MTV has greenlit a reality series starring rapper Ja Rule aptly-titled “Follow the Rules,” with Queen Latifah among the executive producers.
Described by the network as a “comedic half-hour docu-series,” it will follow the Grammy-nominated rapper and his boisterous extended family, however, MTV hasn’t indicated when the show will debut.
“Ja Rule is the modern day reality rap star version of Bill Cosby‘s role from ‘The Cosby Show.’ He embraces a unique parenting style with his teenage kids that feels fresh and funny,” said MTV programming president, Susanne Daniels, in a statement. “We’re excited to be in business with him and his delightful family.”
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The rapper will be joined on the series by his wife, Aisha, their two sons, Jeffery Jr. and Jordan and daughter Brittany. Plus, Ja’s mother and mother-in-law also live with the family and will appear on the series. It sounds like a full house!
Here’s MTV’s description of the series:
“Follow The Rules” is a comedic half-hour docu-series centered around Grammy nominated rapper turned actor, Ja Rule, and the hectic household that he and his wife Aisha are trying to keep under control. With their two sons, Jeffery Jr. and Jordan, as well as Ja’s mother and mother-in-law living under one roof, the house the Rule built is anything but quiet. The couple’s oldest daughter, Brittney, just about to start her sophomore year at college, is always pushing the boundaries. Though they’ve been through a lot and don’t always agree when it comes to their modern parenting styles, Ja and Aisha always manage to keep their family together with love and laughter. Ultimately one things for sure, when you’re in their house, you better “Follow The Rules.”
Over his career, Ja Rule has earned four Grammy nominations and has earned six top-ten albums, two of which, 2000’s “Rule 3:36” and 2001’s “Pain Is Love,” topped the U.S. Billboard 200. He has collaborated on hit songs with several top artists including Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, R. Kelly and Ashanti.
“Follow the Rules” will be produced by MTV and 51 Minds Entertainment with executive producers Queen Latifah, Christian Sarabia, Jeffrey Atkins, Shakim Compere and Irv Gotti.
While MTV has been beefing up its scripted fare with new shows like comedy “Faking It” and drama “Finding Carter,” this series is reminiscent of past MTV unscripted fare, most notably “Run’s House,” a reality show revolving around the former Run-D.M.C. member and reverend’s everyday life with his family, which ran from 2005-2009.
Watch a first look at “Follow the Rules” above.