Ja Rule f/ Lil' Mo "I Cry" (2001)
Producer: Irv Gottia & Lil' Rob
Ja Rule: “Great record. A feeling record. It was one of those records where it was a call and response for my fans, but passionately—a passion record. That was one of the ones I slipped through the cracks, that I was able to get Def Jam to say yes to.
"I really love those records because they touch people differently. When I do that record in arenas, I do from left to right, ‘When I cry, you cry, we cry together.’ People really feel that record. They put their lighters up. It’s a different vibe.
Artists never get the roses while they can still smell them. People will look back on my body of work when I’m gone and say, ‘Ja was one of the dope ones.’
“A lot of artists are scared to be themselves on records, on wax, and speak their true feelings. Me, I’m not scared of that. I’m not scared to leave my emotions out in the booth and put them on wax. That may be one of the qualities, one of the things I took from Pac: Don’t being afraid to express your emotions on wax and be who you want to be on wax.
“Me and Lil’ Mo did a record not too long ago called ‘You and Me.’ It’s a really hot record. Maybe you’ll hear it soon. Maybe not. I have a lot of records in my vault just sitting that my family, they own. Maybe one day when I’m gone they’ll put them out. Artists never get the roses while they can still smell them. People will look back on my body of work when I’m gone and say, ‘Ja was one of the dope ones.’”