Prior to “Sorry’s” debut, there was a suspicion that Nicki’s record with Nas was the same song she hinted at back in July. You know, the record that was said to feature one “of the greatest rappers of all time”? Well, Nicki told her fans she would delay Queen’s release because the mysterious track featured an unauthorized Tracy Chapman sample.
“So there’s a record on #Queen that features 1 of the greatest rappers of all time,” she tweeted. “Had no clue it sampled the legend #TracyChapman – do I keep my date & lose the record? Or do I lose the record & keep my date? Do we push #Queen back 1week? Ugh! I’m torn.”
It turns out that the song is a flip of Shelly Thunder‘s “Sorry” track, which is a reggae cover of Chapman’s 1998 record “Baby Can I Hold You.”
Is all that you can say
Years gone by and still
Words don’t come easily
Like forgive me (forgive me)
And you can say, baby (baby)
My baby, can I hold you tonight?
And maybe if I told you the right words
Ooh, at the right time
You be Nas