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“I’ve known Ja for years, and yet reading this book made me feel like I was meeting a new man. His struggles have been many, but he’s come out stronger for them. Unruly is a remarkable look at someone I consider a dear friend.” (Queen Latifah)

“It takes a big man to share his entire life, inside and out, and especially the things he’s not proud of. I’ve known Ja forever and I’ve always seen his greatness, but Unruly is truly special.” (Irv Gotti)

“I am so impressed that Ja is willing to share [his] pain with the world in the hope of preventing others from making the same mistakes. This is a book of raw wisdom and hope.” (Russell Simmons)

“Ja Rule’s candid, unvarnished view of guns, drugs, depression, fame, lust, love, and family makes this a remarkable memoir and a worthy read.” (Publishers Weekly)

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Ja Rule
International Platinum Recording Star

Ja Rule has sold 30 million records worldwide. His unwavering talent has relentlessly captured our attention with his addictive beats, clever lyrics and his undeniable presence. Ja Rule has been performing for over a decade to audiences that can't get enough of his distinctively raw sound. His triumphs have brought him undreamed-of success and celebrity; his tribulations have visited upon him notoriety and unforgiving media attention. But who is Ja Rule?

Multiple-Award-Winning Artist

Unruly reveals the real man behind the persona that dominates the stage and emerges from his music. In this emotive page-turner, we get to know who lives behind the performer. Ja Rule, honestly and unapologetically, delves into the pain of being a fatherless child, raised by a single mother, and eventually growing to fulfill his dreams of becoming an iconic figure in hip-hop and beyond. He shares his humble and bold reflections, which are meant to be proof for young people everywhere that if you can see it, you can be it. And he speaks with brutal candor of his own staggering mistakes, including gun possession, senseless violence, drug dealing, petty theft, substances and alcohol, and, ultimately, landing behind bars.

Hip-Hop Impresario

Unruly is riveting and humorous—as Ja Rule shares stories close to his heart: losing his virginity in a stairwell landing, falling head over heels in love with his junior high school sweetheart and going on to make her his wife and the mother of his children—and refreshing and surprising, with rich stories ranging from renting $30,000-a-month mansions, to scrubbing his own prison cell, to traveling the world, becoming enriched by foreign cultures and sounds.

Husband, Father, Son

This intimate book is a collection of powerful memories and lessons, reflecting a certain vulnerability that can only be interpreted as inner strength. Here we see Ja Rule for the sensitive, loving person that he has become. Unruly shows that the souls of young urban men are often unseen. Here is a truly revolutionary effort from a gifted, passionate artist.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Amistad (July 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062316176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062316172
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Overall, it was a pretty interesting book to me, as I am an autobiography junky. :)
llcoolv
We all have different versions of what a good life is so an open mind is necessary to understand his struggle.
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I love Ja rule his book is amazing have not finished reading it but its really interesting.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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There comes a time in all of our lives where we have to take the time out to look in the mirror and take stock of the person we have become and how we got there. For many this is a way of not just recognizing the flaws but apprecating the blessings that were a part of the journey. This is exactly what I got from Ja Rule's book UNRULY.

Many of us got to know the music that the man created, but he takes us into the man that he was before the hit songs and the celebrity lifestyle. We are able to understand the mechanics of how he dealt with real-life situations, the events in his life that set the stage for the success as well as what may have led him to take the wrong turns at times along the way. UNRULY is the story of Ja Rule, but it is moreso the confessions of Jeffrey Atkins: someone who was dreams big, loves hard and gives himself fully into his passion.

Shakespeare told us that 'all the world's a stage' and we are merely players, carrying out our role. For Jeffrey and Ja Rule those roles might appear contradictory to one another but at the end of the day they are one man trying to be understood and free---and we can all relate to that.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tina on July 6, 2014
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So candid and insightful, Jeffrey Atkins the man is much larger than Ja Rule the persona. I wish for him everything he wants to obtain for himself and his family. Tons of growth and development here.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Emmanuel Borkor Nuakoh on July 4, 2014
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Finally got the chance to read most of the things I needed to hear from the man himself.. Good read!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kiwes on July 24, 2014
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Well, what hasn't Jeffrey Atkins a/k/a Ja Rule, been through? I'm sure there is much he left out of his memoir, but it was important for him to speak about what matters--his reputation as a rapper, his humanity, being a father and loving husband.

It was nice to see Rule grow as he told his story, which is very familiar for many of us having grown up poor, in the projects and the mean streets of the ghetto. From having an absent father, to a mother who worked hard to put food on the table and keep her son close to her heart. His early beginnings sort of stunned me because I couldn't imagine him having such a religious background. I suppose it felt weird reading his upbringing based on the news reports we all heard or read.

He came clean, as any celebrity can, about his beef with 50 Cent and the take down of his record label Murder, Inc. His words were poetic in some ways and mesmerizing as he told of his drug dealing days and coming so close to death a few times. Thank God behind every good man is a greater woman, and his wife who certainly is his ride or die, stood firm beside her man in all that he did. I'm sure it wasn't easy having a famous husband who liked the ladies.

Ja is back better than ever and living his life. He's been out of prison for about a year now, and it is my hope for him that he never ever sees the inside of a real jail cell again. It's one thing to portray an inmate on the silver screen, but to actually live it is an entirely different matter. This is a pretty decent read.

My only criticisms would be there weren't any pictures in the Kindle version, which is a bummer for a fan, and his story jumped around a great deal to the point it was hard to concentrate on one thing or another. As soon as he got me interested in one area, he would jump to something else. However, it doesn't take much away from his story and it's a good read. I say well done. I wish you the best Ja!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on July 12, 2014
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I have listened to the rough and smooth verses spoken by JaRule at the height of his music career- the most memorable-Always on my mind. His voice commands attention and the message he sends in Unruly: The Highs and Lows of Becoming a Man merits attention as well. Like his rap, the message he shares is inviting and unpolished. He delivers the message in straight shooter fashion where he takes no prisoners. He speaks with authority and there is no doubting that he speaks truth. To often inquiring minds want to know but fail to seek answers from the right source. I am of the inquiring minds and I am interested in the unseen/unheard influences that factor into the decisions made by black males . I postulate that the why's of black men are much the same as those of other men irregardless of color and/ or ethnicity. Unruly cultivates understanding where there is ignorance and eloquently lays the foundation of all our existences. Read and decide for yourself whether or not you are your brother's keeper. This is much more than story telling it is a lesson not soon forgotten. I highly recommend it to young and old as it's message is one we all can learn from.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LezaMichelle on August 13, 2014
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I enjoyed reading Unruly. He wrote as though he was telling his story to one of his old friends. Years ago as Ja Rule's music was coming out I remember just enjoying it, the sound, the beats and his raspy voice. But now I know some of the stories, the joys, the sweat and pain that when with the lyrics and music. Unruly was an easy read with a nice flow.

If you want to know how Ja Rule became the man that he is or if you've wondered what ever became of Ja Rule I suggest you read the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By llcoolv on July 18, 2014
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Pretty good book. I have been a Ja fan since the 90's and I read the book in one day, as soon as I received it.
With the exception of Ja's jail journals that had several misspellings, the book was written pretty well and covers his life from childhood to the days of The Inc. being investigated, his time in jail, as well as the beef that the rap industry comes with.
Overall, it was a pretty interesting book to me, as I am an autobiography junky. :)
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