Ja Rule announced that he’ll be releasing his new album before he goes inside for his 18 month prison term. The rapper will not be sentenced until February, but it hasn’t stopped the rapper for making plans about his forthcoming record, titled The Renaissance Project.

Rule tweeted, “Renaissance Project will be dropping before I go in #Supportrealhiphop!!!”

Speaking to XXL, Rule explained why he changed the name from it’s original title, Venni Vetti Vecci 2010.

“First of all, Venni Vetti Vecci was my baby; that was my first album. You can never duplicate that era in time. That was my whole life’s work in that album up until that time.”

In further explanation, he also revealed that he’s no longer signed to Murder Inc.

“And then number two, I went to Africa – it took on a hold of me, when I was doing my album and the whole project, what I was going through right now, with the new beginning, I’m not with Murder Inc. anymore, but they’re still the family,” he continued. “I’m on my own venture, so it was a sign of a new beginning, new ambitions, new everything. They built this statue out there, it’s called The Renaissance, and it’s a statue of a man holding his baby on his shoulders with his wife in his arms, pointing to the heavens. To me, it just symbolized what I’m about right now and just the word — fresh start, I said that’s what I want to call my project, The Renaissance Project and it represents what I’m about…”

There’s no release date as yet for The Renaissance Project.

Via BS