According to reports, Nicki Minaj has just encountered a new batch of problems, except for this time, related to her songs, rather than her feuds with other artists, notably, Cardi B. Following Nicki’s altercation with the breakout rapper at New York Fashion Week, Nicki is being sued by Tracy Chapman for the song, “Sorry.”
The singer-songwriter, Chapman, said on Monday that the rapper’s song, “Sorry,” infringes on her own piece, “Baby, Can I Hold You.” The suit, filed in a federal court in California, declares that the lyrics and vocal melodies are too similar.
According to Chapman’s attorney, her song uses parts of Chapman’s in what was a direct infringement of copyrighted material. The suit alleges that half of the vocal melodies are lifted from “Baby, Can I Hold You.”
Thus far, it isn’t clear how much Chapman and her team are requesting in damages, but Chapman’s representation claims Minaj’s reps tried to license the song, which the singer-songwriter rejected.
Additionally, the suit claims that “Sorry,” featuring Nas, was supposed to be on her latest record, Queen, but was left off of it at the last minute for unspecified reasons.
In July 2018, Minaj tweeted about the issue, asking her fans, “do I keep my date and lose the record? or do I lose the record and keep my date?” in relation to the sampled song.
Furthermore, Chapman’s team claims Minaj robbed Tracy of the right of deliberating for what purpose her music was used. As it was noted above, this isn’t the only problem Nicki has ran into lately.
Previously, Cardi B threw a shoe at Minaj while at New York Fashion Week because Nicki supposedly poked fun at her mothering skills, as well as her daughter.
Later, on her Queen podcast, Nicki said the incident was incredibly mortifying and made both of them look terrible. She also denied speaking badly about Cardi B and her daughter, Kulture Kiari, whom she shares with the Migos member, Offset.
Nicki isn’t the only artist to face off against plagiarism claims. Ed Sheeran is currently involved in a legal battle with the estate of Marvin Gaye, for his massive hit, “Shape Of You.”