Nicki Minaj's wallet is a whole lot lighter after settling a copyright infringement lawsuit brought on by Tracy Chapman.
According to Page Six, the rapper agreed to pay Tracy $450,000, as well as her legal fees, after the nostalgia-inducing singer sued Nicki over a leaked track that sampled 1998's "Baby Can I Hold You."
The formal agreement was entered into federal court on Jan. 7, records show. About a week prior, Tracy had acknowledged that an agreement had been made in the matter.
Tracy, a four-time Grammy winner, first filed a lawsuit against the "Super Bass" rapper in the fall of 2018, alleging that Nicki used her track without permission. Nicki's song was never released, but she did supposedly leak it to Funkmaster Flex, which soon led to widespread circulation.
Tracy noted that Nicki did approach her about sampling the song, but Tracy denied the request. Nicki, Tracy said, went ahead with the sampling anyway.
Tracy's song has been covered, with permission, several times over the years.