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Listen Up I Got A Story To Tell
on April 2, 2002
Ja Rule, the name of the man that is on virtually every song that comes out nowadays, released this classic debut album in 1999. While his two subsequent releases aren't nearly as good as this one, the reason for that is that he was hungrier on this album. Fighting off comparisons to the gruff voiced DMX ( they sound nothing alike) and the legend Tupac Shakur ( sounds nothing like him either ), Ja Rule carved his own little niche and gaine some cult followers with this cd.
While first appearing on Jay-Z's Can I Get A... and garnering much attention for his brilliant and fresh verse, his real breakout was the single Holla Holla. This song tore up the radio and TV during the summer of 99 and was a huge hit. Face it folk the song was classic. That song alone pushed this cd to platinum status and established Ja Rule as a household name. But people looking for an album chock full of Holla Holla type songs are in for a huge surprise. Ja Rule's grimy voice and potent lyrics are very entertaining on this debut. Packed with hard street beats and an unparalleled flow and voice, Ja Rule hits the mark dead on and is at his best. Songs like Kill Em All and World's Most Dangerous are, in one word, hardcore. Let's Ride lets the bass ride out and sounds sorta like a west coast beat. Very nice. Suicide freestyle feat. Case is a masterpiece even though it is too short. Story To Tell is another street anthem as well as the collaboration with Jay-Z and DMX (then dubbed as The Murderers, but that fell apart for some reason) It's Murda was just a glimpse of what these three could do if they joined forces. E-Dub & Ja has to be the best song on the album, with Erick Sermon providing, in my opinion, one of his best beats, and he and Ja Rule ripping the track to shreds. The chorus is also a great one.
ON this album, I believe Ja Rule got pounded for the subject matter and his frequent use of the term murderer, but I believe those critics just didn't listen to the album at all. Just peep songs such as Daddy's Little Baby feat. The great Ron Isley, a song about his daughter, or Only Begotten Son, and Race Against Time. If you would listen to the lyrics, you can hear that the man has a lot to say and provides deeper lyrics than most rappers. I think this criticism is the sole reason he switched up his style but that's beside the point.
Ja Rule's debut album Venni Vetti Vecci is a classic in my book. There are no skip songs and every song is good. The only problem I have is the stupid skits which make no freaking sense. Why not just delete them altogether? Anyways, if you even slightly like Ja Rule, then you will definitely like this album. Tight beats, choruses, and lyrics. I recommend it.