Nicki Minaj is being sued by singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman over claims she sampled her song without permission.
Chapman filed a copyright infringement lawsuit on Monday in a Los Angeles federal court. The Grammy-winning singer says Minaj’s unreleased track “Sorry” incorporates the lyrics and vocal melody from her 1988 single “Baby Can I Hold You.”
The lawsuit claims Nicki, real name Onika Tanya Maraj, tried several times to get permission to use the sample after she’d already recorded her song using it.
It says Tracy’s representatives “repeatedly” denied the request.
“Sorry” was not included on Minaj’s album, but Chapman alleges the rapper gave it to a popular New York disc jockey who played the song on the radio and posted it to his social media accounts in August.
Chapman is suing for unspecified damages and wants to prevent Minaj from releasing “Sorry” commercially.