According to Rolling Stone, on August 23, BMI, the publishing company in charge of Eminem’s compositions, issued a cease and desist letter to the Republican presidential hopeful, requesting that he “remove all Eminem Works” from a licensing agreement with BMI that allows the political candidate to use music.
In the notice from BMI executive Pamela Williams “This letter serves as notice that the Eminem Works are excluded from the Agreement effective immediately.” “BMI will consider any performance of the Eminem Works by the Vivek 2024 campaign from this date forward to be a material breach.”
The legal letter arrived some two weeks after Ramaswamy performed “Lose Yourself” during a stop at the Iowa State Fair, where the politician said the Eminem composition was his preferred walkout song.
On Monday (8.28,) a spokesperson for the Ramaswamy campaign told DailyMail.com “Vivek just got on the stage and cut loose. To the American people’s chagrin, we will have to leave the rapping to the real slim shady,”
In an interview with The New York Times. about his longtime admiration for the superstar rapper, Ramaswamy — who performed political raps while he studied at Harvard under the stage name Da Vek the Rapper — stated “I did not grow up in the circumstances he did.” “But the idea of being an underdog, people having low expectations of you, that part speaks to me.”
In July, Vivek told Politico that he identified with the message in “Lose Yourself,” stating:
“I saw myself, honestly, making it big through American capitalism, and that’s why the Eminem story spoke to me.” “He’s growing up in the trailers, with a single mom, and he wants to make it… I didn’t grow up in a trailer, but I also didn’t grow up in the same circumstances that most of my peers at Harvard did, either. I aspired to achieve what many of their parents did. It kind of spoke to me, I would say.”