Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, who recently made headlines for performing Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” onstage at the Iowa State Fair, said he would be “honoured”. Rapper requested to stop performing his songs on the campaign trail.
“I guess I’ll respect his wishes, but I’ll just say this: Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?” Ramaswamy said during an interview on “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on Tuesday, referring to the rapper.
Ramaswamy then explained that Eminem’s anti-authoritarian message appealed to him and wished the rapper good health.
He added, “Eminem, in his heyday, used to be a guy who really stood up to the establishment and said things the establishment didn’t want him to say.” “I think the fact that my political views may differ from theirs, I think people change over the course of their lives, but I have hope for him that he will one day rediscover the renegade that made him great.” Has made and I am supporting the same for his success in life.”
Music rights management company BMI did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In a cease-and-desist letter obtained and first reported by NBC News the daily mailBMI told Ramaswamy’s campaign last week that it had received “a communication from Marshall B. Mathers, III, known professionally as Eminem, regarding the use of Eminem’s musical compositions by the Vivek Ramaswamy Campaign”. Objected.”
The letter states, “BMI will consider any performance of Eminem Works by the Discretion 2024 Campaign to be a material breach of the Agreement with effect from this date, with respect to which BMI reserves all rights and remedies.”
A spokesperson for Ramaswamy on Monday Signal that the GOP presidential candidates would not perform Eminem’s music at future campaign events.
“To the displeasure of the American people, we have to leave the rapping to the real Slim Shady,” campaign spokeswoman Tricia McLaughlin said in a text message Monday night.
Ramaswamy, 38, also responded to the request on Monday on X: “Will the real Slim Shady please stand up? He didn’t say what I think he did, did he?”
This post refers to one of Eminem’s most popular songs, “The Real Slim Shady”, which was released in 2000.
A A widely circulated video of Ramaswamy featured him rapping Eminem’s “Lose Yourself”. On stage at the Iowa State Fair. An old video, from Ramaswamy’s senior year at Harvard University in 2006, when he rapped the 2002 hit song under his stage name “Da Wack”. spread rapidly,