Ja Rule: (Talking about how the death of his younger sister affected him) See, that's the thing. It didn't really affect me until I was older because I didn't understand it. I was young, 4 or 5, and my mom comes home and she's like, "Your sister isn't gonna make it." I didn't really understand it. I'm like, where's the next toy? It didn't register until I was older and I was like, I don't have the sister I could have grown up with. That was tough on me. My father wasn't there so it was just me and my mom. She worked two jobs trying to raise me, which was tough. She worked the four-to-twelve shift, so no one was home when I came home from school. That's why I feel like the streets raised me, 'cause I grew up with the older guys around me.