|Single by Ja Rule|
|from the album Venni Vetti Vecci|
|Released||March 2, 1999|
|Genre||East Coast hip hop|
|Label||Murder, Inc., Def Jam|
|Writer(s)||Jeffrey Atkins, Taiwan Green, Irving Lorenzo,|
|Producer(s)||Irv Gotti, Mr Fingaz|
|Ja Rule singles chronology|
"Holla Holla" is the debut single by American rapper Ja Rule from his debut studio album Venni Vetti Vecci. It was produced by Irv Gotti and Ty Fyffe. The music video was directed by Hype Williams and Irv Gotti.
Background and composition
After Ja Rule finalized the recording of his debut studio album, Venni Vetti Vecci (1999), Def Jam – Ja Rule's record label – did not consider any song on the album worthy of marketing as a single. Despite Ja Rule's surprise at this proclamation, admitting in an interview with Complex magazine that he "didn’t grasp the idea of making a radio record", he resumed recording sessions to compose what would become "Holla Holla": it would transpire to be the final song recorded for Venni Vetti Vecci. Ja Rule's rapping on "Holla Holla" employs what he described as his "stutter flow", with the repetition of certain words to increase the volume of lyrics.
- "Holla Holla" (Street Version)
- "Holla Holla" (Instrumental)
- "BJ Skit"
- "It's Murda" (Street Version)
- "It's Murda" (Instrumental)
- "Kill 'Em All" (Street Version)
|Canada (Canadian Singles Chart)||15|
|US Billboard Hot 100||35|
|US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)||11|
|US Hot Rap Singles (Billboard)||2|
- Taiwan Green– producer
- Irv Gotti – producer, mixing
- Ken Ifill – mixing
- Ja Rule – vocals, rap
- Patrick Viala – engineer
In popular culture
- The song is played in The Sopranos episode Toodle Fucking-Oo when Tony arrives at the scene of Livia's house where Meadow threw a party.
- Ja Rule - "Holla Holla" - Music Videos MTV. Accessed October 15, 2008.
- Gale, Alex (August 21, 2013). "Ja Rule "Holla Holla" (1999) / Ja Rule f/ Jay Z, Vita, Caddillac Tah, Memphis Bleek & Busta Rhymes "Holla Holla (Remix)" (1999) – Ja Rule Breaks Down His 25 Most Essential Songs". Complex. Complex Media. Retrieved August 25, 2013.
- Baker, Soren (May 30, 1999). "Ja Rule; "Venni Vetti Vecci"; Def Jam; ** 1/2". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved August 25, 2013.
- "Ja Rule – Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 25, 2013.
- "Ja Rule – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Ja Rule. Retrieved August 25, 2013.
- "Ja Rule – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Ja Rule. Retrieved August 25, 2013.