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2024 Republican presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy had been using music from Eminem in his campaign and even went viral after performing some of the hip-hop star’s songs during events.

That caught the attention of the rapper and his label, who sent him a cease-and-desist letter demanding that he stop using Eminem’s music.

“The rapper Eminem reached out to the music licenser BMI and asked that the Ramaswamy campaign’s license to use his music be revoked, according to a letter obtained by DailyMail.com,” the outlet reported on Monday.

“In a letter dated August 23, a representative for BMI informed the campaign’s lawyer that the label had ‘received communications from Marshall B. Mathers, III, professionally known as Eminem, objecting to the Vivek Ramaswamy campaign’s use of Eminem’s musical compositions (the ‘Eminem Works’) and requesting that BMI remove all Eminem Works from the Agreement.”

Ramaswamy has made it clear that he will stop using the music, but used it as an opportunity to offer a diss track of his own.

“Yeah, I think that I’ll respect (Eminem’s) wishes but I would just say ‘Would the real Slim Shady please stand up?’” Ramaswamy said when asked if he’s stop using. the music. “Eminem in his rise used to be a guy who actually stood up to the establishment and said the things that the establishment didn’t want him to say.

“I think the fact that my political viewpoints may differ from his, 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 and I’m rooting for that success in his life.”

The battle between the biotech entrepreneur and the 8 Mile megastar garnered a lot of reactions.

[Yahoo! News]

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