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Ja Rule Pain Is Love


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Pain Is Love - (skit) | Dial M For Murder | Livin' It Up (featuring Case) | INC., The | Always On Time | Down A** B**ch | Never Again | Worldwide Gangsta | Leo - (skit) | Lost Little Girl | So Much Pain | Pain Is Love
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The artist whose mom knows him as Jeff Atkins has carved out a nasty niche at the rougher end of the hip-hop spectrum -- but from the sound of his third solo set, Ja Rule seems to be more interested in movin' on up (to the pop side) than keeping grounded on the gangsta grid. To be sure, Rule's scraggly voice and epithet-fueled rhymes can still send shivers up the spine on punishing tracks like "Dial M for Murder." And yes, he's still got a feel for head-bobbing hedonism, as he proves on the low-slung "Smokin' and Ridin''." Trouble is, he's having trouble focusing on the darker side of life -- as anyone who's been spending spare time with J-Lo and Mariah Carey well might. His side trips to aural St. Tropez (as captured in the feather-light "Livin' It Up") might be a ball for him to experience, but his brittle flow doesn't really convey it, sounding starkly out of place in the glitzy surroundings. When he shakes the stardust from his boots, he still exudes plenty of intensity -- see the smoldering "X" -- and a good bit of in-your-face grandiosity ("Never Again" finds him likening himself to Jesus Christ). It's tough to keep one foot in the 'hood and one in the 'Wood (as in Holly), so Ja Rule is at a telling fork in the career road -- and he's not tipping his hand about which way he's gonna go.

DAVID SPRAGUE
(October 2, 2001)



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 Author: tazzifyoudare

Number 8 of 8





Subject: He could of done better!
Rating: 3 | Somewhat Disagreed with the RS Review
Date: 10/20/2001 10:22:37 AM

Ja rule has a lot of talent,indeed.But he didnt use all of his talent on this cd.Some of the songs on this pain is love cd are just plain stupid.But most of the song are good enought to hear over and over again!


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 Author: Ja_rules_lover

Number 7 of 8





Subject: Ja Baby your new CD id just as hot as you
Rating: 5 |
Date: 10/18/2001 7:08:03 PM

I think that Ja is da finest thing that ever walked this earth, he is so fine and cute and his CD is the bomb too, so everyone go and get it


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 Author: PainIsLove336

Number 6 of 8





Subject: Pain is love is the hot CD
Rating: 5 | Somewhat Disagreed with the RS Review
Date: 10/14/2001 5:20:18 PM

THis Cd is awesome!!!!!!!!!!! The best songs r "I'm Real", "Lost Little Girl", "Livin' It Up", and "Smokin and Ridin".....If u dont like this CD dont rite about it! but there probly aint nobody that dont like Ja!!!! RULE BABY!!!!!!!!


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