Always on Time

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"Always on Time"
Single by Ja Rule featuring Ashanti
from the album Pain Is Love
Released October 30, 2001
Format CD single
Recorded 2001
Genre Hip hop, R&B
Label Murder Inc., Def Jam
Writer(s) Marcus Vest, Jeffrey Atkins, Irving Lorenzo
Producer(s) Irv Gotti
Ja Rule singles chronology
"Livin' It Up"
"Always on Time"
"Ain't it Funny (Murder Remix)"
Ashanti singles chronology
"Just Like a Thug"
"Always on Time"
"What's Luv?"

"Always on Time" is a song by American rapper Ja Rule, featuring Ashanti, and produced by Irv Gotti. The music was written by 7 Aurelius, Ja Rule and Irving Lorenzo. The song became a worldwide hit and was Ashanti's first Hot 100 number one single and Ja Rule's second.

The song spent 2 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 from February 23, 2002. It was followed by another Ja Rule duet, "Ain't It Funny" by Jennifer Lopez featuring Ja Rule.

In 2009 it was named the 33rd most successful song of the 2000s, on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Songs of the Decade Chart.[1]


  • "Always on Time" (Radio edit) - 4:05
  • "Always on Time" (Explicit album version) - 4:07
  • "Always on Time" (Instrumental) - 4:05
  • "Always on Time" (Agent X Mix) - 5:10
  • "Always on Time" (Agent X Dub) - 5:10


Chart (2001–2002) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 3
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 22
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[4] 26
Canadian Singles Chart 2
France (SNEP)[5] 45
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 22
Irish Singles (IRMA) 22
Italy (FIMI)[7] 29
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[8] 11
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 2
Norway (VG-lista)[10] 17
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[11] 45
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 4
UK Singles (OCC) 6
US Billboard Hot 100 1
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 1
US Billboard Hot Rap Tracks 59
US Billboard Pop Songs 5
Preceded by
"U Got It Bad" by Usher
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
February 23 – March 2, 2002
Succeeded by
"Ain't It Funny" by Jennifer Lopez featuring Ja Rule
Preceded by
"U Got It Bad" by Usher
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number one single
January 5 – February 23, 2002
Succeeded by
"Lights, Camera, Action!" by Mr. Cheeks

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