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Ja Rule is one of the biggest rappers from the early 2000s, known for hits like "Between Me and You," "Always on Time" and "Put It on Me."
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He made his film debut in 2000 in Turn It Up. The following year, he made an enormous leap in his acting career by appearing the popular film The Fast and the Furious. Though his part in the film was minor, it allowed him to branch out into more noticeable film roles, including in Scary Movie 3 (2003) and Assault on Precinct 13 (2005),
Despite his fame and fortune, in recent years, Ja Rule has found himself in trouble with the law on several occasions. In 2004, the rapper pleaded guilty to assault charges. He faced a $1,200 fine for punching someone in La Rouge Nightclub in Toronto; he had been shooting a film there at the time.
In 2007, Ja Rule and Lil Wayne were arrested in Manhattan for the criminal possession of weapons. Ja Rule was found with a loadedand unregistered .40-caliber pistol in his vehicle following a concert featuring both artists. Ja Rule turned himself in and pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to two years in prison in late 2010. He began serving his sentence in June 2011.
Just one month later, in July 2011, Ja Rule was charged with income-tax evasion. In March 2011, the rapper pleaded guilty to the charges, revealing that he hadn't paid taxes on more than $3 million of income from 2004 to 2006. He received a 28-month federal sentence.
In May 2013, after serving 20 months of his two-year sentence, Ja Rule was released from a prison in upstate New York, permitted to serve the remainder of his sentence in home confinement—and to leave his home to fulfill his responsibilities as a performer, under the supervision of authorites.
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