Earlier this month, the American Urban Gospel singer Tasha Cobbs Leonard collaborated with Grammy rap artist Nicki Minaj; titled ‘I’m getting ready’. The Buzz on the collaboration created a lot of discussion, some people agreed with the collaboration whilst some people were genuinely shocked as they didn’t know what to expect from the song. Comments such as “Has anyone seen or heard Nicki Minaj repent from all of the anti-Christian music and videos she has (and continues) to perform and rap?”, “Can we mix Anaconda with Praise on it?” were made publicly.
The lyrics in this song are one that shows affirmation and unhesitating faith, however some people especially gospel fans may argue that Nicki Minaj’s feature on the song creates a controversial side to the song. There is no doubt that rap artists have a connection to God, for instance Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Lecrae, Chance The Rapper but when an artist from a secular sector collaborates with a gospel singer, it can be seen as different worlds meshed into one.
Yo, aye yo, beach house vibes maneuver the jetski
‘Cause-’cause I serve the God that parted the red sea
Multi-million dollars commercials for Pepsi
From food-stamps to more ice than Gretzky
I don’t gotta talk the Lord defends me
I watch them all fall for going against me
‘Cause me and all my angels shot the devil up
While you was trying to pull me down I levelled up
I levelled up twice, I levelled up three times
He tapped ’em and told ’em “she’s mine”
So even when I cried I knew I’d be fine
Prepare for a miracle blessing in these times
Now praise Him, raise Him, name it, claim it
Every tongue that rises up against me, shame it
I breathe success in and out my lungs
I got the power of life and death coming out of my tongue
The idea of a collaboration came from both Tasha Cobbs and Nicki Minaj as Tasha believed that we as Christians should 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.” Romans 14:1.