Rapper’s objection comes after Ramaswamy’s ‘Lose Yourself’ performance in Iowa last week
Eminem has officially objected to the use of his music by Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy during his campaign. This objection arises from a viral video where Ramaswamy, a former biotech executive, sang Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.” Eminem, whose real name is Marshall B. Mathers III, has requested that his collection of songs, referred to as the “Eminem Works,” be removed from the music license agreement between Ramaswamy’s campaign and BMI, a major music rights organization.
The objection was communicated through a letter from BMI executive Pamela Williams, dated August 23. In the letter, Williams conveyed Eminem’s objection to the use of his music and requested that BMI remove his songs from the agreement with Ramaswamy’s campaign.
Ramaswamy’s campaign has confirmed their compliance with Eminem’s request, agreeing to stop using his music.
The practice of using musicians’ songs in political campaigns often leads to legal challenges in the form of cease and desist letters. This situation echoes similar instances involving artists like The Rolling Stones, Queen, and the Foo Fighters, who have objected to their music being used by politicians, including former President Donald Trump and Senator John McCain.
Vivek Ramaswamy, a newcomer to politics and the youngest presidential candidate, has gained momentum in certain opinion polls. He has criticized his rivals as being influenced by financial interests and strives to build a diverse, working-class coalition that appeals to both older and younger voters.
During a recent Republican primary debate, Ramaswamy faced intense scrutiny from more experienced opponents, implying that they perceive him as a significant contender. Despite his strong support for Donald Trump, he was targeted by rivals who considered him a noteworthy challenge.
Eminem’s objection highlights the tension between political campaigns and artists’ rights, shedding light on Ramaswamy’s growing impact in the Republican primary race.