Rapper Ja Rule’s time as a free man is winding down. With just under 24 hours to go, the Murder Inc. rapper is set to turn himself in tomorrow to begin a two year prison sentence at an upstate New York correctional facility. Last year the MC born Jeffery Atkins plead guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon charges following his arrest at a New York City concert dating back to 2007 when he performed alongside fellow rapper Lil Wayne. Weezy, who was also arrested that same night and brought up on similar charges served a one year sentence on Rikers Island after pleading guilty to the charges and was released back in November 2010.
Last month Ja Rule sat with Sway and expressed regret over his pending jail sentence. According to Rule he feels as if he let his wife and kids down.
“I’m disappointed,” the multiplatinum rapper said. “I’m mad at myself.”
Rule spoke specifically on his 15-year-old daughter Brittany, but expressed concern about his two sons as well. “My daughter, she’s 15 right now,” Rule explained. “These are her last couple of years. She’s about to graduate from high school, and she’s going to college. She needs her father. My boys really need me right now too, as well as my wife. They need Daddy, and Daddy f—ed up.”
Still, despite his upcoming jail stint, Ja was remarkably upbeat and looked for the positive in the situation, hoping youngsters will use him as an example and leave guns alone. “This is something that’s bad, but there’s gotta be some good that comes out of it,” he said. “Even if there are other kids that look at me and say, ’Let me put my burner down.’ Even if it’s that, then there is something learned from my mistakes.”
His upcoming jail stay will mark the first that the former Murder Inc. star has been incarcerated, but he has already received advice from an old friend and reputed drug lord Kenneth “Supreme” McGriff, who is currently serving life behind bars.” I spoke to Preme two weeks ago,” Ja said. “He let me know about my bid goin’ in; how to bid. I never bidded, so you gotta know how to bid.”
Plans for Rule’s latest release, Pain Is Love 2, scheduled to drop today is apparently now on hold.