Ja Rule is not ashamed of his controversial Fyre Festival.
The Always On Time rapper came under fire when the Bahamas music event, which promised to deliver the utmost luxury for festival-goers, culminated in chaos, dangerous conditions and all-round disappointment.
Fyre Festival was scheduled to take place across two weekends in April and May 2017 but was cancelled before it even began when photos of the shambolic event surfaced on social media.
Organisers of the festival, which include Ja Rule and entrepreneur Billy McFarland, are facing a class-action lawsuit filed by several Fyre Festival attendees and even the FBI got involved.
Despite the fallout though, Ja Rule proudly stands by his idea and attempt at creating a luxury music event.
The rapper, real name Jeffrey Bruce Atkins, told Revolt TVs Drink Champs: Im not ashamed of Fyre at all. Because man, the idea, it was brilliant. It was fucking beyond brilliant … It was amazing, but it wasnt what I dreamed it of being, and what I envisioned of it being, and what I wanted it to be. It wasnt done properly.
People didnt really know I had anything to do with the festival until it went wrong. And then it was like, Ja Rules festival!
The 42-year-old goes on to shift a portion of the blame onto other organisers who seemingly failed to provide adequate living conditions for festival-goers.
Ja Rule continued: It was my idea, my vision to do this. And Im no way, shape or form ashamed of my vision of what it was to do this … I wanted to create something amazing.
I shouldve been more on top of things. I shouldve not trusted people with certain things. And maybe, Im positive things wouldnt have been like that. That part of it, I take all responsibility.
Its an understatement to say that Fyre Festival didnt live up to expectations.
Many guests struggled to get on flights to the private island of Exuma, where the festival was located, partly down to poor weather conditions.
Those who did manage to get across to the island found that the luxury tents they were promised werent erected properly and the top-notch food was actually basic cheese sandwiches.
Ja Rule denies culpability and is seeking to have the lawsuit dismissed.
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