Ja Rule is certainly one of the most influential artists of all time and amassed a huge fan following around the globe for his consecutive hits. The rapper, however, feels that he is not receiving the recognition that he truly deserves as he recently expressed his dissatisfaction with Billboard and VIBE for snubbing him off of their list of the Top 50 Greatest Rappers of All Time.
On February 8, the publications announced their top 10 picks, with JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Nas, 2Pac, Eminem, The Notorious B.I.G., Lil Wayne, Drake, Snoop Dogg, and Nicki Minaj topping the list. And Ja Rule was not even on the top 50 list, which was shocking for his ardent fans.
When the Murder Inc. hitmaker saw the list, he was disappointed that, given his history of accomplishments, he was not on the list. He still praised everyone else who made it to the list. “There ain’t 50 rappers dead, alive or waiting to be born better than me… #ICONN #Vibes,” he tweeted on Thursday.
“@billboard congrats to everyone on the list well deserved but check my resume… #ICONN #Vibes.”
Ja Rule’s first album Venni Vetti Vecci peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 in 1999, and his next two albums, Rule 3:36 and Pain Is Love, both debuted at the top of the charts. The Last Redemption, Blood in My Eye, and R.U.L.E., his next three albums, also made the top 10. Ja only has one No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100, “Always on Time,” a collaboration with Ashanti. However, other songs like “Mesmerize,” “Wonderful,” “Livin’ It Up,” and “Put It on Me” all made the top 10.
Rule also featured on Jennifer Lopez’s “I’m Real (Murder Remix)” and “Ain’t It Funny(Murder Remix),” which both reached No. 1. Both Fat Joe’s “What’s Luv?” and his “Down 4 U” collaboration with Charli Baltimore, Vita, and Ashanti peaked at Nos. 2 and No. 6, respectively.
Ja Rule’s belief that he ought to have made it into the top 50 received a lot of support from fans in the replies to his tweet. One fan remarked, “All good @jarule The Real Ones know you are amongst the greatest.” While another wrote, “you are one of the most influential artists of all time.”
However, Kanye West was ranked No. 11 on the Billboard and VIBE list, with André 3000, Rakim, LL COOL J, J. Cole, Scarface, 50 Cent, Ice Cube, Missy Elliott, and Big Daddy Kane featuring in the top 20. Keep an eye on Thirsty For News to get more updates.
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