(RepublicanDaily.org) – Rapper Dr. Dre got some unexpected promotion last week when a Republican congresswoman used his music in a video — but, it seems Dre doesn’t agree with the idea that there’s no such thing as bad publicity. He’s now issued a cease-and-desist letter to the lawmaker. Twitter has also taken action over alleged copyright breaches.
Marjorie Taylor Greene has been locked out of twitter for using a Dr. Dre song in a promo video without authorization. Dre said there was no effort to get his permission and stated “I don’t license my songs to politicians. Certainly not any as hateful or divisive as this one.” pic.twitter.com/OwmsPfuqhv
— Andrew Wortman (@AmoneyResists) January 9, 2023
Following last Saturday’s end to the drawn-out election of Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as House speaker, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) tweeted a video of herself walking through Congress to a soundtrack of the rap song “Still D.R.E.” For Greene, it was a celebration of her role in persuading the last reluctant Republicans to back McCarthy. For Dre, it seems to have been a personal affront.
On January 9, news website TMZ reported that Dre had told them he doesn’t license his music to politicians, and added, “especially someone as divisive and hateful as this one.” The Fox subsidiary reproduced a letter from Dre’s lawyers to Greene, informing her she was “wrongfully exploiting” the rapper’s work and that the musician — whose real name is Andre Young — “has not, and will never” give her permission to use it.
Later the same day, TMZ added an update, confirming Dre’s legal team had contacted Twitter with a complaint, and the social media platform had taken the video down. The site also said Greene was told her Twitter account had been locked for using copyrighted material without permission.
Dr. Dre might object to Greene’s politics, but the congresswoman has strong opinions too. In a reply, she told TMZ while she appreciates Dr. Dre’s “creative chord progression,” she would never play the rapper’s notoriously violent and misogynistic lyrics, and his “glorification of thug life and drugs.” It seems we shouldn’t expect to see more MTG/Dr. Dre collaborations anytime soon.
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