If you’ve seen the video of an entire subway station in New York City stopping in the middle of their day to get funky to Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow,” then you understand how quickly a word or line from an infectious hip-hop song can penetrate the culture in 2017. Though the swiftness of social media can propel a lyric into modern vernacular quicker than ever, the truth is rap and hip-hop have always been at the forefront of popular slang. So much so, that it’s a surprise more rappers haven’t gone out of their way to trademark their most popular phrases after they take off. Think of all the marketing and merchandising potential! Think of all the Soundcloud rappers they could sue! The possibilities are endless.
In case some of the aforementioned rappers aren’t hip to the popularity of their music rhymes, we’re here to help. Here are 17 rap lyrics that deserve trademarks. Like, immediately.