Nicki Minaj Sued By Tracy Chapman Over Uncleared Samples On "Sorry" (Feat. Nas)
Tracy Chapman is reportedly suing Nicki Minaj for using the melody and "half the lyrics" of her song "Baby Can I Hold You" for Nicki's cut Queen song "Sorry" featuring Nas.
According to TMZ, the lawsuit from Chapman's team says that "Funkmaster Flex played 'Sorry' on Hot 97 and lots of Internet users picked up the song and sent it around. It was also played on 'The Breakfast Club' with Charlamagne Tha God." Despite Chapman not giving Minaj permission to use the track, she still released it anyway.
In early August, Minaj put out a call to her Barbz to get Chapman's attention to clear a sample for her album, or it risked being delayed.
“So there’s a record on #Queen that features 1of the greatest rappers of all time,” Minaj tweeted on Aug. 1. “Had no clue it sampled the legend #TracyChapman – do I keep my date & lose the record? Or do I lose the record & keep my date?...Tracy Chapman, can you please hit me. omg for the love of #Queen." However, in a now-deleted tweet, Minaj notified fans that Chapman said "no" to her request.
"['Sis said no'] refers to Chapman's denial to her request to use 'Baby Can I Hold You,'" writes TMZ. "Nicki and crew pulled the song from "Queen" and tried to make it disappear, but Tracy says the damage was done." The "Give Me One Reason" singer is seeking damages.