Once predominant hip-hop star, Ja Rule, didn't celebrate upon the release of his long awaited Pain Is Love 2 project, when it dropped on Tuesday (February 29), because he is behind bars, serving out a two-year sentence for a previous gun possession charge.
Instead, the 36-year-old rapper called into Sirius/XM Hip-Hop Nation show, "Ear Candy Mornings," to discuss how he's holding up during his incarceration thus far, and of course, his first new album since 2004's R.U.L.E.
During the long radio interview, Ja Rule touches a variety of topics, including how he feels about artists like Drake and Kanye adopting his style of blending melodies into hip-hop.
"I love it," he said of melodic hip-hop music dominating the airwaves. "I love to hear the melodies in the records. Music is music. I think people get that twisted like, 'Nah, this is hip-hop, or this rock, or... R&B.' Hip-hop is the only one that can mesh with all of those sounds and make for good music. When I hear it in the music, I smile. I love to hear it. I love to listen to Drake, I love Kanye ... all of these artists that make good music. That's what it's all about. It's not just about putting on a breakbeat and rhyming over it anymore. That's where we all started, but things elevate and things change. I think I kinda was in that zone, I wouldn't say I was ahead of my time, because I sold plenty of records doing it."
Mid-way through the interview, Ja steps away for a mandatory head count, but calls back and continues, further discussing Pray for the Day foundation, prison accomplishments such as getting his GED, and support for Irv Gotti as the next Def Jam president, among other things.
Listen to the full audio interview below (via Rap-Up.com):
Pain Is Love 2 is out now, via Fontana. Get your copy now at Amazon.com.