PICS: Ja Rule and Ashanti at SOMA

'Always on time': Ja Rule and Ashanti sauntered through SOMA recently with hits galore.

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Hip-hop royalty Ashanti and Ja Rule joined forces on Friday, Feb. 15, during the two artists' latest co-headlining tour. They've collaborated throughout their careers several times.
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Ashanti has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide since her debut self-titled record in 2002. Her latest, titled "Braveheart," was released in 2014, although rumors suggest she may be dropping a new album this year.
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Ja Rule has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide -- starting with his multi-platinum smash debut "Venni Vetti Vecci" in 1999. Last year, he announced that a collaborative album with Ashanti is currently in the works.
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Ashanti -- born Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas in Glen Cove, New York -- released her eponymous debut album in 2002 and sold more than 503,000 copies in its first week, due to its lead single “Foolish.” The album garnered her eight Billboard Awards, two American Music Awards and a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album.
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Fun fact: Ashanti wrote and sang background on Jennifer Lopez’s “Ain’t It Funny (Murder Remix)” which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Coincidentally, the song was also in the top 10 at the same time as three other singles she was featured on: “Foolish,” “Always on Time” (with Ja Rule) and “What’s Luv?” (with Fat Joe). She became the first female ever to occupy the top two positions on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart simultaneously!
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Fun fact: P. Diddy tried to sign her back when she was 16 years old, after she auditioned for him and Notorious B.I.G. However, she wasn’t satisfied with the contract stipulations and turned him down. Another trivia tidbit about the singer: Stevie Wonder gave her the nickname “Little Libra."
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She’s cited Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Madonna and Tupac Shakur as big influences but says her all-time No. 1 influence is Mary J. Blige.
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Ja Rule -- born Jeffrey Atkins in Hollis, Queens, New York City -- hit the top of the charts in 1998 when he appeared on "Can I Get A ..." with Jay-Z. The next year, he hit it big again with "Holla Holla."
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For the next six years, he’d enjoy worldwide success with such singles as “Between You and Me,” “I’m Real” and “Ain’t It Funny.”
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He then went on to release three huge hits with Ashanti: “Always on Time” (nominated for a Grammy and No. 1 single), “Mesmerize” and “Wonderful."
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Unfortunately, the rapper has found himself embroiled in scandal in the last couple of years as the co-founder (with Billy McFarland) of Fyre Media, Inc. -- the company responsible for producing the disastrous Fyre Festival in 2017.
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