I have mad love for Trey Songz and I’m not just saying that because he’s from my home state of Virginia. To be honest, the man does have talent but sometimes his cocky a** attitude just f*cks it all up for me.
Now, Trey who is also known for his signature phrase “Yuuup“, which he blurts out on just about every damn track of his album is now facing legal action over it.
According to reports, the singer is being sued by a reality tv star (who I never heard of before) who is claiming Mr. Neverson basically stole his trademarked sh*t!
Dave “The Mogul” Hester of “Storage Wars” says he got a “cease and desist” letter from rapper Trey Songz’ lawyer demanding that Hester stop uttering the word during the show’s auctions of seized goods.
Songz — real name Tremaine Neverson — also told Hester to stop slapping “YUUUP!” on T-shirts and other merchandise.
According to Hester’s Manhattan federal court filing, Songz claims to have used “YUUUP! as his “signature sound” since at least 2009.
Hester, however, argues that Songz’ version “resembles an animal-like or non-human squeal which begins with a distinct ‘yeeee’ sound before finishing with a squeal-like ‘uuuup’ sound.”
That’s “distinct and different from Hester’s more monosyllabic sounding guttural auction bidding phrase…which is meant to convey the meaning of ‘yes,’ ” court papers say.
Hester’s suit seeks unspecified damages and a court order barring Songz from “interfering” with his use of “YUUUP!” which Hester trademarked in September.
Songz’ management firm didn’t respond to a request for comment. [source]
Either way “Yuup” is annoying as hell to me but at the end of the day if the man has it “trademarked” as he claims, then Trey may not even have a case. I’m no lawyer so don’t take my word.
However, on the flip side we all at times may say certain words or catch phrases out our mouths everyday that could be “trademarked“. So WTF is Hester really saying. I’m sure it’s all because Trey is making money from it. So on behalf of Trey……