The American rapper demanded presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy to stop rapping his songs while campaigning.
Here are the details of the news.
Eminem Tells Vivek Ramaswamy To Stop Rapping His Songs
On Monday, a letter dated August 23 was disclosed that showed the rapper’s objection to the use of his song by Ramaswamy. In the letter, a music licensing organization of Eminem’s record company, BMI, notified Ramawasy’s campaign about the rapper’s complaint.
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BMI wrote, “This letter serves as notice that BMI has received a communication from Marshall B. Mathers, III, professionally known as Eminem, objecting to the Vivek Ramaswamy campaign’s use of Eminem’s musical compositions.”
The letter continued, “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.”
Ramaswamy’s campaign spokesperson, Tricia McLaughlin, has commented on the letter that the presidential candidate will stop rapping to the “Just Lose It” song.
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McLaughlin said, “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.”
Eminem’s objection came after Ramaswamy’s video singing “Lose Yourself” went viral and earned millions of views on social media soon after it was released.
The biotech entrepreneur took to Twitter to pacify the situation. He posted, “Will The REAL Slim Shady please stand up? He didn’t just say what I think he did, did he?” referring to Eminem’s lyrics.
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Ramaswamy has said, “I saw myself, honestly, making it big through American capitalism, and that’s why the Eminem story spoke to me. I didn’t grow up in a trailer, but I also didn’t grow up in the same circumstances that most of my peers at Harvard did, either. I aspired to achieve what many of their parents did. It kind of spoke to me, I would say.”
It is not the first time a politician and a musician had a clash over the use of music in the campaigns. In the past, Rock singer Bruce Springsteen criticized former President Reagan for planning to use ‘Born in the USA’ in his 1984 election campaign, while the Rolling Stones opposed former President Donald Trump from using ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ as his walk-off music.
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Besides, Trump had also received orders from many popular artists, including Queen, Adele, and Pharell Williams.
As per laws, U.S. politicians do not always need permission from artists, and their campaigns can buy licensing packages from music rights institutions such as BMI and ASCAP.
However, musicians have the right to demand the removal of their music from the list of songs available for the election campaign.
Previously, the Rolling Stones had done so, and recently, Eminem appeared to follow the same action after expressing his stern objection to Ramaswamy’s use of his music at the presidential election.
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