(NewsReady.com) – Marshall Mathers, best known as Eminem, is the best-selling rapper of all time. The Detroit-born star made a name for himself by taking on the status quo. Now, he’s taking on a presidential candidate.
Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy is experiencing a rise in popularity on the campaign trail. The 38-year-old has tried to win over some voters by breaking out into song and losing himself in the music. At the Iowa State Fair, the conservative rapped Eminem’s song “Lose Yourself.”
On August 23, BMI, the licenser for Eminem’s music, sent Ramaswamy’s campaign lawyer a letter informing him that the rapper sent communications “objecting to the […] use of Eminem’s musical compositions” and asked that licensing be revoked. The letter went on to say that Vivek 2024 was prohibited from using the rapper’s music going forward.
A spokesperson for the campaign told DailyMail.com that the candidate “just got on stage and cut loose.” Unfortunately, Ramaswamy “will have to leave the rapping to the real Slim Shady.” The Republican candidate previously said he was a fan of Eminem because the “idea of being an underdog” speaks to him.
Ramaswamy appeared on “Andrea Mitchel Reports” on August 29 and commented on the cease and desist letter. He said that he would respect the rapper’s wishes, but he wanted “the real Slim Shady” to “please stand up,” a reference to Eminem’s popular song about his alter ego.
Eminem largely stayed out of politics during his rise to fame. Over the last few years, he’s spoken out against the GOP, specifically, former President Donald Trump.
Ramaswamy told Mitchell that when Eminem was shooting to fame, he was someone who bucked the establishment and said things they didn’t approve of. Though he said his political views differ from the rapper’s, he has “hope for him that he will one day rediscover the renegade that made him great.”
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