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), is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and actor from Queens, New York.Born in Hollis, Queens, he debuted in 1999 with Venni Vetti Vecci and its single "Holla Holla". Due to his hits with his collaborators, Ja Rule has earned four Grammy nominations, and has had six top-ten albums, two of which, Rule (2000) and Pain Is Love (2001), topped the US Billboard 200.From 1999 to 2005, Ja Rule had multiple hits that made the top 20 of the U. Billboard Hot 100 chart, including "Between Me and You" with Christina Milian, "I'm Real (Murder Remix)" and "Ain't It Funny" with Jennifer Lopez, which both topped the US Billboard Hot 100, the Grammy-nominated #1 hit "Always on Time" with Ashanti, "Mesmerize" with Ashanti, and "Wonderful" with R. During the 2000s, Ja Rule was signed to Murder Inc. Ja Rule was born Jeffrey Bruce Atkins on February 29, 1976, to Debra and William Atkins in Hollis, a section of the Queens borough of New York City.Jeffrey's father left the family when he was very young.Together they worked with producer DJ Irv to produce a number of songs, releasing their debut single "Get Tha Fortune" independently in 1994.After the group signed with TVT Records, the song was re-released through the label later that year as the B-side to their second single, "4 My Click".It eventually reached platinum status in the US due to the popularity of "Holla Holla".Ja Rule's second single, "Between Me and You", featuring Christina Milian, was released in June 2000 as the first single from his second studio album and became his first major crossover hit, earning Top 40 airplay and reaching #11 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Later in 1997, Irv Gotti was granted his own imprint from Def Jam, known as Murder Inc. Ja Rule was promoted as the label's flagship artist, and he continued to make guest appearances on songs by other artists, including Method Man, Redman, Nas, DMX, LL Cool J and Dru Hill.
The album later went on to be certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
The success of Rule promoted Ja Rule to international status, and made Murder Inc. The same success followed with his third album, which spawned three top 10 singles, two of them reaching #1.
He later appeared on Jay-Z's 1998 hit single "Can I Get A...", for which he wrote the hook.
It was originally planned to be Ja Rule's debut single until Jay-Z heard the track and requested it for himself.