Tracy Chapman has slapped Nicki Minaj with a copyright infringement lawsuit for illegally sampling her music.
According to The Blast, “Sorry” featuring Nas didn’t make the Barb’s Queen album because she was unable to get clearance on a sample of Chapman’s “Baby Can I Hold You.”
Tracy actually denied Nicki’s clearance request in June through her manager.
Someone from Nicki’s team allegedly reached out to Tracy in an attempt to change her mind and said Nicki Minaj wanted to talk it over with her.
Days later Nicki tweeted she didn’t know “Sorry” sampled Tracy Chapman’s song.
On August 11, Tracy Chapman claims Nicki leaked the song to Funkmaster Flex, who then teased it on his Instagram page before playing it on Hot 97 later that night.
Tracy is not only suing for copyright infringement – she also wants an injunction barring Nicki Minaj from using the song again. She’s also seeking unspecified damages.