Ja Rule is preparing to serve a two-year sentence for weapons charges and said in a recent interview that his long-running feud with rapper 50 Cent is over and that it was important to finish his new album before going to prison.
"I just want to put it out to the world before I go in," Ja Rule told The Life Files. "It's funny because, I'm about to go to jail, and my main concern is to make sure that I get this album done and out there for the fans."
Ja Rule is scheduled to surrender for his two-year prison sentence on June 8, the day after his new album "The Renaissance Project" is scheduled for release. The rapper also made an effort to wrap up his "beef" with 50 Cent.
"It's resolved now," Ja Rule said. "I'm cool. We ain't beefing no more. We'll never collaborate. That's just what it is... We don't gotta go to war, but we're not friends either. But we can coincide inside of a world. He's doing him, and he's not thinking about me, and I'm doing me and I'm not thinking about him."
Ja Rule, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, and 50 Cent have had a long-running feud, which has emerged in their music and recently in a Twitter war, after 50 Cent wrote disparaging things about Ja Rule. But the rapper said that he is embarrassed to have engaged in the argument.
"I was a little ashamed of myself to be even involved with that. Because I'm like, yo, I'm 35-years-old and I'm on Twitter beef? That's not something I want to entertain, but I'm a man first, so I'm reading (expletive) like him sending Tweets and little things about me."
Ja Rule's prison sentence stems from a 2007 arrest. In July of that year, police had said they found a loaded .40-caliber semiautomatic gun in his Maybach sports car following a concert in the city with Lil Wayne, who was detained separately. Ja Rule pleaded guilty at a New York court in December 2010 to attempted criminal possession of a weapon.
In November, Lil Wayne completed an 8-month prison sentence after reaching a plea deal regarding the same case.
Ja Rule is also scheduled to be sentenced on June 13 on three tax evasion charges and faces up to one year in prison and $100,000 in fines on each count.
. In March, Ja Rule said that he failed to pay taxes on more than $3 million in income and could face more prison time.
"So to the Feds very cooperative it's not tax evasion its failure to file and I'm taking care of it case closed #WINNING lol..." Ja Rule said on his Twitter page, referencing a catchphrase recently made popular by Charlie Sheen.
Ja Rule earned the money between 2004 and 2006. The Associated Press said that if plea conditions are met, the government will dismiss two counts against him for unpaid taxes on $1 million he earned in 2007 and 2008.
Ja Rule is known for songs such as "I'm Real" with Jennifer Lopez and his 2001 album "Pain is Love" was nominated for a Grammy Award. He has also has appeared in films such as "The Fast and the Furious" in 2001 and "Scary Movie 3" in 2003.