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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.”

Ja Rule Teases Giving Fyre Festival Another Try Under 'Iconic' New Name

Ja Rule
Don't Rule Out Fyre Fest 2.0 ... It Could be Iconic!!!

You gotta admire Ja Rule's gusto because, despite the massive fiasco that was Fyre Festival, he's not giving up on the dream of making it happen ... for real this time. We got the rapper Thursday… READ MORE >

Billy McFarland Nailed for $2.8 Million in Lawsuit Over Fyre Festival

Billy McFarland
Nailed for $2.8 Mil in Fyre Fest Suit!!!

8:53 AM PT -- Although Ja is a defendant in EHL's lawsuit ... he is NOT on the hook for the $3 mil. The judge only hit McFarland for failing to respond to the suit. 8:32 AM PT -- Ja Rule doesn't… READ MORE >

- 11 days ago
Ja Rule Tells Fans to Yell 'F**k You' at Him Over Fyre Fest Docs

Ja Rule
Let's Get This Over With ... Leads 'F**k You, Ja Rule' Chant

Ja Rule wants his fans to get any pent-up animosity toward him out of their systems, so he's encouraging them to put a middle finger in the air ... and let him have it. View this post on… READ MORE >

- 17 days ago
Fyre Festival Restaurateur Maryann Rolle Says Ja Rule Should Pay Her $100K

Fyre Festival
Restaurant Owner's Demand ... Ja Rule Should Fork Over $100,000!!!

Ja Rule needs to put his money where his mouth his, and cough up a ton of cash to help clean up some of the mess he created with the infamously doomed Fyre Festival ... so says a restaurant owner… READ MORE >

- 28 days ago
Ashanti Calls 50 Cent an Internet Bully for Trolling Her Ticket Sales

Ashanti to 50 Cent
Hey, 'Officer Curtis' Stop Trolling!!!

Ashanti is giving 50 Cent a taste of his own medicine after he dissed her hard on social media -- labeling him a social media bully while using one of his least favorite… READ MORE >

- 117 days ago
Fyre Festival Organizer Billy McFarland Sentenced to 6 Years in Wire Fraud Case

Fyre Festival
Organizer Gets 6 Years in Prison

The fire is officially snuffed out on Billy McFarland's freedom -- the guy behind that disastrous Fyre Festival is going to federal prison for a long time. Thursday morning in NYC, a… READ MORE >

- 131 days ago
Ja Rule Guarantees Giants Will Make Super Bowl, 'I Said It First!'

Ja Rule
Guarantees Giants In 2019 Super Bowl ... 'I Said It First!'

Did you know Ja Rule is a huge NY Giants fan?? Neither did we ... but it's true -- and he's guaranteeing his favorite squad will run through the NFC this season!! "G-Men going all the way this… READ MORE >

- 185 days ago
James Harden's Dayclub Dance Party, Is That a Coffin?!

James Harden
Dayclub Dance Party ... Is That a Coffin?!

Wanna see James Harden turn up and dance his face off at a dayclub party in West Hollywood? Well, here ya go! The Houston Rockets superstar hit up Penthouse Dayclub on Sunday -- where stars like… READ MORE >

- 204 days ago
Ashanti is Clueless Nelly Cut Off His Dad After Their Hangout

On Hanging With Nelly's Dad ... I'm All About Love

Ashanti didn't know her ex-bf, Nelly, had cut ties with his dad after she shared a video of herself hanging backstage with him, but she's hoping father and son will reconcile.  We… READ MORE >

- 236 days ago
Conor McGregor's Bail to Be Set at $50k, Will Be Allowed to Fly to Ireland

Conor McGregor
Bail to Be Set at $50k ... Will Be Allowed to Fly Home

Conor McGregor will be allowed to board his jet and return back to Ireland as soon as he posts his $50,000 bail ... this according to his bail bondsman.  We spoke with Ira Judelson -- who's… READ MORE >

- 319 days ago
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