On Saturday (August 11), Funkmaster Flex debuted the track, which is patterned after Shelly Thunder’s reggae song “Sorry,” itself an interpolation of Tracy Chapman’s “Baby Can I Hold You.”
Earlier this month, Minaj and her team debated whether to further delay the release of Queen while trying to clear Chapman’s “Baby Can I Hold You,” with Minaj seeking out the singer-songwriter over social media.
Minaj then polled her fans whether to keep the song and postpone the album or release Queen without “Sorry.”
The Hip Hop rapper opted to clear the track and push the album to August 17th but ended up releasing her LP as originally planned on August 10th sans “Sorry.”
As Minaj hinted about the clearance issue in a since-deleted tweet, “Sis said no.” The rapper’s fanbase convinced her to unveil the track anyway.
Stream a preview of “Sorry” by Nicki Minaj and Nas.
“Sorry” is a love song of sorts between Nicki Minaj and Nas, who dated for eight months before breaking up in January 2018.
“Ain’t losing watches but with me, he always find time / We keep it classy when we eating, it’s that fine dine / But between love and hate, baby, it’s a fine line,” Minaj says on the track.
Queen, Minaj’s long-awaited fourth album, features guest appearances by Eminem, Future, Ariana Grande, the Weeknd and a spotlight-stealing Swae Lee.
The album also contains “Barbie Dreams,” where Minaj roasts numerous A-list rappers.