Eminem asks GOP presidential candidate Ramaswamy to stop using his song during campaign

 September 1, 2023

Rapper Eminem has asked GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy to stop using his songs during his political campaign.

The move followed Ramaswamy's use of the rapper's songs during campaign stops that brought attention to the connection to the musical artist.

The request

"BMI, a performing rights organization, has informed Ramaswamy’s campaign at Eminem’s request that it will no longer license the rapper’s music for use by the campaign," CNN reported.

"In a letter to the campaign dated August 23, BMI says it '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,' according to a copy of the letter obtained by CNN," it added.

Vivek responds

"Ramaswamy, who is hoping to be the Republican presidential candidate, responded to the letter on X (formerly Twitter). Quoting Eminem, he wrote: 'Will the real Slim Shady please stand up? He didn't say what I think he did, did he?'"

"His campaign plans to comply with Eminem's wishes, with Ramaswamy's spokesperson Tricia McLaughlin telling NBC: 'To the American people’s chagrin, we will have to leave the rapping to the real slim shady,'" a report added.

Vivek's performance

"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," the Daily Mail reported.

"Reynolds had asked the 38-year-old biotech entrepreneur to name his favorite walkout song. Ramaswamy had happily answered Eminem's Lose Yourself," it noted.

Ramaswamy has separated himself from the crowd of GOP presidential candidates through a strong media push and resonating with the American people.

His rap performance is a controversy that will likely only add to his uniqueness among many voters, especially younger conservatives looking for a Trump alternative, drawing the attention of the former president himself, who is rumored to be potentially considering him as a vice presidential running mate if he wins the primary.

The candidate won't be performing any more Eminem songs but will continue to be remembered as the rapping candidate in 2024.

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