August 29, 2017
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When news first hit that Gospel singer Tasha Cobbs Leonard‘s new album would have a feature from Nicki Minaj, the self-proclaimed only rap b-tch on the Forbes list, fans and critics alike were equally stunned.
TBH I'm not feeling Nicki Minaj getting on a song with Tasha Cobbs on a gospel album. You can't mix the world with something spiritual.
— Like Mike (@mikesing23) July 21, 2017
Can someone PLEASE get me off of this floor. Why would Tasha Cobbs EVER have a song with Nicki Minaj? Somebody please send help.
— Tia Shyne Muse (@tiashynemuse) July 21, 2017
Minaj has made it no secret that Cobbs Leonard is one of her favorite gospel singers, so the decision, despite how church folk may feel about it, to collaborate was natural for the two.
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I want to take a moment to appreciate my friend @nickiminaj!!! Thank you for shouting your praise for the world to hear and for putting your love for God on display! Thank you for lending your gift to this album! As I tell you often, I'll say it for the world to hear… I will forever cover you in prayer! Many will be blessed and have an authentic God encounter because of the stand you chose to make with this record and THAT is all that matters!!! ❤️❤️❤️ Now lemme say this…. YOU SNAPPED!!! You absolutely smashed these 16!!! 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 LOVVVVEEEE YOUUUU!!!
But it was Pastor John Gray who put the controversial collaboration all in perspective, whether you want to admit it or not.
While at Cobbs Leonard’s album release party, the outspoken pastor told Jubilee Magazine why he supported the two teaming up and gave church folk a little kick in the butt for being so hypocritical.
“Who’s allowed to worship God? We got gospel artists that are sleeping with everything moving, but you can still sing right? You got a little bottle under your cabinet, but you still sing right?”
Watch his entire comments below (skip to the 3:17 mark).
Listen to Minaj’s verse below.
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