Dr. Dre and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene are at odds after the Georgia politician used the rapper’s music to celebrate Kevin McCarthy‘s Speaker of the House win.
Greene, 48, shared a video Monday strolling through the halls of Congress in slow motion while the famous piano section of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg‘s 1999 hit “Still D.R.E.” played in the background.
“It’s time to begin.. and they can’t stop what’s coming,” she captioned the video, which featured a photo of her on the House floor as McCarthy won the Republican speaker vote after 15 grueling rounds.
Dr. Dre, 57, expressed disdain for her usage in a statement provided by attorney Howard E. King Tuesday. “I don’t license my music to politicians, especially someone as divisive and hateful as this one,” he said.
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The rapper’s legal team also sent Greene a cease-and-desist letter, obtained by USA TODAY Tuesday, for “wrongfully exploiting this work through the various social media outlets to promote (her) divisive and hateful political agenda.”
The letter further declares that Dr. Dre “has not, and will never, grant (Greene) permission to broadcast or disseminate any of his music.”
Dr. Dre’s cease-and-desist letter takes a jab at Greene’s position in Congress while simultaneously breaking the law because she didn’t have copyright permission.
“One might expect that, as a member of Congress, you would have a passing familiarity with the laws of our country. It’s possible, though, that laws governing intellectual property are a little too arcane and insufficiently populist for you to really have spent much time on,” the letter continues. “We’re writing because we think an actual lawmaker should be making laws not breaking laws, especially those embodied in the constitution by the founding fathers.”
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Greene was ordered to “cease and desist from any further unauthorized use” of the rapper’s music by Wednesday afternoon.
The Republican representative’s post is still up on Twitter although the video is no longer available. “This media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner,” a message reads across the clip.
Greene clapped back in response to Dr. Dre in a statement to TMZ Monday. “While I appreciate the creative chord progression, I would never play your words of violence against women and police officers, and your glorification of the thug life and drugs,” she said.
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