Tracy Chapman blocked Nicki Minaj from using sample for 'Queen'

Lawrence Kim
August 14, 2018

I'm just ... it's a pretty comprehensive list! "He goin' come back to work with a magical glow", Minaj rapped in an impromptu freestyle.

The Lollipop hitmaker, who is name-checked on the track Barbie Dreams, says, "First of all, I just want to congratulate the lovely queen, Miss Nicki Minaj, for the handsome album, Queen, which is, to date, in my opinion, one of her best albums yet".

Stephen Colbert asked Nicki Minaj to freestyle a rap verse about him on Monday. Stephen ticked off everyone from Drake to Meek Mill and asked "Why am I not on the list of men", to which Nicki burst out laughing, putting her hand to her face.

"Oh, okay, shout out to her", Minaj replied, sounding genuinely disappointed. "But when us [bleep] please don't stare/Just address me as Queen Nicki Colbert". However, Thunder sampled Tracy Chapman's "Baby Can I Hold You" (1988) which Minaj was unaware of when she recorded the melody.

Getting things back on track, Colbert asked Minaj if any of the men she called out in "Barbie Dreams" have expressed their anger at being mentioned in the song, and she admitted that she has heard from a few of them.

'Drake, ' Colbert quipped, but Minaj said it was someone else. "Two people on that list approached me about it".

Minaj said one of them was a "little irritated" but she explained that she loves him and he now understands.

'I figure that would pacify him and it did, ' she said.

"Sorry" was the song with the Tracy Chapman sample that nearly made Nicki release the "Queen" album on August 17th and not this past Friday, August 10th.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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