TMZ reports Chapman claims Minaj stole her 1988 “Baby Can I Hold You” for her own track “Sorry” featuring Nas. Nicki was very much aware she needed the thumbs up to use parts of Chapman’s song. In June, Minaj and her team made countless requests to license “Baby Can I Hold You” and all requests were denied. Failure to get the license was actually one of the reasons for the Album’s initial delay.
Just before the release of the project in August Minaj hit up fans on Instagram, “So there’s a record on #Queen that features 1of the greatest rappers of all time. 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? Do we push #Queen back 1week? Ugh! I’m torn, y’all help. Tracy Chapman, can you please hit me. omg for the love of #Queen.”
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The lawsuit states that Funkmaster Flex played “Sorry” on Hot 97 and it was also played on The Breakfast Club, eventually it started making the rounds on the internet and Nicki, once again, tried to get it cleared with Chapman.
A later Tweet in response to the request from Niki to Chapman went, “Sis said no.”
Chapman is seeking damages and an order to prohibit Nicki Minaj and anyone from her team from releasing the song ever again.
Also published on Medium.