Nicki Minaj Sued By Tracy Chapman

Published: Tuesday 23rd Oct 2018 by Sam

Recent times have seen Nicki Minaj locked in a social media spats and shoe-throwing showdowns.

However, Onika’s latest tussle is of the legal variety and it comes courtesy of legendary singer Tracy Chapman. 

As reported in the run-up to the release of Minaj’s ‘Queen‘ album, the femcee had been open about her quest to have Chapman permit use of ‘Baby Can I Hold You’ as a sample on her Nas collaboration ‘Sorry.’

The back and forth is said to have factored into the delay of the LP, and when it didn’t yield an agreement the song was left off the tracklist but rolled out on radio anyway.

Well, Chapman is far from pleased and is taking her annoyance to court.

Details below…

According to TMZ, Chapman’s suit asserts that she was shocked when ‘Sorry’ – which comprises half of the lyrics and vocal melody of her song – surfaced publicly in August.

It received its much hyped debut on Funkmaster Flex’s Hot 97 show, was played on The Breakfast Club, and is still readily available to hear online.

Per the report, Nicki and her team “tried to make it disappear,” but for Chapman feels that the damage was done.

As well as suing for damages, Chapman is seekingly an order preventing Nicki from releasing the song again.

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  1. Qu3_pid October 23, 2018

    Can she do that even when the record is not up for profit?!? Like, Nicki is not making any money off of it. So what can she sue for again? It’s almost like a mixtape song. People sample songs or the exact same record and rap/sing over it for no profit and they can’t get sued so why would this hold up in court?

    • Meme October 23, 2018

      Thank you

      • Haterz Gon’ Hate October 23, 2018

        Because the Publishing rights and licensing belongs to TChapman and for that reason you need PERMISION to distribute, broadcast and play the song. How are you gonna take someone’s work and just use it without their permission? It’s the whole reason why Record Companies and Publishing Houses are so rich. This ain’t a game – it’s BUSINESS. ????

    • Queen Missy ?? October 23, 2018

      She can show negotiations of intending to put that song on her album hence attempting to profit from it. Once the song was released without permission all bets are off.

  2. blaaah October 23, 2018

    Yesss may the spirit of Marvin Gaye estate vs Robin Thicke rinse Onika in the name of JUSTICE!! ??? We rooting for you a Queen Tracy!

    • Meme October 23, 2018

      The difference is Robin thick made millions and got the biggest record of his career with Blurred lines. Completely different scenario here.

      • Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine??‍♀️??‍♀️B October 23, 2018

        Just because nickis song is weak and nobody gives AF about it doesn’t negate he fact it was used without consent. You can plagiarize a paper and Get an F.. or even an A+ , the point is you stole it

  3. FAF October 23, 2018

    The song was trash anyway she could’ve sampled Lauryn

    That has nothing to do w the concept of queen the whole album shitted on exes and weak h*** and then that one song was about love ?

    • Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine??‍♀️??‍♀️B October 23, 2018

      Queen came and gone. Literally nobody is talking about that weak regurgitated mess except the couple hardcore fans she has left. No classics

    • BuzzOff October 23, 2018

      Same thing I said — So much things In the Industry has been going that Nicki Could’ve write About for this Album — For example: TITTLE QUEEN:
      It should’ve been about all the Woman that has been going through hard life struggles / Singlr mothers working hard to support their kids.. and women being abused by us men and Who has been disrespected and Necglected .. THAT ALBUM SPOKE NOTHING ABOUT THE MATTER!!
      she could’ve even write about infidelity ..
      Make her own little LEMONADE Album..
      but Idk ?? Whoever was in the Studio with her while she was Recording was Lyin to her all the way till the Album Release Date.. COMPLETE MESS!!

  4. DanYiel Iman October 23, 2018

    She’s the QUEEN of fraudulentcy but her fans will make a way out of NO WAY!!

  5. Fancy BISH October 23, 2018

    If ANY of the Barfs come for Slaycy Chapman, I’mma check em real quick ✅ This woman’s storytelling and nuances will put goosebumps on your asss! Nicki couldn’t put a goosebump on me standing in the freezing cold, so let’s not

  6. King of King’s October 23, 2018

    She never released the song on any digital platforms or made any money off of it so I’m not sure she has a case for damages cuz pleantly of ppl release cover songs on YouTube and soundcloud. May be able to get a judgement to block it from her being able to release is to profit off of tho.

    • Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine??‍♀️??‍♀️B October 23, 2018

      Tracy is from the hood, nick better watch out cause she might get ran up on again. IJS sis??‍♀️??‍♀️??‍♀️??‍♀️

    • Queen Missy ?? October 23, 2018

      Oh but she made attempts to King of messy bottoms, she just made a lawsuit of her lumpy silicone asss that she has to pay for.

    • XYZ October 23, 2018

      Don’t think that Tracy does this for the money. She doesn’t seem like that kind of woman. Personally, I think she just dislikes Nicki and simply does not want Nicki to use any of her own work. That’s why Nicki did not get the permission in the first place. Tracy simply doesn’t want that her work is used by Nicki.

  7. Meme October 23, 2018

    Not sure how she’s suing when the song wasn’t included on the album or no where for sale. It’s a horrible remake/sample that Nicki made no money off of. So where’s sis merit?

  8. Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine??‍♀️??‍♀️B October 23, 2018

    Tracy, honey don’t even sue ol’ girl. Just run up on her and #POP the shît out of her pûnk puśśy ásś!!! Lol jk, sis.. sue that bítch for all she got, I mean she stole lil Kim’s entire everything so it’s only fitting she gets held accountable for her NON ORIGINALITY at some point. She is the epitome of the movie “single white female”.

    • King of King’s October 23, 2018

      Somebody need to run up & pop yo hating trolling punk ass h**, ain’t nobody stole Kim’s entire nothing, he’ll Kim don’t even wanna be Kim, thus the many botched surgeries. She epitome of Queen of Rap

      • Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine??‍♀️??‍♀️B October 23, 2018

        Girl, even you don’t believe that mess.. there are literally 5-9 hour videos of all the s*** ol girl stole exactly from Kim. It’s actually really quite scary yet sad because it shows you just how insecure she truly is. Which is why she’s melting down all the time and pretending to be some hard core bïtçh that she’s not. Plus all the plastic surgery and wigs and weave. Girl Kim may not wanna be old school Kim. But nicki wants to be old school Kim and has every single surgery Kim has so just as much as Kim don’t “wanna be Kim” nicki don’t wanna be nicki.. she wanrs to be Kim from 1996-2003z and it’s documented. She’s gross and mentally ill. Body dismorphia and self hate is real

    • Queen Missy ?? October 23, 2018

      I’m standing right here(behind security) ???

      • Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine??‍♀️??‍♀️B October 23, 2018

        @Queen Missy: COMFORTABLY, Ok ??

      • Queen Missy ?? October 23, 2018

        With her ole weeble wobble plastic ass. I can’t believe I used to root for somebody that turned out to be such sour apple bitter bish.

  9. The Wig Snatcher October 23, 2018

    Hahahahaaaaaaaaaaaa…Cardi would never disrespect legends like that. Cardi STAYS winning!!!

    • King of King’s October 23, 2018

      B**** please Cardi disrespected Coretta Scott King with explicit corny ass jokes FOH

      • Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine??‍♀️??‍♀️B October 23, 2018

        And called her daughter directly once she realized she was wrong. And her daughter co-signed. Just go stand behind you’re security girl and leave the big ppl stuff to the grown ups

  10. Sweetnothings78 October 23, 2018

    Lol. I bet Minaj thought Chapman would of been honoured by her gesture therefore went ahead and let that song out as her as much inflated ego. Then chapman burst her bubble by the refuse.

    Good and I hope Minaj learns a lesson that your ego does not mean you rule the artistic world of music…

    oh and landing a no 2 album doesn’t mean your a failure so behaving like a unprofessional child has also once again proven her ego has overtaken her craft. Azealia Banks behaviour on the horizon…

  11. Youhoeskudneva October 23, 2018

    LOL!! This is Karma for her pushing those lawsuits on Cardi from the woman on IG & the women in the club! See when you do clownery…….!!!!

    • KillMonger Was Right (Tyler) October 23, 2018

      The clown comes back to bite *inserts monique voice*

  12. truthteller October 23, 2018

    Those like Meme who say “Oh Nicki didn’t make any money” are missing the point. She used the lyrics and melody composed by another artist without their permission. But what do you expect from someone whose biggest hits had very little creative input from her. I think Tracey deserves credit for defending her art. She certainly doesn’t need the money

    • Meme October 23, 2018

      Y’all don’t know how anything works. EVERYONE in the music biz records using the sample and then seek clearance from the owner. Why would anyone pay for clearance prior to recording the song and they don’t even know if the song will make the album.

      Nicki wanted the song for the album but didn’t get clearance hence the reason why it was left off the album and never distributed anywhere. The only reason we heard the song was because it leaked.

      • truthteller October 23, 2018

        You’ve missed the point I was trying to make, but based on the grammar in your post perhaps it is an English comprehension issue

    • Meme October 23, 2018

      This is a blog. Not a English essay paper. You’re just mad because I made you look stupid. Carry on.

      • truthteller October 23, 2018

        How did you make me look stupid when you didn’t understand what I wrote? By the way, it is “an” English essay paper. Maybe it is time to visit your local library. It’s never too late to learn the basics

    • Beam Me Up Scotty October 23, 2018

      Grammar nazis annoy me. Why don’t you end your sentences with periods then Mr. KnowTheBasicsofEnglish?

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  14. Aaron October 23, 2018

    Chapped lipped Tracy need to fall back she’s not going to get a dime the song was cut from the album after she couldn’t get proper rights of usage nicki didn’t gain any profitable residuals it’s not her fault that it still leaked through the archives I’m sure she obtained any legal Entities on her end that would keep safe from being sued in any way shape form or fashion she is a very smart girl who knows how to Handel And deal with her craft chapped lipped should have just rode the wave and been been graceful that someone even remembered her in this day of age !!!! P.s love you nicki

    • Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine??‍♀️??‍♀️B October 23, 2018

      Chap lipped Tracey has four Grammys thoooooooo ??‍♀️??‍♀️?

  15. Queen Missy ?? October 23, 2018

    Bawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. ? Bawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww ole thieving asssss Ookie

  16. Queen rih October 23, 2018

    That bald headed d*** Tracy need to sit down

  17. Beam Me Up Scotty October 23, 2018

    It’s not Nicki’s fault the song leaked or radio played it. She also didn’t get any money from the song, so I don’t know what she could sue for. She needs to get off her high horse.

    • Queen Missy ?? October 23, 2018

      What part of she was denied the used of the song and leaked it anyway don’t you understand??? YM/Cash Money/Republic/Universal about to pay damages for weeble wobble mullet head allowing that song to leak. It’s called due diligence.

  18. Justafan October 23, 2018

    Karma is served! Get yo check Tracy

  19. Caleb October 23, 2018

    So she lied in the last week of July when she claimed she just learned the previous week about the Tracy sample, as Tracy repeatedly denied her permission to use the song in June.

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