Drake wants to get paid for the use of the phrase he helped make famous -- "YOLO."
The rapper first used "YOLO" -- which stands for "You only live once" -- in his song, "The Motto," when he stated, “You only live once, that’s the motto, YOLO.”
Since then, it has become a widely used phrase by fans. But Drake apparently wants to get paid for the phrase being used on hats and other merchandise.
Earlier this week, he posted a picture of hats with the phrase on it, along with the caption, “Walgreens ... you either gotta chill or cut the cheque.”
It is unclear if Drake actually has the legal right to get paid for use of the term.
"It's unclear if Drake has a trademark for anything and/or everything YOLO or if he just expects people to send him checks when they print up clothing," Gawker's Jordan Sargent wrote, according to the Huffington Post.
"Of course, he's not the only person in the United States looking to horde all the YOLO cash to himself — there are over 100 YOLO trademark applications either live or dead in the United States ..."
The term has been deemed questionable as many people use "YOLO" to justify certain acts that may not be deemed the most responsible, such as drunk driving. In September, for example, aspiring rapper, Ervin McKinness, 21, did not know how telling his tweet was over Labor Day weekend.
Moments after writing, "Drunk af going 120 drifting corners #[expletive]It YOLO," at 1:19 am on Sept. 2, the car he was in slammed into a wall, and all five men in the car died. Four out of five of the men died at the scene.
Amethyst Tate graduated summa cum laude from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology. During her time at IBT, her articles have been sourced by various...