Vivek Ramaswamy, a contender for president, has received a warning from Eminem not to use his music while campaigning.
After Eminem himself contacted the music licenser, Broadcast Music, Inc. denied permission to utilize the rapper’s song in a letter delivered to the Ramaswamy campaign’s lawyer.
This letter serves as notification that BMI has received a message from Marshall B. Mathers III, better known by his stage name Eminem, protesting the use of Eminem’s musical compositions by the Vivek Ramaswamy campaign.
The letter went on to say that “BMI will view any use of the Eminem Works by the Vivek 2024 campaign going forward as a material breach of the Agreement which all rights and remedies are reserv by BMI.
The warning, dated Aug. 23, was first reported in the Daily Mail and came just 11 days after Ramaswamy’s well-publicized spontaneous performance of “Lose Yourself” at the Iowa State Fair.
“Vivek simply entered the stage and let loose. We will have to leave the rapping to the genuine skinny shady, much to the dismay of the American people,” Ramaswamy spokesman Tricia McLaughlin said in response to the letter from BMI.
In a 2006 interview with the Harvard Crimson, Ramaswamy said that “Lose Yourself” was a go-to song for his rapper alter ego “Da Vek.”
When he was 21 years old, Ramaswamy said, “I think that children should be forced to listen to it.” Of course, the edited version.
When questioned if the song was still his anthem nearly 17 years later, Ramaswamy said that it was. However, his ambitions to participate in an Eminem karaoke session now appear to have been shelve.
I haven’t exactly been at the top of my game with respect to keeping up with my music, but… In July, he declared, “I would likely be the first presidential candidate in American history to perform the best now-or-future karaoke [version] of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.”