Pain Is Love

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Pain Is Love
Studio album by Ja Rule
Released October 2, 2001
Recorded 2000–01
Genre East coast hip hop, R&B
Length 62:07
Label Murder Inc., Def Jam
Producer Irv Gotti, Lil' Rob, Ty Fyffe
Ja Rule chronology
Rule 3:36
(2000)
Pain Is Love
(2001)
The Last Temptation
(2002)
Singles from Pain Is Love
  1. "Livin' It Up"
    Released: July 3, 2001
  2. "Always on Time"
    Released: October 30, 2001
  3. "Down Ass Bitch"
    Released: March 19, 2002

Pain Is Love is the third studio album by American rapper Ja Rule; it was released on October 2, 2001, by Def Jam and Murder Inc Records. The album debuted at number 1 on the US Billboard 200 chart. Pain Is Love was supported by three successful singles; "Livin' It Up", "Always on Time" and "Down Ass Bitch". It was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for selling over 3,000,000 copies. The sequel on the album was set to released on February 28, 2012, titled Pain Is Love 2.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 59/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club D[3]
Entertainment Weekly B+[4]
HipHopDX 4/5 stars[5]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[6]
PopMatters (mixed)[7]
RapReviews 7.5/10[8]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[9]

Pain is Love was commercially successful in the hip hop music scene, it spawned two number one hit singles, debuted at number 1 on the US Billboard 200 chart, and it has sold 361,000 copies in the first week and eventually became a certified triple platinum in the United States.[10] It had also received a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album in 2002.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Pain Is Love (skit)"     1:18
2. "Dial M for Murder"   Irv Gotti, Ty Fyffe 3:32
3. "Livin' It Up" (featuring Case) Irv Gotti, Lil' Rob 4:17
4. "The Inc." (featuring Cadillac Tah, Black Child & Ashanti) Irv Gotti 3:56
5. "Always on Time" (featuring Ashanti) Irv Gotti 4:05
6. "Down Ass Bitch" (featuring Charli Baltimore) Irv Gotti, 7 Aurelius 5:31
7. "Never Again"   Irv Gotti 4:19
8. "Worldwide Gangsta" (featuring Cadillac Tah, Black Child, Boo & Gotti) Irv Gotti 3:20
9. "Leo (skit)"     2:18
10. "I'm Real (Murder Remix)" (featuring Jennifer Lopez) Irv Gotti 4:12
11. "Smokin' & Ridin'" (featuring Jodie Mack & O-1) Irv Gotti 4:51
12. "X" (featuring Missy Elliott & Tweet) Irv Gotti 5:02
13. "Big Remo (skit)"     0:19
14. "Lost Little Girl"   Irv Gotti 5:00
15. "So Much Pain" (it contains 2Pac's third verse and elements of his first from "Pain") Irv Gotti, Lil' Rob 5:03
16. "Pain Is Love"   Irv Gotti 5:04
Sample credits

Dial M for Murder

  • "Castle Walls" performed by Styx

Down Ass B****

Livin' It Up

Pain Is Love

Pain Is Love (Skit)

So Much Pain

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[23] 3× Platinum 300,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[24] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[10] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reviews for Pain Is Love by Ja Rule". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  2. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Pain Is Love - Ja Rule". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved June 17, 2011. 
  3. ^ Rabin, Nathan (October 3, 2001). "Review: Ja Rule: Pain Is Love". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved May 7, 2015. 
  4. ^ Browne, David (October 8, 2001). "Pain Is Love". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  5. ^ DX Staff (October 12, 2001). "Ja Rule - Pain Is Love". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Musicians Craft Sounds That Transcend Pop". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). September 30, 2001. Retrieved June 17, 2011. 
  7. ^ Robinson, Wendy. "Ja Rule: Pain Is Love". PopMatters. Retrieved May 7, 2015. 
  8. ^ Juon, Steve 'Flash' (October 2, 2001). "RapReviews.com Feature for October 2, 2001 - Ja Rule's "Pain Is Love"". RapReviews. Retrieved June 17, 2011. 
  9. ^ Sprague, David (October 2, 2001). "Recordings: Ja Rule, Pain Is Love". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on October 31, 2001. Retrieved June 17, 2011. 
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  12. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH.
  13. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 9, 2002". Chart-Track. IRMA.
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  16. ^ "Ja Rule | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart
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  18. ^ "Ja Rule Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Ja Rule. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
  19. ^ "Year-End Charts: Billboard 200 Albums - 2001". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Year-End Charts: R&B/Hip-Hop Albums - 2001". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Year-End Charts: Billboard 200 Albums - 2002". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Year-End Charts: R&B/Hip-Hop Albums - 2002". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Ja Rule – Pain Is Love". Music Canada. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  24. ^ "British album certifications – Ja Rule – Pain Is Love". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved May 6, 2015.  Enter Pain Is Love in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search