*Ja Rule is speaking out about his pending two-year prison sentence on weapons charges, saying the worst part will be spending time apart from his wife Aisha and their children, Brittany, Jeffrey, Jr. and Jordan.

“I’m disappointed. I’m mad at myself,” he tells MTV. “My daughter, she’s 15 right now. These are her last couple of years. She’s about to graduate from high school, and she’s going to college. She needs her father. My boys really need me right now too, as well as my wife. They need Daddy, and Daddy f**ked up.”

Ja Rule, real name Jeffrey Atkins, was convicted of weapons charges stemming from a 2007 arrest in New York. He says he’s prepared to serve his time beginning in June, and hopes his sentence will dissuade others from following in his footsteps.

“This is something that’s bad, but there’s gotta be some good that comes out of it,” he says. “Even if there are other kids that look at me and say, ‘Let me put my burner (gun) down.’ Even if it’s that, then there is something learned from my mistakes.”