I’m torn, y’all help. In the weeks before the album’s scheduled Aug. “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? 10 release, Minaj tweeted that legal complications over a sample by folk-rock singer Tracy Chapman was holding up the album’s release. Ugh! omg for the love of #Queen.” Tracy Chapman, can you please hit me. “So there’s a record on #Queen that features 1of the greatest rappers of all time,” she wrote in a series of tweets that have since been deleted. Do we push #Queen back 1week?
— Funk Flex !!!!! (@funkflex) August 12, 2018
Apparently she got her answer, because later, in another since-deleted tweet, Minaj wrote, “Sis said no,” with a shrug emoji.
It incorporates Shelly Thunder’s song “Sorry,” which itself interpolates Chapman’s “Baby Can I Hold You” — and features Nas. And less than two days later, via Funkmaster Flex, here is “Sorry,” a Caribbean-flavored, melodic track that would have been one of “Queen's" strongest tracks — although at 19 tracks, that album is arguably long enough (and then some) as it is. Check it out below, and read Variety’s review of “Queen” right here.
17th, but instead surprise-dropped the album on the 10th after all — which seems to have ended up amplifying the buzz around it even more. While Minaj did indeed say that the album’s release would be pushed back a week to Aug.
Late Saturday night, Nicki Minaj and Nas dropped “Sorry,” a song that was cut at the last minute from Minaj’s fourth album, which was surprise-released amid considerable drama on Friday — and “Sorry” was a piece of that puzzle.