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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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  • Audio CD (February 28, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fontana
  • ASIN: B006EMSNPW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,875 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. F**k Fame (Intro)
2. Real Life Fantasy
3. Parachute
4. Superstar (Intro)
5. Superstar
6. Black Vodka
7. Drown
8. Never Had Time
9. Strange Days
10. To the Top
11. Pray 4 the Day
12. Believe
13. Spun a Web

Editorial Reviews

2012 release from Hip Hop superstar Jeffrey Atkins better known by his stage name, Ja Rule. Born in Hollis, Queens, Ja Rule began his Rap career in 1994 with his classic hip hop group Cash Money Click. Over the next 18 years, he has created a name for himself in the entertainment world as well as building up a huge fanbase in the process.

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I will be bumping into the summer for sure.
D15dang
Would definitely recommend to true hiphop fans, album of year so far and in my opinion his best work to date.
JimJam
Pretty much every song is a potential single.
R. Westmaas

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Q. Pair on February 29, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Ok, I think it's fair to say that Ja Rule has had a pretty rough career run in the last nine years or so. Anyone who is a fan of Ja and has seen his music and style evolve since Venni Vetti Vecci has to be able to admit that ever since that beef with 50 Cent, his career has never recovered, and neither has his music. Every album pushed out since Pain Is Love [Explicit] has been a cautionary tale of how NOT to do things in the music industry, being mere shadows of Ja's past glory days. More than ten years after the release of what most believe to be his magnum opus, Pain Is Love 2 graces the masses with its presence in Ja Rule's latest attempt at a career resurrection. Surprisingly, this may be the closest he's gotten to it yet.

One thing that Ja Rule is known best for is his infatuation with singing in his songs. I use the term singing loosely of course, but that's what he does. Claiming to have started the trend of singing on hardcore rap songs (with some validity) it is in fact how he managed to grab that mainstream appeal and get all of those J-Lo and Ashanti songs all over the radio. Well, this time around there is none of that. It seems that Ja has taken the hint from all the nasty bloggers over the years and pushed aside the crooning part of him and focused strictly on displaying those lyrical skills that made us love him in the first place. Replacing Ja on the hook are a host of relatively new names like Kenny Dark, Anita Louise, Kalina from Dirty Money, Leah Siegal, who's on three of the thirteen tracks for some reason.

Overall, PIL2 is a solid compilation of Ja's latest work.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By goll on February 28, 2012
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Determination 2 succeed results in Pil 2. Like Ja said "Tough times don't last Tough ppl do." Pil 2 has landed in order to fill in that void. Smart artist + Smart producer = Surreal Project. For ppl in doubt, never look back, it distracts from the now. Ja is no longer young. He is in that grown man lane now. For those who still haven't quite grasped the concept that Ja is back just give Pil 2 a listen. The nursery rhymes other rappers spit don't compare. Pil 2 is real Rap/Hip-Hop album. They say to present your findings to the world even if what you find seems impossible to explain... well I found Pil 2. An artist is supposed to get lost with his music but easily find his way out and that is what Ja managed to do with Pil 2.

Cons: Too Short, only 13 tracks.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mironi on February 28, 2012
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Just an amazing album. Great artist with lots f talent and great lyric on this Pil 2. Great production and features. Must buy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. on February 29, 2012
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I have been an avid listener of hip hop for over 15 years now, so I know all about Ja's back story: the rise and the fall. Now considering majority of the hip hop world has written him off, you wouldnt think listening to PIL2 would change your mind. Think again. Not only does Ja still have the ability to make a bonafide hip hop crossover banger, this time he does it with pure honesty and depth. This is not your typical floss and flaunt it rap album. With tales of the dark side of fame and longings for better times, Ja Rule has never sounded so refreshing as an artist. Gone is the youthful womanizing thug. In its place stands a mature man who prior to finishing this album, faced his last moments of freedom before serving a 2 year prison bid. If you really do your research on where Ja was at in his life prior to this album, it makes the experience all the more believable. There is a dark undertone throughout PIL2, despite the extravagant production from 7 Aurelius. No high profile guest features here...just Ja. It's crazy how different this album is to the original Pain is Love, but definitely different in a good way.

There are no faults that I can think of, other than it being slightly short overall. This one's made me fan all over again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shaun Meger on February 28, 2012
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I downloaded the mp3 copy, its a great album. only one song i didnt like that much spun a web. The rest of the tracks were great. I hope this album goes platinum or better. Im a ja rule fan from day one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fernando Rueda on February 28, 2012
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Nobady cant say that he is not a good artist, He has show that he has the rhymin and the flow for raping or signing .... Ja is Back and there is noone better than him ...... Rule Bebe.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stefan P. on February 28, 2012
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Simply put, this album has an amazing vibe and it's definitely my most favorite album to date. No wonder - with 7 Aurelius (producer) on board, you can only get hits and classic material. There are no filler tracks, just play and enjoy the ride!

What artist would spend his last days and hours of freedom in the studio, recording an album? This definitely shows Ja Rule's love for his fans and his dedication to music.

The concept of this album is truly amazing. It's like art. If you don't know Ja's story before this album, then I'd recommend you to listen some of his past albums to get a better view of PIL2's lyrics. This album brings back a lot of precious memories, especially for those like me who grew up with Ja Rule's music.

In other words: Definitely a MUST-HAVE!
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