Tracy Chapman Hated And Refused To Clear Sample For Nicki Minaj/Nas Song

Too much legal red tape forced Nicki Minaj to move on.

(AllHipHop News) Singer/songwriter Tracy Chapman reportedly blocked Nicki Minaj from sampling her Baby Can I Hold You track on her new album.

The rapper initially stalled the release of Queen by a week, to August 17, so she could officially get Chapman's OK.

But it appears that didn't come, and she was forced to leave her love song, Sorry, with former lover Nas off the album, which dropped early on Friday, just hours after Nicki had signed off on the project.

Top New York DJ Funkmaster Flex got hold of a copy of the deleted album track and played it over the weekend, prompting Minaj to post the now-deleted tweet "Sis said no," suggesting Chapman didn't like the idea of her hit being used on a rap track.

Announcing her plans to delay the release of Queen by a week to seek out proper permission for the sample, Nicki even quizzed fans for their input, asking them if they thought she should stall the album.

Queen, which also features guest appearances by Eminem, Future, Ariana Grande, and the Weeknd, was previewed on Nicki's first Beats 1 radio show on Apple Music.