If you remember back in June, weeks before Queen dropped – Nicki Minaj reached out to her fans to help her get in touch with Tracy Chapman so she could get clearance for a song, which was initially supposed to appear on her newly released fourth album. Unfortunately, Tracy wasn’t interested in having any of her originals reworked so clearance was never issued.
“So there’s a record on #Queen that features 1of the greatest rappers of all time,” Nicki Minaj tweeted in August. “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.”
Following the release of Queen, with the song being noticeably absent. Minaj at the request of her barbs decided to share the track titled “Sorry” to the public. The love ballad featuring Nas borrows heavily from Tracy’s classic, “Baby Can I Hold You” and that’s where her issues with Nicki Minaj stems from.
Tracy in a new lawsuit obtained by TMZ claims Nicki Minaj straight up ripped half of the lyrics and vocal melody from “Baby Can I Hold” You and used it for her song. She also claims Nicki caused further damages by giving the song to Funkmaster Flex who played it on Hot 97 and subsequently the song was everywhere.
Nicki reportedly reached out to Tracy once again to see if she could get the song cleared for public consumption but she was reportedly turned down.
Chapman is suing for money and an order prohibiting Nicki and her team from releasing the song again.