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After emerging as a hardcore rapper in the late 1990s, Ja Rule became known for his collaborations with female R&B singers, including Ashanti. He also garnered notoriety for his public feuds with other rappers, including 50 Cent, who trashed him as a gangsta wannabe in songs and interviews in the early 2000s.

Their tiff echoed on Twitter on Monday, as 50 Cent posted a series of variously mocking and somewhat empathetic comments about Ja Rule’s guilty plea.

Ja Rule has had previous brushes with the law, including pleading guilty to assault for punching someone at a Toronto nightclub in 2004. He said he was provoked by a crowd shouting derogatory remarks about his beef with 50 Cent.

At the time, a Toronto judge rejected prosecutors’ request to ban the rapper from possessing firearms for 10 years. Ja Rule was fined $1,200.

Originally from Queens, Ja Rule has lived in Upper Saddle River, N.J., in recent years with his wife and children.