Casual dining food chain Waffle House has been a part of Hip-Hop lore for some time now. With its deep southern roots, it’s natural that rappers from the region praise the greasy spoon. One rapper, however, got into some legal hot water after his obsession with Waffle House caught the unwelcome attention of the chain’s attorneys.
Weighing 450 pounds, Antioch, Tenn. rapper Jelly Roll has been an avid supporter of Waffle House. Sitting down for an exclusive interview with Gawker, the 28-year-old ex-drug dealer revealed that his mixtape, Whiskey, Weed & Waffle House, took one too many liberties in using the company’s images and logo. A legal team from Waffle House sent a cease and desist letter for Jelly Roll’s infringement of the logo, which shocked the rapper.
Being a loyal customer, he was initially flattered by the attention. “I was calling everybody, like, ‘We’re popular! Waffle House is trying to sue us!’” But then he visited his lawyer. “He was like”—here Jelly adopted a solemn tone—“This is very serious. Waffle House really sues people. I was like, ‘F-ck, you’re kidding me!’” If only he’d thought of this approach first. “I’m 450 pounds—I should have sued Waffle House 10 years ago! Do you know how many All-Star Breakfasts I bought in my life? I might’ve stopped at 330!”
Jelly Roll’s affinity for the All-Star Breakfast aside, he’s not the first rapper to profess their love for the quick-fix dining spot. Jay-Z, Gucci Mane, Yelawolf, 2 Chainz and countless others have sung Waffle House’s praises. Although the cease and desist put some of Jelly Roll’s plans on hold, he’s looking to release a new project with fellow Tennessean Lil’ Wyte this summer.
To his credit, Jelly Roll’s mixtape isn’t the worst piece of music out so hopefully this story will have a happy ending.