Tracy Chapman filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Nicki Minaj for ‘stealing’ the singer’s 1988 hit ‘Baby Can I Hold You’
The four-time Grammy winner Tracy Chapman has sued Nicki Minaj for sampling a Tracy Chapman song without permission.
The rapper has been accused of incorporating the lyrics and vocal melody of Chapman’s 1988 single Baby Can I Hold You into Minaj’s unreleased track Sorry.
Chapman filed a copyright infringement lawsuit Monday in a Los Angeles federal court.
The lawsuit claims the singer repeatedly turned down a series of requests to allow Minaj to sample the song for her fourth album Queen.
Nicki made ‘multiple requests to license’ Chapman’s song in June and all were denied, according to the gossip site.
And despite stripping the song off her new album Queen, Sorry was still played on the radio according to the legal filing.
Minaj claimed she “had no clue” the song contained a sample and once she found out, sent out various tweets aimed at the singer.
Chapman alleges in the suit the rapper gave it to a DJ who played the song on a New York radio station and posted it to his social media accounts in August.
The four Grammys has demanded unspecified damages and is seeking to prevent Minaj from releasing the track commercially.