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May 7, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Ja Rule took another step Tuesday toward life as a free man when he was released from a federal prison in upstate New York and headed home to begin home confinement for the balance of his sentence. The rapper, real name Jeffrey Atkins, was picked up around 10 a.m. by his wife, who drove him straight home, a source told TMZ . According to the federal Bureau of Prisons, his release date remains July 28. The 37-year-old will serve out his federal time in federally monitored home confinement, his rep told MTV in a statement.
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October 24, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
When 2 Chainz issued a cookbook , he focused on dishes that could be pulled off in the small confines of a tour bus. Boy George looked at macrobiotic cooking for his, while Coolio opted for comfort foods with a healthful twist (he termed it “Ghetto Gourmet”). Liberace's recipes were curated from his seven dining rooms. Enter Ja Rule, who found his inspiration for his new microwave cuisine cookbook during a recent stay behind bars. The rapper's recipes require a microwave, unshackled hands and not much else.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2013 | By August Brown
Pop-rapper Ja Rule had quite a streak of radio hits and Grammy nods in the early 2000s. Now he's nearing the end of a different streak - his legal woes. The 36-year-old, born Jeffrey Atkins, had been in a New York state prison on illegal-gun-possession charges, serving the better part of a two-year sentence. Upon his release, he promptly went back into a New York City clink to finish a sentence resulting from tax evasion charges. The charges stemmed from a period between 2004 and 2006 when the singer failed to pay taxes on more than $3 million in income, resulting in a bill of just more than $1 million dollars.
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October 19, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
Standing in front of his congregation at One Church International, pastor Touré Roberts made an impassioned plea: Go see a Ja Rule movie this weekend. "I'm excited about this film," the preacher said. "It's almost like God is taking it viral. It comes out this Friday, and we gotta go. " In the middle of a Wednesday evening service at a theater-turned-church on La Brea Avenue, Roberts was hyping up "I'm in Love With a Church Girl," a faith-based film that just debuted in about 500 theaters.
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February 21, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Rapper Ja Rule passed a big milestone in his legal struggles Thursday morning when he was released from a prison in upstate New York, where he's been incarcerated since June 2011 on a gun charge. But there's a twist: Along with the two-year sentence on the state gun charge, the 36-year-old has been working though a 28-month federal sentence for tax evasion. The sentences were running concurrently, which leaves him with time still to serve in the federal case - so he's out, but he's not yet free.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 19, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
Standing in front of his congregation at One Church International, pastor Touré Roberts made an impassioned plea: Go see a Ja Rule movie this weekend. "I'm excited about this film," the preacher said. "It's almost like God is taking it viral. It comes out this Friday, and we gotta go. " In the middle of a Wednesday evening service at a theater-turned-church on La Brea Avenue, Roberts was hyping up "I'm in Love With a Church Girl," a faith-based film that just debuted in about 500 theaters.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 9, 2005 | From Associated Press
Ja Rule apologized to the city of Toronto after pleading guilty to assault in an altercation at a downtown nightclub last year. "I'm just sorry about my actions," said the rapper, 29, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, as he stood on the courthouse steps Monday with his lawyer, wife and bodyguards. He received a $1,200 fine after pleading guilty to assault for an incident that took place at La Rouge Nightclub in June 2004.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 2001 | ROBERT HILBURN, TIMES POP MUSIC CRITIC
Boosted by the media exposure for his teaming with Jennifer Lopez on the "I'm Real" hit single and video, New York rapper Ja Rule is proving that he's also for real in the nation's record stores. His "Pain Is Love" album entered the national pop chart at No. 1 on Wednesday after selling 361,000 copies during its first week in stores, according to SoundScan.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 2000 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Debuting writer-director Robert Adetuyi's "Turn It Up" casts a harsh light on the dark side of the hip-hop scene. In this somber but vital drama, Pras (Prakazrel Michel, a founding member of the Fugees) plays Diamond, a Brooklynite with a craving for rap stardom so strong that he and his lifelong pal Gage (Ja Rule) have for some time been working as couriers for a Manhattan drug lord, Mr. B (Jason Statham), who also operates a luxe and trendy nightclub.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 1999 | SOREN BAKER
This former member of the underground rap crew Cash Money Click got his big break last year with an appearance on Jay-Z's bouncy "Can I Get a . . . " single, a radio hit that was included on both Jay-Z's Grammy-winning "Vol. 2 . . . Hard Knock Life" album and the "Rush Hour" soundtrack. Subsequent collaborations with DMX and others have created an enormous street buzz for the husky-voiced, hard-core New York rapper.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 7, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Ja Rule took another step Tuesday toward life as a free man when he was released from a federal prison in upstate New York and headed home to begin home confinement for the balance of his sentence. The rapper, real name Jeffrey Atkins, was picked up around 10 a.m. by his wife, who drove him straight home, a source told TMZ . According to the federal Bureau of Prisons, his release date remains July 28. The 37-year-old will serve out his federal time in federally monitored home confinement, his rep told MTV in a statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2013 | By August Brown
Pop-rapper Ja Rule had quite a streak of radio hits and Grammy nods in the early 2000s. Now he's nearing the end of a different streak - his legal woes. The 36-year-old, born Jeffrey Atkins, had been in a New York state prison on illegal-gun-possession charges, serving the better part of a two-year sentence. Upon his release, he promptly went back into a New York City clink to finish a sentence resulting from tax evasion charges. The charges stemmed from a period between 2004 and 2006 when the singer failed to pay taxes on more than $3 million in income, resulting in a bill of just more than $1 million dollars.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Rapper Ja Rule passed a big milestone in his legal struggles Thursday morning when he was released from a prison in upstate New York, where he's been incarcerated since June 2011 on a gun charge. But there's a twist: Along with the two-year sentence on the state gun charge, the 36-year-old has been working though a 28-month federal sentence for tax evasion. The sentences were running concurrently, which leaves him with time still to serve in the federal case - so he's out, but he's not yet free.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 9, 2005 | From Associated Press
Ja Rule apologized to the city of Toronto after pleading guilty to assault in an altercation at a downtown nightclub last year. "I'm just sorry about my actions," said the rapper, 29, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, as he stood on the courthouse steps Monday with his lawyer, wife and bodyguards. He received a $1,200 fine after pleading guilty to assault for an incident that took place at La Rouge Nightclub in June 2004.
BUSINESS
November 18, 2004 | Chuck Philips, Times Staff Writer
Broadening an investigation into criminal activity at music label The Inc., federal officials Wednesday arrested the manager of rap star Ja Rule for money laundering. Ron "Gutta" Robinson, 29, was arraigned on money laundering charges in a Brooklyn, N.Y., court and released on $500,000 bond. The indictment was handed down on the same day that Ja Rule captured the No. 7 slot on the nation's pop chart with his new "R.U.L.E." CD, after selling nearly 166,000 copies last week.
BUSINESS
March 25, 2003 | Jeff Leeds, Times Staff Writer
A federal jury in New York found powerhouse record label Island Def Jam and its chairman, Lyor Cohen, liable for fraud and copyright infringement in a dispute over a still-unreleased album that involves some of the rap world's biggest names. The eight-member panel sided unanimously with independent label TVT Records, which had accused Cohen and Def Jam of reneging on a deal that would have allowed TVT to release an album featuring rap sensation Ja Rule, now one of Def Jam's marquee stars.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2001 | SOREN BAKER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The success of last year's Hard Knock Life tour was a breakthrough for live hip-hop after a decade when rap acts had a hard time being booked in arenas, even as part of a package show. It opened the door for a wave of arena rap tours, including the Cash Money Millionaires-headlined Jingle Ballers Jam. One thing Hard Knock and Jingle Ballers had in common is Ja Rule, who performed as part of Jay-Z's show-closing set on the former and has his own spot on the latter.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2000 | SOREN BAKER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A rap group called the Murderers is already on trial--and it hasn't even released its first album yet. The Queens, N.Y., group, which features million-selling rap star Ja Rule, is the latest hip-hop group to find itself answering criticism about coarse language and violent imagery, but in this case the heat isn't coming from anti-rap crusaders--it's coming from the group's corporate backers.
NEWS
February 6, 2002 | Chris Erskine
We begin our winter weekend with a movie, "A Beautiful Mind," a good film, though not spectacular. If this is the best thing out of Hollywood this year, then your home movies may be Oscar contenders. "Let me get this straight," I say on the way home. "She slept with her professor?" "Things were different back then," my wife says. "Yeah," I say. "Coeds were tramps." "She married him and stuck by him," my wife says, as if that's some sort of virtue. On the couch at home, we watch a pre-Super Bowl salute, two days before the game, featuring a young entertainer by the name of Ja Rule.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2001 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's a given that Stevie Wonder's "House Full of Toys" holiday show benefits thousands of Southland children annually with the gifts it generates. Saturday's sixth edition at the Inglewood Forum also gave strong testimony to the gifts Wonder has given succeeding generations of musicians. Wonder's influence was felt nearly from top to bottom, from the soulful romanticism of singers Musiq Soulchild, Tyrese and Brian McKnight to the life-affirming music of India.
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