Tracy Chapman sues Nicki Minaj for copyright infringement. The lawsuit alleges that the rapper Minaj Chapman's single "Baby Can I Hold You" was released on the Minaj single "Sorry" that was released in August,
Minaj (real name Onika Maraj) in a series since deleted Tweets, in which she claimed not to realize Chapman's song, was sampled so often in "Sorry" and Chapman was asked to make contact.
Chapman and her lawyers claim that they have "repeatedly denied Maraj's after-the-fact request for use of the composition" and now demand that Minaj stop "copying or otherwise exploiting or exploiting the violating work, including its interpolation of composition" After Rolling Stone
Minaj had originally planned to include "Sorry" with rapper Nas on her fourth studio album Queen. Instead of delaying the release, Minaj cut off "Sorry" from the 1
According to the lawsuit, Minaj continues to send inquiries through her lawyers to Chapman. At one point Minaj seems to get an answer, even though she was not hoping for it. "Sis said no," she wrote in a now-deleted tweet, after Variet y .
Then, on August 11th, Minaj went ahead and released the track anyway.
Representatives for Minaj and her management did not respond to the request of Rolling Stone . In a statement, Chapman's longtime lawyer, Lee Phillips, said: "Tracy Chapman protects her rights very much and she has the right to refuse a license when she is asked to, so there is no question that this is a violation, if you ask what the defense of Nicki Minaj will be, we have no idea. "