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Pain Is Love [Explicit Lyrics]

Ja RuleAudio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Pain Is Love (Skit) (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit] 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Dial M For Murder (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit] 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Livin' It Up [feat. Case] [Explicit] 4:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Inc. (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Caddillac Tah] [Explicit] 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Always On Time (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Ashanti] [Explicit] 4:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Down A** B**ch (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Chuck] [Explicit] 5:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Never Again (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit] 4:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Worldwide Gangsta (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Gotti] [Explicit] 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Leo (Skit) (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit] 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. I'm Real (Murder Remix) [feat. Jennifer Lopez] [Explicit] 4:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Smokin' and Ridin' (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Jodie Mack] [Explicit] 4:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. X (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott] [Explicit] 5:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Big Remo (Skit) (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit]0:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Lost Little Girl (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit] 5:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. So Much Pain (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. 2Pac] [Explicit] 5:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Pain Is Love (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit] 5:04$0.99  Buy MP3 

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As the flagship artist for producer Irv Gotti's Def Jam-affiliated Murder Inc. label, Ja Rule became one of the rap industry's most commercially successful artists during the early 2000s, working closely with the hitmaking producer and his stable of talent. Born Jeffrey Atkins on February 29, 1976, in Queens, NY, Ja Rule established himself with Venni Vetti Vecci (1999), a hardcore ... Read more in Amazon's Ja Rule Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 2, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Def Jam
  • ASIN: B00005ONMT
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,972 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Like rapper DMX, Ja Rule's scratchy vocal delivery is an acquired taste. But given the success of his Lil' Mo-aided hits "Put It on Me" and "I Cry," it's no surprise that his third album follows the same formula as its predecessor, as midtempo grooves mix with thugged-out beats and rhymes. On "Lost Little Girl," a coming-of-age tale that charts the struggles of an urban hottie, Rule's gift for storytelling shines bright. While "I'm Real (Murder Remix)," featuring Jennifer Lopez, is almost worth the purchase price alone, one must conclude that Rule is best appreciated in small doses. On "So Much Pain" Rule apes 2Pac's flow, rhyme patterns, and introspection to an annoying T. Likewise, "Down Ass Bitch" sadly sounds like another thematic take-off on Apache's "Gangsta Bitch" anthem. At least "Livin' It Up" doesn't bastardize Stevie Wonder's gem "Do I Do" too much, and the beats cooked up on "Pain Is Love" and the guitar-fuelled "Always on Time" saves this release from losing all of those cool points he's earned for being a great writer. This one's strictly for the Ja Rule-initiated. --Dalton Higgins

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ja Rule Crossing Over On "Pain Is Love" July 16, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Ja Rule, the raspy voiced rapper (just like DMX) is back with his third full-length album "Pain Is Love". Though his second album "Rule 3:36" had more pop appeal with songs like "Between Me And You" w/ Christinia Milean and "Put It On Me" w/ Vita than his first "Venni Vetta Vecca", he moves way closer to being a pop act on this album.
The first song you hear would tell you otherwise, though. "Dial M For Murder" is a hardcore rap track that would make you think Ja was going back to his roots on his first album, but, really, the next song tells you completely different. "Livin' It Up" w/ Case is a fun little party song that adepts well to pop radio, making it the first single was a wise decision by Rule, because it made the track an instant success. The following track "The Inc." also tells you Ja is trying to go hardcore rap, but, once again, the following track "Always On Time" w/ Ashanti makes you think he's going pop again.
The next song, "Down A** B***h" w/ Charli Baltimore, is lingering on the edge of pop and rap, but the next song "Never Again" brings it down to the rap world. Rapping about murdered friends and broken relationships, this is not a friendly radio song. The following track is also not radio freindly, the hardcore rap thrash "Worldwide Gangsta" is a pop fans worst nightmare.
The pop appeal re-enters on the huge hit remix of Jennifer Lopez's "I'm Real" and just keeps on going in "Smokin' And Ridin'". The dark appeal returns on tracks like "X" w/ Missy "Misdemeaner" Elliott and "So Much Pain" but are taken over by more pop tracks like "Lost Little Girls" and "Pain Is Love".
Ja Rule's skits, however, are very clever and funny, differing majorly from the skits off "3:36". "Leo", a comic stab at Miss Cleo, the "so-called physic" is very funny.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Meant for Mainstream March 1, 2002
By Lou
Format:Audio CD
Ja Rule has changed a lot since his first album, Venni Vetti Vecci. It was real rap - no singing or pop songs. "Holla Holla" was the song that got me into Ja Rule. After that, Ja released Rule 3:36. I could tell he was getting more "pop" on this album. It didn't have the gangsta beats that Venni Vetti Vecci features. On Pain Is Love, he comes out with an even more pop-strung CD. This CD is meant for mainstream. Some songs, such as "Never Again," are ruined by Ja singing. "Pain Is Love" ft. 2pac is a remake of the "Pain" song on the Above the Rim Soundtrack. Ja Rule tries to rap like 2pac, and he does a decent job of it, but let me tell you, he is no 2pac. This song is still very good, though. "Dial M for Murder" is another great track. It is a hardcore track with a good beat. Besides for these songs and the collaborations with the Murderers, this CD is meant for mainstream. Well, I guess it sells. =( If you like pop rap, then buy this, but if you like gangsta rap, buy Ja's first CD, Venni Vetti Vecci, and stay away from this CD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best rapper out there January 2, 2002
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Format:Audio CD
This Cd is awesome.My favorites are ''Always on Time'',''I'm Real'' and ''livin it up'',though there are other good songs too.
Here is my track-by-track:
Dial m for murder:2 don't really like this one.It leaves something to be desired.
livin it up:5 Unbelievable!Rule raps well in this one and he cleverly uses stevie Wonder excerpts to make it even better.
INC:1 Yuck!One of the only bad things about the album.
always on time:5 Amazing vocals by the girl he features(ashanti, or something?)and the best lyrics of any song on the album,plus he shows he can really bring it in this one My personal favorite!Down a** b***H:4 better edited.nice job with the vocals,Rule.
never again:5 another great song with great lyrics!
X:5 AWESOME song he does with missy elliot.Cool beat,rapping, and chorus.
i'm real:5 great arrangement of the jlo smash.Lyrics are nice,with acatchy chorus that sticks in your head.
All others are pretty cool, and the skits are tight.that's all!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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At it's best, rap can scour your cranium with red-hot lyrics and blistering beats. It can raise political awareness, yet also provide the perfect soundtrack for a night out. Some artists are able to handle this dichotomy; 2Pac is a perfect example. He was able to speak eloquently about social deterioration ("Keep Ya Head Up," "To Live and Die in LA") , while bragging about his sexual prowess ("I Get Around") and violent lifestyle ("California Love").
<<Pain Is Love>> is truly the lowest rap can go. Not content with perpetuating black gangsta stereotypes (the cleverly titled "Dial M for Murder"), or giving us perhaps the worst Stevie Wonder rip-off since "Gangsta's Paradise" (the absolutely mindless "Livin' It Up"), Ja Rule must also subject us to some of the degenerate singing imaginable (the beauty/beast 'duet' of "I'm Real). From it's start (how many more Prince Paul-style skits do we need?) to its end (an attempt at redemption that rings hollow in light of statements elsewhere on the album), <<Pain is Love>> highlights the decline of what used to be a potent and relevant art form.
Like all other American creative art, rap has been put on the assembly line, packaged, and commercialised. The media has long known the profitability of perpetuating stereotypes, so why would they stop here?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I think the best Ja Rule has made. Good mix of music and still has an up to date beat .
Published 2 months ago by Jerald Kennard
5.0 out of 5 stars Ja Rule is totally cool!
I absolutely love all the songs on this CD! I couldn't be happier with it so I definitely bought it!
Published 9 months ago by sachi25
5.0 out of 5 stars JaRule
This c.d. has many good tracks on it. Got an excellent price and a great deal. I would recommend this to people!!!
Published 18 months ago by Lisa Riep
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok if you are a fan, won't gain new ones
Often going to the well for the same type of songs and raps which has made him rich and successful, but if you are looking for an evolving artist, keep hoping.
Published 22 months ago by JON WATSON
1.0 out of 5 stars He has not 1 memorable verse.
J to the A Rule has never spit a memorable verse. Well ok maybe that song with Jay n Amil. But all those songs i heard on my local radio station, i dont remember thinking "he in da... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Nicholas A. Arguello
5.0 out of 5 stars Only For The Rule
This is by far his greatest cd. I have been looking for the rated r one for awhile. This is full of great songs and great for relaxing when nothing to do, Overall Love the cd,
Published on February 14, 2011 by Mr and Mrs Michael Alexander
4.0 out of 5 stars love
i love ja rule i was so happy to recive this cd from an honest seller for such a reasonable price thank you =]
Published on May 6, 2009 by Rebecca Lein
5.0 out of 5 stars Great purchase!
Great purchase and item was delivered on time and in the condition as described by the seller.
Published on March 23, 2009 by Chrisie Fuller
1.0 out of 5 stars pain is pain
This man has been accused of ripping off 2pac,and its a fair shout to be bluntly honest.They are both similair in rhymestyle,in lyrics,in the fashion stakes,in image etc etc,except... Read more
Published on December 10, 2006 by Bb Hooper
4.0 out of 5 stars Ja Rule - Pain Is Love
After Ja Rule burst out onto the rap scene in the '99 with his debut album, "Venni Vetti Vecci," the streets were heating up thinking he was the best new cat out of New York. Read more
Published on October 18, 2006 by ThaRealest0431
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