R.U.L.E. Once the balladeer of hip-hop, Ja Rule has been struggling to restore thug cred ever since 50 Cent trashed his mainstream appeal. But the sole… R.U.L.E. Once the balladeer of hip-hop, Ja Rule has been struggling to restore thug cred ever since 50 Cent trashed his mainstream appeal. But the sole… 2004-11-08 Ja Rule Hip-Hop/Rap
Music Review

R.U.L.E. (2004)

EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Nov 08, 2004; Lead Performance: Ja Rule; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Once the balladeer of hip-hop, Ja Rule has been struggling to restore thug cred ever since 50 Cent trashed his mainstream appeal. But the sole standouts on R.U.L.E. — the heartfelt ''Passion'' and the Ashanti—R. Kelly collaboration ''Wonderful'' — suggest he might want to stick to raspy romanticism.

Originally posted Nov 26, 2004 Published in issue #794 Nov 26, 2004 Order article reprints