Ja Rule Turns Himself In To Begin Serving Two-Year Prison Term

By Allen Starbury  |  06/08/2011

Ja RuleIt's official, rapper Ja Rule is behind bars.

The rapper (real name: Jeffrey Atkins) turned himself into authorities at a New York courthouse on Wednesday (June 8) to begin serving a two-year prison term.

Longtime producer, Seven, told TMZ that Ja spent his last moments of freedom with some private time with his wife, close friends, and family members, right before he was taken behind closed doors.

The last thing he said to everyone was: "Real life is a fantasy, f*** fame ... I'm ready for this to get over with. I am focused," said Seven.

Ja Rule's two-year sentence was handed down in February after pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon, stemming from a 2007 arrest, in which cops found a loaded semi-automatic handgun in his sports car.

While in jail, the rapper plans to get a lot done. He wants to get his GED, write a book, and even learn an instrument, if time permits it.

On the outside, he's got a ton of material recorded, which will be released in the coming months -- including P.ain I.s L.ove 2, followed by The Renaissance Project. In the last couple months, he's shot a slew of music videos as well.