Ja Rule dropped a new album, PIL2, yesterday, and doing some promo for the album from behind bars, Ja calls into Ear Candy Mornings today and spoke on artists like Drake, Kanye West using his style, and 50 Cent, although not saying his name, bashing him for singing and then doing it himself.

“I mean, I love it. I love to hear the melodies in the records. Music is music. I think people get that twisted. ‘Ah this is Hip Hop’ or ‘This is rock’ or ‘This is R&B.’ Hip Hop is the only form of music that can mess with all of those sounds and make for good music.”

Ja adds:

“So when I hear it in the music, I smile. I love to hear it, I love to listen to Drake, I love Kanye – all of these artists who make good music, because that’s what it’s all about. It’s not about putting on a break beat and rhyming over it. That’s where it started, but things elevate, things change. I think I kind of was in that zone. I wouldn’t say I was ahead of my time, because I sold plenty of records doing that.”

As Ja continued, he touched on 50 Cent, not saying his name, bashing his style and then later running with it as his own:

“I’ve got all the accolades for it, so I wouldn’t exactly say it was before anyone’s time. I think people enjoyed it and they loved it, and they’re still loving it. I just think it was a situation that I went through and people were led astray, led to believe that the style wasn’t the hot style or whatever. It’s funny, because it’s like someone told you pizza’s disgusting, pizza’s nasty, pizza’s wack. And then they went and sold pizza, and everybody bought it. It’s kind of that scenario, but I’m glad to hear it in the music.”

Listen to Ja Rule’s interview with Ear Candy Mornings below: