Tracy Chapman paid Shs 49 million settlement by Nicki Minaj for sampling her song

Tracy Chapman is proving that artists who have been largely affected by Covid-19 restrictions can still make money. The “Fast Car” singer can now purchase more fast cars (bad joke, I know) after mega-star Nicki Minaj settled with her.

According to Variety, a lawsuit that was filed by Chapman against Minaj, who recently gave birth to her first child, and originally scheduled to go to trial later this year, has seen a settlement in place by both parties.

Chapman has accepted a $450,000(Shs 49 million) ‘Rule 68 Offer of Judgment’ from the Queens-born rapper who sampled one of her most popular songs without Chapman’s permission.

Chapman stated, “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.”

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“As a songwriter and an independent publisher, I have been known to be protective of my work. I have never authorized the use of my songs for samples or requested a sample. This lawsuit was a last resort–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.”

Chapman filed the suit after Minaj used a sample of Chapman’s 1988 record, “Baby Can I Hold You” for her song “Sorry,” which featured legendary rapper Nas, back in 2018.

Chapman, who is notorious for not allowing artists to sample her work, had denied the request to approve the sample but the song, already recorded, was leaked by New York City’s Hot 97’s Funkmaster Flex before the album was released in August of that year.

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Listen to Tracy Chapmans song that Nicki Minaj has to pay Sh49million for


Ina twist of events, fans are flocking to Tracy Chapman’s youtube channel to listen to the song ”Baby Can I Hold You’ after learning that Nicki Minaj has to pay Sh49million for copyright infringement.

Apparently not many people have heard this song and they are now loving it.

Back in 2018, Tracy Chapman sued Nicki Minaj over the use of “Baby Can I Hold You” in the rapper’s leaked 2018 track “Sorry”.

The news became public after Funkmaster Flex leaked the track online, before removing it later from his website. The damage had already been done. Chapman sued for copyright infringement on the basis that “Sorry” had used her and directly lifted Chapman’s original lyrics.

In Tracy Chapman’s suit, Minaj’s team sent a formal request in July 2018 to use Chapman’s song, to rerecord the melody and lyrics of the song, rather than sample Chapman’s existing recording. Chapman’s publishing representatives turned down the request days later. According to the suit, Chapman believes that Minaj had already recorded “Sorry” before the clearance request was made.

The latest court documents shown online reveal that Tracy Chapman has accepted a $450,000 judgment from Nicki Minaj offered in December 2020.

Here is the song. You will love it, I promise.




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