Popular artists’ songs are often used by politicians on the campaign trail. However, new GOP candidate Vivek Ramaswamy has received a cease-and-desist notice from Eminem, who objected to his music being used.

As reported by the Daily Mail, Eminem instructed music publisher BMI to send Ramaswamy a document barring him from using not just “Lose Yourself,” but any song from Eminem’s discography in the future.

This issue likely arose after Ramaswamy’s less-than-stellar performance of Eminem’s song at the Iowa State Fair, where he attempted to rap along. It is also noted that Ramaswamy used to perform under the moniker “Da Vek” and would rap during his college years, drawing inspiration from Eminem.

Ramaswamy once told The New York Times, “The idea of being an underdog, people having low expectations of you, that part speaks to me,” indicating his connection to Eminem’s music.

A representative from BMI, in a letter to Ramaswamy’s team, stated they had received communications from Eminem (real name Marshall B. Mathers III) objecting to the use of his music in Ramaswamy’s campaign. The letter further stated that any future use of Eminem’s works by the Ramaswamy 2024 campaign would be considered a material breach of agreement, for which BMI reserves all rights and remedies.

Source: uproxx.com