Unruly: The Highs and Lows of Becoming a Man [NOOK Book]

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Ja Rule
International Platinum Recording Star

Ja Rule has sold 30 million records worldwide. His unwavering talent has relentlessly captured our attention with his addictive beats, clever lyrics and his undeniable presence. Ja Rule has been performing for over a decade to audiences that can't get enough of his distinctively raw sound. His triumphs have brought him ...

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Unruly: The Highs and Lows of Becoming a Man

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Overview

Ja Rule
International Platinum Recording Star

Ja Rule has sold 30 million records worldwide. His unwavering talent has relentlessly captured our attention with his addictive beats, clever lyrics and his undeniable presence. Ja Rule has been performing for over a decade to audiences that can't get enough of his distinctively raw sound. His triumphs have brought him undreamed-of success and celebrity; his tribulations have visited upon him notoriety and unforgiving media attention. But who is Ja Rule?

Multiple-Award-Winning Artist

Unruly reveals the real man behind the persona that dominates the stage and emerges from his music. In this emotive page-turner, we get to know who lives behind the performer. Ja Rule, honestly and unapologetically, delves into the pain of being a fatherless child, raised by a single mother, and eventually growing to fulfill his dreams of becoming an iconic figure in hip-hop and beyond. He shares his humble and bold reflections, which are meant to be proof for young people everywhere that if you can see it, you can be it. And he speaks with brutal candor of his own staggering mistakes, including gun possession, senseless violence, drug dealing, petty theft, substances and alcohol, and, ultimately, landing behind bars.

Hip-Hop Impresario

Unruly is riveting and humorous—as Ja Rule shares stories close to his heart: losing his virginity in a stairwell landing, falling head over heels in love with his junior high school sweetheart and going on to make her his wife and the mother of his children—and refreshing and surprising, with rich stories ranging from renting $30,000-a-month mansions, to scrubbing his own prison cell, to traveling the world, becoming enriched by foreign cultures and sounds.

Husband, Father, Son

This intimate book is a collection of powerful memories and lessons, reflecting a certain vulnerability that can only be interpreted as inner strength. Here we see Ja Rule for the sensitive, loving person that he has become. Unruly shows that the souls of young urban men are often unseen. Here is a truly revolutionary effort from a gifted, passionate artist.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
01/01/2014
Actor, singer, songwriter, rap legend: Ja Rule has it all, plus two years in federal prison and the experience of raising a teenage son, which he uses to speak to the single mothers ofyoung African American males. With a 50,000-copy first printing.
Publishers Weekly
06/09/2014
In this memoir, Ja Rule, an internationally known rapper-actor, offers revealing insights into his life, including a bitter lockdown at Oneida Correctional Facility in upstate New York, as well as escapades in his hometown of Queens, N.Y., where he enjoyed pot-smoking, easy sex, and the lure of the gang life in the projects. Yet he survived the hazards of drug dealing to emerge as a defining force in hip-hop, featuring political and cultural messages in his sound. A high school dropout, the entertainer, now 38 years old, first won roaring success in 1999 when his debut album Venni Vetti Vecci sold nearly two million copies. At that time, he joined the legendary 1999 Hard Knock Tour with DMX, Jay Z, Redman, and Method Man; he feuded with fellow rapper 50 Cent—a feud that only ended when Minister Louis Farrakhan brokered a truce; experienced a career downturn; and received death threats from old rivals in the drug game. Ja Rule’s candid, unvarnished view of guns, drugs, depression, fame, lust, love, and family and that makes this a remarkable memoir and a worthy read. (July)
Irv Gotti
“It takes a big man to share his entire life, inside and out, and especially the things he’s not proud of. I’ve known Ja forever and I’ve always seen his greatness, but Unruly is truly special.”
Queen Latifah
“I’ve known Ja for years, and yet reading this book made me feel like I was meeting a new man. His struggles have been many, but he’s come out stronger for them. Unruly is a remarkable look at someone I consider a dear friend.”
Russell Simmons
“I am so impressed that Ja is willing to share [his] pain with the world in the hope of preventing others from making the same mistakes. This is a book of raw wisdom and hope.”
Queen Latifah
“I’ve known Ja for years, and yet reading this book made me feel like I was meeting a new man. His struggles have been many, but he’s come out stronger for them. Unruly is a remarkable look at someone I consider a dear friend.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062316196
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/2014
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 34,569
  • File size: 512 KB

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Atkins, more popularly known by his stage name Ja Rule, is a rapper, singer, songwriter and actor from Queens, New York. He has released seven studio albums since 1999 and has sold over thirty million records worldwide. In addition to having Grammy and American Music Award nominations, he has won several awards, including MTV Music Awards, World Music Awards, Teen Choice Awards, NAACP Image Awards, and GQ’s Man of the Year Award. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and children.

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  • Posted July 2, 2014

    Got my iTunes copy of this book 2 days ago, i was hooked till i

    Got my iTunes copy of this book 2 days ago, i was hooked till i finished it the next day. I realized looking at someones life with a passion could help guide yours.. This is a good read, so not only do I want to own the audio, I want to own the hard copy as well.
    Loved it.. #A1

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