NEW YORK - DECEMBER 31:  (U.S. TABLOIDS OUT)  (L_R) MTV VJ Vanessa Minnillo, Lindsay Lohan and Ja Rule attend the MTV's Iced
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Ja Rule, the incarcerated 36-year-old former rap superstar who's serving 28 months for gun possession and failing to pay taxes, is apparently having kind of a sick time in jail. In an interview with the New York Daily News at the Mid-State Correctional Facility in upstate New York, the gravelly voiced Queens rapper spoke at length about his powerful new crew, including how they've convinced him to go back to school.

Some of Ja Rule's pals behind bars are disgraced corporate titans and politicians, like former New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi (serving one to four years on a corruption charge) and former Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski. Kozlowski may be best known for using company funds to buy an ice sculpture of the statue of David urinating Stoli vodka for his wife's birthday party, which is so outrageous it might have made Ja Rule feel like kind of a puny baller when he heard it.

"Outside, you don't meet guys like this every day. This place is amazing," Ja Rule said.

Ja Rule also mentioned that his fellow inmates convinced him to go back to school, but, like... Why? This dude is so rich, he could buy horses and ride them every day for the rest of his life if he wanted to (when he gets out), and now he's gonna be stuck in class? There aren't very many people on earth who I'd say shouldn't go back to school, but then again, there aren't that many people on earth who've sold 40 million records.