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Jeffrey "Ja Rule" Atkins from "Follow the Rules" stars in the MTV reality docu-series.

Since his meteoric rise to fame in 1999, four-time Grammy nominated rapper, Ja Rule has sold over 45 million records worldwide. With a successful music career under his belt, he has since turned his attention to acting, appearing in more than 17 feature films following his first film appearance in "The Fast and Furious" franchise. Other screen credits include Peter Chelsom's "Shall We Dance," Lance Rivera's
Jeffrey "Ja Rule" Atkins
Jeffrey Ja Rule Atkins
"The Cookout," James Hunter's "Back in the Day," David Zucker's smash "Scary Movie 3," Don Michael Paul's "Half Past Dead," and Robert Adetuyi's "Turn It Up." But Ja's success, fame and fortune would mean nothing without the love and support of his family. With his high school sweetheart, three kids, mother and mother-in-law all living under one roof it's clear that Ja would do anything for his family ... whether they like it or not.

Born in Hollis, Queens, Ja (the initials for Jeffrey Atkins) began rhyming at the age of sixteen. Word spread fast about the teenager with the lightning-fast wordplay and distinctive rhyming style, and he was soon signed to a record deal. Building on the strength of his debut on the single "Time to Build," Ja united with two friends in the group The Cash Money Click. They scored a success with "Bet the Fortune/For My Click."

Ever since his teaming on "Can I Get A" (from the "Rush Hour" soundtrack), with Jay-Z and Amil, Ja has been a leading presence in the hip-hop world. Some of his most notable cuts include "Girlfriend/Boyfriend" in which he traded verses with Eve, "How Many Wanna" from the "Light It Up" soundtrack, Dru Hill's "You Are Everything" (remix), "Always on Time," dueting with Ashanti, "Between Me and You" with Christina Milian, "Livin It Up" with Case, "Put It on Me" with Vita, "Down a Chick" with Ashanti, Vita, and Charli Baltimore, and "Thug Lovin" with Bobby Brown, Clapback, and The Crowne.

Ja's debut album, "Venni Vetti Vecci" (1999) went platinum, with the first single, "Holla, Holla," becoming a street anthem. His subsequent albums were "Rule 3:36" (2000), "Pain Is Love" (2001), "The Last Temptation" (2002), "Blood in My Eye" (2003), "R.U.L.E." (2004), "The Mirror" (2009) and "Pain Is Love 2" (2012).

He has written songs for Mary J. Bilge (their duet "Rainy Dayz") and Jennifer Lopez (their duets "I'm Real" and "Ain't It Funny"). He co-wrote "If We" for Mariah Carey and worked with Ruben Studdard on the single "What Is Sexy," featured on Studdard's "Soulful" album.

In 2002, Ja Rule was nominated for three Grammy Awards: Best Rap Album ("Pain Is Love"), Best Rap Performance - Duo/Group ("Put It on Me"), and Best Rap Song - Collaboration ("Livin It Up"). That same year, he was also nominated for an NAACP Image Award, an American Music Award, a GQ Man of the Year Award, and a Teen Choice Award.


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Age: 40 years old
Birthday: February 29, 1976
Height: 5' 9"
Full Name / Real Name: Jeffrey Atkins
Birthplace: Queens, NY

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