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Ja Rule Joins Protest Against NYC Public Housing Conditions: "Let’s Shut This City Down"

The rapper participated in a recent protest that criticized the lack of hot water and heat in the New York City Housing system. 

Ja Rule recently joined hundreds of New York City residents in a protest at City Hall on Feb. 20. The protest was reportedly organized in objection to the poor conditions of the city's public housing system.

According to Ja Rule and various other speakers during the protest, thousands of residents in the public housing system have spent the winter without hot water or heat. "They should all be ashamed of themselves," Ja Rule said in a video taken at the event. "These are Americans, New Yorkers."

The rapper, who helms from Queens, said this particular issue hits home for him due to the fact that he was also brought up in the public housing system. "I was raised in public housing, my mom worked two to three jobs to try and feed us," he told FOX 5's Lisa Atkins on a panel earlier in Feb. 2018. "I’m really upset at the fact that we’re all here right now, talking about heat. It’s a human right to have heat in your building that you live in."

The issue possibly stems from the ways in which the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) deals and files complaints. NYCHA reportedly gives landlords authority to deal with complaints internally, which could result in neglecting or overlooking some residents.

In addition to improving the current condition, protesters hope they can spread awareness and push politicians and NYCA to facilitate renovations quickly, CBS New York reports. And if no change comes, Ja Rule has another solution. "Let’s shut this city down. We ain’t paying no more rent until this situation is dealt with," the rapper yelled to the crowd. "No heat, no hot water? No money, no rent."

Check out a video from the protest below.

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YG Shares Fourth Album Title Ahead Of May Release Date

YG is preparing to bless fans with a highly-anticipated full-length album since he announced its release for May 3. Now, in an interview with Billboard, the "FDT" rapper shared the fourth studio project's name, 4REAL 4REAL.

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T.I., Love & Hip Hop's Scrapp Deleon, and the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga reportedly worked together to bail out seven women and 16 men who were locked up for first-time or nonviolent offenses. The deed was done as part of the church's "Bail Out" program.

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