The famous singer Tracy Chapman is suing Nicki Minaj for copyright infringement over a leaked song titled “Sorry,” The Blast reported. Featuring Nas, the song was supposed to be part of Minaj’s new album, but she couldn’t clear the Chapman sample from her song “Baby Can I Hold You.”
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Chapman claims Minaj’s people reached out to her team in June to see if she would sign off on the song. Chapman declined a few weeks later through her manager.
Chapman also claims that shortly after turning Minaj down, someone from Minaj’s team reached out again saying the rapper “was inspired” by Chapman and would like the chance to talk it over with her. But a few days later, in a since-deleted tweet, Minaj allegedly wrote that she did not even know “Sorry” sampled the Chapman song. She ultimately didn’t include it on her album.
But on Aug. 11, Chapman claims, Minaj leaked the song to Funkmaster Flex, who teased the song on his Instagram before playing it on HOT 97 that night, the documents allege, per The Blast. Chapman claims the song then played on another radio show before making its rounds on the internet.
Chapman is suing for copyright infringement and seeking an injunction barring Minaj from using the song again. She is also seeking unspecified damages.