Singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman has filed a copyright infringement claim against rapper Nicki Minaj alleging that Minaj has sampled her song without her permission.
It is claimed that the Minaj used a sample from Chapman's 1998 hit 'Baby Can I Hold You' in her unreleased song 'Sorry'. The rapper, whose real name is Onika Tanya Maraj, wanted to feature the song on her latest album Queen.
Despite not having permission to use the sample, the claim alleges that she recorded the song anyway and sought permission retrospectively. After formal rejections, Minaj sought permission to use the sample on Twitter, but Chapman's representatives rejected that request also.
According to the claim made by Chapman, Sorry (featuring the sample) has been teased by DJ Funkmaster Flex on his radio station and social media accounts. The claim alleges the song was then reproduced on several different websites.
In July, Minaj announced on Twitter that she was unaware she had sampled the song and asked her platform whether she should keep the released date for her album Queen or lose the song. The album was later released in August without the song.
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