Jeffery Edward Atkins (born February 29, 1976), better known by his stage name Ja Rule, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, record executive, and actor from Queens, New York. From 1999 to 2005, Ja Rule had several hits, including "Between Me and You" with Christina Milian, "I'm Real (Murder Remix)" and Ain't It Funny with Jennifer Lopez, which both topped the US Billboard Hot 100, the Grammy-nominated #1 hit, "Always on Time" with Ashanti, "Mesmerize" also with Ashanti, and "Wonderful" with R. Kelly and Ashanti.
Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas (born October 13, 1980), known simply as Ashanti, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actress. Ashanti is known for her eponymous debut album, which featured the hit song "Foolish", and sold over 505,000 copies throughout the U.S. in its first week of release in April 2002. In 2003, the album won Ashanti her first Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B album. Her second release achieved Platinum status and other top 10 singles.