R.U.L.E. is the sixth studio album by American rapper Ja Rule; it was released on November 9, 2004, by The Inc. and Def Jam.[1] The album debuted at number 7 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 165,000 units in its opening week.[2] The album was certified Gold for selling more than 600,000 copies in the United States.[3] Singles from the album include "Wonderful" featuring R. Kelly and Ashanti; the top 20 song "New York" featuring Jadakiss and Fat Joe, and the song "Caught Up" featuring Lloyd.

Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 9, 2004
GenreEast Coast Hip Hop, Gangsta Rap, Contemporary R&B
ProducerIrv Gotti, Cool & Dre, Chink Santana, Jimi Kendrix
Ja Rule chronology
Blood in My Eye
Singles from R.U.L.E.
  1. "Wonderful"
    Released: September 28, 2004
  2. "New York"
    Released: October 27, 2004
  3. "Caught Up"
    Released: May 24, 2005

The album was also made in a heavily edited version removing profanities, drugs and violent content: it removes the skits "Weed" and "Stripping Game". This version of the album became the most edited album other than his previous album Blood in My Eye (2003).

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Entertainment WeeklyC+[5]
USA Today[8]

R.U.L.E. garnered favorable reviews from music critics but some questioned if this was a return to form after the disappointing Blood in My Eye. K.B. Tindal of HipHopDX called the album Ja's best since Rule 3:36 and Pain Is Love, concluding that "The Inc. will always be Murder Inc. no matter what and Ja will always be at the head of the fam so get used to it, he's back."[6] Steve 'Flash' Juon of RapReviews gave a mixed review, stating "[T]his is not an overwhelming strong album lyrically, but it's a pleasant enough one to listen to musically - and from Ja Rule that's enough to get by."[7] Timothy Gunatilaka of Entertainment Weekly found love ballads like "Passion" and "Wonderful" suitable for Ja Rule, concluding that they "suggest he might want to stick to raspy romanticism."[5] AllMusic editor Jason Birchmeier said that the album continued the depletion of Ja's relevance in hip-hop, stating, "And so the downfall goes — tragic, indeed, or not, depending on how affecting you find the pathos at work."[4] Nathan Rabin of The A.V. Club found Ja's reliance on emulating "2Pac's tortured-thug persona" to craft mildly amusing "overwrought melodrama" overlong throughout the record and exacerbated further through "anonymous production, irritating skits, and [the kind of] raspy shower-stall warbling."[9]

Track listing

1."The Inc. Intro" 2:20
2."Last of The Mohicans" (featuring Black Child)Chink Santana4:24
3."Wonderful" (featuring R. Kelly & Ashanti)Jimi Kendrix, Irv Gotti4:31
4."What's My Name" (featuring Ashanti)Jimi Kendrix4:26
5."New York" (featuring Fat Joe & Jadakiss)Cool & Dre4:18
6."Stripping Game (skit)" 1:15
7."The Manual"Jimi Kendrix4:18
8."Get It Started" (featuring Claudette Ortiz)Jimi Kendrix4:00
9."R.U.L.E."Jimi Kendrix3:37
10."True Story (skit)" 0:30
11."Caught Up" (featuring Lloyd)Jimi Kendrix4:29
12."Gun Talk" (featuring Black Child)Chink Santana4:30
13."Never Thought"Jimi Kendrix4:42
14."Life Goes On" (featuring Trick Daddy & Chink Santana)Chink Santana4:52
15."Weed (skit)" 1:55
16."Where I'm From" (featuring Lloyd)Chink Santana5:11
17."Bout My Business" (featuring Black Child & Caddillac Tah)DJ Twinz3:39
18."Passion"Jimi Kendrix8:37
19."Better Days" (Japan bonus track)Jimi Kendrix4:37

Sample credits

  • "R.U.L.E" - Contains a sample of "They Ain't JE" performed by Jagged Edge.
  • "Bout My Business" - Contains a sample of "Hogan's Thing" performed by Simon Haseley.
  • "New York" - Contains a sample of "100 Guns" performed by Boogie Down Productions.
  • "Where I'm From" - Contains a sample of "The Boys of Summer" performed by Don Henley.



Region CertificationCertified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[19] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[20] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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