The Last Temptation (Ja Rule album)

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The Last Temptation
Ja Rule - The Last Temptation.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 19, 2002 (2002-11-19)
Ja Rule chronology
Pain Is Love
The Last Temptation
Blood in My Eye
Singles from The Last Temptation
  1. "Thug Lovin'"
    Released: November 24, 2002
  2. "Mesmerize"
    Released: January 16, 2003
  3. "Murder Reigns"
    Released: March 29, 2003
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Blender2/5 stars[2]
MVRemix Urban(3.5/10)[5]

The Last Temptation is the fourth recording studio album by Ja Rule.[6]. It was released by Murder Inc. and Def Jam on November 19, 2002.

This album contained singles such as "Thug Lovin'" (featuring Bobby Brown), "Mesmerize" (featuring Ashanti) and "The Pledge (Remix)" (by Ashanti featuring Nas, Ja Rule and 2Pac). "Murder Reigns" was also released as a single titled "Reign" in select territories outside of North America, such as Europe and Australasia. The song "Pop Niggas" gained some attention after it was reported to be talking in part about 50 Cent. Pharrell was featured in the song, but not credited. Other guests featured on the album include: Bobby Brown, Ashanti, Nas, Alexi, Charli Baltimore, 2Pac, Caddillac Tah, Celeste Scalone, Eastwood, Crooked I, Young Life & Chink Santana.

The album was successful, moving 237,000 units in its first week,[7] but less than his previous Pain Is Love. On December 13, 2002 the album was certified Platinum. "Mesmerize" is ranked at #45 on Blender's list of the "50 Worst Songs Ever",[8] but was the most successful single from the album, reaching number 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 12 on the UK Singles Chart. It was also criticized by fans, saying that the album sounded too commercial, and that Ja Rule was selling out; in addition, many of Ja Rule's enemies such as Daz Dillinger, Eminem, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, G-Unit, Obie Trice, D12, Busta Rhymes, and DMX said that Ja Rule was trying to be just like Tupac Shakur, which fueled the rivalry even more.[citation needed] Though it did not manage to surpass Pain Is Love, The Last Temptation is Ja Rule's third most popular album to date. As of February 1, 2006, the album has sold 2.4 million copies in the United States and 4.3 million worldwide.

The album was released in a censored version as well which removes most profanity. However, sex-related lyrics like "gettin' head" and violent lyrics like "murder" are left in.

Track listing[edit]

1."Intro" 0:20
2."Thug Lovin'" (featuring Bobby Brown)Chink Santana, Irv Gotti4:50
3."Mesmerize" (featuring Ashanti)Chink Santana, Irv Gotti4:38
4."Pop Niggas"The Neptunes4:29
5."The Pledge (Remix)" (featuring Ashanti, Nas & 2Pac)7 Aurelius, Irv Gotti3:54
6."Murder Reigns" (featuring Celeste Scalone)7 Aurelius, Irv Gotti4:03
7."Last Temptation" (featuring Charli Baltimore)Chink Santana, Irv Gotti4:58
8."Murder Me" (featuring Caddillac Tah & Alexi)Chink Santana, Irv Gotti5:15
9."The Warning"Chink Santana, Irv Gotti5:05
10."Connected" (featuring Eastwood & Crooked I)Chink Santana, Irv Gotti4:54
11."Emerica" (featuring Young Life & Chink Santana)Chink Santana, Irv Gotti5:16
12."Rock Star"Chink Santana, Irv Gotti4:58
13."Destiny (Outro)"Cool & Dre2:05
Sample credits



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[20] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[21] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[22] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[23] Platinum 1,000,000^

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


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Blender review Archived November 22, 2005, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ RapReviews review
  4. ^ NME review
  5. ^ MVRemix Urban review
  6. ^ "The Last Temptation: Ja Rule: Music". Retrieved 2010-09-13.
  7. ^ Reid, Shaheem (2003-12-06). "Ja Rule Done Lashing Out At 50, Will Be Himself Again On New LP - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. Retrieved 2010-09-13.
  8. ^ "The 50 Worst Songs Ever! Watch, Listen and Cringe!". Blender. Archived from the original on January 25, 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-13.
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  10. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Phononet GmbH.
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  16. ^ "Ja Rule Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  17. ^ "ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top 100 Albums 2003". ARIA. Retrieved June 14, 2015.
  18. ^ "Year-End Charts: Billboard 200 Albums - 2003". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  19. ^ "Year-End Charts: R&B/Hip-Hop Albums - 2003". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  20. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2003 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  21. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Ja Rule – The Last Temptation". Music Canada. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  22. ^ "British album certifications – Ja Rule – The Last Temptation". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved May 7, 2015. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type The Last Temptation in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  23. ^ "American album certifications – Ja Rule – The Last Temptation". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 7, 2015. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.