HomeWorld NewsEXCLUSIVE: Eminem sends Vivek Ramaswamy a cease and desist letter demanding he stop rapping his music on the c – Daily Mail
EXCLUSIVE: Eminem sends Vivek Ramaswamy a cease and desist letter demanding he stop rapping his music on the c – Daily Mail
August 28, 2023
By Nikki Schwab, Senior U.S. Political Reporter For Dailymail.com
Updated: 20:06 28 Aug 2023
Rapper Eminem has objected to Republican candidate Vivek Ramaswamy using his music on the campaign trail, DailyMail.com can exclusively report
A representative for the music licenser BMI informed Ramaswamy’s campaign earlier this month the candidate can no longer use Eminem’s music
Ramaswamy, who had a breakout night at the first GOP debate, rapped to Eminem’s Lose Yourself at the Iowa State Fair
The real Slim Shady has stood up – and has told 2024 Republican presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy to stand down, and stop rapping to his tunes on the campaign trail.
The rapper Eminem reached out to the music licenser BMI and asked that the Ramaswamy campaign’s license to use his music be revoked, according to a letter obtained by DailyMail.com.
In a letter dated August 23, a representative for BMI informed the campaign’s lawyer that the label had ‘received communications from Marshall B. Mathers, III, professionally known as Eminem, objecting to the Vivek Ramaswamy campaign’s use of Eminem’s musical compositions (the “Eminem Works”) and requesting that BMI remove all Eminem Works from the Agreement.’
The correspondence goes on to say that ‘this letter serves as notice that the Eminem Works are excluded from the Agreement effective immediately.’
‘BMI will consider any performance of the Eminem Works by the Vivek 2024 campaign from this date forward to be a material breach of the Agreement for which BMI reserves all rights and remedies with respect thereto,’ the letter read.
Ramaswamy had performed Eminem’s Lose Yourself 11 days before the letter was sent, at the Iowa State Fair, entertaining an early morning crowd gathered to hear him speak alongside Iowa’s Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds.
Reynolds had asked the 38-year-old biotech entrepreneur to name his favorite walkout song.
Ramaswamy had happily answered Eminem’s Lose Yourself.
Moments later, when the sound-tech guy started blasting the 2002 rap tune, which was on the movie soundtrack for the movie losely based on white rapper Eminem’s life, 8 Mile, Ramaswamy grabbed he mic and created a viral campaign trail moment.
‘Vivek just got on the stage and cut loose. To the American people’s chagrin, we will have to leave the rapping to the real slim shady,’ a spokesperson for Ramaswamy’s campaign told DailyMail.com, reacting to the cease and desist letter.
Ramaswamy had performed libertarian-themed raps under the stage name ‘Da Vek’ during his undergraduate years at Harvard University – and has been a longtime fan of Eminem.
‘I did not grow up in the circumstances he did,’ said Ramaswamy, whose Indian immigrant parents were an engineer and a physician. ‘But the idea of being an underdog, people having low expectations of you, that part speaks to me,’ he told The New York Times earlier this month.
Eminem, a white hip-hop star, is a ‘guy in every sense who was not supposed to be doing what he did,’ Ramaswamy told the paper.
In the lead-up to Wednesday’s first Republican debate in Milwaukee Ramaswamy had teased to DailyMail.com that he’d ‘consider’ rapping on the debate stage.
He introduced himself to the crowd as a ‘skinny guy with a funny last name’ and got into heated exchanges with former Vice President Mike Pence, former U.N. Amb. Nikki Haley and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
His standout performance was immediately recognized by voters, with a DailyMail.com poll finding that he and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis were tied for best.
‘We’re just gonna have some fun tonight,’ Ramaswamy told the crowd at one point, pushing off an attack.
‘The real choice we face in this primary is this: Do you want a Super PAC puppet?’ he asked. ‘Or do you want a patriot who speaks the truth? Do you want incremental reform, which is what you’re hearing about, or do you want revolution?’