Rapper Logic Posed as High Schooler to Avoid Location Fees From Nonprofit

At the end of Logic's "Super Mario World" music video, a man in a Mario suit shouts to a woman in the distance: "I'm doing a summer school project for Super Mario, and I was wondering if we can film something on your boat? It will be less than five minutes."

That woman is Carolina Salguero, owner of a 90-year-old oil tanker which she operates as a non-profit organization called PortSide New York. A new report from IndieWire claims the moment in Logic's video was not staged. Salguero truly believed the Grammy-nominated 28-year-old rapper, whose real name is Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, was a high school student. After she verbally agreed to let Logic film on the historic boat, she later emailed with videographer Justin Fleischer, who provided her an explanation of the "school project," and agreed to properly credit the ship.

The organization didn't charge him or his record label, Def Jam, a location fee because of their status as supposed students. An anonymous New York Directors Guild of America union location manager told IndieWire the going rate for filming on the boat, the Mary A. Whalen, is $10,000 for one day or $5,000 for a half-day. "I was busy and trusted I was helping high school students,” Salguero said. She didn't realize she'd been lied to until a neighbor's son excitedly asked her about being friends with Logic. (The video features Salguero and other PortSide staff members dancing with the rapper.)

Salguero and PortSide New York requested a $5,000 donation after learning of the deception. They say Logic's team blew them off.

Screen Shot 2018-01-29 at 3 A performer in a Mario suit asking to shoot a video for a "summer school project" in the "Super Mario World" music video. YouTube

"UMG Def Jam, Logic’s label handles all budgets for his video shoot and we can revisit a cost in the new year," Harrison Relmer, one of the rapper's managers at Team Visionary, wrote in an email in December 2016. "Their offices are closed until early January. We are confident we can get some funds your way."

One month later, he said they were "working on" getting the donation from Def Jam. Now, nearly a year later, Salguero and PortSide still haven't gotten paid. Relmer and representatives for Logic did not respond to Newsweek's request for comment by time of publication.

The video has more than 10 million views on YouTube. In the video's summary, credit is given to the ship, along with a link to the organization's website. "Special thanks to historic ship MARY A. WHALEN, home of PortSide New York www.portsidenewyork.org with dancing staff from PortSide and apprentices from District Council 9 trainee program."

Logic's recent 2017 album, Everybody, debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart. He performed his single “1-800-273-8255” on Sunday night at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.