Fol­low The Rules

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Ja Rule (cen­tre) with his crazy re­al­ity TV fam­ily. Sea­son 1 Vuzu AMP (*103) 18:30 Re­al­ity

Ever won­dered what hap­pened to rap­per Ja Rule? He is after an­other 15 min­utes of fame with his re­al­ity show Fol­low The Rules (2015-cur­rent). And like other mu­sos with their own shows, like Run DMC’s Rev Run (Run’s House, 2005-2009), it’s all about fam­ily. “I used to love be­ing fa­mous,” says the 40-yearold who was born Jef­frey Atkins. “It was fun, but not any­more. Now fam­ily is the most im­por­tant thing to me.”

So why the turn­around in at­ti­tude? In 2011, Ja Rule was handed a two-year prison sen­tence for gun pos­ses­sion and tax eva­sion but now with the help of his wife Aisha (40), his mom De­bra and mom-in-law Jean, he’s try­ing to get his fam­ily un­der con­trol. “I have a whole house of ac­tors. I thought, ‘What bet­ter way to show­case my fam­ily and have fun with it?’” So what can fans ex­pect? Rule’s 21-year-old daughter Brit­tney is start­ing her sec­ond year at col­lege and she’s re­belling to prove that she isn’t a child any­more. Luck­ily, there are two sib­lings who’re still kids and they can’t stay out of trou­ble: Rule’s son Jef­frey Jr (16) and youngest son Jor­dan (12).

And while the show is ther­a­peu­tic and has helped the fam­ily bond, us­ing a cou­ple of modern par­ent­ing tech­niques (in­clud­ing learn­ing the value of money by in­stalling an in-house ATM), the show al­most didn’t hap­pen. “My wife and daughter weren’t keen on the idea of cam­eras in the house,” ex­plains Ja Rule. “But there’s enough space for MTV in this crib [ref­er­enc­ing the chan­nel’s celebrity home-visit­ing show Cribs, 2000-2011].” Although Fol­low The Rules is fam­ily cen­tred, there is swear­ing and Rule ex­plains that he and Aisha talk to their kids how they’d talk to friends. “I wanted it to be part of the show as it’s how we talk. There’s no sugar-coat­ing it – we talk to our kids rough.”

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