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Tracy Chapman sues Nicki Minaj for copyright infringement

The rapper reportedly used an unauthorized sample on the unreleased track.

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Nicki Minaj has found herself on the receiving end of a new lawsuit.

According to a report from USA Today, Tracy Chapman filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the Queen rapper on Monday (Oct. 22), claiming Minaj used lyrics and the vocal melody from the 1988 single "Baby Can I Hold You" without permission.

The track in question, titled "Sorry," remains unreleased at the time of the filing. However, Chapman alleges that Minaj gave it to Funkmaster Flex who freely played the song on Hot 97, as well as posted it on his social media accounts in August. Queen dropped on August 10, with the song in question being left off.

The suit also references a now-deleted tweet from Minaj where she, prior to her album's release, acknowledged struggling over keeping the song or not, hinting at clearance issues. She also explained that she had no idea the song sampled the iconic singer in the first place.

As reported, Chapman is suing for unspecified damages and wants to prevent Minaj from releasing the song commercially.

At the time of this report, a representative for Minaj has not yet issued a statement reacting to the lawsuit.

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