Rapper Drake Thinks He Owns the Term YOLO -- But Did He and Rick Ross Crib the Phrase from the Fort Lauderdale Restaurant?
While the term has been a part of our lexicon for years now, it was popularized in Drake's 2011 song "The Motto." Now the rapper wants royalties for use of the phrase. Clean Plate Charlie spoke to Tim Petrillo of the Restaurant People -- the group that owns Fort Lauderdale restaurant ;YOLO -- to get his take on the trademark catchphrase.
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Last week, Drake shot and uploaded two pictures to Instagram of merchandise adorned with the catchphrase. He suggest the stores Walgreens and Macy's pay up for using his "motto."
|"Walgreens.. You gotta either chill or cut the cheque" says Drake.|
|Macy's... same goes for you"|
The Restaurant People are not taking Drake's hissy fit seriously. "I think Drake saying that is such a joke," says Petrillo. "Frankly, I am not sure if Rick Ross (with whom Drake did the song) didn't get the idea from us. Ross has been eating at our restaurant since we opened in 2008. We have trademarked that name since we opened. I would really love for Drake's people to contact me about royalties: I might have my people contact him. Even Google knows who came first."
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