The 34-year-old “Super Bass” rapper who was the opening performer at the Billboard Music Awards Sunday night, had a special request for Cobbs Leonard that she shared with 80 million Instagram fans. Minaj, who was born Onika Maraj, has been a fan of the “Break Every Chain” gospel star for some time. Now, she wants to make music with her.
“@tashacobbsleonard when you finish
recording the album, come to my studio so I
can put a 16 on one of these songs miss
thang,” Minaj wrote in an Instagram message Sunday. “Can’t wait for this to drop!”
Minaj’s commented on a video of Cobbs
Leonard recording some new music for her
upcoming album. One week ago, the gospel
singer posted the video to her own
Instagram page, which the rap star got wind
Two years ago, Minaj watched BET’s
televised gospel music event, “Celebration ofbGospel 2014,” where she saw Cobbs Leonard and Jonathan McReynolds perform. Since then, she’s been vocal about appreciating their talent.
“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,” the rapper previously tweeted .
The message caught the attention of Cobbs
Leonard who replied, “love You Back!!!”
When Cobbs Leonard married her musical
director and producer husband Kenneth
Leonard earlier this year, Minaj also took to
social media to offer prayers.
“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,” the
rapper wrote on Instagram. “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!”
The “No Frauds” rapper who concluded the
prayer, “In Jesus MIGHTY name” explained
her appreciation for Cobbs Leonard.
“I love that she ministers while singing
similar to #JuanitaBynum #donnieMcclurkin.
Discovered her on BET 2 years ago and have
been obsessed ever since,” she revealed.
“#FunFact: I listen to old dancehall and
gospel more than all other genres on my
personal time. Lol. Go figure.”