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For the book sometimes referred to as "Last Temptation", see Last Temptation of Christ. For the film, see The Last Temptation of Christ (film). For the Alice Cooper album of the same name see The Last Temptation.
The Last Temptation
Studio album by Ja Rule
Released November 19, 2002
Recorded 2001-2002
Genre Hip hop
Length 54:46
Label Murder Inc., Def Jam
Producer Irv Gotti, 7 Aurelius, Chink Santana, The Neptunes, Cool & Dre
Professional reviews
Ja Rule chronology
Pain Is Love
(2001)
The Last Temptation
(2002)
Blood in My Eye
(2003)

The Last Temptation is the fourth studio album by Ja Rule.[1]

This album contained singles such as "Thug Lovin'" (featuring Bobby Brown), "Mesmerize" (featuring Ashanti) and The Pledge [Remix] (by Ashanti featuring Ja Rule, Nas, 2Pac). The album was also noted to have a song called Pop Niggas which was talking about 50 Cent to an extent. Pharrell was featured in the song, but not credited. Guests include: Bobby Brown, Ashanti, Nas, 2Pac, Charli Baltimore, Caddillac Tah, Alexi, Eastwood, Crooked I, Young Life & Chink Santana.

The album was successful but less than his previous Pain Is Love. "Mesmerize" is ranked at #45 on Blender's list of the "50 Worst Songs Ever"[2], but was the most successful single from the album, reaching number 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number 12 in the UK Singles Chart. It was also criticized by fans, saying that the album sounded too commercial, and that Ja Rule was selling out, and on top of that, many of Ja Rule's enemies such as Daz Dillinger, Eminem, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, G-Unit, Obie Trice, D12, Busta Rhymes and DMX said that Ja Rule was trying to be just like a late 2Pac, which fueled the rivalry even more.[citation needed]

The album was released in a censored version as well which removes most profanity. However, sex-related lyrics like "gettin head" and violent lyrics like "murda" are left in.

Track listing

# Title Producer(s) Guest(s) Time Sample(s)
1 "Intro" 0:20
2 "Thug Lovin'" Chink Santana, Irv Gotti Bobby Brown 4:50 Interpolates portions of Stevie Wonder's "Knocks Me Off My Feet"
3 "Mesmerize" Chink Santana, Irv Gotti Ashanti 4:38 Interpolates portions of "Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)" performed by Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross
4 "Pop Niggas" The Neptunes Pharrell 4:29
5 "The Pledge Remix" 7 Aurelius, Irv Gotti Nas, Ashanti, 2Pac 3:54 Contains a sample of 2pac's, "So Many Tears"
6 "Murder Reigns" 7 Aurelius, Irv Gotti Celeste Scalone 4:02 Contains a sample of Africa written and performed by "Toto", and New World written and performed Nas
7 "Last Temptation" Chink Santana, Irv Gotti Charli Baltimore 4:58 Contains a sample of "Funky Sensation" by Gwen McCrae
8 "Murder Me" Chink Santana, Irv Gotti Caddillac Tah & Alexi 5:15 Contains a sample of "Anniversary" by Tony Toni Tone
9 "The Warning" Chink Santana, Irv Gotti 5:05
10 "Connected" Chink Santana, Irv Gotti Chink Santana, Eastwood & Crooked I 4:54
11 "Emerica" Chink Santana, Irv Gotti Young Life & Chink Santana 5:16
12 "Rock Star" Chink Santana, Irv Gotti 4:58 Contains a sample of Lenny Kravitz's "I Belong To You"
13 "Destiny (Outro)" Cool & Dre 2:05 Contains a sample of "Midnight Sunshine" by The Soul Children

Chart positions

Chart (2002) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 4
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 2
UK Albums Chart 59
German Albums Chart 50
Australian Albums Chart 29

References

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