It’s no secret that Ja Rule had some huge hits in the early 2000s, but his biggest one had to be “Put It On Me” form his second album Verse 3:36. For their video series Magnum Opus, Complex wrangled together everyone who had a hand in the song, from Ja and producer Irv Gotti, to Lyon Cohen and Russell Simmons, to Lil’ Mo and Tru Stylez, to explain how the song came together.
As it turns out, “Put It On Me” was an ode to Ja’s wife, a reaffirmation of his love after flirtatious songs like “Between Me And You.” “This is the mother of my children. This is the woman that I love,” Ja remembers. “I’m gonna make a record that talks directly to her, because for me being a recording artist, what better way to express yourself…through song?”
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