Nicki Minaj has been sued by singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman over claims she sampled her song without permission. A lawsuit has been filed over Nicki’s track Sorry, which she wanted to release on her album Queen.
The lawsuit alleged that the rapper incorporated the lyrics and vocal melody from Chapman’s 1988 hit Baby Can I Hold You without permission.
In the suit, Chapman claims Minaj and her representatives began reaching out in June 2018 about using the song, but Chapman denied their request, which was made after Minaj had recorded the song for her album “Queen.” “Sorry” was not included on “Queen,” which released in August.
According to Chapman’s suit, Minaj, however, provided a copy of the song to a popular New York DJ who subsequently promoted the song’s release on his social media channels and played it on air.Grammy-winner Chapman, who was a staple of the late ’80s and ’90s music scene, is best known for her songs “Fast Car” and “Give Me One Reason.”