Young Money’s Drake has addressed a new line of shirts inspired by his Y.O.L.O (You Only Live Once) movement and what repercussions the designer should expect if they meet in person.
According to Drizzy, he is still waiting on his order to be fulfilled by the mysterious company.
“Yo, to the guy that sells the YOLO Polos, I bought five YOLO Polos and you never sent them to my house. If I ever see you, I’m gonna have to put them hands on you. I’m wearing a Cartier ring, it is gonna hurt when you see me. Straight up. … Yeah, I’m a bitter customer. What is the guy’s PayPal account? Do we have his PayPal information? Because I would have been wearing it right now. That’s a classic.” (“The Angie Martinez Show”)
Buzz behind the overnight shirts started building across the Internet last week.
Designers draw inspiration from many things, especially pop culture. In 2013, internet inhabitants got their fair share of laughs thanks to witty memes starring the year’s biggest headline-makers. Aside from dishing out good music, Drake, Miguel and Jay Z have been spotted in some awkward situations, prompting the creation of viral memes. Drake and his Dada suit were caught in a backstep during his “No New Friends” video shoot, Miguel let his leg adorn the neck of a female fan during an unintentional Billboard Awards body slam, and Jay Z awkwardly dove off the side of a yacht and into the sea. The memes worked their way from Instagram feeds and onto various polo shirts from a the cleverly named new clothing company, Drake Yolo Polo. So far, three shirt designs are available, priced for $25 each. (VIBE)
Over the summer, a 16-minute video of a June 21 commencement speech at Proctor’s Theatre in Schenectady, New York surfaced across the Internet and heavily focused on Drizzy’s Y.O.L.O expression.
Schenectady High School students got a lesson on their generation’s lingo when filmmaker Jason Pollock recently gave the commencement speech to the graduating class. Pollock schooled the seniors on his favorite rapper Drake’s three popular catchphrases: “YOLO (you only live once),” “No new friends” and “Started from the bottom, now we here.” Pollock is one of the masterminds behind social media-driven education web series and documentary Undroppable. Schenectady is one of 18 schools participating in the Undroppable campaign, which tells the story of students battling against dropping out of school. Schenectady’s dropout rate fell 26% this year. (Mashable)
Coincidentally, a Boston school recently decided to reference Drizzy’s “Y.O.L.O” catchphrase in its college applications.
Even with a high school-level education, Drake still schooled universities by appearing in the essay question for a college application. Tufts University in Boston asked prospective students to craft their best 250 to 300 words for what Drizzy’s favorite acronym Y.O.L.O. means to them. An excerpt from the exam’s Y.O.L.O. question has already started to circulate online. “The ancient Romans started it when they coined the phrase “Carpe diem.” Jonathan Larson proclaimed “No day but today!” and most recently, Drake explained You Only Live Once (YOLO). Have you ever seized the day? Lived like there was no tomorrow? Or perhaps you plan to shout YOLO while jumping into something in the future. What does #YOLO mean to you?” (VIBE)
Check out Drake’s interview: