Ja Rule and wife Aisha

Rapper Ja Rule was released from prison today, but he’s not exactly a free man. MyFox NY reports that “Ja Rule left an upstate New York prison Thursday morning after serving most of his two-year sentence for illegal gun possession and headed straight into federal custody in a tax case.”

Ja Rule and wife Aisha

When the prison gates clanged shut behind him after serving a two-year sentence for illegal gun possession, U.S. Marshals were waiting to escort Ja Rule to his next destination.

The “Put It On Me” rapper reported to prison in June 2011.

The rapper, who had been in protective custody because of his celebrity, has some time remaining on a 28-month sentence for tax evasion.

Ja Rule, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, may have less than six months left and may be eligible for a halfway house, defense attorney Stacey Richman said. An order to pay $1.1 million in back taxes is one of the main reasons he wants to get back to work, she said.

“Many people are looking forward to experiencing his talent again,” Richman said.

According to his website, Jah kept himself busy studying for his high school diploma. The budding actor already has movie roles lined up. His next movie, “I’m In Love With A Church Girl”, is due out in Spring 2013.

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