This week’s From The Vault selection comes from the year 2001 in the form of Ja Rule’s ‘Down Ass Chick’. The song features his then Murder Inc labelmate Charli Baltimore and was released as the 4th single off his ‘Pain Is Love’ album. A moderate hit, ‘Down Ass Chick’ peaked at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 and failed to match the success of the other songs released from the LP, all of which peaked in the top 10 of the chart.
O Ja Rule, why has the music industry forsaken thee? He had such an impressive voice and brought a unique sound to Hip-Hop. However, as we all know, 50 Cent put an end to that.
Nonetheless, it is amusing that while 50 accused Ja Rule of singing more than rapping, he himself has adopted the same approach with own records; doing more singing than rapping on many of his hits including ‘Candy Shop’ and ‘Magic Stick’. Now it looks like karma has finally caught up with 50 because he finds himself on the edge of irrelevancy like all the other artists he helped destroy.