Rapper Ja Rule, who was the co-founder of the disastrous Fyre Festival, has again suggested that has plans to attempt a similar event once more.
The planned music festival, which was scheduled to take place on the Bahamian Island of Great Exuma over two weekends in April and May 2017, was uncovered as a fraudulent mess which resulted in Rule’s fellow co-founder Billy McFarland being sent to prison for six years.
With horrendous planning, the event collapsed due to extensive problems related to security, food, accommodations and artist relations. Despite festival goers having already attended, the event was postponed on the spot with those people left stranded with makeshift tents and pre-packed sandwiches. What ensued was eight lawsuits with one seeking damages in excess of $100 million.
Following the popularity of Netflix’s expose documentary, it has also been revealed that Seth Rogen is eyeing up a spoof feature film which is partly inspired by the disasterous Fyre Festival.
Despite all of that, Ja Rule has not been deterred from planning a music festival again. While appearing on the Breakfast Club, the rapper explained that he “wanted to do an amazing fucking festival, and I believe Billy did too. It just didn’t manifest in that way.”
Detailing further, Ja Rule explained that he has been approached by multiple investors who want him to take on and execute a luxury festival properly. When asked if he would again attempt a music festival, he said: “Fuck yeah, and I’m going to kill it!”
Ja Rule also once said that that “[Fyre Fest] is the most iconic festival that never was, so I have plans to create the Iconic music fest. But you ain’t hear it from me”.
Despite rumours of ‘Fyre Festival 2’ circulating, Ja Rule has been told to “stay in his lane” and urged to “stick to rapping” amid rumours that he will attempt the disastrous Fyre Festival for a second time.
After the hearing Ja Rule’s plans, Kaaboo Cayman organiser Jason Felts said “it’s disappointing,” in an interview with Too Fab while promoting his own festival. “I hear Ja Rule is at the airport right now,” he added. “I wonder is he on his way down here to get some tips? Ja Rule should stick to rapping. I think he’s a great rapper, but he needs to stay in his lane.”
Not leaving things there, Felt added: “They should not attempt to do another Fyre Festival, they’ve lost all credibility. The people who were most affected by Billy McFarland and Ja Rule were the local people, the Bahamians.”
Felt continued: “All of the locals and vendors who worked tirelessly and were never paid. Not to mention the victims of Ja Rule and Billy’s Ponzi scheme in trying to lure guests to that island and pull the wool over their eyes.”
Having seen the destruction Fyre Festival has caused through the hit Netflix expose documentary,Felt added that he has the urge to try and restore some of the credibility to the music festivl scene. “I’m upset that so many people were left in a trail of destruction,” Felts added. “I feel a personal responsibility to regain credibility for the music festival industry, to regain trust of the Caribbean as a whole, because the people of the Bahamas were fucked over.”
“We’re here to put out the Fyre,” Felts added with a smile. “If Ja Rule wants to promote his own personal brand, he needs to stick to what he does well, which is rap.”