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Nicki Minaj & Tracy Chapman Set to Battle In Court In May 2020

Nicki Minaj and Tracy Chapman are set to…

Nicki Minaj and Tracy Chapman are set to appear in court next year due to legal issues between the two stars regarding Chapman’s song “Baby Can I Hold You.” The two are at odds after Nicki attempted to get permission to sample the track and include it on her “Queen” album. Chapman denied the request just weeks prior to the release of “Queen.” 

Nicki Minaj & Tracy Chapman Set to Battle In Court In May 2020
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The record, which was called “I’m Sorry” and featured Nas, was later leaked to DJ Funkmaster Flex, who premiered the unreleased track on Twitter. Tracy went on to file a lawsuit against Nicki in October as she believes the rapper should be held responsible for the leak. In Nicki’s defense, her lawyers claim the sample aligns with the fair use category of copyright law. 

Nicki Minaj & Tracy Chapman Set to Battle In Court In May 2020
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As the pair were unable to settle, Tracy told the judge she needed more time to make her case as Nicki was stalling according to All Hip Hop. Nicki’s split with former manager Gee Roberson back in April is one of the reasons Nicki’s legal team cited as a reason for the delay. Tracy’s legal team thinks otherwise as her lawyers believe Nicki is holding text messages that were allegedly sent to Funkmaster Flex in addition to other important documents.

Nicki Minaj & Tracy Chapman Set to Battle In Court In May 2020
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Although Judge Virginia Phillips denied Tracy’s motion to delay the case to June 2020, the pre-trial conference is set for May 18, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. The trial is set to commence on May 26, 2020.

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