Ja Rule Breaks Down His 25 Most Essential Songs

Jay Z f/ Amil & Ja Rule "Can I Get A..." (1998)

Album: Vol.2...Hard Knock Life
Producer: Irv Gotti & Lil' Rob
Ja Rule: “I was working on my album. That’s how that record came about. I remember getting the beat—crazy beat—just jotting down my thoughts and putting them together. Jay heard it and was like, ‘This is dope. Let’s do it together.’ So Jay got on it, put his touches on it, and threw Amil—who I haven’t spoke to in a very, very long time—on it. The rest is history.

 

The video director [Steve Carr], he’s the one who told me to take my shirt off. It was the last scene of the video, and he was like, ‘I see you in the back doing pushups. So you wanna take your shirt off for this last scene and run one like that?’ And I’m like, ‘Uh, I don’t know.’

 

“There’s a great story behind that record. The video director [Steve Carr], he’s a funny guy, a great guy. He’s the one who actually told me to take my shirt off. It was the last scene of the video, and he was like, ‘I see you in the back doing pushups and shit. So you wanna take your shirt off for this last scene and run one like that?’ And I’m like, ‘Uh, I don’t know.’ He was like, ‘Do it—we’ll just shoot one.’ And that was it. That was basically my whole scene in the video was me with my shirt off. So big shout out to [Carr] for that. He had a vision. He’d seen it early.

“I really had a good time being a part of that. It really helped launch me. It ended up on the Rush Hour 2 soundtrack, Jay’s album [Vol. 2...Hard Knock Life]. Great opportunity. You never really know when you make a record that it’s going to be ‘that’ record, you know what I mean? So I’m just happy it turned out the way it did.”

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