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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.

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Welcome back Ja Rule. This is a good album where all songs are good. Don't understand why this isn't in the top 100 album charts. I still think his old stuff is better, but this is still good overall. And for THE GINGER ONE BUT ACCEPTED he did an album in 2008, but wasn't released on iTunes. And for this album he did most of the material between 2008 to 2009. Then in 2010 he went to JAIL for gun possession and is still in their now...!! So don't tell Ja RULE that this album is bad and had 5 years to make it! Because if you was a REAL FAN you would know all what I've said and that he only had over 1 year to MAKE THIS RIGHT!!!! So if he DID spend 5 years on this it would probably be NUMBER 1 in every country as well as having NUMBER 1 singles in UK and USA!!


Long time coming brilliant album so glad ja rules bk, 50 pence is wack, this album defo needs to be in the charts


This is what you call hop hop
This is what you call great music
Ja Rule Has come bak in such a big way
It's amazing


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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