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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  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 5 out of 10
  1. Feb 4, 2012
    His lyrics were "Aight" but he needs to stop trying to be 2pac. He cant imitate a legend. Hopefully Pain is love 2 is good cuz ive been waiting for a awhile Expand

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