Rapper Eminem has made it clear to Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, a former biotech executive and multimillionaire, that he must refrain from using Eminem’s music in his campaign activities. This revelation comes from a letter that was recently disclosed, dated August 23, and reported by the Daily Mail.
The performing rights organization BMI, acting at Eminem’s behest, notified Ramaswamy’s campaign that it would no longer authorize the use of Eminem’s music for the Republican candidate’s campaign. The letter states, “BMI has received 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.”
Ramaswamy’s campaign responded to CNN, stating that they will comply with the request to cease using Eminem’s music. The incident follows a viral video that showed Ramaswamy singing along to Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” during the Iowa State Fair earlier in the month.
Vivek Ramaswamy, a tech entrepreneur without prior political experience, has been gaining traction in certain opinion polls. He has characterized his opponents as being “bought and paid for.” Despite his lack of a political background, Ramaswamy made waves during the first Republican primary debate, where he staunchly defended Donald Trump. His more seasoned rivals seemed to perceive him as a noteworthy contender, even more so than Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who has consistently trailed behind Trump in the polls.
Notably, Donald Trump, the frontrunner in the Republican primary, chose to skip the initial debate, instead opting to be interviewed by former Fox News host Tucker Carlson during the same time slot as the debate.