Where on Earth Did Ja Rule Go?

CHART REFLECTION. So what happened to Ja Rule? In the early 2000s, this rapper ruled the charts but he has been somewhat silence lately. A quick online search revealed that he serves a 2-year old prison sentence, which explains it all.

Fat Joe Hit

WelcheMusic’s absolute favorite is the 2002 hit “What’s Luv,” where Ja Rule was featured as a guest artist on Fat Joe’s hit alongside Ashanti. Peaking at No.2 in the US, this was actually Ashanti’s fault as she claimed the top spot with “Foolish.” “What’s Luv” is built on 2Pac’s “Niggaz Nature” and interpolated the classic Tina Turner hit “What’s Love Got to Do with It.”

Hit No.1 with J.Lo

Née Jeffrey Atkins in 1976, this Queens native rose to fame in 1999 when he debuted with “Holla Holla.” His biggest hit to date is the duet with Jennifer Lopez on the Murder Remix  of “I’m Real.” Originally a europoop hit, the track was re-worked into a rap hit with street cred.

Ja Rule actually managed to go all the way to No.1 in the UK with the 2004 hit “Wonderful” which featured R. Kelly and…again Ashanti.

R.I.P. Nate Dogg

CHART REWIND. The death of Nate Dogg earlier this week saddened the hip hop community worldwide. Née Nathaniel Dwayne Hale in Long Beach, California 41 years ago Nate Dogg began his career in a local Baptist church.

He signed his first record deal with Death Row Records in 1993 upon being discovered by Dr. Dre at a house party.

Nate Dogg’s breakthrough was unquestionably “Regulate,” the 1994 track recorded with rapper Warren G. Taken off the set Regulate…G Funk Era. WelcheMusic also notes that is was included on the soundtrack to Above the Rim. The track became a worldwide hit, peaking at No.2 in the US and No.4 in Sweden.

The track samples Michael McDonald’s hit “I Keep Forgettin’” as well as dialogue from the 1988 film Young Guns. Above the Rim features the late 2Pac in a leading role.

Nate Dogg’s biggest hit was the 2003 chart-topper “21 Questions” as a featured vocalist on 50 Cent’s single. Featured on the classic album Get Rich or Die Tryin’ the track also made the top ten in the UK.

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