US presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy has said he will “respect” the wishes of Eminem after the rapper objected to his music being used on the campaign trail.
A cease-and-desist letter was previously sent to representatives for Republican Ramaswamy after he used the Oscar-winning song Lose Yourself from the 2002 Eminem-starring film 8 Mile during campaigning.
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Speaking to US broadcaster MSNBC about the letter, Ramaswamy said he hoped Eminem would “one day rediscover the renegade that made him great”.
Asked if he would stop using and performing the track, he said: “Yeah, I think that I’ll respect [Eminem’s] wishes, but I would just say, ‘Would the real Slim Shady please stand up?’
“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.”
It is understood a letter dated 23 August was sent by music licensing company BMI on behalf of Eminem, real name Marshall Mathers, to the Vivek 2024 campaign.
The communication said the rapper is “objecting to the Vivek Ramaswamy campaign’s use of Eminem’s musical compositions”.
It also said: “BMI will consider any performance of the Eminem works by the Vivek 2024 campaign from this date forward to be a material breach of the agreement for which BMI reserves all rights and remedies with respect thereto.”
The Vivek 2024 campaign had previously made an agreement with BMI on 24 May.
Biotech entrepreneur Ramaswamy has been a fan of Eminem and rap music for a long time and had performed under the name Da Vek.
He hopes to get the Republican nomination over former US president Donald Trump, who has been facing a series of legal issues.
Artists have objected and taken legal action against the Trump campaign and its supporters over the use of their songs.
Adele, Linkin Park, The Rolling Stones, Queen, Pharrell Williams, Rihanna, the late Prince’s estate, and Aerosmith have all criticised his use of their music.
Source: Press Association
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