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OTRC: Ja Rule released from prison after 2 years, now on house arrest

Ja Rule appears in a photo from his official Facebook on May 7, 2013. (facebook.com/mpiremusic)

Ja Rule has been released from prison after serving about two years of his 28-month sentence.

The 37-year-old rapper, who plead guilty to failing to file tax returns over a five year period and attempted criminal posession of a weapon, was released from prison on Tuesday, May 7, according to Reuters.

Ja Rule is set to be under house arrest until July 28, according to a spokesperson for the rapper.

"The Rule York team is very proud and excited to announce that Ja Rule has been released from prison!" his official website read, also promoting the rapper and producer's Twitter handle, @ruleyork.

The performer, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, was sentenced to 28 months in prison after he failed to pay $1.1 million in taxes between 2004 and 2008. He was also sentenced to two years in prison for possessing a .40-calliber semi-automatic handgun, which police found hidden in his car after a 2007 performance.

Ja Rule, who is now the CEO of his own record-label, Mpire Records, served both of his sentences at the same time.

On February 21, the "I'm Real" rapper was released from an upstate prison in New York after serving just under two years behind bars for his weapon possession charge -- only to be immediately taken back into custody to continue serving time for his tax evasion case.