Dr. Dre was not a fan of this politician using his music without proper permission.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the West Coast native’s legal team hit Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene with a cease-and-desist letter on Monday, Jan. 9.
The reasoning was that Greene was “wrongfully exploiting this work through the various social media outlets to promote [her] divisive and hateful political agenda.”
Dre also shared with another outlet — TMZ — that he doesn’t license his “music to politicians, especially someone as divisive and hateful as this one.”
Who Is Rep. Marjorie Greene?
For context, Greene, who is also known to go by her initials, MTG, has been at the center of controversy — long before she was using Dre’s tunes as background music without permission.
As TMZ previously reported, “Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene reportedly said if the mobilization of the Jan. 6 insurrection was in her hands, she would’ve made sure it was mission accomplished for Donald Trump.”
Other questionable remarks from the past include a New York Times report that said she falsely suggested that 9/11 was a hoax, that former President Barack Obama was a Muslim, and the Clintons were guilty of murder — among other far-right conspiracy theory claims.
While the video used by Greene used the beat from the legendary producer’s “Still D.R.E.” track, in a statement of her own, she didn’t hesitate to throw a jab at Dre and his music catalog.
“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,” said a spokesperson in an official statement on behalf of Greene.
It’s time to begin.. and they can’t stop what’s coming. pic.twitter.com/NoCNg3ujAT
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) January 9, 2023
In the initial response, Dre’ legal team suggested that Greene’s legal background should have prompted her to avoid the situation altogether.
“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,” read the letter. “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.”
The video has since been removed from Twitter for copyright infringement, which Greene says also led to her account being locked.