Yesterday we learned that US Olympic Swimmer Ryan Lochte is planning to trademark the word Jeah so that he can profit from his favorite catchphrase. But today we learn that there is another person who is laying claim to the word and appears ready to fight for its control. Aaron Tyler, better known as MC Eiht, claims that he is the originator of the word Jeah and is planning to send a cease and desist letter to Lochte to force him to stop using his word. Uh Oh! Read on to see what MC Eiht has to say about this battle for the word Jeah.
U.S. Olympic hero Ryan Lochte might have an unexpected speed bump on his way to trademarking the phrase “Jeah!” in the form of 90s rap star MC Eiht, who claims the phrase was his long before it was Lochte’s. Eiht tells TMZ he coined the phrase back in 1988 and is insulted to hear Lochte is trying to claim it as his own now. Eiht tells us, “Why try and trademark something his ass didn’t even create? I am mad that he isn’t giving me proper recognition for taking my saying. He is just disrespectful.” The Compton’s Most Wanted rapper tells TMZ he’s not so much concerned about the money as he is the “respect and the truth.” Eiht says he plans on sending a cease and desist letter urging Lochte to stop using his phrase. Lochte’s manager tells us, “Ryan has been using JEAH for years,” adding, “This is the first I have heard of this claim by MC Eiht.”
Erm … yeah. I suppose Eiht might have a claim to the word if he truly created it back in 1988 but I’m not sure if that alone will be enough for him to win the legal battle for control of the word Jeah. That said, even tho Lochte may have filed the paperwork to trademark the word Jeah, his request has to be approved. If MC Eiht can prove a more legal claim on the word, he wins. I guess we’ll have to wait and see which of these two titans of the English language will emerge as the true owner of the word Jeah. Place your bets now.