Tracy Chapman sues Nicki Minaj for copyright infringement

(L-R): Tracy Chapman and Nicki Minaj.
(L-R): Tracy Chapman and Nicki Minaj. Steve Jennings/WireImage/Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images

Tracy Chapman is suing Nicki Minaj for copyright infringement over Minaj’s unreleased song with Nas, titled Sorry, that interpolates Chapman’s Baby Can I Hold You.

In the lawsuit, obtained by Pitchfork, Chapman claims that Minaj’s song “incorporates the lyrics and vocal melody of [Baby Can I Hold You], its most recognizable and memorable parts.”
The lawsuit also claims that Minaj used “these parts of [Baby Can I Hold You] without first seeking the authorization to do so.”
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The suit states that Chapman’s song’s “lyrics and vocal melody comprise approximately half of [Sorry], and are easily recognizable and identifiable as Chapman’s.”

Chapman is suing Minaj for for damages and an order to prevent the rapper and her team from releasing Sorry.

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Minaj had previously said that one of the reasons for the delay of her Queen album was her failure of finding Chapman to clear the sample for the song.

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Sorry, featuring Nas, leaked online a day after Queen was released in August and Funkmaster Flex premiered the song on his radio show on Aug. 11. It’s now been deleted from YouTube.

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“Sis said no,” Minaj tweeted and deleted about the sample after the song’s release.

According to TMZ and Pitchfork, Minaj’s team “made multiple requests” in June to licence Baby Can I Hold You and were consistently denied.

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Minaj has not addressed the lawsuit as of this writing.