Ja Rule Checks Into Prison

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June 8, 2011 | 6:00pm EST

Rapper Ja Rule has begun his two-year prison sentence.
The Always On Time hitmaker, real name Jeffrey Atkins, was convicted on weapons possession charges, stemming from a 2007 arrest in New York, last year. He was sentenced in March.

He spent his last day as a free man at the movies with his family before hitting the studio to put the finishing touches to his upcoming album Pain is Love 2 (PIL2).

He turned himself in to authorities in the Big Apple on Wednesday, when he was processed and escorted to a local prison.

According to TMZ.com, Ja Rule bid farewell to his friends and family by saying, “Real life is a fantasy, f**k fame… I’m ready for this to get over with. I am focused.”