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Jan 19, 2024

The Veteran Rapper Makes a Bold Claim About His Legacy in Hip-Hop

Ja Rule Asserts His Place Among the Top 50 Rappers

Ja Rule has claimed that it is “statistically impossible” for him to not be considered a top 50 rapper of all time.

Ja was previously left off Billboard and VIBE’sTop 50 Greatest Rappers of All Time list, which ranked JAY-Z as Hip Hop’s finest MC.

The “Always on Time” rapper previously hit out at the list on X, writing: “There ain’t 50 rappers dead, alive or waiting to be born better than me… #ICONN #Vibes @billboard congrats to everyone on the list well deserved but check my resume… #ICONN #Vibes.”

But now he has offered a more in-depth criticism of the list and his exclusion during an appearance on The Tamron Hall Show.

“I’m not a hater. Congrats to everyone on the list,” he said. “[But] these lists, they’re meaningless because music is subjective. You like who you want to like, you know everybody has their favorite artist.

Ja Rule Asserts His Place Among the Top 50 Rappers

“But my thing was: this is a list comprised by Billboard. They do numbers and statistics, if I’m not mistaken. Ok so, that list is impossible to make without Ja Rule being on it — statistically impossible.”

He continued: “There are artists that don’t have number one records, don’t have number one albums. I’m not knocking anybody on the list because, like I said, music is subjective.

“And when it comes to some of the older artists, you kind of got to go by different metrics because they didn’t have the sales. But I said what I said.”

Watch his comments at the 0:58 mark below.

In their criteria for the list, Billboard and VIBE looked at an artist’s achievements including sales and certifications, cultural impact, longevity, lyrics and flow.

In the late ’90s and early ’00s, Ja Rule was one of the most notable artists in all of Hip Hop, best known for a string successful hits including “Always on Time,” “I’m Real,” “Mesmerize” and “New York.”

Over the course of his career, Ja sold over 30 million records and clocked up two Billboard Hot 100 number one singles.

He has not released an album since 2012’s Pain is Love 2, which only debuted at No. 197 on the Billboard 200, but he is currently working on a new album which he’s calling a “classic.”

Other commercially successful artists to be left off the Top 50 Rappers list include Nelly, Fat Joe, The Game, Big Boi and Talib Kweli.

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