Ja Rule Breaks Down His 25 Most Essential Songs

Mary J. Blige f/ Ja Rule "Rainy Dayz" (2002)

Album: No More Drama
Producer: Irv Gotti

Ja Rule: “I wrote that record on 9/11 after the Towers went down. I went in my basement in my studio and put that record together because that’s how I was feeling about the situation. I felt like the nation—us as a country, us as people—we were going through a rainy day. It will pass but today this is what it is. ‘Spend a lifetime trying to wash away/’Till the sun shines and I see your face/Smile at me.’ That’s how we felt as a country. The sun will come out and eventually we all will shine again, rise again, and be strong again.

 

Maybe one day I’ll put out an album of my references, because I actually sing the records and give them to [other artists]. I had referenced ‘Rainy Dayz’ and it was me singing the whole record.

 

“I wrote that record with TLC in mind. I remember being on the phone with Tionne [T-Boz] and singing her the hook to the record. I was in the office with L.A. Reid and she loved the record. She was like, ‘Oh, this is dope.’

“Then Mary walks in and hears the actual reference of the record. I reference all of these records. Maybe one day I’ll put out an album of my references, because I actually sing the records and give them to [other artists]. I had referenced ‘Rainy Dayz’ and it was me singing the whole record.

"Mary heard it and was like, ‘Give me that. I’m taking that.’ She went right to the studio and recorded it. She put her spin on it and it came out fucking incredible. I’m not going to tell Mary no. I’m not going to tell the Queen no. It worked out for both of us. It was a big record for Mary, a big record for me. A dope collabo.”

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