(RepublicanJournal.org) – Presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy has baffled potential supporters by breaking out into Eminem songs on the campaign trail – seemingly, for the last time. The rapper has hit Ramaswamy with a cease and desist to prevent him from using his music, and Ramaswamy has agreed to cooperate with his demands.
Vivek Ramaswamy is positioning himself as a Trump continuity candidate, but he has some quirks. One of these became obvious at the Iowa State Fair last month when he surprised his audience with an impromptu performance of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.” He’s also described the song as being his personal theme.
Unfortunately for Ramaswamy, it seems he’s one fan the rapper, whose real name is Marshall Mathers III, would be just as happy to do without. On August 23, Eminem’s music distributor, BMI, sent a cease and desist letter to the Ramaswamy campaign’s legal team. The letter says BMI has “received a communication” from Eminem objecting to Ramaswamy’s use of his work, and gives notice that his songs are excluded from a May 24 agreement between the campaign and BMI about the use of licensed music.
Ramaswamy has a history with rap music; as a student at Harvard, he performed rap songs with a Libertarian theme, appearing as “Da Vek.” He’s also held up Eminem as an example before. In August, he told the New York Times that while he doesn’t share the hip-hop star’s working-class background, “the idea of being an underdog… that part speaks to me.”
It’s hard to see why Ramaswamy — who comes from a solidly middle-class background — feels like an underdog, unless it’s linked to his poll numbers (currently just 10.1% of likely voters want him to be next year’s GOP nominee, compared to 49.3% who back former president Donald Trump) but it seems to be part of his self-image. From now on he’s going to have to promote it without Eminem songs, though. Name-dropping another song, his campaign told a British tabloid, “We will have to leave the rapping to the real slim shady.”
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