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Pain Is Love [Explicit Lyrics]

Ja Rule Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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As the flagship artist for producer Irv Gotti's Def Jam-affiliated Murder Inc. label, Ja Rule became one of the rap industry's most commercially successful artists during the early 2000s, working closely with the hitmaking producer and his stable of talent. Born Jeffrey Atkins on February 29, 1976, in Queens, NY, Ja Rule established himself with Venni Vetti Vecci (1999), a hardcore ... Read more in Amazon's Ja Rule Store

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  • Audio CD (15 Oct 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Mercury Records Ltd (London)
  • ASIN: B00005ONMT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,135 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Pain Is Love (Skit) (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit] 1:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Dial M For Murder (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit] 3:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Livin' It Up [feat. Case] [Explicit] 4:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Inc. (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Caddillac Tah] [Explicit] 3:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Always On Time (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Ashanti] [Explicit] 4:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Down A** B**ch (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Chuck] [Explicit] 5:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Never Again (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit] 4:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Worldwide Gangsta (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Gotti] [Explicit] 3:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Leo (Skit) (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit] 2:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I'm Real (Murder Remix) [feat. Jennifer Lopez] [Explicit] 4:13Album Only
Listen11. Smokin' and Ridin' (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Jodie Mack] [Explicit] 4:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. X (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott] [Explicit] 5:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Big Remo (Skit) (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit]0:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Lost Little Girl (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit] 5:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. So Much Pain (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. 2Pac] [Explicit] 5:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Pain Is Love (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit] 5:04£0.79  Buy MP3 

Product Description


Like rapper DMX, Ja Rule's scratchy vocal delivery is an acquired taste. But given the success of his Lil' Mo-aided hits "Put It on Me" and "I Cry," it's no surprise that Pain Is Love follows the same formula as its predecessor, as mid-tempo grooves mix with thugged-out beats and rhymes. On "Lost Little Girl," a coming-of-age tale that charts the struggles of an urban hottie, Rule's gift for story telling shines bright. While "I'm Real (Murder Remix)," featuring Jennifer Lopez, is almost worth the purchase price alone, one must conclude that Rule is best appreciated in small doses. On "So Much Pain" Rule apes 2Pac's flow, rhyme patterns and introspection to an annoying extent. Likewise, "Down Ass Bitch" sadly sounds like another thematic take-off on Apache's "Gangsta Bitch" anthem. At least "Livin' It Up" doesn't bastardise Stevie Wonder's gem "Do I Do" too much, and the beats cooked up on "Pain Is Love" and the guitar-fuelled "Always on Time" save this release from losing all of those cool points he's earned for being a great writer. This one's strictly for the Ja Rule-initiated. --Dalton Higgins

Product Description

CD Def Jam Recordings, 586 437-2, 2001 16 Track

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My god - this album is phat! 6 Jan 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is, hands down, one of the best albums in my collection. That my not sound much at first, but my collection also contains such classics as Dr Dre's 2001 and The Chronic and 2pac's All Eyez on Me. The reason why this album is so good is because Ja Rule manages to contrast his harsh, scratchy voice with soulful, tuneful melodies and fantastic singers to match, resulting in the perfect mix. Songs that stand out on the album are 'Always On Time' with Ashanti, 'Dial M for Murder', and of course, the incredibel 'Im Real' with J.Lo. This album should be in any hip hop fan's collection, as it is one of the best albums of 2001.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pain Is Love - Get This! 5 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
After buying The Last Temptation which was average I got this CD which is simply brilliant and a must have for all hip hop fans. The Best tracks are "Worldwide Gangstas" which features Irv Gotti and many others from Murder Inc, "Never Again", "So much pain" which features a great bit at the end by 2pac and the last track "Pain is Love" which shows a slightly softer, emotional side to Ja. Aslo in with the album are the more famous tracks like "Livin it up", "Im real" and "Always on time". The skits are pretty bad, but apart from that a great album!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Unnecessary Profanity Is A Pain! 19 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
On this rather unusual album, Ja has successfully found his originality. His raspy voice is very uncommon and can become slightly irritating after a while, but other than that, I thought that it wasn't a bad album, but there was room for improvement. Unfortunately, I found that there was too much unnecessary vulgar language. I mean, yes you're allowed to express your personal feelings in your songs, but I am sure you can find many other more useful words to replace these profanities. However, I do have quite a few favourite tunes on this album, which include LIVIN' IT UP, LOST LITTLE GIRL and ALWAYS ON TIME.
Ja Rules' collaboration with Jennifer Lopez and have produced some really cool remixes. 'I'M REAL' remix was the first of many and I love this song. I'm not a real fan of Jennifer Lopez but since she has started working with Ja I have paid more attention to her work. She's not an exceptional singer and she hasn't got a special voice, but put Ja Rule and J.Lo together and you can expect something special. If you are a real Rap lover, I think that this is the perfect album for you. But I advise that you take heed of the warning on the front of the CD when it says 'explicit content'.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ja Rules, OK?! 15 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
His first album ('Rule 3:36') was brilliant, but never got the respect (and sales figures) it deserved. The singles were all amazing, but never got anywhere. Then came along Jennifer Lopez, and his part on her latest single 'I'm Real' launched into Europe. Although I don't think he needed to break into the UK by riding on the success of a diva-type actress, he's done it, and this is the outcome. Well worth any amount of money, 'Pain Is Love' is a great album - one of the best rap/r&b crossovers ever. The catchy 'Always On Time' is a bit reminscent of some of the tracks on his debut LP, but it still stands out as a ...well, stand out record. The J-Lo single is a slight disappointment, and puts a downer on the last half of the album. The 2-Pac references and inclusions sneakily acknowledge the fact that many critics think he is like 2-Pac, but they also lend credence to his music as he manages to NOT ruin the songs (as many artists generally do when they cover tracks). The Stevie Wonder cover, although slightly predictable (it seems everyone has done a cover of a Stevie Wonder track), manages to exude class, while the best track on the album BY FAR, 'Pain Is Love', showcases his talent. Definetly the rap star of now.
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4.0 out of 5 stars fantastic album! 6 April 2006
By tracy
Format:Audio CD
while reading reviews on this album i noticed they are quite mixed responses to pain is love. i dont disagree with anyone as everyone is entitled to an opinion. in my opinion i totally love this album, the beats are great and uplifting, i really enjoy listening to this. best songs are always on time, down ass bitch and never again.the skit where he is taking calls on a radio show or something is pretty cringe worthy though! i am a massive 50 cent fan but you have to give credit when its due, ja has been around longer and he blew everyone out of the water with this album. id recommend this to you if your a hip hop fan and dont get easily offended by swearing! also if you like more commercialised rap, this album is for you!!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Thisalbum is honestly, in one word, amazing. I heard JaRule a while back but never thought that much of him. Then i heard IM REAL and just fell in love with it - its a million times better than the original!! Anyway, i decided to buy the album after i loved Livin' it up too and im so glad i did coz its been in my CD player ever since! I cant go through all the tracks one by one cz they all are brill but i especially love X, numbers 2 through to 5. soz i only no them buy the numbers i play them in my CD player!! Anyway if u like cool rap with good beats then this is the cd 4 u. go out and buy it 2day!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it was great i thought 23 May 2002
Format:Audio CD
i thought that the CD album was really good,the leo i have to admit that it was really hard to understand the words but other that i thought that it was really good. The best song on the album was the one with 2pac and it really did bring back the memories of the great rapper 2pac. The album could have been better but i thought that it really is the one to buy for a presant for anyone who real;ly likes rap and by the way the song that is done with ashanti is so not pop, if it was then it would be more like Britney Spears and i dont think that that song is bad at all, the only thing that you have to be careful with is the swearing in some of the songs but the songs on the album are really good, the album is great!!! BUY IT NOW!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great Always on time was on it
Published 1 month ago by MR Andre R DANIEL
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album
This albums seemed to be played at every party I went to at the time it was released so on that basis it's full of good memories for me. Some great tracks. Read more
Published 15 months ago by AirConnolly
4.0 out of 5 stars 2001 Soundtrack
Great album... solid hits on here..great production..ja rule at his peak..a must have for all hip hop fans. Read more
Published on 16 Nov 2011 by Rico Tha God
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
This is, hands down, one of the best albums in my collection. The reason why this album is so good is because Ja Rule manages to contrast his scratchy voice with soulful, tuneful... Read more
Published on 20 Jun 2011 by Mr. R. Quddus
5.0 out of 5 stars Killa, 50 stop being boring and dissin ja for stupid reasons
This is the best rap album of 2001, no doubt about that. my faveouraite tracks are "never again" and down a** B****. Read more
Published on 9 July 2005 by "spitfire_2922"
5.0 out of 5 stars i love this album - so am i in pain then?
This album serves up Ja's most gangsta side and it's slickness and sheer quality sums up to an amazing experience. Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2005 by "mwgtn"
4.0 out of 5 stars Pain Is Love-A True Classic!
This album is brilliant!My love most of the tracks!"Lost Little Girl","Never Again","always on time" are stand out tracks,the cover of Tupac Shakurs "pain" is every bit as good as... Read more
Published on 10 Aug 2004 by "whiteghosthaze"
1.0 out of 5 stars No!
I bought this album hopeing to see a little bit of DMX in Ja Rule, they do sound fairly similar in some ways...pretty big mistake! Read more
Published on 11 Feb 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars I hate to admit this but....................................
up until recently I had no time for hip hop or rap. It seemed to centre on profanities and trashy lyrics. Read more
Published on 15 May 2002 by Gabriella Christina
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