LOS ANGELES – Rapper Nicki Minaj is being sued for trying a Tracy Chapman song without permission.

Chapman filed a copyright infringement suit Monday in a federal court in Los Angeles. The Grammy-winning singer says Minaj's unreleased song "Sorry" incorporates the lyrics and vocal melody of her 1988 single "Baby Can I Hold You."

The lawsuit states that the "Fast Car" singer rejected multiple requests to test her song for Minaj's fourth album, "Queen."

The representatives of Minaj did not respond to emails seeking comment.

"Sorry" was not included in Minaj's album, but Chapman alleges that the rapper gave it to a popular New York disc jockey who played the song on the radio and posted it on his social media accounts in August.

Chapman is suing for unspecified damages and wants to prevent Minaj from releasing "Sorry" commercially.

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