Rapper Ja Rule has been getting advice behind bars from two once high-powered men: ex-New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi and ex-Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski.
The rapper, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, is serving two years for gun possession at Mid-State Correctional Facility in Oneida.
He tells the Daily News in an interview: "Outside, you don't meet guys like this every day.''
He says both men have urged him to pursue higher education.
Ja Rule is a high school dropout.
The rapper says "Koz" also advised him to buy airline stock and study business.
Ja Rule will be taking college-level courses later this month.
Hevesi was convicted in a "pay for play corruption scheme. Kowlowski was convicted of fraud.