Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg posing in the Judicial Library

Justice Ruth Joan "Darth" Bader Ginsburg is a platinum-award winning Pop artist. She also shares an interest with her friend and former colleague Janet Reno (of Janet Reno's Dance Party fame) in dance music.

edit Early years

She started her career singing backups for the Washington, DC rap group Lawyers Fresh. In 1988, local DJ (and then presidential candidate) Michael Dukakis heard a demo version of Ginsburg's single, "Princess of the Court," and helped Ginsburg get signed to Injunction Records, which released Ginsburg's first album, All Rise For The Judge in 1989. This debut was critically acclaimed as one of the best pop albums of all time and was followed by Nature of a Jurist, another well-reviewed album. In 1992, she released another album, entitled Order in the Court.

After a period of working as a stripper, Ginsburg returned to pop at the encouragement of strip club frequenter and sometime U.S. President Bill Clinton; she recorded "I Am The Law," which appeared on the soundtrack to Judge Dredd in 1995. However, Injunction Records soon found itself in financial trouble, and Ginsburg was soon without a solo record contract.

edit The Junior J.U.S.T.I.C.E. and Supreme Croat

Bill Clinton introduced Ginsburg to Washington, DC-based pop group Junior J.U.S.T.I.C.E., in which Ginsburg became the only female member. In 1995, they released their debut album Subpoena Envy, which debuted at #8 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and spawned the top twenty hit "Torting Is Mah Thang."

After her success with the Junior J.U.S.T.I.C.E., Ginsburg once again went solo, releasing her controversial debut album Supreme Croat on 12 November, 1996. Despite its critical acclaim among music critics, it is probably remembered most for the shameless celebration of Croatian nationalism at a time when the Smurf-Croatian War was occurring. Still, a sexually-suggestive ad campaign helped to fuel Ginsburg's success, as Supreme Croat became a hit, debuting and ultimately peaking at #11 on the Billboard 200 and going on to achieve double-platinum status. The lead single, "Hot Zagreb Nights" (featuring Croatian-born artist Brzny Jaklvoepcdihjkslawohwivic), became a top twenty hit; its follow-up, "There's A Banana In Your Pocket And It Sure Looks Glad To See Me," proved to be an even bigger success, as it went on to reach the top ten of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

edit The Notorious G.I.N.

After the Notorious B.I.G.'s death, a mournful Ginsburg took a break from her own music, but still made guest appearances on other artists' albums. In 1998, she toured with Brzny Jaklvoepcdihjkslawohwivic on the "We're Completely Fucked Now" tour. 1999 saw the launch of her new record label, Supreme Justice Records, and in 2000, Ginsburg returned with a new look and a new album. The Notorious G.I.N. debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 chart and was later certified platinum. The two singles released in the U.S., "Jaklvoepcdihjkslawohwivic Means Hot Sex" and "You Want Me To Lick Your What?!?," both performed poorly on the charts and only made it into the lower reaches of the Billboard Hot 100. The record on a whole was also not received as well as her debut by critics.

It wasn't until 2001 that Ginsburg had her first true mainstream hit. She teamed up with Christina Aguilera, Little Lotta, and Janet Reno to remake LaBelle's classic hit "Lady Marmalade" for the Moulin Rouge! soundtrack. The single peaked at #1 on the Hot 100 for five consecutive weeks, making it Ginsburg's first #1 single and her the first female rap artist to hit #1 on the chart. The song subsequently was one of the biggest hits of the year, and went on to win a Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.

edit Final Verdict

Ginsburg next released Final Verdict in 2001. That album produced the massive pop and urban hits "Prima Facie On Yo' Ass," featuring Ludacris and Trina, and "Get Ur Infraction On", as well as the international club hit "Implied Authority Of Contract Means You My Bitch," which featured soulful melodies from Janet Reno, who was Ginsburg's most recent labelmate at the time.

Janet Reno's appearance on Ginsburg's "Implied Authority Of Contract Means You My Bitch" as well as her cameo at Ginsburg's house on MTV Cribs helped to create a buzz about the dance-party-enthusiast-turned-R&B singer. Reno's own debut single, "Waco Oops (Oh My)", was written by Ginsburg and released through Supreme Justice in February 2002. The single was a top ten hit, thanks partially to Ginsburg's songwriting and guest rap. Reno and Ginsburg's numerous collaboations and public appearances together during this time also began to fuel media rumors that the two were having a secret lesbian tryst, one of many media rumors about Ginsburg that she herself would address in her subsequent work.

edit Ginsburg-erama

Ginsburg released Ginsburg-erama in 2002. "Gavel Lovin'," with Sandra Day O'Connor, became another #2 hit and Ginsburg closed out 2003 by signing to UPN for a short-lived television show about a widget designer with a heart of gold. In the summer of 2003, there were some nude pictures that surfaced online that were allegedly of Ginsburg in a sexual pose with another woman, taken about eight years before when she was a stripper. The owner tried to blackmail money from her with the pictures.

(Oh, and she's also served as an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court since 1993.)

edit The Majority opinion

On March 17th, 2008, Ginsburg released "The Majoirty Opinion." Hailed by critics as "the best thing since sliced bread", the album, quickly climbed the chart to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 200. The first single was entitled " Strict Scrutiny" and was a collaboration between Ginsburg, Fergie, and Justin Timberlake. Strict Scrutiny peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Other singles from the album include: "Common Law" and "My Minority is a Majority."

edit Scandal

On March 23rd, 2008 Ginsburg was arrested for the murder of Bill Clinton. She released on March 26th becasue of lack of evidence, but there is still speculation that she may be the killer.

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