Cardi B has filed paperwork to trademark her signature catchphrase, "Okurrr," and naturally turned controversy over the move into a motivational speech.
The Los Angeles Times reported Cardi B, born Belcalis Almanzar, applied in early March to gain ownership over the phrase with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
On Instagram Live, Cardi recently told fans she decided after continually being asked during corporate meetings, television appearances and commercial shoots to say the phrase, E! reports.
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“You think I ain't gonna profit off this s**t?" Cardi asked. "B***h, white folks do it all the mothaf**king time, so you gonna be mad at me 'cause I wanna get some money?"
The New York native was responding to an onslaught of criticism about her filing, with some arguing the word belongs to "the culture," while others were claiming the Kardashians initially made the word popular.
"Let me tell you something," Cardi offered, "while I’m still here, I’m gonna secure all the f**king bags."
"And let me tell y'all a secret," she added, "it's 2019, b***hes. It's a lot of ways to get rich. Y'all just gotta get y'all some business and stop minding others."
The trademark would reportedly be owned by Cardi's cosmetics company, Washpoppin, Inc. It will restrict any other persons who may have previously been connected to the term from profiting.
If approved, Cardi will hold the rights to profit from its use on paper products, cited specifically as "paper cups and posters" on the document.
Page Six reported that Cardi is also planning to use the word on “clothing, namely, T-shirts, sweatshirts, hooded sweatshirts, pants, shorts, jackets, footwear, headgear, namely hats and caps, blouses, bodysuits, dresses, jumpsuits, leggings, shirts, sweaters, and undergarments."
It can be speculated that the social media star may use the trademark in partnership with Fashion Nova, a major fashion brand that Cardi has partnered with throughout its growth, simultaneously as her career began to skyrocket.
If nothing else, the "Money" rapper is sticking true to her word.
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