Ja Rule mugshot

Ja Rule may be behind bars, serving time on a tax evasion charge, but he’ll be free in a matter of months.

According to Associated Press, the rapper (real name: Jeffery Atkins) is scheduled to be released from prison on July 28th.

The date follows last week’s news that Ja had left state prison in central New York after serving most of his two-year sentence for illegal gun possession, and was taken into federal custody for charges stemming from a tax evasion case.

Ja is currently incarcerated in Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center for prisoners awaiting court dates or have short terms left on their sentences.

The rapper was busted in 2007 on a gun charge outside of New York’s Beacon Theater. He would begin serving a two-year prison sentence in June 2011, and a judge ruled that he could concurrently serve that sentence and another for tax evasion.

His lawyer recently said that Ja is excited to be released from prison so he can pay back his $1.1 million debt to the government.

“Many people are looking forward to experiencing his talent again,” said defense attorney Stacey Richman, who also noted that he’s looking forward to his daughter’s graduation. “He’s a devoted father.”