Tracy Chapman Sues Nicki Minaj Over "Baby Can I Hold You" Sample

Tracy Chapman Sues Nicki Minaj Over

In July 2018, Minaj tweeted about the issue, asking her fans, "do I keep my date and lose the record? or do I lose the record and keep my date?" in relation to the sampled song. Chapman's lawyer told Billboard that Minaj used the lyrics and melody of Chapman's 1988 song "Baby Can I Hold You" on her unreleased "Queen" track "Sorry".

In July, Minaj's manager emailed Chapman's representatives, saying that Minaj was "inspired" by Chapman's art and wanted to talk about using her work.

But Chapman alleges in the suit the rapper gave it to a disc jockey who played the song on a NY radio station and posted it to his social media accounts in August.

The lawsuit also states that Funkmaster Flex and The Breakfast Club have both played the track on their respective radio stations without Chapman's permission.

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Hear the original song from Tracy Chapman below.

Furthermore, Chapman's team claims Minaj robbed Tracy of the right of deliberating for what objective her music was used. A few days later, Minaj tweeted that she "had no clue" that the song "sampled the legend #TracyChapman", according to the suit.

"['Sis said no"] refers to Chapman's denial to her request to use "Baby Can I Hold You, '" writes TMZ.

Despite her best efforts, Nicki Minaj was unable to clear a collaboration with Nas called "Sorry" in time for the release of her latest effort, Queen. She is also seeking unspecified damages.

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