Ja Rule and Andy King unveil plans to produce new Fyre Festival concept—Fyre 2.0

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The line between ambitious and foolish is a fine one, but trust Ja Rule—once credible 2000’s rapper turned “bamboozled” event producer —to walk it. That’s because today the embattled rhymer and fellow former Fyre Festival executive, Andy King, unveiled plans to produce, “the greatest festival that never was,” but for real this time—Fyre Festival 2.0. That’s right, while Billy McFarland, the nucleus behind the most monumental fail in the internet’s still-infant influencer age, languishes in federal prison for the grand-scale finagling he tried to pull off in 2017, his former business partners are hoping to build a real luxury festival experience from the ashes of the first Fyre.

The second, or, rather first real iteration of Fyre Festival, will take place this summer on the Caribbean Isle of Tortuga, once the boisterous pirate blow that was used to be a frequent stop for the likes of Captain Jack Sparrow and other infamous sailors. Fyre Festival 2.0’s talent roster for this year’s event features Steve Aoki, David Guetta, Hardwell, Paris Hilton (DJ set), and Paul Oakenfold drunkenly reading nursery rhymes over a microphone.

King, the hero of the first Fyre Festival fiasco, who famously prepared to fellate law enforcement officials for access to clean water for festival goers, expressed in a statement,

“We’re thrilled to actually be making Fyre Festival a reality. Without having to blow anyone, we were able to produce a festival this time around that actually brings a lot more than just American cheese on white bread. This festival is going to be bananas, ya heard.”

Look out for more details on tickets, VIP packages, and cabana bundles as they become available. See the full lineup for Fyre Festival 2.0 here.

The Chainsmokers wanted to headline Fyre Festival

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The Chainsmokers wanted to headline Fyre FestivalThe Chainsmokers Credit Rukes

The “most iconic festival that never was,” in Ja Rule’s own words, Fyre Festival promised attendees a luxuriant escape from their daily routines. The exclusive event famously devolved, to stray quite far from Billy McFarland‘s vision of a chic, boutique festival rife with VIP guests. The catastrophic conditions that ticket holders faced illustrated a stark difference between the white sand of the private island beach that was to be Fyre Festival’s setting, and the grim, resource-lacking atmosphere that attendees instead occupied. Fyre Festival’s marketing campaigns foregrounded the lithe figures of some of the modeling industry’s most iconic, like Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski. Cerulean waters and shots of other tropical scenery collectively comprised an alluring natural backdrop that beckoned music lovers to travel to the Bahamian island of Grand Exuma, for the festival’s inaugural installment.

Although the expectations for the festival now famously contrast the disastrous reality that ensued, even The Chainsmokers couldn’t deny the influential character of Fyre Festival’s marketing. The DJ duo admitted that they lusted over a headlining slot at the event, following McFarland’s promotion of the multi-weekend affair. “I definitely sent a message to our manager, our agent when this started rolling, before things went south, and was like ‘what’s the deal? Are we going to get an offer for this festival?’” Alex Pall said during a recent interview with radio host, Smallzy. “Bella Hadid is there, and it looks like she’s going to be your best friend if you just buy a ticket,” Pall added.

Drew Taggart chimed in, to acknowledge the persuasive nature of Fyre Festival’s promotional campaign, while comically underscoring the festival’s chief shortcoming: the failure to produce the event as advertised. “They killed it on the marketing… all they had to do was put on a festival!” Drew Taggart said. While The Chainsmokers weren’t tapped to play Fyre Festival, hindsight is 20/20, and clearly portrays the lack of an offer as a particularly fortuitous turn for the “Closer” hit-makers. The Chainsmokers are slated to appear at KAABOO Festival in the Cayman Islands, which is, as Taggart puts it, “what Fyre Festival was trying to do.” Seems like it all worked out.

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Ja Rule Curses The Minnesota Timberwolves After Disastrous Halftime Performance

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Ja Rule loves a scapegoat. Last month, he blamed the Fyre Festival documentaries for painting him and Billy McFarland in a negative light (“I too was hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, lead astray!!!”) and now he’s cursing the Minnesota Timberwolves for ruining his disastrous halftime performance during last night’s Milwaukee Bucks game. More »

Ja Rule wants to stage another Fyre Festival

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Ja Rule, the onetime New York rapper turned festival promoter and app developer, wants to take another shot at putting on the “most iconic festival that never was.”

The flames that Fyre Festival famously went down in back in 2017 still continue to burn, already churning out two well-received documentaries and a Lonely Island spoof film underway. Sold as the pinnacle of luxury festival experiences—where attendees could rub shoulders with Instagram models on Pablo Escobar’s remote island and eat foie gras on jet skis—Fyre Festival instead turned out to be a monumental disaster. The event nearly spiraled into a crisis situation with thousands of revelers essentially stranded on a concrete rock in the ocean with hoards of unpaid Bahamian locals demanding their rightful wages. Good god, one man even went as far as preparing to fellate a law enforcement official for clean water. Ultimately, the scam resulted in Fyre Festival’s chief architect, Billy McFarland, serving a six year federal prison sentence on multiple fraud charges.

Now, before we get into ripping festival co-founder Ja Rule too hard, remember,

While Billy is away however, Ja is apparently hard at work with his own new venture, ICONN. Similar to the Fyre app, ICONN aims to connect people with high profile talent like Cardi B and Snoop Dogg for private event bookings. When recently questioned in an airport, the rapper recently told TMZ,

“In the midst of chaos is opportunity. I’m working on a lot of new things.”  [Fyre] is most iconic festival that never was. I have plans to create the iconic music festival, but you didn’t hear it from me.”

“Iconic” is an interesting choice of words here. Sounds like some second rate marketing campaign for Ja’s ICONN platform is already in the works.

Fundraiser for wronged Bahamian Fyre Festival chef exceeds $130,000

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Fundraiser for wronged Bahamian Fyre Festival chef exceeds $130,000Fyre Festival Lord Of The Flies

With the new year came two visceral documentaries on the Fyre Festival disaster from streaming titans Hulu and Netflix. Both explored the chaos leading up to the event, and just how far Billy McFarland had gone in scamming and defrauding investors, staff, and fans alike.

Netflix’s documentary focused more on the business angle, taking an in-depth look at local Bahamian businesses that were left unpaid by McFarland and his team. One story in particular was heartbreaking: Maryann Rolle, chef and owner of a catering business on St. Martin. “Back in April 2017 I pushed myself to the limit catering no less than a 1000 meals per day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were all prepared and delivered by Exuma Point to Coco Plum Beach and Roker’s Point where the main events were scheduled to take place,” she began on her GoFundMe page. Following Fyre’s downfall, she felt compelled to pay the employees under her and drained her entire life savings of $50k to do so. Her credit was also ruined amid the scandal.

Luckily, the public has risen to the occasion. The fundraiser has since raised upwards of $135k as of press time, restoring her savings and other damages caused to her and her business. Ja Rule also reached out to her on Instagram, voicing his heartbreak over the situation. The rapper, who at one point called himself a co-founder of the festival, also claimed he’d been “bamboozled and lead astray” by McFarland and company.


H/T: Rolling Stone

Fundraiser for wronged Bahamian Fyre Festival chef exceeds $130,000

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Fundraiser for wronged Bahamian Fyre Festival chef exceeds $130,000Fyre Festival Lord Of The Flies

With the new year came two visceral documentaries on the Fyre Festival disaster from streaming titans Hulu and Netflix. Both explored the chaos leading up to the event, and just how far Billy McFarland had gone in scamming and defrauding investors, staff, and fans alike.

Netflix’s documentary focused more on the business angle, taking an in-depth look at local Bahamian businesses that were left unpaid by McFarland and his team. One story in particular was heartbreaking: Maryann Rolle, chef and owner of a catering business on St. Martin. “Back in April 2017 I pushed myself to the limit catering no less than a 1000 meals per day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were all prepared and delivered by Exuma Point to Coco Plum Beach and Roker’s Point where the main events were scheduled to take place,” she began on her GoFundMe page. Following Fyre’s downfall, she felt compelled to pay the employees under her and drained her entire life savings of $50k to do so. Her credit was also ruined amid the scandal.

Luckily, the public has risen to the occasion. The fundraiser has since raised upwards of $135k as of press time, restoring her savings and other damages caused to her and her business. Ja Rule also reached out to her on Instagram, voicing his heartbreak over the situation. The rapper, who at one point called himself a co-founder of the festival, also claimed he’d been “bamboozled and lead astray” by McFarland and company.


H/T: Rolling Stone

Ja Rule Goes On The Defensive Via Twitter After Fyre Festival Documentaries And Its Awkwardly Desperate

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Netflix and Hulu duked it out last week, both releasing their own documentaries about the ill-fated, supposedly ultra-lux festival, Fyre Festival. Both documentaries explain at length that many parties were involved in the creation of the Fyre Festival. Specifically, it explains how so many individuals could be complicit in an event that seemed doomed from

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Ja Rule Criticizes New Fyre Festival Documentaries

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Netflix and Hulu both released documentaries about the disastrous Fyre Festival this past week. Fyre Fraud and Fyre follow the failed music festival and its co-founders Billy McFarland and Ja Rule. The audience response was generally positive. Ja Rule, on the other hand, had some qualms. He tweeted, “I … More »

Netflix releases official trailer for forthcoming FYRE Festival documentary

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Netflix releases official trailer for forthcoming FYRE Festival documentaryFyre Festival Billy Mcfarland

The lamentable story of Fyre Festival will live on, thanks to a new Netflix documentary that weaves a narrative of the entire abysmal string of events leading up to the disaster of a music festival.

For anyone looking for a tutorial on how not to organize a music festival, Ja Rule and Billy McFarland are the ideal instructors. The failed and now infamous “festival” ended in thousands of people stranded on an island in The Bahamas. As a result, McFarland will be facing up to six years in prison and owes more than $25 million in damages.

According to Netflix, the documentary will be told by the organizers themselves. The two-minute trailer showcases the mass panic of the workers as they attempted to prepare for the incoming fans, knowing that the conditions were not suitable to host them. It also displays behind the scenes moments with both McFarland as he conned investors to come on board, even though the execution of the festival was becoming increasingly unlikely.

The documentary will be titled FYRE: The Greatest Party that Never Happened and is set to be released on Netflix January 18.

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Watch The Trailer For Netflix’s Fyre Fest Doc

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The first in a slew of documentaries and fictionalizations about the ill-fated Fyre Festival is scheduled to hit Netflix next week (1/18). It’s called FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, and it was directed by Chris Smith, whose documentary Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond (also with Netflix) got nominated for an … More »