October 20, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

Rule 3:36

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Ja Rule
Producers
Def Jam
genre
Hip-Hop/Rap
We gave it a B

Where his debut was a barking homage to mentor DMX, the solid follow-up Rule 3:36 is a soft-focus close-up of Ja Rule’s sensitive side. ”Put It on Me” and ”I Cry” showcase a budding loverman, lyrically capable of that rarest of rap expressions — sincerity. (If the delivery borrows from Tupac at his treacliest, so be it.) Dodge the filler, hit repeat on ”Between Me and You,” and you have another rap rarity — a moderately ambitious, moderately successful sophomore album. B

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