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Ja Rule -- Checking into Prison

6/8/2011 11:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Rapper Ja Rule is currently inside a NY courthouse and is turning himself over to authorities to begin his two-year prison sentence in New York ... TMZ has learned.

TMZ spoke with Ja's executive producer, Seven, who was with Mr. Rule at the courthouse in NY moments ago. Seven tells us the rapper is still inside the building, waiting to be processed.

Seven tells us Ja spent some private time with his wife, close friends and family members before he was taken behind closed doors -- and the last thing he said to everyone was, "Real life is a fantasy, f**k fame ... I'm ready for this to get over with. I am focused."

The rapper -- real name Jeffrey Atkins -- was hit with the 2-year sentence in 2010 when he pled guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon -- stemming from a 2007 incident in which cops found a loaded semi-automatic handgun in his sports car.

060811_ja_rule_videoWe ran into Ja last week -- where he told us how he planned on passing the time while in the pokey.

UPDATE 12:52 PM PT: It's official -- Ja Rule is now inmate 07608730Q.


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hold ya head Ja!

1141 days ago

Mick Jagger    

So many racists comment at TMZ. Where I live if a White person is busted simply for possessing an unregistered gun they do not get any jail time. In case you losers didnt know, guns are a guaranteed right in the constitution. All the white people in the South can have them but a Black man cant have one to protect himself in crime ridden cities??? Its obviously just for protection. These laws are simply aimed at criminalizing people for being Black. Im assuming he has a felony conviction in his past that prevents him from legally owning a gun but he should get probation at worst. There are some seriou*****ers on this website...obviously a bunch of jealous cry-babies who probably work at McDonalds.

1141 days ago


Looks like he's going to get the pokey in the POKEY!!!

I got 2 words for ya....RUSTY TROMBONE!!!!

1141 days ago

an honest liberal    

A rapper going to jail on weapons charges?

1141 days ago


why do people on here always act like only blacks go to jail or do anything wrong? its like all of a sudden you forget about paris, lindsay, or the great charlie sheen. the greatest repeat criminals of hollywood to date. people also forget that rock music doesn't have a bad reputation as well. last time i checked there hasn't been a celebrity rehab yet without a rocker. there is something going on in every race stop taking your crap out on black rappers. eminem and vanilla ice are rappers and neither one of them are angels.

1141 days ago


How was it "attempted" criminal possession of a weapon? Sounds like it was more like "successful" criminal possession of a weapon to me.

1141 days ago


2 years for possessing a gun. Same with Plaxico. Those sentences are rediculous and way to much in my opinion. We have bigger criminals who could be occupying that lovely cell

1141 days ago


peace out Ja, u will sorely missed, cant wait for the album, Pain is Love gonna b a problem and im gettin right on dat ****fame tour

1141 days ago


@neko nation I haven't used the race card. I merely addressed all the ignorant comments on this site. People act like rappers are the only criminals in hollywood. If you look at the trends on tmz whenever a rapper is mentioned you get these ignorant comments about rappers and when I respond I am using the race card. Don't act like you have no idea what I am talking about because you do. I rarely come on tmz but this site is very ignorant and low class. Sometimes I can admit that the race card is used unnecessarily but whether you believe it or not sometimes people are in fact racist. I know crazy! In this day in age when in admit race will be extinct with all the biracial children coming into this world. Again just because you don't like the comment doesn't make it any less valid.

1141 days ago


Thats not his booking number, that is his New York State Criminal Rap ID number. Might want to get that taken off!

1141 days ago


So, he no gangta nymore? Stupid ******** moron.

1141 days ago

St Marquis    

Anyone have any idea where you can send letters to Ja while he's in prison?

1127 days ago


cant wait to get Pain Is Love 2 free the homie rule

1043 days ago

simon tersoo    

i luv ja, bt iam disapointed 4 him goin 2 prison again.

948 days ago
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