Tracy Chapman is suing Nicki Minaj for copyright infringement. The lawsuit alleges that rapper Minaj tested Chapman's 1988 single, "Baby Can I Hold You" on Minaj's single, "Sorry," which was released in August.
Minaj (the real name, Onika Maraj) admitted that in a series of tweets eliminated since then, in which he claimed not to realize that Chapman's song was much taken in "Sorry" and asked Chapman to get in touch.
Chapman and his attorneys claim that they "repeatedly denied Maraj's post-Factual requests to use the Composition" and now demand that Minaj stop "copying or otherwise using or exploiting the offending work, including its Composition interpolation", according Rolling Stone
Minaj had originally planned to include "Sorry," which features rapper Nas, on his fourth studio album, Queen. Instead of keeping the release of the album, Minaj eliminated "Sorry" from the 19 track record before releasing the single separately a few days after the album came out.
According to the lawsuit, Minaj continued to send requests through his attorneys to Chapman. At one point, it seems that Minaj received an answer, although not what she expected. "Sis said no," he wrote in a tweet since then deleted, according to VarietY.
Then, on August 11, Minaj stepped forward and launched the track anyway.
Representatives of Minaj and her management did not respond to Rolling Stone& # 39; S requests for comments. In a statement, Chapman's former lawyer, Lee Phillips, said: "Tracy Chapman is very protective of his rights and has the right to deny a license when requested." There is no doubt that this is a violation. from Nicki Minaj, we have no idea. "