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“It's funny. We’re from totally different walks of life. But when you're here, you're here.”
That's Ja Rule's sober assessment of life behind bars and the odd, unexpected friendships prison life can forge. The rapper is currently serving two years at Mid-State Correctional Facility in Oneida, New York, for having an illegal loaded gun in his Maybach after a concert in 2007. Ja Rule's new buddies, pictured above, are 71-year-old Alan Hevesi (right) and 64-year-old Dennis "Koz" Kozlowski (left), both of them given jumpsuits for financial crimes. Hevesi is serving one to four years for accepting wads of cash in a pension scam while serving as New York State's Controller; Kozlowski, the former Tyco CEO, got eight to 25 years for ripping off the company for $100 million, which he used to buy, among other things, a $2 million party in Sardinia with an ice sculpture of Michelangelo’s David pissing vodka. It's the historical, erotic way to get drunk!
Ja Rule, real name Jeffrey Atkins, whose album Pain Is Love 2 will drop on Feb. 28, has been getting stock advice from Koz and talks politics with Hevesi. "Outside, you don't meet guys like this every day," Rule said. "This place is amazing.” Who knew jail was the place to get cultured? What else do we know about these characters? Not much, really. So let's guess:
Favorite movie: "Goodfellas"
Favorite drink: Dirty martini
Music: Not Ja Rule's
Pet peeve: Cutesy intentional misspellings, like R for "are"
Favorite movie: "Escape from Alcatraz"
Favorite drink: Michaelangelo's vodka, preferably urinated from an ice sculpture
Music: Kenny G
Pet peeve: Corporate buzz words like "synergy," "action plan," "outside the box" and "don't use the corporate spending account as a personal slush fund"