Ja Rule was released from jail. Well sorta! The rapper was released from an upstate New York prison Thursday morning after serving most of his two-year sentence for illegal gun possession. He now is headed straight into federal custody in a seperate tax case.

According to Newsday, U.S. Marshals escorted the 36-year-old musician out of Mid-State Correctional Facility at 9:30 a.m. He was being held at the Oneida County Jail in central New York as he awaited word from the Federal Bureau of Prisons about where he’ll serve time in the tax case.

The rapper has to serve remaining time, about a 28-month sentence, for tax evasion that ran concurrently.

Defense attorney,Stacey Richman, says Ja Rule, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, may have less than six months left and may be eligible for a halfway house.

Ja would like to get back to work to pay off those back taxes, which is over $1Million Dollars. “Many people are looking forward to experiencing his talent again,” Richman said.