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.”
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 wassentenced 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 Nakedand 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?
We get the feeling Ja Rule still doesn’t get the outlandish f*ckery that was the Fyre Festival. Mostly because the Queens rapper still hasn’t bothered to watch either documentary, or so he says.
The doomed and legendary scam of a festival got the documentary treatment on Hulu (Fyre Fraud) and Netflix (Fyre), and both made Ja Rule look like a puppet of a hypeman. Nevertheless, he hinted at putting together his own festival.
We got the rapper Thursday at LAX and he says he still hasn’t watched either of the popular documentaries on Fyre. As you know, it ended with Ja’s Fyre biz partner, Billy McFarland, going to prison, and landing on the wrong end of a $2.8 million suit.
He says he’s not laughing off the ordeal, because he lived through it and it was heartbreaking — but it sounds like he’s got a huge redemption story in mind.
“In the midst of chaos there’s opportunity,” said Ja Rule.
In the wake of the explosive Netflix and Hulu documentaries that went behind the scenes regarding the Fyre Festival, Ja Rule has been catching plenty of heat. Instead of ducking from the controversy, the veteran rapper is embracing the infamy and led a “F*ck You, Ja Rule” chant at a recent show.
The rapper was performing a concert Friday night in New Jersey when he stopped the show to talk about the Netflix documentary, “FYRE: The Greatest Party that Never Happened,” which launched the disgraced festival back into the spotlight.
Recognizing fans “might be a little mad” over the documentary, Ja encouraged the audience to chant “F*ck you, Ja Rule” in order for them to get out their frustrations.
Holding his middle finger high in the air, Ja Rule jumped on the mic and joined in before adding, “F*ck you too!”
The rapper — who was famously touted as the celebrity partner for the Fyre Festival — has taken major heat for the tragic outcome, including people who lost thousands of dollars.
If you watched Netflix’s Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened there were definitely some key moments that stuck out. Andy King, for instance, was thisclose to giving a custom official a blowjob in exchange for drinking water…at the behest of fraudulent Fyre founder Billy McFarland.
Going viral in what are some of the most hilarious memes to ever hit the internet, King says he’s seen all the commentary and doesn’t want to be known as the “blowjob king of the world” — but would like to use all the attention to somehow help the local Bahamians who were cheated out of tons of cash.
“I just don’t want to be necessarily known as the blowjob king of the world,” he informed Netflix in a follow-up interview, adding “I’m blown away with the response of the documentary. Completely blown away. I’m now a noun, a verb, an adjective. It’s mind-boggling.” Hilariously, King didn’t even know what it meant when someone reached out to tell him he was “trending.”
“One of our biggest goals” he continued, “is paying back everybody in the Bahamas…if I can drive positive influences and a lot of positive energy towards social and environmental impact, which is what I base my business on, then I think I can utilize this moment to do a lot of good.”
Over the weekend, the talk of the internet was two documentaries that highlighted the epic struggle that was Fyre Festival. One of the many people involved in the scam was rapper Ja Rule who can be seen in both docs excited about the festival that never was. He recently broke his silence, blasting both documentaries on Twitter.
Y’all want it to be me sooo bad it’s crazy… kinda sad!!! the crazy shit is I’m watching the docs in awe myself…
50 Cent’s favorite punching bag Jeffrey Atkins tried to Tweet through the slander coming his way and failed miserably. Rule believes that both docs unfairly levied the blame on him for the disaster that was Fyre Fest and said “I love how ppl watch a doc and think they have all the answers,” days after Hulu’s Fyre Fraud and Netflix’s Fyre documentaries dropped.
I love how ppl watch a doc and think they have all the answers…
He then followed that up by defending himself by ridiculously stating he had an “amazing vision to create a festival like NO OTHER!!!” and adding “I would NEVER SCAM or FRAUD anyone what sense does that make???”
I had an amazing vision to create a festival like NO OTHER!!! I would NEVER SCAM or FRAUD anyone what sense does that make???
While both documentaries detail how disastrous Fyre Festival was, The Ringer pointed out that both docs have some eye-opening issues. Hulu paid convicted fraudster Billy McFarland, and an undisclosed amount of money for an on-camera interview and Netflix’s doc was co-produced by Jerry Media better known as the Fuck Jerry group who helped market the festival.
Ja Rule wasted no time shifting any blame thrown his way and directed it towards his former business partner stating he has “receipts, “pointed out those issues with the docs and made himself to look like a victim as well stating he lost “plenty” of money.
Hulu PAID BILLY!!! That money should’ve went to the Bahamian ppl Netflix PAID fuck Jerry the same guys that did the promo for the festival…
Through all the mess, Twitter did finally put enough pressure on the Queens rapper to apologize to Bahamian native and restaurant owner MaryAnne Rolle who was screwed over by the festival.
My heart goes out to this lovely lady… MaryAnne Rolle we’ve never met but I’m devastated that something that was meant to be amazing, turn out to be such a disaster and hurt so many… https://t.co/16ld7ePlvQ
Since the release of the docs, she has managed to raise $144,735 through her own campaign and exceeded her goal $123,000. Speaking with TMZ exclusively she still feels Ja Rule should pony up $100k and we definitely agree he should pay her if he is indeed genuinely sorry.
Thanks to social media everyone quickly learned that the Fyre Festival of 2017 was more akin to the Hunger Games than it was fun and games. It was basically Naked And Afraid but with clothes and less help from the producers of the show.
But it wasn’t until viewers tuned into the Fyre Festival documentaries hit Hulu and Netflix (different versions btw) that we realized just how horrible things were from the get-go and the thing that most resonated with viewers was the story of Maryann Rolle.
People learned the heartbreaking details of the role that the owner of a restaurant at the Exuma Point Resort in the Bahamas found herself playing as she ran through her personal savings of $50,000 cooking and feeding Fyre Festival workers who were burning the candle at both ends trying to erect housing for the festival on time. Unfortunately scam artist Billy McFarland (who promised to pay everyone for their time and effort) stiffed them a la Donald Trump and never returned to make things right.
Luckily there are still good people left in the world and according to Gizmodo a GoFundMe page was set up to compensate Ms. Rolle for her sacrifice and has to date raised $163,000 for the woman who doesn’t “even like to talk about the Fyre Festival” because of the emotional scars it left on her being. Who says there isn’t any beauty left in the world?
As I make this plea it’s hard to believe and embarrassing to admit that I was not paid…I was left in a big hole! My life was changed forever, and my credit was ruined by Fyre Fest.
My only resource today is to appeal for help.
There is an old saying that goes “bad publicity is better than no publicity” and I pray that whoever reads this plea is able to assist.
The page itself began to take donations on January 14 and thanks to the help and empathy of 5,500 people was able to exceed its original goal of $123,000 by $40,000. Even Fyre Festival co-founder Ja Rule promoted Rolle on his IG page in an effort to bring more attention to the cause.
That guilt must’ve been eating at him after watching the documentary.
Billy McFarland meanwhile will end up serving six years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of wire fraud and swindling investors out of big money. Hopefully he’ll be joined by a certain Russian agent who currently resides at 1600 Pennsylvania in Washington, DC. Just sayin.’
Ja Rule is in his feelings about Hulu and Netflix’s documentaries on the failed Fyre Festival that he helped promote in 2017.
The veteran rapper claims that Hulu compensated his former business partner and festival organizer, Billy McFarland, for his participation in Fyre Fraud. For those who don’t know why this is a big deal, it is unethical for participants to be paid for mediums like documentaries.
But according to Ja, in order for Hulu to get information from McFarland they had to pay him. “Hulu PAID BILLY!!!” Ja tweeted on Sunday morning (Jan. 20). “That money should’ve went to the Bahamian ppl Netflix PAID fuck Jerry the same guys that did the promo for the festival… .” The Queens rapper also claims he has “receipts.”
Ja Rule added, “Because Billy was involved with BOTH he was trying to get them to pay him and Hulu bit… I heard they paid him somewhere btw 100 to 250… that money was supposed to go to the locals by LAW,” he posted.
The “Living It Up” rapper says he didn’t receive a dime for the failed festival that promised a luxurious weekend of fun on the Bahamas with A-List influencers. People paid thousands of dollars to stay in a tent that wasn’t even suitable for an elementary school student.
Just like the many of the people, Ja claims he is also a victim. “I too was hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, lead astray!!!” he add.
Hulu PAID BILLY!!! That money should’ve went to the Bahamian ppl Netflix PAID fuck Jerry the same guys that did the promo for the festival…
Because Billy was involved with BOTH he was trying to get them to pay him and Hulu bit… I heard they paid him somewhere btw 100 to 250… that money was supposed to go to the locals by LAW… https://t.co/f9g1kg8Z99
What likely was the worst day of Ja Rule’s life is going to be able to be viewed by everyone in the new Netflix documentary, Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened. The film is directed by Chris Smith and details the festival that was supposed to be a luxury offering, but ultimately became one of the biggest jokes in the history of Twitter.
The documentary will cover the festival from the idea to host a high-end festival that brought attendees close to their friends to the tents and cheese sandwiches that hit social media. One of the subjects of the documentary will be the partner of the Murder Inc. rapper, Billy McFarland.
The Fyre Festival documentary will be available on January 18 and will features video directly from the festival grounds along with first-hand accounts from those who were just looking to have fun.
Normally when someone is receiving a Netflix documentary it’s a cause for celebration, that may be the opposite for Ja Rule. Netflix announced they will be releasing a documentary on the legendary failure of Fyre Festival.
The announcement was on Netflix’s See What’s Next Twitter account and detailed the Fyre Festival as “the greatest party that never happened.” The documentary will show everything from the concept development of the festival to the poor execution that spawned what may be the best day in Twitter history.
The Fyre Festival was a joint effort of Billy McFarland and Ja Rule, the latter apologized for it resulting in a colossal disappointment. McFarland was sentenced to six years in prison. You can learn all about the debacle on January 18.
Maybe this will be the last time Ja Rule has to hear about Fyre Festival, but then again, likely won’t be. Sorry, Ja.
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