Dr. Dre has served Georgia Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Green with a formal request to stop using his music to avoid facing further legal action.
According to TMZsent Dre’s attorney Howard E. King the formal cease and desist letter on Monday (Jan. 9), giving her two business days to remove all unauthorized use of the song “Still DRE” from her social media accounts.
The scathing letter, in which King admonished Marjorie Taylor Green for failing to follow the laws of the US Constitution, follows a video shared by the controversial lawmaker, which was shared via Twitter on Monday, showing her walking through Congress as Dr. Dre’s hit from 1999 played in the background.
When he got wind of the post, the multi-platinum artist shared TMZ that his music had been used without his prior consent, saying “I don’t license my music to politicians, especially someone as divisive and hateful as this.”
— HipHopDX (@HipHopDX) 10 January 2023
Howard E. King’s letter echoed Dr. Dre’s disapproval, accusing Marjorie Taylor Greene of “improperly exploiting [“Still D.R.E.”] through the various social media to promote [her] divisive and hateful political agenda.”
“One would expect that as a member of Congress you would have a passing knowledge of the laws of our country,” King wrote. “However, it is possible that laws governing intellectual property are a little too arcane and insufficiently populist for you to really spend much time on. We write because we believe that an actual legislator should make laws that do not break laws, especially those incorporated in the Constitution by the Founding Fathers.
He continued: “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 campaigns unless you get permission from the copyright owner to the song, a step you didn’t take.”
Dr. Dre’s legal team gave Greene until closing time on Wednesday (January 11) to remove the post and confirm their request in writing.
Prior to posting the cease and desist, Dre’s camp had already contacted Twitter, which led to the post being removed. Marjorie Taylor Green responded by sending the Aftermath boss a message through a statement to TMZwhich she shared on Twitter with the caption “The next episode..”
“While I appreciate the creative chord progression,” the statement read, “I would never play your words about violence against women and police officers and your glorification of thug life and drugs.”
Next episode.. pic.twitter.com/o6g2WVxYBu
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) 9 January 2023
Marjorie Taylor Greene gained national attention in 2021 after House Democrats demanded her removal from Congress due to a series of controversial statements on Facebook between 2018 and 2019.
The move came after one CNN investigation revealed a number of posts in which Greene advocated the execution of several prominent Democrats. The Georgia congresswoman, who was elected to the House in 2020, also made a number of anti-Semitic and anti-Catholic statements, as well as posts supporting the idea that the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was staged.
After her Democratic colleagues began working to have her censured, Marjorie Taylor Greene addressed the House Republican Conference in February 2021 and said her since-deleted social media posts were not an accurate reflection of who she is. That same year, her Twitter account was suspended no less than five times for violations of the platform’s misinformation policies, CNN reported.
While she remains a congressional representative for the state of Georgia, House Democrats were able to have Marjorie Taylor Green stripped of all of her legislative committee duties.