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Rapper Ja Rule to rule new unscripted MTV comedy

NEW YORK - MARCH 02: Rapper Ja Rule attends the premiere of Overture Films' 'Brooklyn's Finest at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on March 2, 2010 in New York City
NEW YORK - MARCH 02: Rapper Ja Rule attends the premiere of Overture Films' 'Brooklyn's Finest at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on March 2, 2010 in New York City
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Move over, Cliff Huxtable! There’s a new dad in town and he’s making his own rules. On Thursday, TV Guide reported that rapper-turned-actor Ja Rule will open up his home for a half-hour unscripted series titled “Follow the Rules.” The “comedic docu-series” will center on the rapper’s family, including his wife Aisha, sons Jeffrey and Jordan, daughter Brittney, and even his mother-in-law.

"Ja Rule is the modern day reality rap star version of Bill Cosby's role from "The Cosby Show,’" said MTV programming president Susanne Daniels. "He embraces a unique parenting style with his teenage kids that feels fresh and funny."

Queen Latifah is among the executive producers on the new show, and in a recent interview on her talk show, Ja Rule touched on his unique bond with his mother, who will also be featured on the upcoming reality show. I’ve always had my mom’s love and support,” he said. “She was always there for me, and it gave me the drive to not let her down. … At the end of the day, you just want to make your mother proud.”

Of course, Cliff Huxtable never hit 50 Cent with a bat (as Ja alleges he did in his book “Unruly: The Highs and Lows of Becoming a Man”), and he certainly never spent two years in federal prison, but this former bad boy has definitely turned his life around.

In an interview in July on the popular hip hop radio show The Breakfast Club, the “I’m In Love With a Church Girl” star, who was raised a Jehovah’s Witness, talked about how he found new life at Hillsong Church in New York City. "I got saved at that church, me and my wife," he revealed of the NYC mega church. "We went up on stage, we got saved and it just gave me a good feeling."

He also added that while he doesn’t want to come off as a “holy roller” to his fans, he’s definitely “a very spiritual dude.” But he’s still Ja Rule. In an MTV press release for "Follow the Rules," he punctuated his statement with an expletive, and promised, “Family tradition will never be the same!”