Nicki Minaj Faces Lawsuit From Tracy Chapman For Copyright Infringement

Contributed by Anaya Ray 

Rapper Nicki Minaj is in the spotlight yet again but this time for copyright infringement. Minaj is being sued by singer Tracy Chapman for allegedly sampling her song without permission.

According to USA Today, Chapman filed a lawsuit against the rapper on Monday in a Los Angeles federal court.

So what is the song that has Minaj facing a lawsuit? Well, Chapman stated the unreleased song “Sorry” has lyrics and vocal melodies from her 1988 song “Baby Can I Hold You.”

As reported by CNN, Minaj and her representatives reached out to Chapman back in June about possibly using the song and Chapman declined their request.

The suit stated that in July, Minaj tweeted about the song and how she had “no clue” it was sampled from one of Chapman’s songs. In a separate tweet she reached out to Chapman again asking for permission to sample the song. Both tweets have been deleted since then and Chapman continued to deny her request.

The song was not included on Minaj’s recent album “Queen” but, Chapman’s suit stated the Pink Friday rapper gave a copy of the song to New York radio station Hot 97. From this it is claimed that the DJ at Hot 97 promoted the song’s release on air and on his social media.

Along with being played on Hot 97 the unreleased song was played by Funkmaster Flex on his radio show and reproduced on multiple different websites, reported by BBC News.

Chapman, singer and songwriter, is a four time Grammy winner who is known for songs like “Fast Car” and “Give Me One Reason.” 

As for Minaj, even with the news spreading, she has yet to respond to the allegations or the lawsuit.

 

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