Ja Rule has seen better days years. In the last decade, the Murder Inc. rapper famously beefed with 50 Cent and spent time behind bars for tax evasion and gun charges. The former incident has largely been the cause of a dark cloud lingering over his career.

Even though Ja Rule is no longer on top of the rap game, we would be remiss to forget just how much of an impact he made in the '90s and early 2000s. Numbers don't lie: Four consecutive platinum albums, six top 20 Billboard hits, and a string of equally successful guest appearances. It may be hard to believe in 2014, but there was a time when Ja king of the hill. To celebrate his legacy, here are 30 Photos From When Ja Rule Ruled the World

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