JA RULE WON'T SWALLOW THE PILL, KICKS NASTY DRUG HABIT

New York rapper Ja Rule recently appeared on "The Wendy Williams Show" and updated fans on his status since being released from jail a few months ago and gave a take on music culture's popularization of drugs.

During his intimate chat with the colorful Wendy WilliamsRule did not hold back when asked about a variety of topics.

Fresh out the pen, Ja Rule sat down with his old pal Wendy Williams for his first daytime interview since his two-year prison stint. The 37-year-old rapper opened up about why he went to jail, how he spent his time behind bars (getting his GED, domestic work), and how his fellow prisoners reacted to him. "When I got there, people actually had a lot of admiration for me, a lot of love for me. It was a really different experience," he said. Wendy also asked what he thought of artists such as Miley Cyrus glorifying drugs in their music. "We as artists, we have the right to express ourselves," said Rule, who is now drug free. "I also believe that we have the obligation to the youth to be somewhat responsible in what we say on records." (Rap-Up)

Over the summer, Atlanta rapper Lil Scrappy's lawyer said his client was living life as a new man without drugs.

Lil Scrappy's lawyer Mawuli Mel Davis tells TMZ ... Scrappy was able to kick his nasty habit and the rapper was released at 12:01 AM Saturday, practically a new man. He explains, "Scrappy has had time to reflect, read, and write. He is now drug and alcohol free." To pass on his newfound wisdom, we're told Scrappy will start mentoring teens next week -- speaking to them about what he's gone through and how to keep their noses clean. Maybe a little too soon, but ... FYI -- Scrappy -- who's currently on probation -- better stay straight, because he must submit to random drug tests. Whatever it takes, right? (TMZ)

Earlier this year, Slaughterhouse's Joe Budden admitted he could not comprehend the music industry's presumptions about his perceived dependency on using drugs.

"I don't do drugs," Budden said when asked why he quit popping Molly. "Period. It's always, it's always, that's the part that throws me for a loop, the hip-hop industry has never known me to be on drugs, ever. I had a drug-induced summer this past year and everybody's like, 'Oh word.' I've been talking about this sh*t since 2002. It's nothing new. Some people can function, I'm just dysfunctional and self-destructive, period. So I wouldn't need anything to add to that." (This Is 50)

A month prior, Budden dished out battling drugs, especially with respect to popping Molly.

"I didn't see a problem with the fact that maybe five days would go by without sleeping. I didn't see a problem with the fact that maybe I was hallucinating at times. I didn't see a problem with the fact that I just couldn't get up and walk sometimes. It just altered your thinking process dramatically, and for a thinker like myself, that was like nothing I'd ever experienced before. ... Now everyone is speaking about Molly like it's the thing to do. I thought it was important for somebody, anybody, to stand up and say, 'you know, I did that, it's corny.' I'm just hoping that at the end of the day, it won't be me versus the entire music industry when it comes to who a 13-year-old should listen to regarding drugs." (Fox 5)

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