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An Extra in Kanye West’s Fashion Show Claims the Rapper Didn’t Pay Them

"He sent us to Jersey and put us in Salvation Army clothes"

picture-23014-1408736514Brennan Carley // February 12, 2016

Though many viewers of Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 3 fashion show yesterday (barring maybe Taylor Swift) seemed to enjoy the goings-on inside Madison Square Garden — which included the premiere of the rapper’s new album, The Life of Pablo — at least one of the extras in the show claims that he wasn’t paid for his services.

“Lmao I was on the megatron at Madison for yeezy 3. s**t was trash,” Instagram user Kurents wrote late last night. There’s more:

Kanye finnessed 1200 young black adults into working as extras for free to a sold out white crowd that was screaming “all day nigga”. We didn’t find out we weren’t getting paid til 6am. He sent us to jersey and put us in Salvation Army clothes (not yeezy, my pants were carhartt and my shirt was American apparel). I jugged some sambas from wardrobe though.

SPIN has reached out to Kanye West’s representatives for comment. Find the alleged extra’s Instagram and comments below.

Update: A rep for Kanye West has offered the following statement about the extra’s claims of not being paid for participating in the Yeezy Season 3 show.

A professional casting company was hired to manage the process. Extras were paid and meal tickets given as  promised regardless if they were used in the actual show or not. Although the predominance of the cast members were thrilled to be involved, the days were long and the harsh weather conditions were challenging for all. Kanye is incredibly grateful to everyone who dedicated their time and worked tirelessly to help bring his vision for YEEZY SEASON 3 come to life.

 

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