Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene “will make no further use” of Dr. Dre’s “Still DRE,” her lawyers promised, after the former NWA rapper threatened to sue the Republican congresswoman for using his song in a video posted on his Twitter account last week. .
Dre, born Andre Romelle Young, sent the Georgia lawmaker a cease and desist over the unlicensed use of his 1999 hit in a promotional video, in which he struts through the halls of Congress in slow motion while the song’s famous piano riff is repeated. .
“We received your correspondence dated January 9, 2023,” Greene’s attorney wrote in a letter obtained by Billboard.
“On behalf of Congresswoman Greene, please note that Mr. Young’s copyright will no longer be used by any political committee or through social media she controls.”
Dre, 57, filed a copyright claim on the song the same day Greene posted his video, forcing Twitter to remove the clip. The rapper then told TMZ that he doesn’t license his music to politicians, “especially someone as divisive and hateful as this.”
In response, Greene tweeted a statement he gave to TMZ with the caption “Next episode…” explaining why he played the video with music but no lyrics.
“While I appreciate the creative chord progression,” Greene told the outlet, addressing the rapper, “I would never touch your words of violence against women and cops, and your glorification of the thug life and drugs.”
Howard King, an attorney for Dre, threatened to sue for copyright infringement, saying that as a member of Congress, Greene “should be making laws, not breaking them.”
“The United States Copyright Law 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 copyright owner. songwriter, one step you did not take,” King wrote in a letter to Greene.
Greene’s video, which is about two minutes long, begins with a shot of the US Capitol before moving to a sign outside her office that reads: “There are two genders: male and female, ‘Trust the science!'”.
After Greene leaves his office, the music starts.
Greene can be seen in the clip clapping happily and speaking with people who appear to be congressional staffers.
Later in the video, a voice can be heard saying, “He picked up his phone and the phone said DT” before showing beaming House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) banging his gavel.