There ’s no denying rap artists ’ connection to God and spirituality, just take a look at Chance The Rapper , Kendrick Lamar , and No Malice. When an artist from the hip – hop sector links with a Gospel singer, two worlds of presumably shared fans finally mesh into one . However, the backlash might rear its head from time to time , like Tasha Cobbs Leonard’ s current situation .
Earlier this month, the famed vocalist released a collaborative track with Nicki Minaj titled, “I ’ m Getting Ready . ” The uptempo melody, which is featured on Leonard ’s Heart . Passion Pursuit album boasts lyrics of affirmation and unwavering faith , but for some fans of Gospel and Leonard, they couldn’t agree with Minaj ’s appearance .
“I ’ ve seen the Nicki that is off the stage and that Nicki has a great relationship with God. My assignment with this song was for a particular audience, ” Leonard said to Essence .
“Some [ of the listeners] have never experienced God ever and she exposed that audience in her way , to the God that she loves. ”
Leonard added that this partnership also served as a healing process for those she’s come into contact with . “The testimonies that have come because of this – I would absolutely do it again . I ’ ve had thousands of people say to me, ‘This is the first time I ’ve ever bought a gospel album . This is the first time I ’ve ever felt God. I didn ’t believe in God until I heard this song . ’”