Rapper Logic has recently come under fire for his 2017 music video “Super Mario World”. Specifically the scene where he and Super Mario can be seen rapping on an Oil Tanker.
PortSide New York founder Carolina Salguero says that she agreed to allow Logic and his team to film on top of a 90-year-old oil tanker for free.
But that’s because Logic and his team lied to her, saying that they were “high school students” who were doing a “summer project”.
And of course- who is going to charge a bunch of school kids wanting to do a project that they are basically forced into completing to satisfy the state?
Nobody that isn’t a psychopath.
After the video’s release Salguero wised up and realized Logic was a 26 year old multi millionaire artist signed to Def Jam records- and not some “broke” high school kid.
She decided to employ some “logic” of her own, and asked the artist to pay up.
After all, the video DID garner over 10 million views, and has certainly made Logic wealthier.
Salguero asked for a $5,000 donation and despite Logic’s team claiming they will pay her soon- she has yet to receive anything financially.
George Denoto, the actor who played “Super Mario” in the music video has some comments on the matter.
“No one was trying to lie to avoid anything, we all figured it would be funny for the video to act like I was filming a school project”.
Denoto maintains that Logic or his team were never made aware of any “$5,000” payment that had to be made in order to film on the oil tanker for 5 minutes.
If they had been aware- they never would have filmed on the boat, and would have gone elsewhere for the footage. He then goes on say that the owners of the oil tanker should be delighted that Logic filmed on the boat, as the video massed over 10 million views, and will now bring more attention to the existence of the boat.
Here’s the problem with this “logic”.
Portside New York is a local business. Therefore all the revenue they make from tours comes from customers who either live in New York, or are visiting New York.
There is no way to guarantee that the audience demographic who watched Logic’s music video
A: Lives in New York
B: is even remotely interested in paying money to take a tour of an old oil tanker.
On the other hand, the 10 million views that Logic gets are more lucrative.
The awareness his music video creates translates into fans who are likely to buy his music and merch, and buy concert tickets when he comes to perform in their home town.
We hope Logic realizes this- and pays the requested fee from Carolina. It’s really a drop in the bucket for him- and it’s the right thing to do.