Ja Rule did not have a good night on Saturday when a ’90s-themed performance during the halftime show at a Milwaukee Bucks game turned into a full-on disaster.
As video of the performance (above) demonstrates, the whole thing started off badly — and went downhill from there, thanks to technical issues and a less-than-enthusiastic audience.
“They said this was Nineties night, so they brought out a 2000s artist,” Ja Rule told the crowd, as reported by Rolling Stone. “But my album came out in ’99 so I guess that counts.”
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The rapper then tried to fire up the crowd for his brief performance, telling his DJ to get things going; unfortunately, technical issues ensued, leaving Ja Rule and his backup dancers standing onstage awkwardly while the audio problems were sorted out.
“Are we ready?” he asked — twice — before finally concluding, “I guess we’re not.”
Finally the show began, leaving a mere three-and-a-half minutes before halftime ended, with Ja Rule performing while Bucks players took warm-up shots nearby.
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The performance was widely derided on social media, even by the Bucks’ opposing team, the Minnesota Timberwolves, who poking fun by mocking Ja Rule’s notorious tweet about the fraudulent Fyre Festival, in which he wrote he was “hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, lead astray!!!”
Ja Rule, however, wasn’t having any of the criticism, and clapped back with a defiant tweet.
He even saved some extra vitriol for the Timberwolves, placing a Twitter curse on the team.