Pain Is Love

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Pain Is Love
Studio album by Ja Rule
Released October 2, 2001
Recorded 2000-2001
Genre East Coast hip hop, pop, R&B
Length 62:07
Label Murder Inc./Def Jam
Producer Irv Gotti, Lil' Rob, Ty Fyffe, & Missy Elliott
Ja Rule chronology
Rule 3:36
Pain Is Love
The Last Temptation
Singles from Pain Is Love
  1. "Livin' It Up"
    Released: July 2001
  2. "Always on Time"
    Released: October 30, 2001
  3. "Down Ass Bitch"
    Released: March 19, 2002
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly (B+)[2]
HipHopDX 4/5 stars[3]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[4]
RapReviews (7.5/10)[5]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[6][7]
USA Today 3/4 stars[8]

Pain Is Love is the third studio album by American Rapper Ja Rule released in 2001. Its sequel was released on February 28, 2012, entitled Pain Is Love 2.


Pain is Love was commercially successful in the hip hop music scene, it spawned two number one singles, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with 361,000 copies sold in the first week and eventually was certified triple platinum in the United States.[9] It had also received at 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" (contains 2Pac's 3rd Verse and elements of his 1st from Pain) Irv Gotti & Lil' Rob 5:03
16. "Pain Is Love"   Irv Gotti 5:04


Dial M for Murder

  • "Castle Walls" by Styx

Down Ass B****

Livin' It Up

Pain Is Love

Pain Is Love (Skit)

So Much Pain

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2001-2002) Peak
Australian Albums Chart 6
Canadian Albums Chart 3
UK Albums Chart 3
U.S. Billboard 200 1
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1
Preceded by
The Blueprint by Jay-Z
Billboard 200 number-one album
October 20 - November 2, 2001
Succeeded by
God Bless America by Various artists