Vivek Ramaswamy, a Republican running for president in 2024, has received a letter from Eminem telling him to stop playing his songs while out campaigning.
Vivek gained online fame earlier this month after rapping to Eminem’s Oscar-winning song “Lose Yourself” while attending the Iowa State Fair.
The Daily Mail says that Eminem contacted the company that licenses music and asked it to stop letting the Ramaswamy campaign use his songs.
“A BMI representative informed the campaign’s attorney in a letter dated August 23 that the record company had obtained communications coming from Marshall B. Mathers, III, professionally identified as Eminem, raising objections to the Vivek Ramaswamy campaign’s decision to utilize Eminem’s music compositions (the ‘Eminem Works’) and demanding that BMI delete all Eminem Works out of the Agreement.”
“The letter goes on to say, ‘This letter acts as notification that the Eminem Works will be immediately pulled out of the Agreement.'”
“BMI will regard any performance that violates the Eminem Works associated with the Vivek 2024 campaign from this day forward to be a substantial breach of the Agreement and BMI retains all remedies and rights with respect thereto,” the letter stated.
Ramaswamy informed Kim Reynolds, the Republican governor of Iowa, that his absolute favorite song is “Lose Yourself” by Eminem.
“It is like, young and even scrappy,” Ramaswamy said to Reynolds.
“I’m really starting to feel my age,” said Reynolds, who was 64 at the time. “I’m going to remember to look that up.”
A Ramaswamy campaign spokesperson assured the Daily Mail that Vivek will not sing the song again.
“Vivek had just gotten on stage and started to have fun. We’ll have to leave rapping up to the real slim shady, which is sad for the American people,” a spokesman said.