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Taylor Swift isn't the only musician being generous.

By Christopher Luu
Nov 02, 2020 @ 5:25 pm
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Days after the Taylor Swift track "Only the Young" appeared in a Joe Biden campaign ad, Eminem's "Lose Yourself" is the latest song to lend a hand. According to The Hill, it's a rare move, since the rapper doesn't often let his material be used. Back in 2017, Eminem (real name Marshall Bruce Mathers III) sued a political campaign in New Zealand for using "Lose Yourself."

Though he's protective of his discography, Eminem hasn't been quiet about his disdain for President Trump and the current administration. Two years ago at the BET Hip Hop Awards, Mathers showcased his freestyle talents with a performance of "The Storm" that lambasted the president.

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Lyrics included: "But we better give Obama props / 'Cause what we got in office now's a kamikaze / That'll probably cause a nuclear holocaust / And while the drama pops" and "Racism's the only thing he's fantastic for 'Cause that's how he gets his fucking rocks off and he's orange / Yeah, sick tan / That's why he wants us to disband / 'Cause he cannot withstand / The fact we're not afraid of Trump."

While the Biden-Harris campaign video is less intense, it does have the now-familiar intro to "Lose Yourself" over black-and-white footage that urges everyone to get out and vote. 

The Rolling Stones, Adele, and Neil Young have all requested that the Trump Administration stop using their songs at rallies, though Young is the only one to have taken legal action. In his complaint, he claims that he can't "in good conscience cannot allow his music to be used as a 'theme song' for a divisive, un-American campaign of ignorance and hate."

Last summer, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Sia, and more artists signed an open letter to both the Republican and Democratic parties. They requested that both groups "pledge that all candidates [...] will seek consent from featured recording artists and songwriters before using their music in campaign and political settings."

"This is not a new problem. Or a partisan one," the letter reads. "Every election cycle brings stories of artists and songwriters frustrated to find their work being used in settings that suggest endorsement or support of political candidates without their permission or consent."