Nicki Minaj hunting for Tracy Chapman as album waits
NEW YORK, USA – Rapper Nicki Minaj said Wednesday, August 1, that she is pushing back her new album as she desperately seeks to reach Tracy Chapman to clear a sample.
In a tweet this week that she later deleted, Minaj wrote that a song on her upcoming album, "Queen," features one of "the greatest rappers of all time" but that she had "no clue it sampled the legend #TracyChapman."
Minaj also posted a text conversation conducted through a fan in which Chapman is offered $2 million to grant permission in time for an August 10 release.
Chapman, 54, has said that she has no desire to spend time on social media.
A number of fans voiced offense at Minaj's full-court push.
"I can't believe that this is the kind of disrespect that Tracy Chapman is getting for merely not replying!!" tweeted one user with the handle @nasque.
Minaj did not specify the rapper behind the supposedly obscure Chapman sample but her praiseworthy tone led fans to think she was referring to Eminem. The two rappers have suggested in flirtatious public remarks that they may be romantically involved.
Chris Brown, the singer and rapper controversial over his history of domestic violence, sampled "Fast Car" in his song "Run Away."
Minaj, one of the top women in hip-hop, has already released 3 songs from "Queen" including "Bed," a tropically infused, sexually charged duet with pop singer Ariana Grande, and "Chun-Li," a nod to Asian martial arts and video-game culture. – Rappler.com