One of the various causes Nicki Minaj blamed for the delay of Queen was her failure to search out Tracy Chapman to clear a pattern of one in every of her songs for a observe on the brand new album. Ultimately, that tune, “Sorry,” that includes Nas, leaked on-line the day after the album’s August launch, premiered on Funkmaster Flex’s radio present, and was then placed on YouTube. (“Sis stated no,” Minaj tweeted and deleted in regards to the pattern after the tune’s launch.) TMZ now stories that Chapman is suing for copyright infringement as a result of Nicki nonetheless by no means cleared the pattern, which is an interpolation of Shelly Thunder’s “Sorry” which itself samples Chapman’s 1988 tune “Baby Can I Hold You.” (Chapman argues that “Sorry” makes use of “half of the lyrics and vocal melody” of “Baby.”)
According to Chapman, Minaj’s workforce did efficiently get in contact together with her in June to make “a number of requests” to make use of the tune, all of which Chapman declined. Chapman alleges in her swimsuit that as a result of Flex was permitted by Minaj’s workforce to play the tune, it was then broadly unfold with out Chapman’s consent. She’s now reportedly suing for damages and desires to ban Minaj from additional releasing the tune.