Let's talk about why Ja Rule is important. During the grim, hypermasculine postmillennial years, he was one of the only hip hop players to duet with pop divas on a regular basis, giving all types of fans something to listen to that wasn't Eminem. Among his best are “Always on Time” and “Mesmerize” with Ashanti and “I'm Real” and “Ain't It Funny” with Jennifer Lopez. And now, apparently, he's back...at a Hennessy festival?
The Queens native is headlining HennyPalooza, a Hennessy-dedicated musical festival in Coney Island on Saturday, September 9 from 4–10pm.Though the site claims that the touring festival was the "simple idea..." of an "organic gathering of friends," we're guessing that the support of a major Cognac didn't hamper the creative process. Tickets come with complimentary cocktails, so why should we ask questions? It is worth noting, however, that the event comes months after the rapper helped organize the now-infamous Fyre Festival, which was nothing short of a disaster.
Along with Ja, headliners include DJs Clark Kent, Austin Mills, Left Coast, Genius in HD and Yo Showtime. Tickets are $50.
This post was updated to remove the word "strange" from the headline. In retrospect, we were misguided in using such a term to describe the festival, and we regret doing so. Our use of the adjective aimed to be a nod to Ja Rule's recent blunder as an organizer at the Fyre Festival earlier this year, but we failed to put that into context. We apologize to anyone who may have been offended by this comment, and will continue to support New York's vibrant music scene in the future.