Renowned American rapper Eminem has formally called upon Republican presidential contender Vivek Ramaswamy to refrain from featuring his music in the course of his campaign. Ramaswamy, an affluent former biotech executive, has been experiencing a surge in popularity within the Republican primary race.
This upswing was notably propelled by a viral video capturing Ramaswamy enthusiastically rapping along to Eminem's hit track "Lose Yourself" at the Iowa State Fair earlier this month. The communication, conveyed in a letter dated August 23 and subsequently unveiled on Monday, was relayed by BMI, a prominent performing rights organization.
Acting upon the request of the Grammy-winning rapper, BMI has officially communicated to Ramaswamy's campaign that it shall no longer authorize the use of Eminem's musical creations within the campaign's activities. The Daily Mail newspaper initially reported the content of the letter, wherein BMI conveyed, "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 composition (the 'Eminem Works') and requesting that BMI remove all Eminem Works from the Agreement."
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In response to this communication, Ramaswamy's campaign has assured CNN that it will respect and adhere to Eminem's request.
Despite being a 38-year-old entrepreneur with no prior political involvement, Ramaswamy has garnered increased attention in various opinion polls. His campaign has been marked by branding his rivals as "bought and paid for," positioning himself as a fresh and unencumbered voice within the political arena.
Having recently taken part in the inaugural Republican primary debate, Ramaswamy, an ardent supporter of former US President Donald Trump, found himself at the epicenter of numerous high-stakes exchanges. In the midst of the debate, more seasoned opponents seemingly perceived him as a substantive adversary, even more so than Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who has consistently trailed Trump in the Republican primary polls.
It is worth noting that this incident is not an isolated one. In past US presidential elections, prominent artists like Pharrell Williams, Rihanna, Aerosmith, Adele, and heirs of Prince have raised objections over the unauthorized use of their music at Trump rallies.
The Rolling Stones went so far as to issue a legal threat, vowing to take legal action if the Trump campaign persisted in using their iconic hit "You Can't Always Get What You Want." This recurrent clash underscores the ongoing tension between political campaigns and artists' intellectual property rights.