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Nicki Minaj fires back at Tracy Chapman over the “Baby Can I Hold You” sample on “Sorry.”
Nicki Minaj and Tracy Chapman have been duking it out in court over accusations that the Queen rapper used the singer’s song without proper authorization. However, Nicki Minaj is disputing that she owes Chapman anything, claiming the use of the singer’s track, “Baby Can I Hold You” was fair game.
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According to The Blast, Nicki Minaj fired back at Tracy Chapman’s lawsuit claiming that she doesn’t owe the singer a dime for the use of “Baby Can I Hold You.” Chapman’s song was used for the leaked song, “Sorry” featuring Nas. Nicki Minaj denied any wrongdoing. However, she did admit that she tried to get Chapman’s permission on several occasions to use her music. Those requests made by Nicki Minaj were ultimately denied. She said she created the song before she asked for permission.
Nicki also added that she tried to add the song, “Sorry” ft. Nas was initially for her album Queen but was left off because of sample clearance issues. However, the song was later leaked by Funkmaster Flex who shared it on social media. Nicki argued that the use of Chapman’s song is fair use and further claimed that Chapman doesn’t even own the copyright to the song.
Nicki Minaj was sued by Chapman for unspecified damages and an injunction from Nicki using her music in the future.