Ja Rule, MC Hammer Top Complex's "30 Worst Falls-Offs In Rap History"

posted Wednesday December 05 ,2012 at 07:30PM CST | 161 comments

Ja Rule, MC Hammer Top Complex's

Complex names Ja Rule and MC Hammer to the top of its "30 Worst Falls-Offs In Rap History" list.

In its nearly forty years of existence, Hip Hop has seen hundreds of artists strike it big on minute, only to watch them fade into insignificance the next. Now, in a recent article, Complex chronicles thirty of the worst career failings in Hip Hop history.

It's the Real's Eric and Jeff Rosenthal joined forces with Complex to toast to the thirty biggest career fall-offs in rap history. The list covers everyone from Charles Hamilton to No Limit; however, it's Ja Rule and MC Hammer who take the top spots on the list.

"In the early 2000s, you couldn't go anywhere without hearing Ja Rule sing-rapping," they write of Ja Rule. "The rapper born Jeffery Atkins, who at one time was spitting alongside Jay-Z and DMX, shifted lanes and just-about single-handledly took Hip Hop pop, thanks to his collaborations with Ashanti, Jennifer Lopez, and Christina Milian. But it honestly wasn't the lightweight fare that took its toll on Ja, it was the emergence of his real-life enemy, 50 Cent."

Of MC Hammer, they say, "Everyone knows this story: MC Hammer danced his way to the top of the charts, made a ton of money and then pissed it all away by attempting to employ half of Oakland while on tour...He became a punchline for 'The Simpsons,' a sob story on 'Behind the Music.' He only became 'a thing' more recently once Twitter suggested that people follow him, for some indiscernible reason."

Check out the full list over at Complex.

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  • Taye
    I was never much of a MC Hammer fan but was into his music a bit. I gave up after that "pumps and a bump" stuff came out But I do follow him on twitter because he says some interesting things and is a genuinely nice guy. He even posts useful links from time to time.
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  • JaRuleFan
    Ja Rule is awesome! He made my favorite hip hop songs ever! I hope he makes a come back and makes awesome songs that become hits like he made in the past!
  • Anonymous
    Jesus Piece": http://kat.ph/game-jesus-piece-deluxe-edition-t6876634.html
  • Lame
    Everybody say 50 killed Ja's career. JA killed Ja's career. He should have kept going even in the midst of a Federal investigation of his label....unless there's more to the store than we know. For all we know, 50 could have initiated the investigation himself and went in on Ja at the same time! lol! Naw....but I'm with everybody else....I don't give Complex the time of day and certainly not this list. Aside from all the pop bull he put out, Ja had some dope records....especially the joint at the end of Last Temptation, "Destiny Outro". Still goes hard!
  • Anonymous
    no limit didnt fall off they just retired. when your company earns 600mllion, its ok to stop rapping.
  • Anonymous
    how can LL COOL J fall off when he is worth $80 Million?
  • Anonymous
    How did Boot Camp Click fall off???? I know Complex owns HHDX and all, but seriously? There are legit points on some artists like Charles Hamilton, Ja Rule,but most of the list are just peeps that either broke up and did their thing solo or just ventured into business ventures. Complex takes another L for this one.
  • rebecca
    until I looked at the paycheck 4 $9178, I didnt believe that my cousin could realey receiving money in their spare time at there labtop.. there great aunt haz done this 4 only 14 months and just now repayed the morgage on there apartment and got a brand new Alfa Romeo. read more at..WWW.youtube.qr.net/jOUs/watch?v=9xOf6Pe0ETk
  • rebecca
    until I looked at the paycheck 4 $9178, I didnt believe that my cousin could realey receiving money in their spare time at there labtop.. there great aunt haz done this 4 only 14 months and just now repayed the morgage on there apartment and got a brand new Alfa Romeo. read more at..WWW.youtubeGoogle.qr.net/jO6k/watch?v=ca56lqIZXqE
  • Strictly Black
    don't let outsiders representin' and monitorin' our culture!!!
  • Anonymous
    real Niggaz don't read complex anyway. complex mag is oriented for white rich middle class and suburban rich fags and hipstaz.
  • Farrakhan
    this list is irrelevant coz it's made by outsiders/ visitors aka whiteys.
  • Anonymous
    Anyone who think ja only sings rap has never heard shit from dude but his singles which at the time all singles were female on th hook r and b shits now shits poppy or techno but anyway jas got bars
  • Anonymous
  • anonymous
    The Advocate - Intro to Nothing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1QxpY6U7jA The Advocate Hip Hop Rap http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eY_FGDVKpAI Support the Underground!!!
  • UK
    i say falling off is someone who can't really do the shit they used to do, and are kind of still in their prime. 50 would probably fit in that catergory more than ja if at all!
  • Drake
    Don't compare me to Jeff. We have two very different interpretations of gangsta.
  • Anonymous
    Rappers who made millions can not be in this list! period!
  • Anonymous
    Ja never really fell off hard, the mainstream hip hop fan were hatin because of the beef.
  • Curtis_Jackson
    Niggaz is u crazy...ja was livin fantasys one day he woke up from dreamin trends...N could never get back up....PARAPALEGIC NIGGA paralyzed in this game. JA stay down!
  • bz
    I just got angry looking at this ,...im out
  • bz
    What a terrible list! Who the fuck put this up? I aint even finish this BS
  • Anonymous
    Complex list of worst fall offs 1. Egglandz Best 2. Eddie McDermott 3. Anderson Masters 4. Michael Michaels 5. Wagner Douglas 6. Myster DL 7. Johnny Eugene 8. Long John Silva 9. Dick Rucker 10.Bacon Grillz
  • Anonymous
    Ja rule the best that's why this article is getting so much attention and why Ja rule is getting so much love Pain is love 2 one of the hottest cds ever
  • Anonymous
    this article is twisted Ja rule the bestttt
  • Esq.
    I don't usually comment on anything, but this list has to be one of the most irrelevant, negative, and biased articles EVER. That list is straight on some bullshit propaganda.
  • Anonymous
    ja rule is just the gangsta rap version of drake lol
  • Mark
    Ma$e anyone? Eazy E died by the way he didn't just fall off..
  • S
    Feds killed Murder Inc. Not 50
  • The Ice Cold Phenom
    The ranking is so inaccurate and obviously required more time and research to establish such a list. For starters, there is no stated criteria as to how artist/groups were selected. Second, there needs to be at least a minimum album standard to even make the list (Charles Hamilton). Third, if artist are still relevant today (Ice Cube..Vanilla Ice...LL) why are they on the list since hip hop was the vehicle that launched their careers in other areas? Fourth, groups like EPMD and ATCQ had great success at the height of their careers and clearly don't need to be on the list. Nothing will last forever so there needs to be some way to measure how successful an artist was in their era. Fifth, there are at least 50 other groups/artist that really should be on this list and are not included.
  • w h o k n o w s
    If this article is accurate (which it isn't) then EVERYBODY WILL ONE DAY FALL OFF.. how did Tribe fall off? How did KRS-One fall off... Raekwon? are you fuckin' serious? If you're a legend in the game you NEVER fell off.. I fall off is when ur ass is wack or u did some dumb shit and can't recover.. legends who are still remembered and gravitated to by new artists as influences is NOT falling off.. dumbass muthafuckaz.. Complex mag is some dickheads who don't know hip-hop
    • Esq.
    • Anonymous
      "If you are a legend in the game you never fall off" This is how we get fools calling Nastradamus and Encore classics.
  • real nigga CJ
    lol fuck that 50 haters. he finished ja's career LOL. fuck gayme and other wack ones
  • Ja Rule
    I never fell off. I just took a vacation. A very long vacation.
    • Cam'ron
      It's about to be a host summer!
    Y'all remember that "Drop It Heavt" joint by D.I.T.C.??? That's what I call a fall off.
  • jimmy
    50 going to be on that list soon then,ja rule gropped a solid album this year so wtf, vanilla ice yeah
  • Anonymous
    eazy-e? ahahah this article is shit nuff said