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Ja Rule is certainly making the most of his prison sentence.
The Queens, N.Y.-reared rapper, who’s doing time at the Mid-State Correctional Facility in upstate Oneida, N.Y., for gun possession and tax evasion, told the New York Daily News that he’s formed friendships with two formerly powerful men: Dennis Kozlowski, who was CEO of Tyco International before his 2005 conviction for authorizing $81 million of illegal bonuses, among other acts of white-collar crime; and Alan Hevesi, the ex-New York City comptroller who began a one- to four-year sentence in April for a pay-to-play scheme wherein he took $1 million as a trade for approving pension-fund investments.
“Outside, you don’t meet guys like this every day. This place is amazing,” Ja Rule, 36, said in his Daily News interview.
“It’s funny. We’re from totally different walks of life,” he observed. “But when you’re here, you’re here.”
The rapper noted that the 65-year-old Kozlowski — who once threw a $2 million bash on the Italian island of Sardinia that featured an ice re-creation of the statue of David urinating vodka — imparted stock advice and inspired him to sign up for college classes after earning his GED in jail.
“Koz just got out on work release. Not to say I wish he was still here,” he said. “But they’re both great, smart guys.”
As for Hevesi, whom he’s dubbed “Hevey D,” the former comptroller is “a Democrat like me, so that helps.” Ja Rule said they have convened to watch Comedy Central’s The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report.
He started his two-year sentence for gun possession in June, shortly after completing his album Pain Is Love 2, slated to drop Feb. 28. In July, he was sentenced to 28 months for failing to file tax returns to the IRS.
“I in no way attempted to deceive the government or do anything illegal,” he said in court at the time. “I didn’t know how to deal with these finances, and I didn’t have people to guide me, so I made mistakes.”
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