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Hip-hop stars Ja Rule and Eve to perform at UNI

January 7, 2003

Mike Bobeldyk, program coordinator, Maucker Union, (319) 273-5888
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Ja Rule will be in concert Thursday, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m. in the UNI-Dome. His special guest will be Eve. The concert was previously planned for Sunday, Feb. 16.

One of the hip-hop world's biggest stars today, Ja Rule's first solo CD, 'Venni Vetti Vecci,' went multi-platinum and featured the singles 'Holla Holla,' 'It's Murda,' and 'Daddy's Little Baby.' His sophomore solo effort, 'Rule 3:36' debuted in 2000, and went straight to the top of the charts. 'Pain is Love,' released the next year, topped the charts as well. His most recent CD, 'The Last Temptation,' was released in November. He has collaborated on No. 1 singles with Ashanti ('Always on Time') and Jennifer Lopez ('Ain't it Funny').

In addition, the artist made his film debut in 2000, with an appearance in 'Turn it Up.' He later had roles in 'The Fast and the Furious,' and 'Crime Partners 2000.'

Eve gained national exposure in 1998, when a track from her demo tape, 'Eve of Destruction,' was featured on the 'Bullworth' soundtrack. She was later featured on albums by groups such as Roots and BLACKstreet. Her first album, 'Ruff Ryders' First Lady' debuted at No. 1 in 1999. She followed that with 'Scorpion' in 2001, and 'Eve-Olution,' out this year. She made her acting debut this year as well, with a part in the popular comedy, 'Barbershop.'

Tickets, at $25 for UNI students and $30 for all others, will go on sale at 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 16 at all UNI ticket outlets. They also are available at, or (319) 273-DOME.

The concert is sponsored by the UNI-Dome and Panther Productions.