Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy gave an impromptu performance of Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’ onstage during a campaign event in Iowa earlier this month.
According to a Daily Mail report, it appears that Eminem has taken exception to Ramaswamy, a biotech entrepreneur hailing from Ohio, using his music during his campaign endeavours. A representative from Ramaswamy’s campaign has verified this development to the Des Moines Register, a US-based newspaper.
Ramaswamy gained viral attention when he skillfully performed a rendition of Eminem’s iconic 2002 track “Lose Yourself”, his chosen anthem for campaign walkouts, at the Iowa State Fair while sharing the stage with Governor Kim Reynolds.
The situation escalated when BMI, a music licensing entity, sent a letter to one of Ramaswamy’s campaign attorneys, indicating that Eminem’s compositions had been excluded from their music licensing agreement following a request from the rapper himself, as reported by the Daily Mail.
Campaign spokesperson Tricia McLaughlin said, “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 recent weeks, Ramaswamy has observed a noteworthy surge in national polls for the 2024 Republican presidential primaries, currently maintaining an average of approximately 10.1 per cent, according to FiveThirtyEight.
While former President Donald Trump continues to dominate the polls, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Ramaswamy follow suit.
Within Iowa, Ramaswamy secured a 4 per cent polling in a recent Des Moines Register/NBC News/Mediacom survey, positioning him behind six other contenders.