9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2002
When Jay-Z surfaced Ja Rule in 1999, you could tell he would be a big mainstream sucsess. This theory was proven correct on his debut album "Venni Vetti Vecci" which was pure thug rap. He then felt the need to change his style and guest performances from the likes of Jigga, to female artists including the likes of Ashanti. This was purely for commercial sucsess, because on the radio Ashanti is always going to come off really well. The 2000 album "Rule 3:36" was just bareable. "Pain Is Love" was played in my CD player once, and has been collecting dust on the rack ever since. "The Last Temptation" is the shortest yet and the worst yet.
I awarded it three stars becuase Ja Rule has done a good job on tracks like "Thug Lovin'" and "Murder Reigns". Other than that, he's really not bringing anything new to the rap scene. It is blataintly obvious that he bought this out so he could rack a few million so he could have an expensive Christmas. If you read the productional credits in the booklet, you'll see that a lot of samples were taken from tracks written by the likes of Ralph Saadiq. Ja Rule has falen to the level where he doesn't even write his own stuff.
It's quite insulting to major rap fans who spend almost all there money on rap, that Nas would put himself at such a questionable descion to perform with Ja, seeing as he is a rap legend. The use of 2Pac was a good idea, but Ja Rule has to face it: He's not 2Pac and he's not Biggie Smalls. Ashanti was also featured with these rap greats and is possibly the only female to cme off well on this album, besides Charlie Baltimore. I loo forward to her debut album "The Diary". Chink Santana and Alexi are really go nowhere rappers.
I won't be buying anything with Ja Rule on it until he stops the pop and goes back to rap. Don't spend your money on this please, but buy the new Snoop or Jay-Z albums. Ja Rule is just a commercial pop artist at the momment. And why wasn't Irv Gotti featured?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2003
Since 1999, Ja Rule has gone from hardcore gangsta rap ("Venni Vetti Vecci") to mild pop ("Rule 3:36") to complete pop ("Pain Is Love") and now to an unknown kind of rap/pop style that will probably lose way more fans than gain. "The Last Temptation" is Ja Rule's supposed 2nd to last album before retiring from music to persue his movie career. (Did you ever see "Half Past Dead"?, that should tell you how his movie career is going). Like me, most of the people buying "Last Temptation" thought it would be another all out pop record, nothing but songs like "Always On Time" and "I'm Real (Remix)" but we were wrong. To let you know as much as possible, i have rated each track:
"Thug Lovin'" (featuring Bobby Brown) - This song was a real suprise for me. I never thought Bobby Brown would appear on a Ja Rule album. But for the most part, Ja delivers some of his better raps and Bobby adds some more flare to it to make an otherwise pop song a more hip-hop/pop song.
"Mesmorize" (featuring Ashanti) - Of course, an Ashanti track was necessary for the album, wasn't it Ja? Well, at last you did an alright job, for me, this song was better than "Always On Time" which also featured Ashanti. This is a sexed up duet that actually makes you want to dance. My style rating for it is POP.
"Pop N****s" - When i saw the title i knew Ja was trying to do a really gangsta rap song, when i turned it on i also thought that. Until that undeniable Neptunes beat that makes it an instant POP record. This was actually, to me, a pretty good track. Instead of reflecting Ja being totally gangsta (which hasn't happened since "Venni Vetti Vecci") or totally pop, this song reflected Ja being rap/pop again.
"The Pledge-Remix" (featuring Ashanti, Nas, and 2Pac) - First off, this is not a gangsta song. It's another IG produced pop single that is supposed to come off a little bit more edgier than it is. Truth is, the original "Pledge" was actually a pretty edgy, gangsta type of song, considering it had Cadallac Tah to back it up. This time its Ja and his friends. Ashanti, who for all i care, should not have been on this track. This isn't the first time Murder Inc. has put her in a bad place, remember "The Inc." from Ja's Pain Is Love album, that was another mistake. Nas, who raps better than on some of the songs we've heard from him lately, still doesn't appeal to me. Since the Jay-Z beef, i can't seem to dig any Nas or Jay-Z songs that much. 2Pac, who isn't in the song but for 5 seconds near the end, should not have been placed here. If Pac were still alive, i doubt very much he would have done a track with Murder Inc., and espicially with Nas. Overall, my first disappointment of the album.
"Murder Reigns" - Probably the most annoying chorus that a song ever had, plus the fact that every time i listen to it i have to dig out my Toto records and play "Africa" to remember that it was a good song before Ja got a hold of it. Ja raps OK, but that doesn't make up for the annoying chorus and the sample of Toto's "Africa". Style rating is rap/pop.
"Last Temptation" (featuring Charli Baltimore) - My thought is that Charli should replace Ashanti on the Pledge-Remix. This song, which is another Toto cover ("Funky Sensation"), is actually pretty good. The party like beat along with some of Ja's better raps and Charli's raps make it a pretty hot song. Style is pop.
"Murder Me" (featuring Cadallac Tah & Alexi) - Probably the slowest song on the album, including Alexi's vocals, i think its a huge disappointment. Ja doesn't rap worthy enough to please me and Tah's raps still don't make up for an unforgiveable slow song. This is a pop song for sure, just get ready to hit that track SKIP button a couple times.
"The Warning" - Another gangsta attempt that comes off half gangsta and half wanksta. Just SKIP it, it's not worth wasting your or anyone's time, a huge disapointment. I don't even know what to define it as.
"Connected" (featuring Crooked T) - Another worthless gangsta attempt, these are the kinds of songs that are ending your career Ja. Why do you continue to make such awful songs?
"Emerica" (featuring... Santana) - Three in a row, another worthless peace of garbage track that is defintely worthy of the SKIP TRACK button.
"Rock Star" - Ok, not a... gangsta rap song, but even worse, a [bad] rap/rock song. Ja, you are not a Rock Star as you say in this song. You are a pop star, pure pop all the way. If you wanna laugh out loud at Ja's attempt to rock out, then listen. If you don't feel like wasting anymore of your time, SKIP.
"Destiny (Outro)" - It took me awhile to decide i really wanted to keep listening to the cd after tracks 7-12 made me sick, but i listened to this brief outro rap and was pleasently suprised. It was definitely a good beat. (Neptunes, of course) and was definitely some good raps from Ja. A very addictive beat for sure. Anyway, it was a good rap/pop song.
That's it for my review, i hope you now can make your decision on buying the album or not. Keep a look out for Charli Baltimore's album "Diary" and Cadallac Tah's debut album, they will both be out soon.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 1, 2004
In late 2002, Ja Rule dropped his fourth, and arguably worst album, "The Last Temptation". All fans of rap music know how Ja slid from gangsta to a more poppish style, and many considered this to be his most pop orientated album. Because of this, "The Last Temptation" has recieved a pretty fierce onslaught of bad reviews, but I can't see how this album is as bad as it's made out out be. Don't get me wrong, there's some pretty bad tracks on this LP, and it's not something you can listen to from start to finish, but it has it's momments.
For a momment, the lead single "Thug Lovin'" was hit. This is one of my favourite Ja Rule tarcks ever, but more for amazing chorus from none other than Bobby Brown. The second single, "Mesmerize", was the typical Ja/Ashanti callaboration. At first I hated it, so poppish, but in time it's grown on me. The final single fom the album, "Murder Reigns", was wack. Some nice lines from Ja but the chorus and beat were wack beyond belief.
That's the singles, two of which were quite hot, but the rest of the album pretty much fell flat. However, it still had a couple of brief momments. The old skool tinged title track is the hottest track on the album, where both Ja Rule and Charli Baltimore come off well. The slowest song on the album, "Murder Me" was quite good. Caddillac Tah and Ja trade some nice verses on this one. The Neptunes produced "Pop Niccas" was straight up wack.
The other four tracks on this album - "The Pledge Remix", "The Warning", "Connected" and "Emerica" were uninteresting. They were listenable, but didn't make you want to put the album back on ofr another spin.
Overall, if you're a Ja fan and you haven't copped this effort yet, I'd advise you do. Not so much for music, but help keep your collection up to date. If you're desperate for a couple of old skool tarcks from Ja, I'd reccomend it. Otherwise, this is an album you can quite easily skip. 3 stars.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2012
In 2002 Ja was getting criticized more than ever, not to mention 50 was blowing up with "Wanksta" and the fans ended up completely turning on him. I still bought the album at the time anyway. Ja had his back against he wall, G-Uint was dissin him every chance they got and took Ja out of his zone, but I'll get more into that when I review his "Blood In My Eye" album he dropped in 03.The first single was "Thug Lovin featuring Bobby Brown", followed by the Ashanti assisted "Memerized, which was one of the worst career moves he could of made, and the video for it was inspired by the movie "Grease". That was not as good as his previous radio friendly singles ("Down A** B****", "Always On Time").
Ja returns to his old self on "Pop N*****", "Murder Reigns" (feat. Celeste Scalone), "Destiny (Outro)", "The Warning" but he cant recapture the magic he once had, then on West Coast Collab "Connected" (feat. Eastwood & Crooked I) he disses 50 & Dmx with the following lines "I'm the avenging angle and earth be thy claim/ And Ja be thy name I know your all praying/ For the day of my diminishing/ Why don't somebody finish them off and put it right through his cross/ The X's The 50'S ya'll gotta be kidding me These n***** is my sons/ Raised them from young/ Curtis and lil Earl/ should of been little girls/ Coz they b****made now they act like one of my itchbays Touche !", and "Last Temptation" (feat. Charli Baltimore) has a nice throwback vibe to it. Overall this album was all over the place, Rule sounds uninspired on "Emerica" (feat. Chink Santana & Young Life) & "Rock Star", and the skits after a few songs were really pointless. This is nowhere near his best work, Ja is talented but this album is barely 3 stars.
on November 24, 2002
Ever since "Vinni, Vetti, Vecci," Ja's album quality has digressed faster than Canibus' rap career. Ja started off with really nothing to say, but after three platinum albums, you'd figure he would be able to actually rap/sing about something. It the same old stuff: Prayin to God (ripped from DMX) on his intro's, comparing himself to Pac and now Biggie and tellin haters to get off him just because he makes hits. I won't deny that he makes hits; however, he makes "pop" hits. I once want to see Ja release a hard single like "Dial 'M' for Murder" or "6 Feet Underground." I don't want to hear "Always on Time" and "Down A** B**ch" over and over again. If that's all he's gonna release, then move over to the pop section between IMX and Kelis.
On "The Last Temptation," it's more of the same: Some great beats with some poor lyrics. His lyrics are predictable to the point of boredom. He should heed his own advice on a song like "Pop Ni**as." Admit it Ja; you are pop. If you would put out harder stuff and release it to the mainstream audience, maybe some hip-hop heads would give you more respect. Until then, aligning yourself with "Tha Row" and Suge just makes you look like a scared little boy running to Suge for protection from all the artist who called you out (DMX, 50 Cent).
So, if you are a 13-18 girl who loved Ja's last two albums, then this is more of the same. You're making a safe purchase. If you are a true hip-hop head who likes "real" hip-hop, go buy some Talib Kweli or vintage Nas & Pac before thinking about this album.
on August 23, 2003
when ja rule first came out in 1998, he had his own style in music, and he was straight out gangsta. venne vetti vecci was stright out gangsta, and ja rule's thug telling tracks were hot. then he came out with his second album, rule 3:336 which wasnt as gangsta as venne vette vecci, but it still was hot in its own way. then when he dropped his 3rd album, pain is love...WHOAH, i was wonder what the [heck] happened to ja rule. pain is love was by far his worst project, it was horrible, and it was impossible to listen to it. but thank god that his new album last temptation was a BIG improvment from his pain is love album. a few tracks that stand out on his new cd are thug luvin with bobby brown, mesmorized with ashanti, the pledge remix with nas, and his new single murder reigns. a few other good tracks on his album are...Pop ni*gaz, which was produced by the neptunes, this track is hot, the beat is unbelieveable, and ja rule does a good job rapping over this fast hot beat. another good track on this album is last temptation with charli baltimore. the sad thing was charli tore up the song more than ja did. everyother track on this album is straight out garbage besides the tracks i listed already. if you want, it wouldnt hurt to pick this cd up.(but you'll live without this cd, trust me)
on November 19, 2004
Ja Rule is back again for the 4th solo project in 4 years. After turning soft on "3:36" and getting a little better on "Pain is Love" he slips again. His 2nd worst of his 6 solo albums (not far behind "3:36"). Has only 2 real good songs and 4-6 that I always skip. Features his Inc. buddies and Death Row's Crooked I & Eastwood. Productioon isn't that great. Irv Gotti & Chink Santana do 8 songs, 7 & Irv do 2, and Neptunes do 1. Not recommended unless you're a huge fan of his.
#2 - 7 (f/ Bobby Brown - for the ladies)
#3 - 4 (f/ Ashanti - for the ladies)
#4 - 4.5
#5 - 9 (f/ Nas & ashanti)
#6 - 7 (remake of "Africa")
#7 - 8 (f/ Charlie Baltimore - great beat)
#8 - 6 (f/ Caddillac tah & alexi - for the ladies)
#9 - 6
#10 - 9.5 (f/ Crooked I & Eastwood)
#11 - 6.5 (f/ Young Life & Chink santana)
#12 - 5
#13 - 6
Jeffrey Atkins -- b. 2/29/76 -- Queens, NY
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on December 3, 2002
I bought Ja Rule's first album when my friend told me not to is because that I think he got potential. He proves himself and others that he is a hits maker with his next two album. His style of singing and mix of pop and hip-hop bring him a great deal of success, but his ego is also getting out of control. This album is more or less the same as the last album, with more pop mix song like "Mesmerize" feat Ashinti. Although most of his songs donesn't have much meaning other than sex and "Murda" references, the beats are never the less still good. But his foolish attempt of trying to be 2pac makes me laugh. Creating beef with DMX (duplicate Pac and Bigge), work with Pac's old lable, "Death Row" (Tha Row) are all childish attempts to be 2pac. Face it Ja Rule, you are not 2pac, you never was, never is, and never will be, so don't call youself Pac on the radio. Wake up !!
on December 2, 2002
Jeffery "Ja Rule" Atkins' latest album,The Last Temptation,is Ja's attempt to earn his street cred back and return to his birthplace. Well, Ja didnt even seem to try considering the 12 days it took him to record it. This album is slightly harder than Pain is Love but is on the same platform.He didnt include his DMX bite-back track on the album saving it for mixtapes.So listen carefully for the much-anticipated DMX/50 Cent diss on "Connected",and hear his only complete thug track on the Neptune's produced "Pop [Niggas]".Aside from that we'll need another try from the Hollis,Queens native for yet another try to reach the emcee level simply known as "Pac".3 out of 5 stars.
on November 23, 2002
Yeah yeah just got the album and gotta say its ok.
it aint all that to be honest and wont appeal to anyone that is into real hip hop. Thug loving is a good tune ok and its kinda ja rules style but the other tunes on this album r wack except one tune.
The tune mesmerize with ashanti has to be the best tune on the album fo sure. It is kinda like the always on time he dun wid ashanti. I would buy the album for this song alone and only for that reason. Nice beat and ashanti's vocals really make dis one of da best songs ive heard in a long long time. its TIGHT!!!!
Apart from that it aint all that. but then again it is ja rule. what u expect.