Rule 3:36

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Rule 3:36
Ja Rule - Rule 336.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 10, 2000
GenreEast Coast hip hop, gangsta rap, R&B
ProducerIrv Gotti, Ty Fyffe, Lil' Rob, Self Service, Damizza, Tru Stylze, Dat Nigga Reb
Ja Rule chronology
Venni Vetti Vecci
Rule 3:36
Pain Is Love
Singles from Rule 3:36
  1. "Between Me and You"
    Released: June 16, 2000
  2. "Put It on Me"
    Released: December 12, 2000
  3. "6 Feet Underground"
    Released: December 16, 2000
  4. "I Cry"
    Released: April 7, 2001
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly(B)[2]
HipHopDX3.5/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau(1-star Honorable Mention)[5]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[6]
Vibe3/5 stars[7]
USA Today3/4 stars[8]

Rule 3:36 is the second studio album by American rapper Ja Rule, released on October 10, 2000, by Murder Inc. and Def Jam. The album features guest appearances from Christina Milian, Lil' Mo, Shade Sheist and Jayo Felony, with producers Irv Gotti, Ty Fyffe, Lil' Rob and Damizza, among others, contributing to the album. The album marked a significant change in Ja Rule's musical style, shifting from the Hardcore hip hop he became known for with his first album to a more radio-friendly pop rap oriented sound to greater success, debuting at the top of the Billboard 200 with 276,000 copies sold.

Rule 3:36 went on to be certified Triple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and spawned four singles; all of which achieved varying degrees of chart success. The most successful single, Put It On Me featuring Lil' Mo and Vita, peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and marked Ja Rule's first top 10 single.


Rule 3:36 contains the song titled "F**k You", which is titled "Furious" as a clean version for radio play. The song received average airplay, and is also on the soundtrack to The Fast and the Furious (where it is titled "Furious") and has featured its trailers from the first installments of the film series, with using the words "Do it fast, do it furious". It is considered one of the album's highlights despite its non-radio and offensive tone. The disc is still mostly radio-friendly pop-themed music unlike his later albums, which contain disses of a more dark tone. The album still contains explicit material, and was made in a clean version which only removes profanity and drug/violent lyrics are left in, although some profanity like the words "hoes" and "ass" are also left in.


Rule 3:36 has sold 276,000 during its first week.[9] Initial critical response to Rule 3:36 was average. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 56, based on 5 reviews.[10] The album has become certified certified Triple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[11]

Track listing[edit]

1."Intro"Lil' Rob1:14
2."Watching Me" 1:55
3."Between Me and You" (featuring Christina Milian)Irv Gotti, Lil' Rob4:10
4."Put It on Me" (featuring Vita and Lil' Mo)Tru Stylze4:23
5."6 Feet Underground"Self Service5:05
6."Love Me, Hate Me"Lil' Rob4:44
7."Die" (featuring Tah Murdah, Black Child & Dave Bing)Ty Fyffe4:37
8."Fuck You" (featuring 01 & Vita)Dat Nigga Reb4:13
9."I'll Fuck U Girl (skit)" 1:34
10."Grey Box (skit)" 0:16
11."Extasy" (featuring Tah Murdah, Black Child & Jayo Felony)Irv Gotti, Lil' Rob5:06
12."It's Your Life" (featuring Shade Sheist)Damizza4:30
13."I Cry" (featuring Lil' Mo)Irv Gotti, Lil' Rob5:18
14."One of Us"Lil' Rob6:00
15."Chris Black (skit)" 3:02
16."The Rule Won't Die"Lil' Rob2:17
Sample credits

Between Me and You


  • "It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next to Me" performed by Barry White

I Cry

I'll F*** You Girl (Skit)

6 Feet Underground

  • "A New Argentina" performed by Madonna



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[20] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[21] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[22] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rule 3:36 at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Music Review: Rule 3:36, by Ja Rule". Entertainment Weekly. October 20, 2000.
  3. ^ "Ja Rule - 3:36 | Read Hip Hop Reviews, Rap Reviews & Hip Hop Album Reviews". HipHop DX. 2000-11-07. Retrieved 2013-06-29.
  4. ^ "Ja Rule :: Rule 3:36 :: Def Jam". 2000-10-10. Retrieved 2013-06-29.
  5. ^ "CG: ja rule". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2013-06-29.
  6. ^ Ja Rule (2000-11-14). "Ja Rule: Rule 3:36 : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved 2013-06-29.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  7. ^ Vibe - Google Livres. Retrieved 2013-06-29.
  8. ^ "Google Nieuws". Retrieved 2013-06-29.
  9. ^ Wright, Anders. "Chart Watch: Ja Rule Rules - ABC News". Retrieved 2012-03-07.
  10. ^ "Ja Rule:Rule 3:36 (2000): Reviews". Metacritic. CNET Networks, Inc. Retrieved 2009-04-02.
  11. ^ "Gold & Platinum - Ja Rule - search results". RIAA. Retrieved 2010-05-01.
  12. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Phononet GmbH.
  13. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  14. ^ "Ja Rule Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  15. ^ "Ja Rule Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  16. ^ "Year-End Charts: Billboard 200 Albums - 2000". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  17. ^ "Year-End Charts: R&B/Hip-Hop Albums - 2000". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  18. ^ "Year-End Charts: Billboard 200 Albums - 2001". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  19. ^ "Year-End Charts: R&B/Hip-Hop Albums - 2001". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  20. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Ja Rule – Rule 3:36". Music Canada. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  21. ^ "British album certifications – Ja Rule – Rule 3:36". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved May 7, 2015. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Rule 3:36 in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  22. ^ "American album certifications – Ja Rule – Rule 3:36". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 7, 2015. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.