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Before 50 Cent came through and crushed his career, Ja Rule was one of the biggest rappers in the game, with hit single after hit single.

From his 1999 debut, Venni Vetti Vecci, to his underwhelming Pain Is Love 2, we look at Ja Rule’s rankings for all his first week album sales.

Pain Is Love 2

Released: February 28, 2012

Label: Mpire, Fontana

First week album sales: 3,200

Billboard 200 position: 197

Singles: “Real Life Fantasy”

Blood in My Eye

Released: November 4, 2003

Label: Murder Inc., Def Jam

First week album sales: 139,000

Billboard 200 position: 6

Singles: “Clap Back”

R.U.L.E.

Released: November 8, 2004

Label: Murder Inc., Def Jam

First week album sales: 165,000

Billboard 200 position: 7

Singles: “Wonderful”, “New York”, “Caught Up”

Venni Vetti Vecci

Released: June 1, 1999

Label: Murder Inc., Def Jam

First week album sales: 185,000

Billboard 200 position: 3

Singles: “Holla Holla”

The Last Temptation

Released: November 19, 2002

Label: Murder Inc., Def Jam

First week album sales: 237,000

Billboard 200 position: 4

Singles: “Thug Lovin'”, “Mesmerize”, “Murder Reigns”

Rule 3:36

Released: October 10, 2000

Label: Murder Inc., Def Jam

First week album sales: 276,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Between Me and You”, “Put It on Me”, “6 Feet Underground”, “I Cry”

Pain Is Love

Released: October 2, 2001

Label: Murder Inc., Def Jam

First week album sales: 361,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Livin’ It Up”, “Always on Time”, “Down Ass Bitch”

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