Three months after Nicki Minaj‘s Queen album was delayed due to a sample clearance issue, the issue has now landed her in court.
Tracy Chapman has reportedly sued Minaj over the rapper’s track, “Sorry,” featuring Nas. Minaj’s team originally made multiple requests to license Chapman’s 1988 song “Baby Can I Hold You” in June, all of which were denied. Regardless, the song was created and stored away.
Though the sampled-song never made it to the official album, released by Young Money/Cash Money Records, Funkmaster Flex premiered the track on Hot 97 in August and Charlamagne the God later played it on The Breakfast Club despite never being cleared by Chapman.
Listen to the original and Minaj’s version using the sample below.