Nicki Minaj recorded a Christian song with Tasha Cobbs-Leonard for Cobbs-Leonard’s upcoming album, Heart. Passion. Pursuit. The song, entitled, “I’m Getting Ready,” is track number eight on the album scheduled to be released on August 25, 2017. Cobbs-Leonard’s singles “Break Every Chain” and “For Your Glory” both reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts in the Hot Gospel Songs category in 2013. Minaj expressed interest in wanting to be featured on Cobbs-Leonard upcoming album Heart. Passion. Pursuit on May 21, 2017.
People took to social media to announce their dismay with Cobbs-Leonard recording a song with the multi-platinum recording artist like Nicki Minaj. Cobbs-Leonard shared a meme on Instagram captioned with a Bible verse, Romans 14:1, as a response to the criticism.
“Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. And don’t jump all over them every time they do or say something you don’t agree with — even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in the faith department. Remember, they have their own history to deal with. Treat them gently,” the verse reads.
Carol Maraj, the mother of Nicki Minaj (real name Onika Maraj), released her own gospel song in 2014. Carol’s song is called, “God’s Been Good.” Carol credits Nicki’s adherence to Christian tenants as being a reason for some of Minaj’s success in her music career.
“She knew I believed in the power of prayer, therefore, she constantly called me and our pastor, to pray for different concerns she may have…I believe by her acknowledging the power of prayer, and her strong desire to tithe together with a praying mother, contributed to her success,” Carol stated in an interview.
Minaj originally expressed her appreciation for the musical talents of Cobbs-Leonard after viewing BET’s Celebration of Gospel 2014. Minaj publicly communicated her admiration for Cobbs-Leonard on Twitter.
BET, Thank u for "Celebration of Gospel 2014" – best show I've seen in a long time. I fell in love with Tasha Cobbs and Jonathan McReynolds
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) January 27, 2015
Minaj also prayed openly over Cobbs-Leonard’s marriage in an Instagram caption during March of 2017.
“Now God, we claim a super natural, double portion blessing over Tasha’s marriage, family, health & MUSIC this year. Expand her borders that MILLIONS MORE would be blessed by her MINISTRY of song,” Minaj stated.
Press PLAY ???? Now God, we claim a super natural, double portion blessing over Tasha's marriage, family, health & MUSIC this year. Expand her borders that MILLIONS MORE would be blessed by her MINISTRY of song! Cause her GIFTS to shine brighter than they've ever shined before! Bless ALL the CALLED, CHOSEN FEW who have devoted their gift of SONG to GOSPEL MUSIC. Go before her & make every crooked path straight! In Jesus MIGHTY name. #AMEN. #Smile #ForYourGlory #BreakEveryChain I love that she ministers while singing similar to #JuanitaBynum #donnieMcclurkin Discovered her on BET 2 years ago and have been obsessed ever since. ???????????? #FunFact: I listen to old dancehall and gospel more than all other genres on my personal time. Lol. Go figure. ????????????@tashacobbs I'm listening on #Tidal ???? follow her & listen to her music. Thank me later ????
“I trust that one day Onika will sing unto the Father, because a seed has already been planted. Nothing is too big to God,” Carol said in a 2014 interview. Minaj’s feature on Cobbs-Leonard’s, “I’m Getting Ready,” is Carol’s trust realized.
According to Rapzilla, other female rappers in the Christian hip-hop genre include HeeSun Lee, Eden Myrrh, Torch, Sicily, Ms Melody Monroe, and Angie Rose.
Heart. Passion. Pursuit is Cobbs-Leonard’s fourth studio album.
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