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Rae Sremmurd to Pay $18,000 in Fyre Festival Settlement

Rae Sremmurd has reached an agreement to pay back the money they received to perform at Fyre Festival. The trustee handling the account, Gregory Messer reportedly settled with the rap duo for $18,000. The settlement with Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi is just one of many that Messer is seeking.

Like many artists, Rae Sremmurd was paid a deposit with the expectation of performing at Fyre Festival in 2017 but the actual event was almost comically mishandled leading to every artist bailing on the performance.

Migos were also sued and settled their case in March reportedly agreeing to pay back $30,000 of the $100,000 they were paid to perform. Messer is also seeking payment from Kendall Jenner, Blink 182, and Emily Ratajkowski.

The founder of Fyre Festival, Billy McFarland was convicted and sent to jail for 6 years on fraud charges after finessing thousands of dollars from music fans who flew to a remote island in the Caribbean for the event.

Upon release from jail, McFarland is obligated to pay $26 million in restitution.

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Black Twitter Roasts Ja Rule After he Promoted his Tax Preparation Company

It’s safe to say that as long as Ja Rule is in the public eye, he will be the butt of a joke. The rapper took to social media to promote his tax preparation company, Value Tax, and got roasted!

“IT’S TAX SEASON!!! It’s simple walk in let us do your taxes, walk out with cash in hand… we also do credit repair!!!” Ja wrote in a since-deleted tweet.

Ja is on everyone’s sh*t list after the whole Fyre Festival debacle, therefore the public doesn’t trust him to prepare their taxes. But he insisted that his employees are the ones handling that part, and revealed that he owned the company for years.

“Everything that’s funny ain’t a joke value tax over 40 locations Ja Rule BEEN DOING YA’LL TAXES FOR YEARS!!!” He wrote on Twitter. “All y’all thinking y’all gonna be stars better go learn how to diversify your portfolio…”

Ironically, it was reported in April 2019 that he owed the IRS $2 million. Maybe he needs to hit up his employees to help him out.

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Ja Rule is Fed Up With Everyone Mentioning Him with Fyre Festival

Ja Rule is fed up with people who keep blaming him for the disastrous scam music festival better known as Fyre Festival.  

After being asked a question on Twitter regarding pay for the local workers, Ja went off in a tangent saying that if he went down for the festival and Billy Mcfarland, the leader of the scam fest was cleared then we still would not be talking about it.

“All of y’all that won’t let the Fyre shit go I have one question, If I was the one who was doing 6 years in prison for fraud and Billy was cleared of any wrongdoing, would y’all be saying the white guy us guilty still?,” Ja Rule said. “I highly doubt it… it be your own people I swear.”

As we previously reported, Ja Rule’s lawyer told All Hip Hop that this proves “nothing short of a total vindication” for his client. “In July, the Court dismissed all Fyre Festival claims against Mr. Atkins,” Smith said. “After this loss, plaintiffs’ law firm Geragos & Geragos appealed that decision. Today, the Court denied their appeal. This ruling is nothing short of a total vindication of Mr. Atkins.”

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Sorry Not Sorry: Ja Rule Still Claims He Was “Bamboozled” As Well On “FYRE” Festival-Inspired Track

Ja Rule Claims He Was "Bamboozled" On New Fyre Festival-Inspired Track

Source: Mindy Small / Getty

Ja Rule just won’t let the struggle that was the Fyre Festival die. On Friday (Dec.13), the rapper dropped a new song title “FYRE” speaking on the bootleg music festival that had folks stranded, living in tents and eating cheese sandwiches.

50 Cent’s favorite target released the new single via his Instagram account to his 905K followers. “FYRE,” which is a twist on the failed festivals name and is an acronym “For Your Real Entertainment.” On the track which wastes the instrumental from Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick’s classic track, “The Show,” the “Holla Holla” crafter revisits the disastrous festival and explains what went wrong from his perspective.

Rule claims on the track that like the Bahaman natives who worked ridiculous hours and in some cases were not paid and those who foolishly paid to attend was “bamboozled.” On the song he raps:

“The festival is on fire/ We don’t need no water, make that motherfucker hotter. How about a show of hands if you got your money back?/ I’m just playing, I got sued for that/ 100 mil to be exact/ I know you lack empathy for the one that’s me/ But I too was bamboozled.”

The song comes a month after he was officially cleared in a $100 million lawsuit regarding his involvement in putting together the doomed the festival. Jeffrey Atkins just doesn’t know how to move on apparently.

If you care to, you can listen to the song that will be featured on the forthcoming album he claims is coming “leap year” below.

Photo: Mindy Small / Getty

Source: HipHopWired.com

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Ja Rule is Legally Off the Hook in Fyre Festival Lawsuit

A group of disgruntled Fyre Festival attendees filed a $100 million dollar class-action lawsuit against co-founder Billy McFarland and those responsible, including Ja Rule.

However, a judge ruled that the rapper had no idea of the internal chaos when promoting the event.

Attorneys at the Geragos & Geragos law firm are trying to rope Ja back in the case. An appeal to include his name was filed and dismissed shortly after.

Ja Rule’s lawyer told All Hip Hop that this proves “nothing short of a total vindication” for his client. “In July, the Court dismissed all Fyre Festival claims against Mr. Atkins,” Smith said. “After this loss, plaintiffs’ law firm Geragos & Geragos appealed that decision. Today, the Court denied their appeal. This ruling is nothing short of a total vindication of Mr. Atkins.”

Ja is free to go live it up, but legal troubles continue to mount for McFarland.

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Kanye West Not Responsible For $55 Struggle “Brunchella” Breakfast Plates, Allegedly

Kanye West Not Responsible For The $55 Brunchella Struggle Plates

Source: James Devaney / Getty

Over the weekend, Kanye West was getting dragged on Twitter when a photo surfaced of a struggle $55 breakfast plate from Brunchella he attended. The initial belief was that Ye was responsible for the meal, but TMZ reports that is not the case at all.

Kanye West and his choir performed at the annual Brunchella fundraising event held at Bethany Church, located in Baton Rouge on Friday. Guests who attended were charged $55 per plate, and one attendee shared to the world his Fyre Fest-inspired meal, which consisted of sausage, pancakes, and two pieces of struggle bacon. West immediately caught all the flack on Twitter for the plate, but TMZ exclusively reports that it was the catering company’s fault, not MAGA Ye.

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Ja Rule Will Not Be Held Liable In Fyre Festival Lawsuits

Fyre production still

Source: Netflix / Fyre

Ja Rule is breathing a huge sigh of relief this week. His neck will not be on the line for one of the biggest concert scandals in history.

Page Six is reporting that the “Always On Time” rapper is no longer on the legal hook for the Fyre Festival. A judge at a federal Manhattan court ruled that Atkins will no longer be included in the civil suit filed by consumers who paid thousands of dollars each for tickets. On Wednesday, July 10 Judge P. Kevin Castel stated that Ja was “not alleged to have known of individual ticket or merchandise sales”.

Originally billed as a “luxury music festival”, Fyre ended up being a fraudulent struggle of epic proportions. When guests arrived in the Bahamas for the opening weekend they were greeted with  cheese sandwiches and FEMA tents instead of gourmet meals and luxury villas they were promised. But the inferior accommodations didn’t stop there as there was no electricity or working bathrooms in place. The scene quickly turned into a modern day Lord of the Flies.

Ja was not in attendance when Judge Castel ruled but his legal team communicated the Queens native’s appreciation. “Mr. Atkins is thankful for today’s ruling and for the Court’s time and attention. Justice was done today” explained Ryan Smith. Organizer Billy McFarland was found guilty of defrauding a total of $27 million dollars. He is currently serving six months in prison. The story was detailed in the jaw dropping Netflix documentary FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened. 

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Ja Rule’s Motion to Dismiss Fyre Festival Lawsuit Was Denied

The Fyre Festival was an epic fail and Ja Rule’s name will forever be affiliated with it although the rapper tried to file a motion to get the lawsuit dismissed.

The denial of the request isn’t all bad. TMZ reports that a judge agreed that his alleged fake posts can’t be traced to him or isn’t exactly defined as fraud but he did put out this one tweet that might be his downfall: “The stage is set!!! In less than 24 hours, the first annual Fyre Festival begins. #festivallife.”

Ja Rule tweeted that a day before when he reportedly knew many of the performers weren’t attending.

About a month ago, he stopped by The Breakfast Club with Irv Gotti and said he was considering executing another festival despite the debacle with the Fyre Festival.

“It was f****** done wrong. It was organized bad,” said the New York rapper. “The idea of it was dope, the marketing was dope, everything was done very right on that end. The execution was extremely bad, man.” According to Ja other festival producers have encouraged his optimism.

“I’m getting calls from the biggest motherfucking n****s who do festivals in the world,” he says. “Sure, I would like to do another festival and do it right because that’s what I intended to do in the first motherf******place.”

There’s no telling if he’s still willing to go through with this, but he still has to deal with the lawsuit from the last festival.

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Ja Rule Is Strongly Considering a Fyre Festival Follow Up

Ja Rule stopped by The Breakfast Club on Wednesday morning with his record executive and producer, Irv Gotti. Among the many topics that were discussed, Rule said that he is willing to execute another festival, despite the debacle of the Fyre Festival. This has question marks written all over it. The Fyre Festival documentary captured the disaster and is available on both Netflix and Hulu. In the latter part of 2016, Ja Rule teamed up with Fyre Media CEO, Billly McFarland and co-founded Fyre Festival. McFarland set expectations and did not meet them. As a result, thousands of people were stranded on a Bahamas island fighting to find a way back home. Ja Rule has since rebranded the app as and looks to plan another festival with better execution.

“It was f****** done wrong. It was organized bad,” said the New York rapper. “The idea of it was dope, the marketing was dope, everything was done very right on that end. The execution was extremely bad, man.” According to Ja Rule other festival producers have encouraged his optimism.

“I’m getting calls from the biggest motherfucking n****s who do festivals in the world,” he says. “Sure, I would like to do another festival and do it right because that’s what I intended to do in the first motherf******place.”

With his past reputation, the public is not in favor of this. Despite the debacle, the brains behind the operation was not Ja Rule; instead, it was Billy McFarland. In 2018, McFarland pleaded guilty to wire fraud and was charged with selling fraudulent tickets for a number of events. Later that year he was sentenced to six years in prison.

“I’m mad at Billy, said Rule. “He lied to me, man. He lied to me in a lot of ways.”

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Fyre Festival Swindle Gawd Billy McFarland Penning Memoir, Planning To Throw A Sequel

Fyre production still

Source: Netflix / Fyre

Seems like notorious Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland will be using his little prison stint to plot his next major moves.

Two years after tricking concert goers into becoming Hunger Game contestants, Billy McFarland finds himself on an iron vacation for his now infamous “paradise” concert event but if you thought it would dissuade him from ever trying to throw another event again, think again. According to New York Magazine McFarland isn’t only penning a memoir about the ill fated festival dubbed Promythus: The God of Fyre, but he’s even planning on throwing a sequel! Huh?

McFarland has said he found inspiration in Jordan Belfort, who was sentenced to 22 months in prison in 1999 for stock manipulation. His memoir, The Wolf of Wall Street, was turned into a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio in 2013. He also drew a comparison between himself and Molly Bloom, the Olympic hopeful turned underground poker ringleader whose memoir was adapted into an Aaron Sorkin movie in 2017.

McFarland is scheduled for release in 2024 and has been ordered to pay $26 million in restitution. He told Raab he plans to use profits from the book to help cover those costs. McFarland claimed in his emails he’s been struggling to “fully come to terms with” how the collapse of the festival affected the Bahamian people but hoped to give away additional proceeds from the book to Bahamians, vendors, and ticket-holders. He also said the organizers spent about $40 million on the festival and that many of the vendors had been paid more than enough. McFarland said he is still trying to figure out where things went bad with those vendors, including MaryAnn Rolle, the restaurant owner in Great Exuma whose appearance in the Netflix documentary prompted a GoFundMe campaign that raised $200,000 to help make up her lost savings.

Misrepresented the story, huh? Social media is filled with victims of the Fyre Festival who’d co-sign exactly how the story was told. Still McFarland is looking to redeem his name and image and is planning on giving the Festival another go round.

“Putting in terms of Wolf of Wall Street, the Festival will not be a one and done event — it’s happening again, so the original story will lose the potential to be told and set the stage if it’s not done before the next events take place.” He didn’t offer any more information on future festivals.

Whoever purchases tickets to Fyre Festival 2 will only have themselves to blame when it turns out to be an episode of Naked and Afraid. The only question left is will Ja Rule be a part of future Fyre Festivals or will he fall back and continue to beef with 50 Cent?

Photo: Netflix

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