Ja Rule’s new album, Rule 3:36, is not nearly as good as his first, Venni Vetti Vecci. It is as simple as that. In fact, on a first run through of the album, it seems that no tracks are worth listening to in their entirety. But after a second listening, I decided that a quarter of the CD (four songs) is actually very good. I especially like ‘6 Feet Underground.’ Ja Rule definitely recruited those talking mice from the movie Babe for this one … listen to it, you’ll know what I am talking about.
The female backgrounds with Ja Rule’s voiceover (“Love Me, Hate Me”) are much better than his former attempts. Tracks like “I’ll Fuck You Girl” has some bad, but nevertheless funny humor. But overall, the beats and lyrics are very familiar. After reliving Venni, I realized that his phrasing is similar throughout both albums. This isn’t always a bad thing, but in rap, new lyrics and concepts are key.
Overall, the album is decent. Some good tracks, some good beats. If four songs are all it takes for you to buy a CD, pick this one up. If not, download it off Napster (but by all means, avoid those remixes with Dr. Dre that are already popping up.)
Archived article by Josh Plotnik