Megan Thee Stallion Is Being Called Out for ‘Stealing’ Her Famous Catchphrase ‘Drive the Boat’

Megan Thee Stallion achieved fame through her music, but her infectious personality and fun catchphrases helped make her a household name.

She’s introduced the world to so many different sayings — from “hot girl summer” to “real hot girl sh*t.” But fans are now saying that she isn’t as original as some people think. They claim that she stole her famous catchphrase “drive the boat” from popular Florida rapper Kodak Black.

Megan Thee Stallion onstage at a concert in October 2019
Megan Thee Stallion onstage at a concert in October 2019 | Brad Barket/Getty Images for 105.1

What does ‘drive the boat’ mean?

It involves giving someone a shot of liquor, usually D’usse, straight from the bottle. Megan Thee Stallion has let everyone from Jordyn Woods and Doja Cat to Lizzo and SZA “drive the boat.”

It’s unclear when she began using the phrase, but she famously incorporated it in the August 2019 anthem “Hot Girl Summer,” which features Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign. In the track, she raps:

“Real hot girl sh*t, ayy, I got one or two baes/If you seen it last night, don’t say sh*t the next day/Let me drive the boat, ayy, kiss me in a Rolls, ayy/It go down on that brown, now we goin’ both ways, ah.”

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Critics are calling out Megan Thee Stallion for ‘stealing’ for the phrase

Megan Thee Stallion has been called out for her use of the phrase in the past, but she faced a fresh round of criticism following a recent appearance on Strahan, Sara and Keke, where she and the hosts played a trivia game.

Asked to share the origins of the phrase, host Michael Strahan gave full credit to Megan Thee Stallion.

“You got it right. Ding ding ding. Michael, you’re right. It’s about consumption and she’s the originator of it,” Keke Palmer exclaimed.

After catching wind of the clip, incarcerated rapper Kodak Black called out Megan Thee Stallion on Instagram.

“I Really Wanna Go Bad On Lil One but I’m Keepin This Sh*t Pretty,” he captioned a snippet of the video. “#LetMeDriveTheBoat #FreeTheGoat.”

Kodak Black first said the phrase in an early 2019 video while driving an actual boat, launching a barrage of memes.

Though he held back from truly sounding off on the “Cash Sh*t” rapper, his fans did not.

“She sitting there like she believes in her heart she is the originator,” one person wrote in the comment section while someone else said, “Meg ain’t say sh*t cause she know she ain’t the originator.”

“U started that sh*t period,” commented another.

A fourth person mused, “Imagine not knowing that Kodak created drive the boat.”

As of writing, Megan Thee Stallion has not addressed the backlash.

Megan Thee Stallion has been getting a lot of criticism in general

These aren’t the only people Megan Thee Stallion has had to deal with in recent days. Critics also took aim at the Texas Southern University student during the week of March 8 over her GPA.

Megan Thee Stallion revealed on a March 6 appearance on The Breakfast Club that she has a 2.7 GPA, which left some fans unimpressed and feeling that she could do better. Though the Realer rapper said she was working to get it up to a 3.0, people took to social media and criticized her anyways.

“I love you sis but your GPA shouldn’t be a 2.7,” read one tweet. “I’m sure it’s due to your busy schedule but we need to get you an on the road tutor! You work too hard! You don’t have to do it by yourself sis!”

“We def can’t be out here like that sis,” another tweet said in part.

Aside from this, critics have also slammed Megan Thee Stallion over controversial tweets and her list of her favorite female rappers. Fortunately, though, she never seems to let the naysayers get to her and keeps her head up.

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