Nicki Minaj to pay $450,000 to Tracy Chapman as she avoids court trial in song copyright battle

NICKI Minaj will pay $450,000 to Tracy Chapman in a bid to avoid a court trial in a song copyright battle.

The Super Bass rapper, 38, had been set for trial after the legendary singer, 56, sued her for using a sample of her 1988 song Baby Can I Hold You.

The legal issues began with her track Sorry, which was a collaboration with Nas that was never officially released – but was played on New York radio station Hot 97.

Documents have now revealed that late last month, an out of court settlement was made instead.

Nicki had reportedly approached Tracy to use a sample of her music on the album Queen, but her request was rejected.

“I’m torn, y’all help,” Nicki tweeted in 2018. “Tracy Chapman, can you please hit me. omg for the love of #Queen.”

In a since-deleted tweet, she also claimed to have “no clue” that the song sampled Tracy.

Nicki had also openly considered delaying the album to wait for a response.

However, Tracy said in a statement: "I am glad to have this matter resolved and grateful for this legal outcome which affirms that artists’ rights are protected by law and should be respected by other artists.

“I was asked in this situation numerous times for permission to use my song; in each instance, politely and in a timely manner, I unequivocally said no.

"Apparently Ms Minaj chose not to hear and used my composition despite my clear and express intentions.”

It's reported that Tracy is on a “do not sample” list of artists who don't give the rights to use their work.

Nicki is yet to release a statement on the matter.

Meanwhile, in more happier news for Nicki, she is settling into life with her new baby.

Last week she shared the first photos of her son as the 3-month-old rocked a $600 Fendi onesie, a Rolex, and a chain with the nickname "Papa Bear."

The rapper kept most of her pregnancy a secret and gave birth on September 30.

Nicki took to Instagram to show off the luxury life her son as she shared multiple pictures of him rocking different outfits from brands like Fendi, Gucci, and Versace.

Along with the adorable snaps, she revealed her nickname for him, saying: "#PapaBear thank you so very much for choosing me to be your mama.

"Wishing you guys a happy & prosperous New Year. Thank you for your love & support throughout this journey. It’s meant so much to me.

"Becoming a mom is by far the most fulfilling job I’ve ever taken on. Sending love to all the superhero mothers out there.

"Big hugs to all the women who have been pregnant during this challenging time."

Back in October, The Sun confirmed that Nicki had given birth to her first child with husband Kenneth.

The Bang Bang, who got married last year, announced she was pregnant in July with a glam shot of herself cradling her bump on social media.

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