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Hell yeah, Ja Rule wants better for the residents of his hometown, New York City. On Tuesday, the Queens-born rapper appeared at a rally in support of public housing tenants throughout the city, who, over the last few months, have been force to live in extreme conditions—without heat or maintenance work during an extremely cold and brutal winter. Standing in front of city hall, Ja Rule blamed NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio for not doing enough for his constituents. The rapper addressed the crowd with:

“How can the kids go to school and get a good education when they come home and there’s not heat and no water? If you can’t think straight at school, your mind can’t—we have to start right here.”

He’s right to be angry—at the beginning of February, the New York Times reported that four out of five people (in total, over 320,000 residents), living in public housing in NYC had no heat from October 2017 through January 2018. Something needs to be done.

Last year, Ja Rule appeared in headlines for a less-than-savory reason: He was a part of the disastrous Fyre Festival, a luxury destination music festival that descended into total chaos (in short: feral dogs, FEMA tents, government cheese sandwiches, no music). Ja Rule was a business partner with the festival head Billy McFarland, which required the rapper to issue one of the best non-apologies, ever: “I truly apologize as this is NOT MY FAULT... but I’m taking responsibility.”


In short: Ja Rule in 2017, screwing rich people out of a luxury experience? Not great. Jay Rule raising awareness of a public health and housing issue within his hometown? Great.