Nicki Minaj has settled her copyright dispute with Tracy Chapman after Chapman filed a lawsuit in 2018 over Minaj sampling Chapman’s song “Baby Can I Hold You” in the rapper’s leaked track Sorry. Minaj has been ordered to pay the singer-songwriter $450,000.
“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 Nicki Minaj chose not to hear and used my composition despite my clear and express intentions,” Chapman said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.
Nicki Minaj to Pay Tracy Chapman $450K in Copyright Lawsuit