February 29, 2016

Listicle

Happy Birthday, Ja Rule! His 10 Best Collaborations, Ranked

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For millennials like me, Ja Rule was no doubt one of the most entertaining, hit-making rappers of the early 2000s. For a large chunk of his career, he mastered the recipe of making catchy mainstream singles that some of his rap counterparts could only dream of.

So in celebration of his 40th birthday today (Feb. 29), as well as the announcement of his purported final solo album Coup De Grace, I decided to rank the Queens-bred artist’s best collaborations since his 1999 debut into the music game. While it was a fairly tough list to make (trust me, as a Bronx native it was painful to cut his 2004 “New York” single with Fat Joe and Jadakiss), it just goes to show how timeless—yes, give him his deserved credit, please—Ja Rule’s music truly is.

#1“Down 4 U” with Ashanti, Charli Baltimore and Vita (2002)
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