About Ja Rule
Ja Rule, real name Jeffery Atkins, is a famous American musician, rapper, singer and an occasional actor. Ja Rule rose to prominence in the late 1990s, whit his hit single “Holla Holla”. Since then he released several chart-topping hits, including “Between Me and You” (featuring Christina Milian), “Always on Time” (ft. Ashanti), “I’m Real” (with Jennifer Lopez) and “Wonderful” (ft. R. Kelly). During his career this rapper has sold more than 30 million records all over the world and was the best selling hip-hop artist in 2001. Despite all the professional success Ja Rule net worth is currently estimated at minus $16 million dollars.
Jeffery was born in 1976, in New York.
His father walked on the family when Jeffery was still a baby, thus the boy and his sister was raised by their single mother Debra Atkins and his maternal grandparents in Jehovah’s Witness’ faith. When Ja Rule was 5, the family was shocked by a great tragedy- his sister died from the sudden breathing complications, leaving Jeffery the only kid. During his formative years Ja Rule attended Public School 134, but his mother had to transfer him due to his constant fighting with his pears.
Ja Rule’s professional career began in the early 1990s, when the would-be rap star started to perform with a band Cash Money Click. In 1995 he appeared on Mic Geronimo’s song “Time to Build”. On this track he rapped along with DMX and Jay-Z, another future hip hop grants. In 1998 Ja Rule landed a deal with a pioneering hip-hop recording label Def Jam, which led to the sudden growth of Ja Rule net worth. Ja Rule’s first album Venni Vetti Vecci was released in 1999 and became an instant financial success. It sold over 180 thousand copies during the week after release and eventually climbed to No. 3 position on U.S. Billboard 200. This debut album received Platinum certification from the Recording Industries Association of America and added a solid sum to Ja Rule net worth. Jeffery’s second album Rule 3:36 reached the stores in 2000 and became even bigger hit. It debuted at No. 1 on U.S. Billboard 200 and sold nearly 300 thousand records during the first week. This was the most profitable Ja Rule’s album so far, although his other works we also commercially successful.
You are still wondering how is it possible that with more than 30 million records sold Ja Rule net worth is currently $16 million below zero? Well the rapper was sure enjoying his commercial success and leading a luxurious life. But for the biggest part his financial problems rose due to his legal issues. Various freedom restrictions, including a two year sentence for gun possession, hampered Ja Rule’s professional career. He also owes government a formidable sum for tax evasion.