Ja Rule was on Last Call with Carson Daly on Wednesday where he promoted his new album and new movie before performing ‘Thug Lovin” again without Bobby Brown. Ja had good things to say about the success of Eminem in ‘8 Mile’, saying it opens a big door for hip hop stars and is helping him secure more movie roles and interest in his own scripts. As for rival DMX, he was sounding pretty smug. “I think he’s really pissed at me,” he said. “You know, I’m havin’ a good time right now, man. I’m, you know, doin’ movies, you know, making records.
I’m having a good time. I mean, you know, I think it’s a thing where he — he’s cold right now. You know what I mean? And I’m hot. And he’s seeking for ways to get hot. He’s scrambled. You know what I mean? He’s like a wild pit bull right now. Like — he doesn’t
know how to get hot right now. And he’s — really, he’s barking up the wrong tree. I’m not the dude for that. You know what I’m sayin’?” Read on for a complete transcript.
Carson: Welcome back. My next guest has one of the most distinctive voices
in music. He’s sold millions of records, and now he’s making quite a name
for himself in movies. Please welcome Ja Rule.
[ Cheers and applause ]
Carson: It’s murder!
[ Cheers and applause ] What up?
Ja Rule: What’s up, carson? How you been, man?
Carson: Good to have you back on the show, man. Thank you.
Ja Rule: I’m glad to be here.
Carson: How are you?
Ja Rule: I’m good, man, good.
Carson: Yeah, I was checking you out on the cover. I don’t know if you
all saw it. On “the new york times,” you were talking about the business
of rap. And you mentioned your love for expensive jewelry.
[ Ja Rule laughs ] How much — like, you right now, how much are you
wearing? What’s all that worth, may I ask?
Ja Rule: Oh.
[ Light laughter ] Probably about a quarter. Maybe a little less.
Carson: $225,000 on your body right now?
Ja Rule: Yeah, about something like that.
[ Random cheers ]
Carson: What’s the most expensive piece you’ve bought at one time?
Ja Rule: Um — I don’t know, man. I don’t know.
[ Light laughter ] It probably was something for my wife, man. She —
she goes harder than me, man.
[ Audience aws ]
Carson: That is crazy. Do you ever — do you get nervous at all, walking
around with all of that, or —
Ja Rule: I don’t — you know, I mean, I got different sets. I wear this
sometimes. You know, and sometimes I wear my gold set. And my red gold
Ja Rule: And whatever.
Carson: We were talking — about this time last year, I think, you were
still filming “half past dead.”
Ja Rule: Yeah, I was out in germany around this time last year. Trying
to get home for thanksgiving.
Carson: Which is nuts. Tell us first about the film. I know it has something
to do with guys breaking into jail, which doesn’t make any sense.
Ja Rule: Yeah. It’s actually kinda crazy. There’s a guy on the inside
that robbed the money train for $200 million of U.S. Gold. And he’s about
to get the death penalty. So he’s kinda gonna take his secret with him
to the grave, where he hid all the money.
Ja Rule: And so, like, crooked federal agents have been coming around,
you know, offering him amnesty and, you know, all types of deals.
Carson: Is that nick? Is that your character?
Ja Rule: No. I play one of the characters that’s already in prison,
that, you know, try to fenagle him to get some of that money myself.
Ja Rule: Carn: Right.
Ja Rule: Yeah, so it’s kinda hot. It’s kinda hot.
Carson: And steven seagal is in it.
Ja Rule: Steven seagal is in it. You know, he’s my — he plays my best
friend in the movie.
Carson: Definitely — definitely “in the movie.”
Ja Rule: Yeah, yeah.
Carson: Steven seagal like hip-hop at all?
Ja Rule: Yeah, he’s actually a hip-hop fan. He likes it. He likes music,
actually, a lot.
Carson: The movie takes place at alcatraz.
Ja Rule: Yeah.
Carson: Why did you guys shoot at a prison in germany? I mean, it’s
hollywood. Couldn’t you guys go to burbank or something?
[ Light laughter ] I mean, couldn’t they re-create it somewhere there?
Ja Rule: They could have, but I think — I think it’s, you know, money
issues. It’s cheaper to shoot way over there than it is here.
Carson: They could’ve gone to, like, montreal or something. Everybody’s
up in canada.
Ja Rule: I think they wanted that cold, wet feeling of alcatraz.
Ja Rule: And wanted to get one of them old, like, kind of jails.
Ja Rule: So berlin was a perfect pick.
Carson: Remember — we did the mtv show for the troops.
Ja Rule: Yeah.
Carson: Remember how gray it was?
Ja Rule: Exactly.
Carson: I mean, it is cold, gray.
Ja Rule: And that’s how the jail was, cold and dark and gray. So —
[ Light laughter ]
Carson: Nothing worse than a jail in germany.
Ja Rule: Exactly, exactly.
Carson: How hard was that for you to be disciplined on the set of a
film coming from the music, where you’re used to sort of jumping and boppin’
around town and staying relevant to the music? I mean, you were way over
Ja Rule: You know, I had a lot of fun out there. They gave me a lot
of room to do a lot of things that I wanted to do, you know. They let me
get to go home a lot more than I was supposed to. You know what I’m sayin’?
I ain’t tellin’ on you, clint. But, you know, they let me go home. And
you’re not supposed to go — leave the set. When you’re there, you’re there,
and that’s that. But —
Carson: People don’t realize — when you’re making a movie, you could
be there six months. And you can’t ski. You can’t hurt yourself. You can’t
Ja Rule: You can’t do nothin’. You gotta ay there and just do the movie.
But they gave me a little —
Carson: You’d just jet in.
Ja Rule: Yeah, I was jetting in. I was going to boxing matches.
Carson: You were going to boxing — “I’m going to vegas. That’s a wrap!”
Ja Rule: Yeah, I was going to vegas to fights and stuff. I was sneaking
out, man. I wasn’t telling them sometimes.
Carson: Right. How do you feel — do you like watching yourself on the
Ja Rule: Yeah, I love it, man.
Carson: Does it trip you out a little bit?
Ja Rule: I love it.
[ Light laughter ] Kinda, ’cause you’re so big. Like, your face is so
[ Laughter ] — On the screen, you know? It’s like any pimple, anything
you got is like extra — probably as big as your real face.
[ Laughter ] It was crazy.
Carson: You like the acting thing, huh?
Ja Rule: I love it.
Carson: It’s crazy. Em’s “8 mile,” $55. That blows — that blows the
whole thing out, wide open, right?
Ja Rule: It’s a beautiful thing, you know what I mean? I mean —
[ Applause ]
Carson: It’s good for hip-hop. It’s good for music.
Ja Rule: Great for hip-hop. It’s good for movies. It’s good — I think
it wakes up hollywood, you know?
Ja Rule: You know, they’re a little hesitant to do certain things. And,
you know, em just went and took it —
Carson: Opened up a lot of doors for probably a lot of people.
Ja Rule: Yeah, yeah. They’re gonna — they’re gonna — you know, I wrote
two scripts myself, you know. And I been, you know, lettin’ ’em in on it.
And they’re so excited on the scripts. But they’re a little scared to push
the button. You know what I mean? So now that they see the $54 million,
the button’s gettin’ pushed like this.
[ Laughter ]
Ja Rule: “Yo, you got some scripts, ja?”
[ Laughter ] So it’s cool.
Carson: I wanna mention “the last temptation.” And quickly, people are
always talking about your beef with DMX. So give me a little bit on it,
on where it not really stems from, but are you really pissed atim?
Mn, I think he’s really pissed ame. You know, I’m havin’ a good time
right now, man. I’m, you know, doin’ movies, you know, making records.
I’m having a good time. I mean, you know, I think it’s a thing where he
— he’s cold right now. You know what I mean? And I’m hot.
[ Light laughter ] And he’s seeking for ways to get hot. He’s scrambled.
You know what I mean? He’s like a wild pit bull right now. Like — he doesn’t
know how to get hot right now. And he’s — really, he’s barking up the
wrong tree. I’m not the dude for that. You know what I’m sayin’?
Ja Rule: So he needs to pick, like, another opponent or something.
Ja Rule: Carn:N: Yeah.
Ja Rule: Yeah.
Carson: Okay. Good lookin’ out.
[ Ja Rule laughs ] Thanks.
Ja Rule: You know?
Carson: All right. That’s it, man. I’m gonna let you perform “you got
it goin’ on.” H, for sure.
Carson: Wnasand the family — eers and applause ] — Murder inc. Ja
Rule hits the stage when we get back, right after this.