The song in question that fans have been waiting to hear has finally arrived. On Saturday (Aug. 11), Nicki Minaj released “Sorry” featuring Nas which didn’t make her Queen album because of a non-cleared sample.
“Sorry” revives the lyrical pattern of reggae artist Shelly Thunder’s song of the same title. However, Thunder sampled Tracy Chapman’s “Baby Can I Hold You” (1988) which Minaj was unaware of when she recorded the melody. In order to add “Sorry” to her 19-tracklist project, Minaj had to get Chapman’s approval, but to deflect yet another delay the Young Money cohort decided to leave it off Queen and released it via HOT 97’s Funkmaster Flex.
In a 2017 interview with The New York Times, Minaj opened up about the album’s process and said that Queen would hold a special place in her discography. “Sonically, I know what the album’s about to sound like. I know what this album is gonna mean to my fans,” she said. “This album is everything in my life coming full circle and me being truly, genuinely happy. It feels almost like a celebration.”
“Sorry” wasn’t the only tweak that Minaj had to fine tune. Recently, she shared on Twitter that she might have to go back to the soundboards to fix vocal levels on the album’s opener, “Ganja Burns.”
Just listened to #GanjaBurns after a long day & realized that I hate how low I made the hook. Gotta get it swapped out. That’s like my fave song & I can’t let it go out like that😩. Plus I was so sleep deprived I wrote burns instead of burn when they were stressing me 4 tracklist
— QUEEN (@NICKIMINAJ) August 11, 2018