Album: R.U.L.E.
Producer: Jimi Kendrix & Irv Gotti

Ja Rule: “Me and R. we’ve been friends for a long time, so it was cool for him to jump on that for me. I remember we were in Miami when we did that record. I had just done [R. Kelly’s] Chocolate Factory previous to that. I came and blessed his album: We did a record called ‘Been Around the World’ which was really a fun record.

“He was going through a lot of stuff at the time; I was going through my shit as well. Both records had a meaning behind them. ‘Been Around the World’ was more or less dedicated to the fans and so was ‘Wonderful.’ It was kind of dedicated to my fans and my female audience. It had a feel of what I was going through.

 

R. Kelly was like, ‘Me and you Ja, I went through my thing and you’re going through your thing, but we’re able to write through that, which is therapeutic for us.’ When you can’t do that as an artist, it comes out the wrong way, it comes out in interviews, it comes out in a way that’s untasteful to your fans.

 

“Me and R., we had some real talks. I remember we had a conversation after we did ‘Wonderful’ and we was talking about Whitney [Houston] rest in peace. R. was just breaking down to me how it’s kind of fucked up for artists like Whitney because she’s going through her pain, but she doesn’t write the songs, so she can’t write through her pain. R. was like, ‘Me and you Ja, I went through my thing and you’re going through your thing, but we’re able to write through that, which is therapeutic for us.’ When you can’t do that as an artist, it comes out the wrong way, it comes out in interviews, it comes out in a way that’s untasteful to your fans.

“Even with me making Blood in My Eye, even though it was such a harsh and negative album, it was me speaking to my fans in the way they’re used to hearing it: through music. Not me saying in an interview, ‘Fuck this person, fuck that person.’ It came across differently because it came across creatively. When you can’t do that as an artist, it starts to weigh on you in a different way. ‘Wonderful’ was that.”