Before becoming a successful businessman and running for President of the United States, Vivek Ramaswami dreamed of a career in the rap world. Now, however, the musical passion of the 38-year-old musician, who in a few days became one of the most prominent candidates in the Republican primaries, is in danger of becoming a big problem. On August 23, during a rally in Iowa, Ramaswami entertained his supporters by launching a performance Lose yourself, the famous song of Eminem, who received an Oscar in 2023. The performance did not go unnoticed by the Detroit rapper, who has never had a good relationship with Republican politicians. After the rally, Eminem’s lawyers formally asked Ramaswamy to stop using his music during the rallies. The reaction of the young Republican candidate’s headquarters was immediate: they accepted – albeit reluctantly – Eminem’s position. “Vivek just walked on stage and let himself go,” his rep explained. To the chagrin of the American people, we will have to leave rap. The real Slim Shady“.
What happened between Eminem and Ramaswamy is nothing new in American politics. During the last two elections, the likes of Pharrell Williams, Rihanna, Aerosmith and Adele, as well as Prince’s heirs, complained that some of their songs were used at Donald Trump rallies without their permission. The Rolling Stones even threatened to sue the mogul’s campaign if he continued to use their classics. You can’t always get what you want. To ease the conflict between Eminem and Ramaswamy, who in an interview Political he called the Detroit rapper a “mastermind” – the young Republican candidate’s political ideas certainly contributed to that. In fact, the 38-year-old presented himself to voters as the “new Trump.” A strategy that, of course, did not win over the sympathies of Eminem, who has always been among the most critical of music artists. magnate both in 2016 and 2020.