Wednesday, April 24, 2024

LOL Nicki Minaj Is “Sorry” She Stole Tracy Chapman’s Hit “Baby Can I Hold You,” Now She Has to Pony Up $450,000


Pretty much all of hip hop is based on sampling or stealing. Now Nicki Minaj has learned a lesson the hard way.

Minaj, who couldn’t write a lullaby, stole Tracy Chapman’s great song, “Baby Can I Hold You Tonight.” Minaj re appropriated it for something she called “Sorry.” Now she’s REALLY sorry.

Nicki has to pony up $450,000 to Chapman in a settlement. It’s too funny. Chapman is on an infamous no-sample list, but Minaj’s people tried to clear the sample anyway. When they were rejected they left the song off of Minaj’s “Queen” album. But “Sorry” was recorded, and it made it out onto lots of platforms including YouTube.

Chapman says in a statement: “I am glad to have this matter resolved and grateful for this legal outcome which affirms that artists’ rights are protected by law and should be respected by other artists. I was asked in this situation numerous times for permission to use my song; in each instance, politely and in a timely manner, I unequivocally said no. Apparently Ms. Minaj chose not to hear and used my composition despite my clear and express intentions.”

Chapman adds:  “This lawsuit was a last report — pursued in an effort to defend myself and my work and to seek protection for the creative enterprise and expression of songwriters and independent publishers like myself.”


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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