NEW YORK – Rapper Ja Rule and tap dance star Savion Glover both faced the music Thursday after cops found pot in their cars during separate – but remarkably similar – traffic stops, sources said.

The two entertainers were stopped 12 hours apart and within a few blocks of one another after they swerved their luxury cars across lanes of traffic in Manhattan. Both also were driving with suspended driver’s licenses from previous incidents, officials said.

Ja Rule, 28, landed in trouble first, at 2:14 a.m. EDT, when he careened across several lanes of traffic on Sixth Ave. near Houston St., sources said.

The multiplatinum-selling artist, whose real name is Jeff Atkins, was driving his 2001 Mercedes-Benz with a license that was revoked in 1999.

A cop who searched him after the traffic stop found 25 grams of pot in his pants pockets, sources said.

The rapper “behaved like a gentleman,” a source said.

Ja Rule was charged with possession of marijuana and driving with a suspended license. His spokeswoman refused to comment on the arrest.

Twelve hours later, it was Glover’s turn to dance into trouble. The 30-year-old “Bring in “Da Noise, Bring in “Da Funk” star was pulled over after he allegedly swerved his BMW convertible across E. Houston St. at 1:10 p.m. EDT.

Cops found a small plastic bag of pot inside his pants pocket and a suspected pot cigar wedged between the driver and passenger seats, sources said.

His spokesman was not immediately reachable for comment.

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