Ja Rule (real name Jeffrey Atkins) has accomplished a lot throughout the course of his over two-decade career — multiple No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 singles, multi-platinum albums and Grammy Award nominations. Now, the 44-year-old Queens native can add Harvard Business School graduate to the list.
The Murder Inc. vet took to Twitter on Tuesday (February 2) to show off a certificate from the Ivy League university that read: “Jeffrey Atkins has successfully completed the Harvard business School Online Certificate Program [for] Entrepreneurship Essentials.
“This certificate program introduces a framework—People, Opportunity, Context, Deal—to evaluate opportunities, manage start-ups, and finance ventures.”
Ja captioned the post, “I ain’t the sharpest knife in the drawer buuuuut.”
Despite the 2017 Fyre Festival disaster, Ja Rule has always been entrepreneurial minded and appears to be putting his latest accolade to use. In a 2020 interview with HipHopDX, Ja Rule talked about his fascination with the tech space while discussing his ICONN app.
“I love tech space, man,” he said. “It gives you that creative feeling again, like whether you first get in the lab and start making records and shit, and you’re like, ‘Will this work? Will people like this how me and my n-ggas like this?’ It’s like we got a secret. We about to let this secret loose to the world.
“That’s how I feel like with tech. I’m not recreating the wheel, man. I’m creating it for the culture. That’s the fucking difference. It’s other live platforms. It’s other platforms that let you monetize your content, but it ain’t ICONN, trust what the fuck I’m telling you.”
Last week, he blasted the Robinhood app after learning the app wouldn’t let potential investors trade certain stocks that have created a buzz within the Wall Street Bets Reddit community.
“Yo this is a fucking CRIME what @RobinhoodApp is doing DO NOT SELL!!! HOLD THE LINE… WTF,” he tweeted. “They hedge fund guy shorted these stocks now we can’t buy them ppl start selling out of fear… we lose money they make money on the short… THIS IS A FUCKING CRIME!”