Ja Rule Breaks Down His 25 Most Essential Songs

Fat Joe f/ Ja Rule & Ashanti "What's Luv?" (2002)

Album: Jealous Ones Still Envy (J.O.S.E.)
Producer: Irv Gotti

Ja Rule: “‘What’s Love’ was a great record. I wrote and rapped part of the hook for Crack [Fat Joe] on that record. Originally, Crack wanted me on that record [doing a verse]. When I did it I called him back up. I said, ‘Crack, this is for you. This is your record and don’t have me on the record. I don’t want to get on the record. I want to say this so you aren’t offended.’

 

What I was trying to explain to Crack was, ‘This is going to be big for you and if I get on the record, people may deem it a Ja Rule record.’

 

“When a guy wants you on his record and you don’t want to do the record, they feel like, ‘They don’t want to do a record with me.’ What I was trying to explain to Crack was, ‘This is going to be big for you and if I get on the record, people may deem it a Ja Rule record.’ He understood what I was trying to say and did the record.

“To this day I’m happy I didn’t get on that record because that was big for Crack. I wanted that to be a big record for him and not for people to look at it as a Murder Inc./Ja Rule record. If I was on that record I think people would have seen it as my record.”

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