Is it just us, or is 2010 the year of rappers heading to — and leaving — jail?
On Monday (December 13), Queens MC Ja Rule joined a select group, including Lil Wayne, T.I. and The Geto Boys’ Willie D, headed to a correctional facility. Rule reached a plea deal with prosecutors in a Manhattan courtroom that will see the rapper serve two years in prison. The charges stem from a gun bust in July 2007, when both Ja and Lil Wayne were arrested separately following a concert performance.
The Murder Inc. star pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony in the second degree.
Of course, as soon as the news hit, Ja’s arch enemy and fellow Queens MC 50 Cent began heckling the Murder Inc rapper.
“Damn da homie Jah Rule gotta do two years,” 50 Cent tweeted. “Tell him I said don’t worry I got him when he come home. Lol … Jah came out the court room yelling who the f— canceled Christmas. Lol.”
Ja Rule responded to the G-Unit general with his own 140 characters in kind.
“N—a u P—Y, shut up before I smack u in yo mouth again lol!! The nerve of some n—as!” Ja tweeted.
We’re not sure if the two are joking or not with the repeated use of “lol” but let’s hope this is all in fun. Elsewhere, fans reacted to Ja’s sentencing online.
“Bad news guys, they are sending Ja Rule to jail,” @ophiona said.
“Hm, so he gets that amount of time to serve for gun charges, yet Lil Wayne gets a couple months and a whole bunch of ’Free Weezy’ airtime from Drake, and T.I. gets a show on VH1 and a shorter sentence too … I guess it helps to be popular!” fan J.S. wrote on MTVNews.com.
Others made light of the MC’s predicament.
“Ja Rule’s going to jail: two years for a gun charge, and a life sentence for MURDAAAAAA,” @ItsTheReal, the hip-hop sketch comedy duo, tweeted.
Ja Rule also reaffirmed that his forthcoming LP, The Renaissance Project, is on the way. Like T.I., Rule retitled of his project as well.
“I changed the name of my album from Venni Vetti Vecci 2010,” Ja Rule told MTV2 earlier this year. “First of all, Venni Vetti Vecci was my baby; that was my first album. You can never duplicate that era, that was my whole life’s work in that album up until that time.”
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