Judging from the phone interview Ja Rule did it looks like the answer to the above question is yes. Some brothers have to loss years of their God given freedom in order for them to finally see the mistakes they made and that they weren't living right. During a phone interview Ja Rule seems like he's seen "the light" and realized the error of his ways. He talks about being ashamed for letting his people down, falling into the trap that society wants the black man to be in and some other stuff.
Check out the interview:
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