Ja Rule has revealed that he hopes to stage another “iconic” event, following his involvement in the disastrous Fyre Festival, which was billed as an ultra-luxurious music festival set against a Bahamian backdrop but descended into abject chaos.
Following the release of Netflix’s Fyre Festival documentary, the rapper insists that he wants to create another festival.
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He said that he hasn’t watched the Netflix or Hulu documentary about the failed festival.
“I haven’t watched them yet,” he said at LAX. “They’re very popular, they’re very popular. Maybe one day. I lived it, man. I ain’t gotta watch it.”
When asked if he’d ever host another festival, Ja Rule said, “In the midst of chaos is opportunity. I’m working on a lot of new things,” Ja Rule told TMZ.
He called Fyre Festival “the most iconic festival that never was,” before adding, “I have plans to create the iconic music festival.”
The I’m Real rapper doesn’t find anything about the Fyre Festival humorous.
“It’s not funny to me, man,” he said. “It’s heartbreaking to me. It was something that I really, really wanted to be special and amazing and it just didn’t turn out that way. But, you know, in the midst of chaos, there’s opportunity. So I’m working on a lot of new things. I got my new platform Iconn.”
Ja Rule’s Iconn app is a “celebrity entertainment booking and concierge service.”
Ja Rule doesn’t deny that his Iconn app has similarities to the original pre-festival Fyre app.
“It is kinda similar to what the app was but you gotta understand the app was separate from the festival,” he noted.
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The Put It On Me rapper co-founded the 2017 Fyre Festival with Billy McFarland.
McFarland is currently serving a six-year jail sentence for wire fraud. Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald called him a “serial fraudster.”
He admitted to defrauding investors of $26 million in the 2017 music festival and over $100,000 in a fraudulent ticket-selling scheme after his arrest in the festival scam.
Buchwald said McFarland deserved a long prison term because he disrespected the criminal justice system by lying to law enforcement agents when they learned about the ticket-selling business.
Speaking in a courtroom packed with friends, family and at least one victim, McFarland apologized as family members cried behind him.
He said he hit rock bottom and plans to become a better person.
— With files from the Associated Press and Rahul Kalvapalle