It turned out that he was just imitating.
Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy announced he would no longer rap on Eminem’s music during his campaign after receiving a cease and desist letter from the rapper’s music licensor.
“Yeah, look, I think I’ll respect his wishes, but I just want to say, can the real Slim Shady please stand up?” Ramaswamy, 38, told MSNBC host Ann on Tuesday. Deria Mitchell, referring to Eminem’s alter ego and his 2000 hit.
Eleven days after the Ramaswamy campaign received a cease-and-desist letter from music licensing company BMI, the biotech entrepreneur spit out the artist formerly Marshall Mathers at the Iowa State Fair Several songs from the 2002 hit “Lose Yourself” responded. Gov. Kim Reynolds asked Ramaswamy to name his favorite strike song.
BMI informed the campaign that it “received a letter from Marshall B. All Eminem works will be deleted during the event. Agreement.”
The company asked Ramaswamy to stop playing Eminem songs at campaign events.
“As soon as Vivek hits the stage, he starts to unwind. To the chagrin of the American people, we’re going to have to leave the rap work to the real Slim Shady,” Ramaswamy campaigned. The team told The Washington Post on Monday.
Ramaswamy, who rapped under the stage name Da Vek as a Harvard undergraduate, slammed the Grammy Award-winning rapper on Tuesday for issuing a cease and desist notice.
“Eminem, during his rise, was a guy who really stood up to the establishment and said things the establishment didn’t want him to say,” the Republican nominee told Mitchell.
“I think my political views may be different from his, I think people change in a lifetime but I hope he will one day rediscover the rebel that made him great and I support him in his success in life,” he added road.
Ramaswamy had previously praised Eminem as “in every sense of the word a person who shouldn’t have done what he did”.