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Ja Rule

Jeffrey Atkins, a.k.a. Ja Rule, was born on February 29, 1976. He’s a Leap Day baby. The rapper and actor grew up in Queens as an only-child. His mom suffered a miscarriage with his sister. From the ages of six to 12, Atkins lived with his grandparents who raised him as a Jehovah’s Witness. After serving a 28-month sentence for tax evasion in Ray Brook jail in New York, he found Christianity and starred the film “I’m In Love With A Church Girl” upon his 2013 release. He was also sentenced to two years behind bars for illegal weapons possession in 2007. Atkins began selling crack at age 14 and didn’t stop until he signed a record deal with Def Jam in 1998. His career peeked in the early 2000s with his albums “Rule 3:36” and “Pain is Love,” but is perhaps best known for his collaborations with Jennifer Lopez on the songs “I’m Real” and “Ain’t It Funny,” Jay Z on “Can I Get A…,” Ashanti on “Always On Time,” and Christina Milian on “Between Me & You.” Atkins and partner Billy McFarland face millions of dollars in lawsuits after their Fyre music festival turned out to be a disastrous failure in Spring 2017. Concertgoers were falsely promised luxury accommodations in the Bahamas and were instead put up in tents and fed cheese sandwiches, until it was ultimately cancelled.


Atkins met his wife, Aisha, in 8th grade and they have three children—Britney, Jeffrey, and Jordan. His family has appeared on the MTV docs-series “Married Life After Prison” and “Follow The Rules.” To learn more about Atkins, read his 2014 memoir titled “Unruly: The Highs and Lows of Becoming a Man.”

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Ja Rule's Fyre Festival
Bahamas Drops the Hammer ... New Party Rules in Effect

The Bahamas learned a hard lesson after Ja Rule's Fyre Festival crashed and burned ... and now the government is promising serious policy changes for future island events. Sources at the Bahamas… READ MORE >

Fyre Festival, Ja Rule, Billy McFarland Sued for $100 MIllion for Fraud and Lying

Fyre Festival
Ja Rule, Billy McFarland Sued for $100 Mil For Fraud, Lying

Billy McFarland and Ja Rule defrauded the chumps who plunked down thousands of dollars for the Fyre Festival in the Bahamas, a festival that more resembled "The Hunger Games" or "The Lord of the… READ MORE >

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Fyre Festival Cofounder Billy McFarland Admits Trouble from the Start (VIDEO)

Fyre Festival Cofounder
We Were Screwed from Day 1 ... But We'll Make Up for It!!

The cofounder of Ja Rule's disastrous Fyre Festival has lots of excuses as to why the event advertised as a luxury experience turned into what looked like a refugee camp. Billy… READ MORE >

- 387 days ago
Ja Rule Apologizes for Fyre Festival Disaster, Says it was NOT a Scam

Ja Rule
Apologizes for Fyre Disaster IT WASN'T A SCAM!!!

Ja Rule's broken his silence hours after his Fyre Festival was called off following a disastrous start ... and he insists it was NOT a scam. The rapper said Friday his main priority is "getting… READ MORE >

- 388 days ago
Fyre Festival Cancellation Will Cost Bahamas Millions

Ja Rule's Fyre Festival
Bahamas Blames Organizers ... You Cost Us Millions!

The crap storm of Ja Rule's now cancelled Fyre Festival hurts the Bahamas as much as it does concertgoers ... in fact, probably more because tourism is EVERYTHING on the island. Sources at the… READ MORE >

- 388 days ago
Ja Rule's Fyre Festival Promised Luxury But Delivered Refugee Camp Conditions (PHOTO GALLERY + VIDEOS)

Ja Rule's Fyre Festival
Promises of Luxury Delivers Refugee Camp Digs

7:20 AM PT -- The party's officially over. Festival organizers just announced ... "Due to circumstances beyond our control, we must postpone this experience. We are working tirelessly to ensure… READ MORE >

- 388 days ago
Ja Rule's Hosting a VIP Jet Party Before Fyre Festival in Bahamas

Ja Rule
I'm Hosting a Celeb Jet Party All Aboard to the Bahamas!!

Ja Rule will be the mile-high master of ceremonies for a private celeb jet bash ... just before they land at his Bahamas Fyre Festival. We're told the passenger manifest includes Victoria's… READ MORE >

- 407 days ago
Chance the Rapper Has 'No Problem' Rocking Mic with Ja Rule (VIDEO)

Chance the Rapper
Gets Chi-Town Props from Ja Rule 'No Problem' On the Mic

Ja Rule's shout-out to Chance the Rapper for all his awesome charity work turned into an awesome guest performance onstage. You're welcome, Chicago. Ja had a show Thursday night at Studio Paris,… READ MORE >

- 416 days ago
Snoop Dogg, DJ Khaled, Ja Rule Bring It For Super Bowl Celeb B-ball Game

Snoop Dogg, DJ Khaled, Ja Rule
Ballin' On Super Bowl Weekend

Snoop Dogg, DJ Khaled and Ja Rule hooped it up in Houston for Super Bowl Weekend. The trio was joined by other celebs and athletes, including Doug Flutie and Porsha Williams at NFL'er Antonio… READ MORE >

- 471 days ago
Ja Rule, Young Jeezy & Ashanti Cashing Huge New Year's Checks

Ja Rule, Young Jeezy & Ashanti
Raking Huge Dough To (W)rap Up '16, Sing in '17

Ja Rule and Ashanti are going Down Under for New Year's Eve but coming up HUGE. Check out the pics and scroll to see which stars -- including Young Jeezy -- are… READ MORE >

- 507 days ago
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