In his 2004 special "For What It's Worth," Dave Chappelle recalls watching MTV shortly after 9/11: the hosts dial up Ja Rule to get his take on the tragedy.

"Who gives a fuck what Ja Rule thinks at a time like this?" Chappelle said incredulously. "This is ridiculous. I don’t want to dance. I’m scared to death. I want some answers that Ja Rule might not have right now. You think when bad shit happens to me, I’ll be in the crib like, 'Oh! My God, this is terrible. Could somebody please find Ja Rule? Get hold of this motherfucker, so I can make sense of all this. Where is Ja??? Help me Ja Rule!!"

Where is Ja??? Chappelle's bit speaks to Ja's ubiquity in the early 2000s, an era when he teamed up with Ashanti, Jennifer Lopez, Fat Joe for a seemingly endless parade of hits. Click through the image gallery to revisit 10 of Ja's biggest songs from 2000 to 2004.