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Dr. Dre rips Marjorie Taylor Greene for using one of his songs without permission

U.S. Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene speaking with attendees at the 2021 AmericaFest at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
U.S. Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene speaking with attendees at the 2021 AmericaFest at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.Photo: Gage Skidmore

Dr. Dre was not pleased to learn that Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene used one of his songs in a video posted to social media following Kevin McCarthy’s victory after his humiliating, protracted battle to become speaker of the House.

The video, which has since been taken down but can still be viewed via TMZ, begins with a quick shot of one of Greene’s infamous anti-trans posters asserting that there are only two genders. It then shows the congresswoman strutting through the halls of congress to the tune of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dog’s 1999 hit, “Still D.R.E.”

Greene reportedly captioned the post, “It’s time to begin… and they can’t stop what’s coming.”

On Monday, Dr. Dre’s lawyer, Peter T. Paterno, sent a cease and desist letter to Greene, stating that she was “wrongfully exploiting this work through the various social media outlets to promote your divisive and hateful political agenda.”

According to the letter, which has made its way onto social media, Dr. Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, “is the owner of the copyright in ‘Still D.R.E.,’ with the exclusive right to exploit same. Mr. Young has not, and will never, grant you permission to broadcast or disseminate any of his music.”

The letter goes on to accuse Greene of copyright infringement, claiming that she never attempted to get permission to use the song.

The letter then proceeds to utterly savage Greene. “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,” it reads. “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.”

“I don’t license my music to politicians, especially someone as divisive and hateful as this one,” Dr. Dre told TMZ.

Greene told the outlet on Monday that as a result of Dre’s team reaching out to Twitter to have the video removed, she had been locked out of her account.

Bizarrely, Greene then went on to criticize the song — which her own team presumably chose — in terms that the progressive org Call to Activism characterized as racist.

“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,” Greene told TMZ.

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