Eminem asks Vivek Ramaswamy to stop using his music after a viral rap performance

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The rapper contacted his music licensor, BMI, objecting to the use of the filter.

Aug 28, 2023 at 11:14 p.m

Eminem asked presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy to stop using his music during the election campaign.

In a letter to Ramaswamy’s campaign attorney, Broadcast Music, Inc. Music licensees acquired the rights to use Eminem’s music after the rapper himself contacted the company.

The letter began “This letter serves as notice … that BMI has received a letter from Marshall P. Mathers, III, known professionally as Eminem, objecting to Vivek Ramaswamy’s campaign use of Eminem’s compositions”.

Photo: Eminem performs during the 37th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on November 5, 2022 in Los Angeles;  Republican presidential nominee Ramaswamy speaks during the 2023 Iowa Republican Party in Des Moines, Iowa, July 28, 2023.

Eminem performs on stage during the 37th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Microsoft Theater on November 5, 2022 in Los Angeles; And Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy speaks during the 2023 Lincoln Iowa GOP dinner at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa, July 28, 2023.

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The letter continued: “Any performance by Eminem Works through the Vivek 2024 campaign from this date onwards will be considered by BMI to be a material breach of the agreement in respect of which BMI reserves all rights and remedies.”

First reported in the Daily Mail, the notice, dated August 23, came just 11 days after Ramaswamy’s impromptu performance of “Lose Yourself” at the Iowa State Fair.

“Vivek just got on stage and snapped. To the chagrin of the American people, we’re going to have to leave rap music to the real shady,” Tricia McLaughlin, a spokeswoman for Ramaswamy, told ABC News about the BMI letter.

Ramaswamy said in a 2006 interview with his alma mater’s newspaper, The Harvard Crimson, that “Lose Yourself” was a choice for his rapper, “Da Vek”.

“I think children should be forced to listen to it,” said Ramaswamy, who was 21 at the time. Modified version of course.

Nearly 17 years later, Ramaswamy told ABC News he’d be sticking to a karaoke session for Eminem when asked if the song was still his anthem — plans that now appear to be stalled.

“I’ve never been at the top of my game with my music, but… I’m probably going to be the presidential candidate in the history of the United States who will do the best karaoke performance now or in the future.” [version] “From Eminem’s “Lose Yourself,” he said in July. “I will stick to it.”

This article originally appeared on abcnews.go.com

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