Cat Burglar Ja Rule Steals Away With Chuck, Vita, Ashanti

By | April 16, 2002 at 12:00 AM

“Where’s Ja?” Ja Rule screams, imitating Clarence Williams III, one of the detectives chasing him in his video for “Down Ass Chick.” “That’s my dog right there.”

In the clip, Ja and song co-star Charli “Chuck” Baltimore play cat burglars and Williams and partner Eric Roberts are on the case. During one of their heists, Baltimore gets caught and goes to the big house. The cops let her out of jail, hoping she’ll lead them to Ja. The hunch pays off and the clip ends cliffhanger-style with the cops closing in on the unsuspecting thieves as they lounge on a beach.

“Part two is fun,” Ja said of the clip’s sequel, which is the video for the song’s remix. “We get away. You’re really not supposed to get away with crimes when you’re doing a video. It’s not that we’re getting away, but we made a spoof on [the idea that] you can’t do the crime and get away. The ‘Down Ass Chick’ remix video is us just balling out, having a blast. It’s paradise. We’re just having a good time, partying, showing the good side of life and not showing us getting caught.”

And why wouldn’t Ja have a joyous time? In the song and the video he’s surrounded by nothing but women – Chuck, Vita and Ashanti.

“The remix is crazy, featuring all the ladies of Murder Inc.,” Ashanti said. “You know, your down-ass chicks. We’re talking about the Murder mommies being Ja’s chicks.”

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