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Rent-a-celebrity sounds like a fake gimmick you’d see on TV, but rapper Ja Rule says he’s making it a reality.
On Monday, he tweeted “for bookings” and linked a new website called Iconn, which is “a celebrity entertainment booking & concierge service created by industry veterans,” according to the website.
When you go to the site to book one of the celebrities, you are prompted to fill out a form that asks the event type, description, travel arrangements, and payment options. I wouldn’t trust putting my credit card into any site that is promising celebrities like Cardi B, Amber Rose, Zayn, Paris Hilton and Migos for rent. Could you imagine filling out a form, paying some money and having Cardi B show up to your house? Seems unlikely.
“What we do at Iconn is simple,” Ja Rule tweeted. “We connect buyers directly with artists and their management teams middlemen … and we take NOTHING FROM THE ARTIST.”
What we do at https://t.co/QVahZDPFmR is simple we connect buyers directly with artists and their management teams no middle men... and we take NOTHING FROM THE ARTIST...— Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) February 7, 2019
This app sounds a little too similar to the one he was making in partnership with Billy McFarland for the disaster that was Fyre Festival. The promotional tool for the Fyre booking app was also meant to change the way artists are booked. If you watched the two documentaries on Fyre Fest, you know that the event was started as a way to promote the launch of the app.
People on Twitter are dunking on the artist for trying to scam us once again.
"Iconn" = I con = I scam— +999+ (@Uncool_Chuck) February 5, 2019
come on cuz lmao https://t.co/NkeoxCfnqN
Bro, I got this festival I’m organizing in two weeks on the moon. Mansions. UFOs. Sushi. Zima. The Beatles. Chris Cornell. Linkin Park. Amy Winehouse. Nirvana. Santa Claus. We just need one more act. You in?!— taco ears (@TacoEars) February 5, 2019
Fool me once, shame on you.— Chiko Kan (@CKanzz) February 7, 2019
Fool me twice... https://t.co/6EfvDoVgzN
After all the backlash, Ja Rule let everyone know he loves himself, so it doesn’t bother him.
“The love is FAKE and the HATE is real… but it’s cool I LOVE myself enough for all of us,” he tweeted.
The love is FAKE and the HATE is real... but it’s cool I LOVE myself enough for all of us... 😜💪🏾— Ja Rule (@jarule) February 6, 2019
Let’s hope we all learned our lesson from Fyre Fest and no one tries to book award-winning artists for their birthday party through his website.
Gabrielle Sorto is an Atlanta-based freelance writer covering culture, lifestyle, and news. Her work has appeared in CNN, Teen Vogue, INSIDER, and Vice. She can usually be found writing with an overpriced coffee in hand or hanging out with her dog, Rihanna, who is named after exactly who you think.