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Ja Rule and Ashanti @ 1015 Folsom 

Wednesday, Feb 10 2016
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It's been 16 years since Ja Rule and Ashanti teamed up for their chart-topper "Always On Time," so it's understandable if their reunion tour seems a bit random to you. (It does to me.) Though the rapper and singer were labelmates on Murder Inc., they only collaborated on half a dozen songs together. And it's not like they were exclusive: Both Ashanti and Ja Rule have worked with dozens of other artists of the opposite sex in their careers. So what does this tour really mean? It means they're both struggling in their careers and need the money and publicity that comes from touring, even if it is 16 years after the fact. "Always On Time" was the pair's most successful single, spending two weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and becoming a staple in every Bar/Bat Mitzvah DJ's music library. But was it good enough to inspire legions of millennials to shuck up $50 a decade and a half later to see the song performed live? I guess we'll have to wait and find out.

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