Nicki Minaj Pushes Back Album Release Due To Sample Clearance

One of the best parts of hip-hop is the sampling, and how it's used in a beat. Unfortunately, artists needs to be careful about what they use, as an uncleared sample can mean trouble. That's what's happening with Nicki Minaj's new record. Nicki Minaj has pushed back her album release due to sample clearance issues.

Minaj has had a bumpy road with this release. Queen was originally slated for a June release before getting pushed back to August 10. She wrote on Twitter on July 31, explaining the situation: "So there's a record on Queen that features 1 of the greatest of all-time. Had no clue it samples the legendary Tracy Chapman - do I keep my date and lose the record? Or do I lose the record and keep my date? Do we push #Queen back 1 week? Ugh, I'm torn y'all help."

The decision has been made, and the album will now be out on August 17 instead. In an update, she took the time to promote her Apple Music essentials playlist, which features some recent collaborations, like 'FEFE' with 6ix9ine

My darlings!!! I have a huge surprise that I can’t share until the day before #Queen drops. So in the meantime, check out this playlist I made for you guys. I did #FEFE with my new BFF from BROOKLYN. He’s a little funny looking but he’s really sweet under all those tats. New York til da DEF!!!! Ha! Last time I teamed up with YG was for his remix to “My Hitta.” We recently performed #BigBank at the BET Awards and had a blast wit my dudes Big Sean and 2 Chainz. I have classic bops with all 3 of them so I’m including them on this list. I’m super excited about my recent collaboration with Ariana Grande. She’s one of the realest artists I’ve had the pleasure of working with. She couldn’t fly with me to Turks to shoot the #BedVideo so we shot her scenes in Malibu. We’re actually working on edit number 2 for the #BedVideo to include all the fun stuff we had to remove. I love “Ball For Me” with Post Malone. Not sure why he won’t release the video. It’s DOPE!!! I hope you enjoy my playlist. Can’t wait for you guys to hear my 4th album QUEEN ON AUGUST 17!!!!!!!

To all the rappers out there: make sure you know a piece of your music history and clear your samples. Otherwise, you risk destroying the campaign for your albums... Nicki Minaj's Queen will now be out on August 17. Be sure to follow us so you don't miss our review of it!