Ja Rule

Rapper, Actor
Standing at 5'6, and known for his baritone growls, Ja Rule is proving that big things come in small packages. Ja Rule, born Jeffrey Atkins, became part of the rap scene in 1995. But it wasn't until three years later ... Read more »
Born: 02/29/1976 in Queens, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (58)

Follow the Rules 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Himself

Crime Partners 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Rap Sheet: Hip-Hop and the Cops 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Furnace 2014 (Movie)

Terrence (Actor)

I'm in Love With a Church Girl 2013 (Movie)

Miles Montego (Actor)

Once Upon A Time In Brooklyn 2013 (Movie)

Willie Davis (Actor)

Co2 2011 (Movie)

Bling Bling (Actor)

VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2009 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Don't Fade Away 2009 (Movie)

Foster (Actor)

Celebrity Cooking Showdown 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Assault on Precinct 13 2005 (Movie)

Smiley (Actor)

Back in the Day 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2005 (Tv Show)

Guest

Punk'd 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

MTV Soundtrack: Tupac: Resurrection 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Playa's Guide to Scarface 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Shall We Dance? 2004 (Movie)

Performer (Actor)

The Cookout 2004 (Movie)

Bling Bling (Actor)

Scary Movie 3 2003 (Movie)

Agent Thompson (Actor)

The 30th Annual American Music Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 45th Annual Grammy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Big in 2002 Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

16th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

2001 MTV Video Music Awards Opening Act 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Access Granted: Ja Rule 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Beef 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Diary 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

For the Troops: An MTV/USO Special 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Friday Night Super Bowl Bash 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Half Past Dead 2002 (Movie)

Nick Frazier (Actor)

MTV's New Year's Eve 2002 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Muhammad Ali's 60th Birthday Celebration 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

One World Jam: A Concert For Global Harmony 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 MTV Video Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2002 World Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 29th Annual American Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 44th Annual Grammy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The WB Presents: Teen People's What's Next 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

1st Annual BET Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

6th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Def Jam Uncensored 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Hard Rhymes, High Stakes 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

MTV Cribs Presents: How to Live Large 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

MTV20: Grab the Mic -- A Hip-Hop History 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

MTV20: Live and Almost Legal 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock'n Jock Super Bowl XXXV 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Spring Bling 2001: Beach Towel Throwdown I 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 15th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 28th Annual American Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fast and the Furious 2001 (Movie)

Edwin (Actor)

The Fast and the Furious Movie Special 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Backstage 2000 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Turn It Up 2000 (Movie)

Gage (Actor)

Da Hip Hop Witch 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Everybody's All American 1988 (Movie)

Football Player (Actor)

What's Next? (TV Show)

Actor
Music (21)

More Than a Game 2009 (Movie)

"Livin' It Up" (Song Performer)

More Than a Game 2009 (Movie)

"Livin' It Up" (Song)

Biker Boyz 2003 (Movie)

("We Did It Again") (Song Performer)

Biker Boyz 2003 (Movie)

("We Did It Again") (Song)

The 2002 Billboard Music Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Song Performer

The 2002 MTV Video Music Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Performer

Juwanna Mann 2002 (Movie)

("What's Luv?") (Song)

Double Take 2001 (Movie)

("Put It On Me" (featuring Lil'Mo & Vita)) (Song Performer)

Double Take 2001 (Movie)

("Put It On Me (remix)") (Song)

Exit Wounds 2001 (Movie)

("Feelin' the Hate" (featuring Funkmaster Flex & The Murderers) "State to State" (featuring Black Child)) (Song Performer)

The Fast and the Furious 2001 (Movie)

("Furious" (featuring Vita & 01) "Race Against Time Part 2" (featuring Tank) "Life Ain't a Game" "Good Life (Remix)") (Song Performer)

Next Friday 2000 (Movie)

("Can I Get a...") (Song)

Turn It Up 2000 (Movie)

("War (contains 'Lady Champagne')" (featuring Pras)) (Song Performer)

Blue Streak 1999 (Movie)

("Damn (Should've Treated U Right)" (featuring Plush)) (Song Performer)

Blue Streak 1999 (Movie)

("Damn (Should've Treated U Right)") (Song)

Light It Up 1999 (Movie)

("How Many Wanna") (Song)

Light It Up 1999 (Movie)

("How Many Wanna") (Song Performer)

Belly 1998 (Movie)

("Grand Finale" "Story to Tell") (Song Performer)

Belly 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

Rush Hour 1998 (Movie)

("Can I Get A...") (Song)

Rush Hour 1998 (Movie)

("Can I Get A...") (Song Performer)
Producer (2)

America's Party: New Years Live from Las Vegas 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer

America's Party: New Years Live from Las Vegas 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

Standing at 5'6, and known for his baritone growls, Ja Rule is proving that big things come in small packages. Ja Rule, born Jeffrey Atkins, became part of the rap scene in 1995. But it wasn't until three years later when he signed a lucrative deal with Def Jam that his rising star began to shine. Living up to the unwritten rule of superstardom, Ja Rule began to take on television roles and feature projects. He made his feature debut in the hip hop drama "Turn it Up" (2000). But his breakout role came a year later when he was cast as Edwin in the summer blockbuster hit "The Fast And The Furious" (2001). In 2002, Ja Rule co-starred in "Half Past Dead," which also co-starred Steven Seagal and Morris Chestnut, an absurdly plotted action flick that was duly blasted by critics. After a bit role in the David Zucker directed "Scary Movie 3" (2003), Ja Rule appeared as Bling Bling in the low-brow comedy, "The Cookout" (2004). Then he returned to action as a small-time hustler forced into defending an abandoned police station against a gang of crooked cops in "Assault on Precinct 13" (2005), co-starring Ethan Hawke, Laurence Fishbourne, Brian Dennehy and Gabriel Byrne. Mixed reviews helped sink this mediocre rehash of John Carpenter's pulp thriller at the box office, where it failed to crack the top five its opening week.

Relationships

Debra

Mother
Raised her son as a single parent

Aisha Atkins

Wife
Met in junior high school and married in April 2001

Britney Atkins

Daughter
Born in 1995 mother, Aisha Atkins

Jeffrey Atkins

Son
Born in August 2000 mother, Aisha Atkins

Jordan Atkins

Son
Mother, Aisha Atkins

Milestones

2010

Appeared in the action comedy "Wrong Side of Town"

2006

Co-starred with Danny Trejo and Tom Sizemore in the horror film, "Furnace"

2005

Departed from Def Jam records and took a hiatus from recording music

2005

Cast in John Carpenter's "Assault on Precinct 13," starring Ethan Hawke and Laurence Fishburne

2004

Cast in the comedy "The Cookout," which was scripted by Queen Latifah

2004

Released sixth studio album, R.U.L.E.

2003

Played Agent Thompson in the Wayans Brothers' comedy "Scary Movie 3"

2002

Released fourth album, The Last Temptation

2002

Co-starred with Steven Seagal and Morris Chestnut in the action feature "Half Past Dead"

2001

Portrayed Edwin in the blockbuster hit "The Fast And The Furious"

2001

Remixed and rapped on Jennifer Lopez's songs "I'm Real" and "Ain't It Funny"

2000

Made feature debut in "Turn It Up"

2000

Released second album, Rule 3:36

1999

Was part of Jay-Z's "Hard Knock Life Tour," the highest grossing tour in history (to date)

1999

Released his debut album, Venni Vetti Vecci

1998

Signed with Def Jam

1995

Landed a deal with his then group Cash Money Click; group only released one single before one of the members was incarcerated

1995

Began his career guesting on Mic Geronimo's "Time To Build," which featured Jay-Z and DMX

Became a member of DMX Ruff Ryder's camp, Jay Z's Rock-a-fella camp as well as Murder Inc.

Bonus Trivia

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In 2003, he allegedly punched a man in Toronto, who later sued Ja Rule. The issue was settled out of court.

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In July 2004, Ja Rule was arrested for driving with a suspended license and possessing marijuana.

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In July 2007, Ja Rule was arrested for gun and drug possession charges along with Lil Wayne.

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On Dec. 13, 2010, Ja Rule received a two-year jail sentence after pleading guilty to attempted possession of a weapon for his 2007 arrest. On March 8th, 2011 Ja Rule's surrender date for his two year prison sentence was set for June 8th.

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On March 22, 2011, Ja Rule admitted that he failed to pay taxes on more than $3 million in income, and he faces up to three years in prison.

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Ja Rule turned himself in for a two-year prison sentence on June 8, 2011 for pleading guilty in December 2010 to attempted criminal possession of a weapon.

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