Nicki Minaj has agreed to pay Tracy Chapman $450k over their copyright dispute that began back in 2018.
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Almost three years after the copyright lawsuit began between Nicki Minaj and Tracy Chapman...
via: Getty ImagesIt has finally been settled.
For those who've been living under a rock, let's take a little walk down memory lane.
via: Getty ImagesIn 2009, Nicki Minaj was discovered by rapper Lil Wayne, who helped start her career off with a bang.
Wayne signed her to his Young Money Entertainment and soon after, Minaj was featured on Yo Gotti's "5 Star B*tch."
via: Getty ImagesSoon after, she was featured on smash hits "BedRock" and "Roger That," which both charted on Billboard's Hot 100, cementing Minaj as a titan of the rap game.
And, in 2010, Minaj released her first album.
via: Getty ImagesIt was titled Pink Friday and it debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200 list. The album, while still very hip-hop focused, was more pop-forward than many of her fans expected - this crossover helped her gain fans from all over the musical spectrum and kept her songs on Top 40 radio.
Minaj was nominated for 3 Grammy Awards that December...
via: Getty ImagesAnd, despite not winning, she was nominated and won an MTV VMA award for Best Hip-Hop Video for her song, "Super Bass."
In 2012, arguably her biggest hit was released.
Based on that success, Minaj headlined her own tour through 2012...
via: Getty ImagesBut scandal never traveled far behind her. In October of that year, a video leaked that showed Minaj in a fight with songstress Mariah Carey during the American Idol auditions... Yikes.
Her next album, The Pinkprint, was released on December 15th, 2014.
via: Getty ImagesIt debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200 but the album was plagued by scandal, the biggest of which surrounded the music video for her song "Only." According to the Anti-Defamation League, the video contained all kinds of Nazi-related imagery that was insensitive to Holocaust survivors. That's a big no from us.
But as of recent, it is her personal life that has been stealing the spotlight.
But then, fans started speculating if the singer was pregnant...
Here's the tweet from a few months ago:
Yea in a couple months. The world ain’t ready yet 🥰☺️😘 https://t.co/E5bf12pAek— Mrs. Petty (@Mrs. Petty)1588889465.0
And trust me, we really weren't ready for our wigs to be snatched like that...
Congrats to Nikki Minaj she really looks cute with the baby bump— Tawanna 🌺 Sonny McNothin stan account (@Tawanna 🌺 Sonny McNothin stan account)1595257458.0
And if you weren't excited enough, here are the photos she posted along with the announcement:
And the second also played on her iconic look...
And here's the last one she posted to her Instagram:
We couldn't be happier for Nicki Minaj and her partner...
via: InstagramAnd the news soon followed the Nicki had given birth on September 30th, 2020.
Nicki has been pretty tight-lipped about motherhood ever since and has remained pretty quiet...
With the new big changes in her life, it seems Nicki is keen to settle things from her past.
via: Getty ImagesAs she has finally settled the copyright dispute with Tracy Chapman that has been ongoing since 2018.
The case was first filed by Chapman in October 2018 and stemmed from Minaj's usage of Chapman's "Baby Can I Hold You" to make her song "Sorry" feat. Nas.
via: Getty ImagesA usage that was refused by Chapman who is known for not allowing others to sample her music.
Although "Sorry" was dropped from Minaj's album, a copy of the unreleased track was played on air by DJ Flex, a New York radio personality.
via: Getty ImagesIt has since gone on to be widely available online.
When filing the case, Chapman accused Minaj of providing DJ Flex with the track.
via: Getty ImagesA claim that both Minaj and Flex have denied.
Minaj's legal team argued that an artist should be able to create work based on existing material without fearing legal action from the original artist when pursuing a license.
via: Getty ImagesBut despite the argument, Tracy Chapman has now won her case.
According to Federal Court documents that became available on Thursday, Chapman has accepted $450,000 from Minaj.
via: Getty ImagesThe Hollywood Reporter claims that Chapman will not be responsible for any costs associated with the suit.
This means the copyright dispute between the pair is settled...
via: Getty ImagesWith the pair no longer required to proceed to a trial. For more on Nicki Minaj, keep scrolling...