What started off as an exclusive Burning-Man-esque luxury festival on an island once owned by Pablo Escobar suddenly descended into hell on earth, with even the likes of Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid unable to save it.
People were eating cheese slices on bread, weeing on mattresses and demanding their money back. It’s the greatest festival that never was.
But if you thought you saw the last of it you might be sadly mistaken.
Ja Rule, the rapper who co-founded Fyre Festival alongside entrepreneur Billy McFarland – and a man that hasn’t been relevant since the mid 90’s – has revealed plans to resurrect the “iconic” event.
Speaking to TMZ, the rapper addressed the 2017 festival which was made even more infamous with two recent Netflix and Hulu documentaries:
“It’s not funny to me man, it’s heartbreaking. It was something that I really wanted to be special… and it just didn’t turn out that way.
“I’m not ashamed of Fyre at all. Because man, the idea, it was brilliant. It was fucking beyond brilliant … It was amazing, but it wasn’t what I dreamed it of being, and what I envisioned of it being, and what I wanted it to be. It wasn’t done properly.”
“In the midst of chaos is opportunity, I’m working on a lot of new things. I have plans to create the ICONNic music festival,” he went onto say, referencing his new app ICONN, a ‘celebrity entertainment booking and concierge service.’
This guy really doesn’t know when to quit.
You’d think he’d have learned his lesson as well; his business partner, Billy McFarland, went to jail for the festival as well as receiving a €2.5 million lawsuit, although Ja Rule has somehow come out of it relatively unscathed.
He did recently hit out at the Fyre Festival documentaries, though, accusing the film’s viewers of unfairly shifting the blame onto him.
Later, he added: “I had an amazing vision to create a festival like NO OTHER!!! I would NEVER SCAM or FRAUD anyone what sense does that make???”
Hulu PAID BILLY!!! That money should’ve [gone] to the Bahamian ppl Netflix PAID fuck Jerry the same guys that did the promo for the festival… The docs clearly have Billy at fault but let’s blame the rapper lmao ok…,” he said.
I suppose the silver lining in Fyre Festival 2.0 is the fact that when it goes tits up we’ll have another brilliant documentary to watch and talk about.
In all seriousness though, Ja Rule needs to stay away from this kind of stuff. His business acumen is somehow worse than his music.
Which is really saying something.
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Charismatic, witty, charming, engaging - four things Joshua Rogers will never be. Thankfully, he’s a semi-competent editor, who, after graduating university with two mostly pointless degrees, joined The Hook two years ago. He subsequently honed his writing skills over several features and investigative pieces, arguably letting The Hook audience in on way too much of his personal life.