Ja Rule reflects on his hiatus and teases new project
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Ja Rule reflects on his hiatus and teases new project

Queens emcee and star of Murder Inc, Ja Rule, was a hip-hop star during the late 1990s and early 2000s. The lyricist (real name Jeffrey Atkins) dominated the charts at the turn of the millennium, and with hits such as ‘Always On Time’ and ‘Mesmerize’, the musician was unstoppable.

With his R’n’B-infused songs featuring Ashanti and Jennifer Lopez, he was a king at one point. However, as his beef with 50 Cent began to drag on, by the mid-2000s, Atkins had become irrelevant while his Queens counterpart was flying high with albums such as Massacre, Curtis and Before I Self Destruct.

Following his decline, Ja Rule took a ten-year hiatus. However, in a recent post on social media, the ‘Caught Up’ musician shared his regrets about taking such a long break from creating music. He also unveiled he will be releasing a new project entitled, Can We Watch The Sunrise Together?

Taking to Twitter/X, Atkins wrote, “Damn sitting here listening to my new album 12 song in it’s making me a lil sad I should’ve never stopped making music I’m SORRY… #CWWTST.” His post received a lot of responses.

“It’s about time you realized what all of us been knowing,” replied one user while another wrote, “Us real fans been tellin u ja I cannot wait I had all ur CDs back in the day as a preteen even the murder inc albums much love always.”

His forthcoming project, Can We Watch The Sunrise Together?, will be Atkins’ first album since his 2012 body of work, Pain is Love 2. It will also be released on the 25th anniversary of the 47-year-old’s debut single’ Holla Holla.’ 

Ja Rule has been speaking out a bit more recently and last year commented on André 3000’s desire not to rap anymore following the release of New Blue Sun. Speaking on the Tamron Hall Show, Atkins stated, “We all love 3G. For me, I think that hip-hop is moving into that stage like how rock ‘n’ roll did – it grew up.”

He concluded, “Hip-hop is growing up and I think it’s time for artists in my age bracket to continue making music so we have those classic hip-hop stations and those classic hip-hop songs.” You can see Ja Rule’s tweets below.