Jay Z's "Can I Get A” was originally created for Ja Rule and Charlamagne Tha God asked Ja Rule how song became Jay's.
Ja Rule explains the back story of Jay Z getting the record in his book, Unruly: The Highs And Lows Of Becoming A Man.
Here’s how the convo went down:
Charlamagne Tha God: "Hold up. In the book you talk about how you gave Jay Z “Can I Get A.” So, how he hear the record to want that. Or did you say here, Jay listen to this?"
Ja Rule: "Nah, I think Jay heard the track. Or whatever the case may be. I spit the hook to him and I guess, he kinda said ‘that’s dope.’ He brought me back later that night and said ‘let me hear it again.’
Ja Rule: "He [Jay Z] was like let’s use it for my album and we can use it for the Rush Hour soundtrack. I was like dope that’s a great idea. I think at the time I was young and not understanding how the industry works. So, I said bitter things about –like, ‘nah man, if I had the record for myself it could have made my album bigger. But the reality of it is that was a great platform for me."
Ja explains that there may not have been a Ja Rule if he didn’t get to tour with Jay Z.
Ja Rule: "If I didn’t use that record and had Jay on that record –they was exploding at the time. So, I if I didn't have the opportunity to go out on the Hard Knock tour and play in front of 18 to 20 thousand [people] every month –before my album dropped. [Touring with Jay] while I’m about to drop my album [then] maybe I don’t become Ja Rule. At the time, I didn’t see it that way, the business as much as I do now. At the time, I said some things –just being young and competitive and hungry."
Charlamagne Tha God follows up and asks if he was paid for “Can I Get A.”
Ja Rule: Of course [I got paid for the record]. That’s all that matters.
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Written by @IamVanessaDenis.