Ja Rule Admits To Having "Major Trust Issues" Following Fyre Festival Fiasco
Yohance Kyles (@HUEYmixwitRILEY)
(AllHipHop News) Yes, people are still talking about the disastrous Fyre Festival. Two 2019 documentaries about the failed music event in the Bahamas put a lot of attention on Jeffrey "Ja Rule" Atkins.
The New York City rap star was heavily involved in the creation and promotion of the Fyre Festival in 2017. Atkins was also heard in Hulu's Fyre Fraud film saying the organizers may have engaged in "false advertising."
PodcastOne's The Next Ten interviewed Ja Rule for the show's debut episode. Actress Paola Paulin, sports broadcaster Lindsay McCormick, and entrepreneur Kate Edwards talked to the Pain Is Love album creator about having faith in future business partners.
"Oh, I have major trust issues," responded Ja Rule. Following the Fyre Festival embarrassment, the 43-year-old Growing Up Hip Hop: New York cast member is moving forward with his talent booking service known as Iconn.
In addition, Ja told The Next Ten, "I always like to say, ‘I don’t lose, I learn.’ Because this is not life or death. It’s not over. I’m not dead. I didn’t die. So, yeah, I learned a lot from this situation. A lot of mistakes were made, and I can blame myself for some of the things, and other things I’m like, ‘Woah.'" He also admitted Fyre was a learning experience on not allowing someone else to enact his vision.
Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland ended up pleading guilty to one count of wire fraud. In 2018, the convicted fraudster was sentenced to six years in federal prison and ordered to forfeit $26 million. Several civil lawsuits were filed against McFarland, Ja Rule, Fyre Media, and others.