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Album Review

After numerous delays, the sequel to Ja Rule's 2001 break-out album finally arrived in 2012, just as the man behind it began serving a 28-month prison sentence for tax evasion. PIL2, which was titled Pain Is Love, Vol. 2 until the last second, winds up an ambitious, conceptual effort where fame is a bitter pill and leads to massive downfalls, like prison. These stories are told with Rule's DMX-like growl and some surprisingly bright production, where lines like "we make love like porn stars" ("Superstar") sound more Kardashian than Dirty Debutantes. VIP room regulars have never had a better strip club anthem than the slow and sultry "Black Vodka," but after popping bottles all night, the plaintive plea "Drown" is a jarring left turn that feels like misplaced sober talk, even with great lines like "Please help me/I tested positive for being a sh*t." Strange to gravitate toward the party and crossover numbers on an album that aims to be honest over all else, but with a little effort from the listener, PIL2 can be rearranged into something much more sensible, maximizing the impact of the dark numbers. Of course, anyone who's had a regretful relative, friend, or associate hauled away by the cops knows that unfinished feeling, and that PIL2 is much more than Ja Rule rushing to state his case before the doors slam is way above admirable. It's enough for fans to ignore the flaws of PIL2, and enough to keep them faithful during the coming drought.

Customer Reviews


PIL2 is a Hell of an emotional album as a finished product. You can tell Ja Rule and Seven Aurelius put their minds, hearts and souls into this one. It's a real journey. It's like a fighter going out there, slugging it out for 12 rounds 'til they got nothing left and collapsing after their hand gets raised. There's a sadness resonating throughout, the same feel you get from listening to a 2Pac song and knowing he's gone. I think that's how Ja feels about hip-hop; he lost what he loves and really misses it. He really peeled back the layers and gave it to us raw here, no pause. Amazing album.

its a great album but

The best single isn't on there! This verison on the album of 'spun a web' is awful. I fel kinda ripped because I bought the album on hearing that single.
It is a good album though, and a lot better than little wayne etc

Best Album of the year so far.......

Before i start, im not one of ja's biggest fans. I didnt like how he went from grimey hip hop to rnb. Sure he has a great catalog of hits but i prefered him when he was solely hip hop.

This album is flawless. Lyrical content is there. He is not rapping about money and cars and guns that much. The album is the real deal. The only thing that could detract from the album is he has no stand out features BUT that dosent matter. Judging from the art work, skits and some of the lyrics. Ja wanted this album to fully focus on himself with no distractions.

Ja does straight hip hop on real life fantasy, believe and parachute. Those songs are awesome. Real life fantasy is about ja's fame and fortune and everything falling apart and going to prison. Parachute is about falling from fame. On these songs ja sounds the same as he did in 1999. Which was a nice reminiscence from the 'golden hip hop era'.

To the top, drown and black vodka are those smash hits what he does for the ladies. Theres a mix of everything in this album. Im shocked by the quality of the album overall.

To end this review i would say ja still has a place in hip hop aslong as he can keep bringing this level of qualty. Are we witnessing the greatest comeback in hip hop history? Impossibles nothing.


Born: 29 February 1976 in Queens, New York, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

As the flagship artist for producer Irv Gotti's Def Jam-affiliated Murder Inc. label, Ja Rule became one of the rap industry's most commercially successful artists during the early 2000s, working closely with the hitmaking producer and his stable of talent. Born Jeffrey Atkins on February 29, 1976, in Queens, New York, Ja Rule established himself with Venni Vetti Vecci (1999), a hardcore debut album similar in style to the rugged thug rap then popularized by DMX and the Ruff Ryder collective. On...
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