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Unruly: The Highs and Lows of Becoming a Man Hardcover – July 1, 2014
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“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)
From the Back Cover
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?
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.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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. :)
as talented and gifted, he knew she and a knowledge when he messed up, and he repented.
I would recommend this book. Again, I will reinerate, beware of the language, he has a potty mouth at times.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I did not find Unruly to be that entertaining of a book. It is an easier short read. I read the entire book during one day's worth of plane travel. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lurch
I absolutely love ja'rule. The thing that annoys me about today's society is if one fake hard core rapper doesn't like Ja'rule then he's a wangster and he's this and that and 50... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was filled with bad language and a lot of gangster talk. I found it repeated thru out the pages. I got bored with it.Published 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
A real, and important story for young men of all races to read. Mistakes happen, redemption is possible if you learn from those mistakes.Published 12 months ago by Sam