hip-Hop fans are eager to see sworn enemies, 50 Cent and Ja Rule, go hit-for-hit on Instagram live but that may never happen.

Fat Joe and Swizz were on the phone talking about the possibilities of the battle which prompted Fat Joe to call Ja and surprisingly he agreed to it. The only thing that was standing in the way was Fifty, and we all know he’s King Petty!

Fif’ who is an active Instagram user, made his first post of the day around 10:00 pm giving a “moment of silence for the sick and suffering.”

The mogul followed up with a post of Ja’s face edited on to a homeless man holding a cardboard that reads, “I will battle 50 Cent for attention.”

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👀Stupid #fryfestival

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This will be a huge moment for the culture if 50 Cent can put his ego aside because they both have timeless hits and will put on a good battle.

But it looks like it’s never happening and the only thing we can do is continue debating about who we think would win on Twitter *Kanye shrugs*

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Ja Rule to Donate 3,000 Masks to Homeless in NYC

Ja Rule is partnering with David Prince of Prince Management and charity group Knock, Knock Give a Sock to donate thousands of masks to the homeless in his hometown.

“Unfortunately masks are going to be a new way of life,” he told Page Six. “The homeless population are people we often forget about. These are the people who can’t stay home and social distance. But they are part of our society.”

He added, “They are hard working people but now this is becoming a real situation that they cannot dig out of and now families can end up on the street.”

Ja Rule is also coming out with his own line of fashionable face masks for his brand, Iconn, which are going for twenty beans. Every time a mask is purchased, he’ll donate one. “I wear a mask every day — that’s why I want to make something cool, because the one I had looked whack. I needed something to go with my ‘fit.” He added, “So I’m gonna have fun with it.”

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Look: Irv Gotti Gives Ja Rule A Huge B-Day Shout-Out + Declares True Loyalty – “My N*gga’s 11th Birthday”

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Rap executive Irv Gotti knows February 29th is a special day. The hip-hop mogul has saluted his longtime friend and Murder Inc. legend Ja Rule on his born day. Look and comment below!

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Look: Irv Gotti Gives Ja Rule A Huge B-Day Shout-Out + Declares True Loyalty – “My N*gga’s 11th Birthday”

Irv Gotti

Rap executive Irv Gotti knows February 29th is a special day. The hip-hop mogul has saluted his longtime friend and Murder Inc. legend Ja Rule on his born day. Look and comment below!

The post Look: Irv Gotti Gives Ja Rule A Huge B-Day Shout-Out + Declares True Loyalty – “My N*gga’s 11th Birthday” appeared first on .

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