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 How did the feud start? Ja says ask 50 Cent, but don't believe the 'false story' ...

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 Ja overcomes the loss of his sister, schoolyard fights and religious family division ...

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 50 Cent and Ja Rule come to blows in Atlanta and later in New York ...

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 Ja says he'd be willing to sit down and talk things out with his rival ...

 "The Wrap" Takes A Look At 50 Cent Vs. Ja Rule

 Ja Rule Comes Back Bigger With Two-For-One Video

 Ja Rule Takes His Beef With 50 Cent All The Way To South Africa

 DJ Tells 50 Cent, Ja Rule: One More Dis Record, Then Quit It

 Ja, Em And 50 Are Hot On Radio, But Should Their Disses Be?

 Ja Rule Calls 50 'Loose Change,' Disses 'Feminem' And Dr. Dre

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Farrakhan: I really appreciate you and how God has used you to affect so many millions of our young people. Tell me something about your growing up. I heard you were an only child. Dad wasn't in the house, so you were raised totally by your mom.

Ja Rule: Thank you. Yeah.

Farrakhan: Tell me about your mom. Tell me about your young life.

Ja Rule: Well, I had a kind of hard childhood. It's crazy because not a lot of people are going to understand it. I grew up a Jehovah's Witness.

Farrakhan: Ah, that's wonderful.

Ja Rule: So, yeah, we gonna get into it, how I didn't have Christmas, I didn't have birthdays — none of the type of thing kids enjoy. I missed all of that. My father wasn't around. He was a womanizer and hit my mom. Mom, I am putting this out there. That's why I vow to never hit a woman. I see the pain it brought my mom.

Farrakhan: And now you're married, have children and you never hit your wife?

Ja Rule: Yes, three children — never hit my wife.

Farrakhan: That's wonderful, my brother.

Ja Rule: You know, I grew up an only child. I had a younger sister, but she died when I was 5.

Farrakhan: What did she die from?

Ja Rule: Respiratory problems. She couldn't breathe properly.

Farrakhan: How did that affect you?

Ja Rule: See, that's the thing. It didn't really affect me until I was older because I didn't understand it. I was young, 4 or 5, and my mom comes home and she's like, "Your sister isn't gonna make it." I didn't really understand it. I'm like, where's the next toy? It didn't register until I was older and I was like, I don't have the sister I could have grown up with. That was tough on me. My father wasn't there so it was just me and my mom. She worked two jobs trying to raise me, which was tough. She worked the four-to-twelve shift, so no one was home when I came home from school. That's why I feel like the streets raised me, 'cause I grew up with the older guys around me.

Farrakhan: How did you relate to your classmates and teachers? You grew up in Queens. Was it an all-black school?

Ja Rule: The first school I went to was all-black, PS 134. I used to fight every day, so my mom figured I should be bused out — you know the busing thing in Boston? So they bused me on out to a white school, MS 172, where it was a little bit better. I didn't have any black friends there, but I learned how to deal with that situation and get along.

Farrakhan: Did you fight a lot in your new school?

Ja Rule: I didn't fight a lot there because I was tougher. I was the black kid, so they kinda looked at me as the tough kid. I was small, but at the black school I got into fights every day because I was small. But here I was small and the tough guy.

Farrakhan: Did you feel somewhat abandoned, Ja, because Dad wasn't there and Mom had to work to support and raise you?

Ja Rule: A little bit. I always felt like a loner because I was by myself a lot. My grandma and grandpa, Ed and Mama Cherry, helped out tremendously. They did a lot for me as a youngster. But here's where things got twisted: Being a Jehovah's Witness, it's a very strict religion and they have something called "disfellowshipping" or "disassociating" if you do something outside their beliefs. And they have a lot of beliefs that are hard on kids, hard on human beings. You can't hang with worldly people, people outside Jehovah's, and so my mom got disassociated from it because she liked to go out with her co-workers and have a drink or two. They found this out and disfellowshipped my mom. This devastated her because the whole congregation wouldn't talk to her. That's how they do it. It's like they banish you. They won't talk to you, not even your family. So my grandmother and grandfather, her parents and her brother, stopped speaking to my mother. This really made me hate the religion. How can a religion tear apart family?

I didn't get involved. Now I'm successful and she's still disfellowshipped, but everyone comes around. You know, if it took my success to put my family back together, so be it. I'm not one to be, like, stay away. I love to see my family together. Family's what life is about. So I'm happy that now my mother's brother gives her a call every now and then. Everybody is so friendly, and I'm not gonna say it's all because I am successful, but that has something to do with it.

Farrakhan: This is very revealing, brother, because we are all products of that which God has put within us and the way the environment helps to shape and mold us. This helps me to see the man I've heard about, that I've read about and that I've listened to, a powerful human being: Ja Rule.

NEXT: 50 Cent and Ja Rule come to blows in Atlanta and later in New York ...
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