Bitch Stole My Song: Tracy Chapman Sues Nicki Minaj For Releasing Uncleared Sample of Her Song ‘Baby Can I Hold You’ [Details]

Posted October 23, 2018

via Nicki Instagram

Months ago after announcing that her album ‘Queen’ was going to be pushed back from it’s original release date, fans of Nicki Minaj took to social media to quiz the rapper on why she was holding up the project.

Nicki responded and revealed that she was trying to get a sample of a Tracy Chapman song ‘Baby Can I Hold You‘ cleared that she planned to use for a song she was recording called ‘Sorry‘ (feat. Nas) but revealed that Ms. Chapman did not clear the sample.

However, the song somehow made it’s way online anyway and although it didn’t make the final album, now Tracy is suing Nicki for damages according to TMZ:

Tracy Chapman is going after Nicki Minaj, saying she straight-up stole her song, “Baby Can I Hold You,” when she recorded “Sorry.”

Chapman says in June 2018, Minaj and her reps made multiple requests to license “Baby Can I Hold You” and all requests were rejected.

So imagine Tracy’s surprise when “Sorry” came out in August 2018 … it was supposed to be featured on Nicki’s album, “Queen.” Tracy says her song comprises half of the lyrics and vocal melody of “Sorry.”

According to the suit, Funkmaster Flex played “Sorry” on Hot 97 and lots of Internet users picked up the song and sent it around. It was also played on “The Breakfast Club” with Charlamagne Tha God.

The day the track was played, Nicki tweeted, “Sis said no,” which, according to the lawsuit, refers to Chapman’s denial to her request to use “Baby Can I Hold You.” Nicki and crew pulled the song from “Queen” and tried to make it disappear, but Tracy says the damage was done.

Tracy is suing for an order prohibiting Nicki and her team from releasing the song again. She also wants damages in the form of loot.

Yikes! get into both the original and Nicki’s version below.

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