The Winner is ‘Still D.R.E.’: Marjorie Taylor Greene Blinks First in Stand-off with Dr Dre
In the weirdest stand-off of the year so far, Marjorie Taylor Greene has blinked first in her bizarre battle against
In the weirdest stand-off of the year so far, Marjorie Taylor Greene has blinked first in her bizarre battle against Dr Dre.
It all started earlier this week when Greene dropped a video of herself strolling through the House as a song played in the background.
That song? “Still D.R.E.” by Dr Dre – real name Andre Romelle Young.
As it turned out, Dr Dre was not fond of Greene using his song – and he got real in a letter from his lawyers, delivered within hours of the video posting to social media.
But now, the stand-off appears to be over, and it was Marjorie Taylor Greene who backed down.
Marjorie Taylor Greene vs Dr Dre
The unlikely new East Coast/West Coast showdown between MTG and Young came after the Representative posted a video of herself walking through the House to Young’s song.
When the video dropped on Twitter, commenters immediately began speculating that Dr Dre would file a copyright claim for her use of his song without permission.
But Young went beyond a simple cease and desist – he issued a brutal takedown, reminding the world why he’s considered a lyrical master.
CELEB reported the communications from Young’s legal team to MTG:
“On the first page, Young’s team wrote, ‘Dr Ms. Taylor Greene: We write you on behalf of our client … composer and performer of the hit song ‘Still D.R.E.’ You are wrongfully exploiting this work through the various social media outlets to promote your divisive and hateful political agenda.’
The letter continued, ‘Mr. Young has not, and will never, grant you permission to broadcast or disseminate any of his music.’
They add, ‘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. 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.’
On the second page, a cease and desist letter, Young’s attorney Howard E. King writes, ‘The United States Copyright Act says a lot of things, but one of the things it says is that you can’t use someone else’s song for your political campaign promotions unless you get permission from the owner of the copyright in the song, a step you failed to take.’
They request confirmation that the song has been removed from all of her social media by 5PM EST on January 11.”
The video was removed from Twitter due to a copyright claim.
Greene responded by sending a statement to TMZ suggesting she wasn’t going to back down, referencing another Dr Dre song – “The Next Episode.”
Marjorie Taylor Greene Backs Down after Dr Dre Sends Letter Blasting her Politics
Marjorie Taylor Greene has been locked out of her Twitter account and her new video has been removed after Dr. Dre took legal action against her for using his music without permission.— No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen (@NoLieWithBTC) January 9, 2023
His letter is amazing. pic.twitter.com/Vk12JSRByK
But as it turns out, Dre still reigns supreme – the lawmaker backed down late Wednesday as the weight of both Young’s threat and his extraordinary business acumen became reality according to a report from TMZ.
Marjorie Taylor Greene’s lawyers sent a letter to Young’s representatives on Wednesday which read in part, “On behalf of Congresswoman Greene, please be advised that no further use of Mr. Young’s copyright will be made by a political committee or via social media outlet she controls.”
It became quickly clear that MTG couldn’t win the fight against Young, regardless of her influence in Washington.
And to quote another Dr Dre song, “What’s the difference between me and you?
You talk a good one but you don’t do what you supposed to do
I act on what I feel and never deal with emotions
I’m used to livin’ big-dog-style and straight coastin’.”
After all, winning feuds is part of Young’s brand.