Ja Rule Rates Trey Songz, Chris Brown & Other Rapping Singers


Think your favorite R&B crooner packs a mean 16? VIBE rang up the king of rap melody, Ja Rule, to assess whether these singers turnt rappers are fit to spit



Sample Line: “I told you once, I told you twice/And now, my shoulder’s cold like a block of ice.” —Timbaland’s “Meet in tha Middle” feat. Bran Nu

Ja Rule: “She sounds good, but I don’t feel like that’s her natural strength. I can’t say she has a distinctive flow. If you can put pen to paper and come up with a flow, you deserve at least a 6. It may work against her, though, because fans know her for [singing]. I would try to give her a harder edge.”


Sample Line: “So alive, in a minute I could die/Wings on my back, every minute I get fly.” —“Run This Town (Freestyle)”

Ja Rule: “Shit was hot! I can’t give him a 10. He’s on the cusp, though. The melodic flow is the Lambo of flows, the Maybach of flows—it’s the hottest shit out! If you can go back and forth, you are another instrument over the fucking track. He’s not good enough to [battle], though.”



Sample Line: “See, I was on the red carpet when I should’ve been in the studio laying down hot shit/Madder than a motherfucka . . .” —“Basic Instinct (U Got Me)”

Ja Rule: “I don’t know what the world is coming to. I would not have advised that for her. You’re sexy and got that whole shit going on. Why would you pick up a mic? I don’t want people to think they can just pick up a mic and rhyme. It’s not for everybody.”


PAGE TWO: Ja Rule Rates Chris Brown’s & Ryan Leslie’s Rhymes

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