There’s not much to say that hasn’t already been said about Fyre Festival, the ill-fated event in the Bahamas that recently inspired competing documentaries and treated us to the national treasure who is Andy King.
Billy McFarland—one of the masterminds behind Fyre Festival—caught the brunt of the blame for his role in the disaster but there’s one other collaborator who’s gone largely unpunished: Ja Rule, who apparently is still a big believer in the concept.
On Wednesday, Ja sat down with The Breakfast Club radio show in New York City to talk music, lifestyle, art, and, of course, Fyre Festival. From his conversation, it seems like he may be the only person on the face of the earth who doesn’t see the universally condemned festival as a massive all-around failure.
On the contrary, Ja Rule said, “The Fyre Festival was an amazing idea.”
Yes, an amazing idea that landed your partner in prison for six years, defrauded investors out of over $26 million, singlehandedly destroyed the reputation of FuckJerry and countless other influencers, and decimated the economy of a small island, all of which seem to highlight what an unbelievably bad idea it was. Not to mention one of your main event producers almost had to put his mouth where his money was for some Evian.
However, Ja Rule won’t budge a single inch. He said, “The idea of it was dope, the marketing was dope, everything was done very right on that end” while avoiding the fact that said marketing was all part of a massive and unsustainable plan to scam attendees out of their money.
I love it. Just a blatant denial in the face of all evidence. Such a strong play. He doesn’t even justify his statements. I’m convinced Ja will continue to flood the cultural economy with unsubstantiated claims until the end of time.
To Ja Rule, the festival is just as “dope” to him today as when Billy McFarland first hatched the idea. At this point, he is so obviously on the wrong side of history that you almost have to respect it.
He capped off the conversation saying, “Sure, I would like to do another festival.”
I’m preordering my tickets now.