*Ja Rule has opened up to Vibe magazine about his first night behind bars, saying inmates tried to “assassinate” his character and criticized him for allegedly receiving special treatment.

The rapper, real name Jeffrey Atkins, began serving a two-year prison sentence in New York in June and admits his stay got off to a rough start. He says the prisoners deliberately tried to provoke him with taunts.

Ja Rule writes in Vibe:

“My first night here was crazy inmates screaming, banging, and kicking the doors,” said Ja Rule. “I even got into it wit these stupid n**gas trying to assassinate my character, talkin about I’m snitching to the guards and that I’m getting special treatment. I barked on these n**gas and set em straight ’cause, as a man, there’s only so much you can take before you snap.

“At first I tried to ignore there (sic) lil comments until they started talkin s**t like they gonna kick my door and all this clown s**t. But the funny thing is when I started screaming on them, letting them know they got the wrong n**ga they got excited. It was like that’s what they wanted to bring the hood out of me…”

But Ja Rule soon discovered his fellow inmates were actually interested in hearing all about his music career.

“After I set em straight they wanted to talk & ask me about the industry. I could tell they wanted to be my friend but just didn’t know how to go about it,” he writes.

Ja Rule was sentenced for weapons charges relating to a 2007 arrest in New York. He was ordered to serve an additional 28 months in prison for failing to file his income tax returns.