^pictured above: Nicki Minaj and one of her fast cars.
UH OH! Gotta clear those samples Nicki! This is one of those behind the scenes things you don’t think about, but that can seriously hinder a project. A great example of this is Cartoons and Cereal by Kendrick Lamar, that song was supposed to be on GKMC but they couldn’t get the sample cleared, and now it’s just one of the most banging non-album singles of all time.
Also falling in this unfortunate category was Big Sean, Kendrick, and Jay Electronica’s ‘Control’ which is one of my favorite rap songs of all time. If you don’t remember this is the one where Kendrick calls out the whole rap scene and eviscerates them publicly, pretty awesome.
Anyways Nicki dropped this song with Nas after the release of her 2018 album ‘Queen’, and as per usual our expedient U.S. judicial system has brought down the hammer. Here is the song in question:
And here is the Tracy Chapman song: