Rapper Waka Flocka has a public service announcement for people who rent clothes instead of buying them: don’t. The “Hard in Da Paint” rapper hopped on Instagram and uploaded a video clip where he shared his frustrations with feeling as if he’s buying secondhand clothes when he makes purchases from stores.
“I don’t know who pullin’ clothes at Barneys,” Waka began, “but y’all n***as gotta cut that s**t out, dawg. I just spent all that money at Barneys and I feel like a n***a wore my t-shirt. All that pullin’ clothes and bringing it back…stop that s**t, man. Buy it. If you can’t afford to buy it, stop renting that s**t. If you rentin’ clothes, I’m talking to you, bruh. Stop. ‘Cause it’s n***as like me that’s buying s**t and do not want to put secondhand clothes on that’s worth all that money. On God.”
While Waka’s frustrations are valid, “pulling clothes” is a regular occurrence in the industry. Celebrities and social media influencers grab clothing items from stores such as Barneys New York all of the time, wear them for a red carpet event, and then return the items the following day. Corporations do the same thing when it comes to shooting advertisements, whether it’s for a print ad or a commercial, as so costume and wardrobe stylists who work for television, film, or the studios. Renting out clothing is a norm, especially if you live in a city where the entertainment industry is heavily prevalent. Even with all of that being true, Waka still isn’t about that “fake it ’til you make it” wardrobe life.