95.7 Beats by the Bay lineup: Ja Rule, Ashanti, T-Pain, Brandy, more coming to St. Petersburg
The Fyre Festival is coming to St. Petersburg!
Okay, fine, not exactly. But Fyre co-founder Ja Rule is. He and frequent duet partner Ashanti will headline this year's installment of 95.7 Beats by the Bay, Nov. 4 at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg.
Organized by hip-hop station 95.7 The Beat, the festival will also bring in Auto-Tune maestro T-Pain (I'm 'n Luv (Wit a Stripper)) Bad Boy rapper Mase (Feel So Good, Mo Money Mo Problems) and R&B singers Brandy (The Boy is Mine, I Wanna Be Down) and Mario (Let Me Love You). More acts will be added in the coming weeks.
But it's Ja Rule and Ashanti who will top the bill, and who will bring the most attention. There are their combined and solo hits (Always On Time, Mesmerize, Wonderful, Put It on Me, What's Luv?, Foolish), of course. But there's also Ja Rule's disastrous involvement in this spring's Fyre Festival, a planned Caribbean bacchanal that instead became a mismanaged, much-mocked catastrophe.
Thankfully, iHeartMedia is planning Beats by the Bay, not Ja Rule. So you can go ahead and purchase tickets safe in the knowledge the event will take place, and you won't get stranded at an airport.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday. Click here for details.
-- Jay Cridlin