Here's the Nicki Minaj Song With the Contested Tracy Chapman Sample

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Nicki Minaj and Nas teamed up for “Sorry,” a track which pushed back her release date for Queen and didn’t make the album because, according to Minaj’s since-deleted tweets, Tracy Chapman had not approved a sample. “Sis said no 🤷🏽‍♀️,” she wrote, presumably about Chapman, in a tweet noticed by Pitchfork. She’d also tweeted, and then deleted, back in July:

So there’s a record on #Queen that features 1of the greatest rappers of all time. Had no clue it sampled the legend #TracyChapman - do I keep my date & lose the record? Or do I lose the record & keep my date? 🤦🏽‍♀️ do we push #Queen back 1week? Ugh! I’m torn, y’all help.

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Rolling Stone reports that her fanbase pushed her to release it anyway, so here it is. The song doesn’t include Chapman’s voice, but Nicki singing a bit from “Baby Can I Hold You.” It’s softer than usual and far outshines the tedious and ill-advised collaborations with some soul, as she and Nas seem to sing a bittersweet goodbye to their relationship. Minaj sings Chapman’s lyrics “My baby can I hold you tonight?/And maybe if I told you the right words/ Ooh, at the right time.” Nas follows with “Flexing with your ex, I couldn’t disrespect ya” and “Untouchable boy with the illustrious girl/But maybe being together’s too much for the world, sorry.”

She didn’t recognize the Chapman part, though? Really?

Staff reporter, Gizmodo. wkimball @ gizmodo

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The High Woman In The Castle

My original comments still stand: there’s no excuse for being out of touch in your own craft AND while Minaj might have been clueless, her person who “sampled” the lyrics was not.

And this is not sampling? I thought sampling was using part of an original recording in another song. This is straight up plagiarism if she’s singing Chapman lyrics verbatim.