No one can ever forget the complete chaos and controversy that the nightmarish Fyre Fest brought after it scammed and traumatized hundreds of festival goers, suppliers, caterers, and personnel.
Everyone knew that Fyre Fest was a music festival that should have never have happened.
All except Ja Rule, that is.
Apparently, the rapper who co-founded the failed festival still thinks Fyre Fest was “an amazing idea.”
“Let’s not act like every f***ing body wasn’t coming to the Fyre Festival,” Ja Rule said during an interview with New York City radio show The Breakfast Club. “It was f***ing done wrong. It was organized bad. The idea of it was dope, the marketing was dope, everything was done very right on that end. The execution was extremely bad, man.”
He also told them that the major issue in his opinion was not informing attendees that the tents didn’t turn out as planned.
“The biggest problem to me was the tents,” he added.
“When I see them, I’m like, ‘Yo, what the f*** are we doing with these tents? These are not the tents that were in the drawings.
‘ I was told […], ‘Ja, these tents are… We sent out emails to everyone and these are the tents that everybody is sleeping in—they know that.'”
But when the attendees landed at the festival grounds and found the crappy tents, “that’s when all hell broke loose.”
Ja Rule also came to his defense against people claiming that Fyre Fest was one huge fraud. He persisted, “This is not fraud. Maybe false advertising. Maybe. But not fraud. Fraud is the intention of not ever putting on a festival.”
However, he did acknowledge that his co-founder, Billy McFarland, pretty much scammed investors and ticket vendors of about $26 Million which he pleaded guilty to and is now serving six years in jail for.
“He lied to me, man,” Ja Rule said. “He lied to me in a lot of ways.”
When asked whether he would organize another music festival again, Ja Rule said he would.
“Sure, I would like to do another festival and do it right because that’s what I intended to do in the first motherf***ing place,” he added.
Fyre Fest was scheduled to take place on April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2017 on the Bahamas. It was heavily promoted by social media influencers such as Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid, and said to feature many famous artists including Blink-182, Migos, and Lil Yachty. Attendees spent thousands of dollars on tickets, only to be served prepackaged sandwiches and given half-built tents during the festival’s inaugural weekend.
Many artists backed out last minute from the festival due to the chaotic planning.
Two documentaries of the failed festival were released in 2019: Hulu’s Fyre Fraud and Netflix’s Fyre: The Greatest Party that Never Happened.
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