Dr. Dr. and his legal team took action against Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene after she used the “Still DRE” instrumental in a self-promotional video shared on Monday, Jan. 9.
The objectively goofy clip combines the “Still DRE” beat – which Dre produced with Mel-Man and Scott Storch – with some slow-motion clips of Greene not really working hard but walking the halls of Congress. There’s also footage of Greene taking a phone call from “DT” (yeesh) and celebrating the end of Kevin McCarthy’s abject humiliation when he was finally elected Speaker of the House on the 15th try.
After the video appeared on Twitter, Dr. Dre’s attorneys released a letter, obtained by rolling stone, accusing him of “falsely exploiting this work across various social media to promote your divisive and hateful political agenda.” The letter added that Dre (real name Andre Young) “has not granted you and will never grant you permission not to broadcast or stream any of his music.”
After claiming that the use of “Still DRE” in the clip constituted copyright infringement, the letter continued, “As a member of Congress, you would be expected to have passing knowledge of the laws of our country. It is possible, however, that the laws governing intellectual property are a little too obscure and insufficiently populist for you to have really spent much time there. We write because we believe that a true legislator should make laws not break laws, especially those embodied in the constitution by the founding fathers.
Dre’s attorneys then demanded that Greene “cease and desist from any further unauthorized use” of the musician’s work. He also asked Greene to confirm that she “compiled these requests” by January 11 at 5 p.m. ET.
It doesn’t look like Dre’s team had to wait that long: As soon as it was published, the video was deleted from Greene’s Twitter account, with the following message: “This media has been disabled in response to a report from the copyright holder.” (Mediaite has kept a copy for those who wish to submit.)
In a statement shared for the first time with TMZ, Greene claimed she was banned from her Twitter following the complaint – although at 3:50 p.m. she was able to post a screenshot of his statement.
Speaking to Dre, Greene said: “While I appreciate the creative progression of the chords, I would never play your words about violence against women and police, and your glorification of thug life and drugs. .”