Most presidential candidates end up with an awkward schtick they deploy on the campaign trail, and Vivek Ramaswamy is no exception.
The tech entrepreneur has put on impromptu rap performances at some of his events, and he relies heavily on the use of Grammy Award-winning rapper Eminem's music.
According to NBC News, the famous rapper apparently wasn't happy with his hit songs being sung by the Republican presidential candidate, and recently had his attorneys fired off a cease-and-desist letter to prevent it from happening again.
"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 letter said.
Eminem has reportedly requested that his music be removed from an agreement with licensor BMI after Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy went viral for rapping to one of his songs at the Iowa State Fair.
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Eminem was widely mocked for having the order sent, with many claiming that he was just falling in line with the anti-Republican, woke Hollywood crowd's demands.
Nevertheless, Ramaswamy took the legal maneuver with class, agreeing on Tuesday that he would stop using the rapper's music on the campaign trail, Politico reported.
"I’ll respect his wishes, but I would just say: ‘Will The Real Slim Shady please stand up?,’" Ramaswamy said during an MSNBC interview.
He added, "Eminem and 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."
"To the American people’s chagrin, we will have to leave the rapping to the real slim shady,” Tricia McLaughlin, a spokesperson for his campaign said.
Ramaswamy has a long history of using Eminem's songs in his own rap performances, and is apparently a big fan.
The biotech entrepreneur has been a longtime fan of the rap legend. He would perform Eminem raps as a side hustle when he studied at Harvard, previously telling POLITICO that he found inspiration in Eminem’s rags-to-riches story as a teenager. That story, it seems, may now be lost on the Republican presidential candidate.
Ramaswamy dominated the headlines after the first GOP primary debate, taking both praise and criticism for his exchanges with other Republicans on stage.
He continues to do well in the polls, easily labeled as the fastest to rise since the start of the primary season. He has overtaken Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) for the second-place position in some polls.