Pain Is Love - Ja Rule
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  • Summary: Released after a string of successful singles and albums (including 2000's 'Rule 3:36' LP), 'Pain Is Love' features contributions from Jennifer Lopez, Missy Elliott, and 2Pac.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Like his frequent compadre Jay-Z, Rule loves his old-school R&B, but Rule's samples and grooves, rooted in '80s dance-floor pop, are more tuneful.
  2. What makes it a slightly better album than Rule 3:36, though, is the album's consistency.
  3. The hip-hopper's gravelly vocal style benefits greatly from the many collaborations here.
  4. The tracks on this album contain the right beats to make listeners' heads bounce. But more thoughtful music lovers will simply shake their heads at the profuse profanity and misogynistic philosophies Ja Rule perpetuates with Pain Is Love.
  5. Ja Rule seems to be more interested in movin' on up (to the pop side) than keeping grounded on the gangsta grid.
  6. Ja Rule's only real gift is for crafting undeniable pop hooks. That talent is underrated, but it still does little to cover up the rapper's derivative lyrics and crassly recycled 2Pacisms.
  7. 40
    Rule's raw, worn vocal recalls 2Pac, a style perfect for the title track's state-of-the-nation address but wasted on fodder like "Smokin' And Ridin.'" [Jan 2002, p.140]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 5 out of 10
  1. LovM.
    Jan 15, 2002
    JaRule is not only sounding good but hes looking good to! What else can u ask for? This time around his c.d. has alot more love songs but w/o the mushy beat. All his songs are poppin and the beat is off the hook. Plus his remixes w/ J.Lo and him featuring girls on his songs makes it alot phatter. Expand
  2. ShaunS.
    Apr 30, 2002
    This Album Is Phat And That Is all You Need To Know!!1
  3. Francheskastotz
    Dec 24, 2002
    This C.D is off da hook. I really love the way Ja wirtes his raps . He is soo sexy in all of his vidios my favorite is I Cry feat. lilmo One day ill meet Ja no matter how E-SIDE FO SHO MURDER INC Expand
  4. billb
    Dec 21, 2001
    this album was weak. Venni Vitti Vicci was the best album i've ever heard, but his albums keep on getting worse and worse.
  5. ShadyInc.
    Dec 26, 2003
    Too bad scores don't go into the negatives. Ja Rule is a faggot and he sucks ass. Tell this cookie monster to go to hell, his music sucks, and he aint pac. Expand
  6. SomeGuy
    Jul 12, 2004
    wak as fuk... ja rule is a big pussy
  7. goatman
    Mar 19, 2005

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