Steve Jones of USA Today spoke with Ja Rule, who gave his explanation to why success has drawn criticism from hip-hop fans and colleagues who accuse him of going soft. “When you reach a certain level,” he says, “a lot of people start taking stabs at you. You find a lot of artists who start putting downward pressure on you. I just keep making hit records. You’ve got to make the people who go out and buy records happy.” Read more.