EXCLUSIVE: Nicki Minaj Gets Small Win In Tracy Chapman War As Court Preps For Funkmaster Flex Deposition
(AllHipHop News) Today is a big day for rapper Nicki Minaj.
Veteran DJ Funkmaster Flex is supposed to be deposed in Nicki's ongoing war with pop singer Tracy Chapman.
Funkmaster Flex, real name Aston George Taylor Jr., is caught up in Nicki's nasty legal battle with pop star Chapman, over the rap star's unreleased song "Sorry" featuring Nas.
The legal action started after Nicki tried to clear a sample of one of Chapman's songs, called "Baby Can I Hold You."
Tracy Chapman says Funkmaster Flex blatantly admitted Nicki was the culprit in a tweet just before he debuted the unreleased song on his social media accounts and his legendary radio show on Hot 97.
During her deposition, Nicki testified she was waiting for Funkmaster Flex to sign a document her lawyer drafted, which would exonerate her of Chapman's allegations that she was the source of the leak.
"Plaintiff’s Motion is DENIED with prejudice to the extent that it seeks production of the declaration(s) that Defendant presented to Taylor for his review and signature for use in this litigation," Judge Suzanne Segal ruled.
Judge Segal dismissed Tracy Chapman's request to get the documents, mainly because Funkmaster Flex is scheduled to be deposed today (November 22).
"The factual information contained in the draft declarations may be more directly, and less intrusively, obtained from Taylor in his November 22 deposition," Judge Segal said.
Judge Segal has given Nicki 14 days to produce what is known as a "privilege log" which is a list of documents the rapper believes should remain private.
What Funkmaster Flex says or doesn't say today (November 22) can make-or-break Nicki's lawsuit.
According to Nicki's statements in her deposition, it appears as though Funkmaster Flex might be tight-lipped if he does indeed take the stand to be deposed.
"It is uncertain if Taylor will be able to clarify how he came to be in possession of the 'Infringing Work' because he reportedly stated during an internal investigation that he did not recall how he obtained the song," according to court documents.