Remember the year 2001? The iPod made its debut, Blink-182 topped the charts, the first Harry Potter and the first Lord of The Rings movies were released, and it was probably the last time Ja Rule was relevant. He had a few hit singles between 1999 and 2001 and was cast in a small role in a new movie franchise, The Fast and The Furious.

After the success of the original, director John Singleton wanted to bring Ja Rule back for the sequel, which was horribly named 2 Fast 2 Furious. But according to an interview Singleton gave to Grantland, his refusal to return to the franchise made room for Ludacris.

“Ja got too big for himself. He turned it down. He turned down a half a million dollars,” Singleton said. “He got 15 grand to be in the first movie. He was really big at that time. I guess Murder Inc. was throwing out hits and were making money hand over foot. He was acting like he was too big to be in the sequel. He wouldn’t return calls. I went to the studio to go see him — that’s just my mantra, I deal with a lot of music people. He was kinda playing me to the side and I was like, ‘What? What is this sh*t?’ This was all initiated by me. I then made a call. I called Ludacris. I said, ‘Hey, Luda, I haven’t met you before, but I like what you’re doing right now.’ Luda was all humble, excited to meet me. I said, ‘I’m doing this movie and I’m wondering if you want to be a part of it.’ He goes, ‘What? Yeah! Anything you do I want to be a part of.’ That’s how Ludacris got in 2 Fast 2 Furious, and the rest is history.”

History indeed. Ludacris, whose real name is Christopher Bridges, then scored roles in the critically acclaimed films Crash and Hustle & Flow, as well are numerous other supporting roles. He reprised his role as Tej Parker in three more Fast & Furious films as well.

As for Ja Rule, he released albums in 2009 and 2012 that we are sure you can’t name. He has another one set to release in 2015, as well as plans for an MTV reality show.