The Tasha-Nicki Collab
“. . . Whether it’s Kendrick Lamar or J. Cole or Common there are a lot of artists, especially rappers, who come from a background with a faith-based substance, and it’s time for that substance to be celebrated and appreciated.” Kirk Franklin.
Hi guys! Guess who’s back? Me!!!
It feels so great to be back. Like contrary to what I had thought, I’m back here earlier. I have quite a lot to tell you guys but I’m just gonna take it one step at a time – the break was needed and maybe I’m not totally where I want to be mentally but I’m great and working towards awesome!
So . . . this was supposed to be a welcome back post but no, I decided to call the shots right there!
The internet has gone totally crazy over the Tasha-Nicki collab and you know what I think, it’s people who come late to a gist that puts it on the head pass. I knew about this collab many months ago – like the moment Tasha started publicity for the new album and yes, my first reaction when I heard and saw on the track list that she featured Nicki was ‘wawuuuu’ (the kind that has endless exclamations). First, I don’t listen to Nicki Minaj. Second, Tasha Cobbs is my favourite female Gospel Artiste followed by Kierra Kiki Sheard and in my mind I was like ‘how can???’ (I’m a Christian and also human – so I’m allowed to feel) and then I familiarized myself with how it became – then I realized, Nicki has always been a fan of Tasha and then she showed willingness to be on Tasha’s new album and bam there we have it! (THAT WAS THE STORY until the DIVINE INSTRUCTION part)
I think it’s also very important to say that one of those people that is not ‘taking it very easy’ with Tasha Cobbs on this issue is our very own Kenny K’ore who have had more than a lot to say about it. . . (not my business, I’m not gonna judge. . . in fact, I feel like I shouldn’t have an opinion as far as this matter is concerned). . . THIS ‘IS’ WHY. . .
I think as Christians, we can be pretty judgmental. In fact, I grew up in a Church where there are professional judgmental Christians. . . What do I think? Many days ago, I was watching a video of DJ Khaleed’s ‘I’m the One’ and then I saw Chance The Rapper and I was like ‘????’ . . . it was a cool song but it was like I wasn’t expecting to see him. . . but there was nothing wrong with that song or him being featured on that song. . . really!
What am I trying to say?
Some Christians think that a believer’s proof of salvation is if he/she is doing gospel. You don’t make heaven for singing gospel (yelz!). I grew up listening to Bob Marley and I still do and yea, I don’t think there’s a Bob Marley track that doesn’t have Jah! But some people think he’s probably in hell right now ‘cause he smokes weed. . . There are people who believe other ‘secular artistes’ who don’t have lewd lyrics in their songs (like r n b, jazz, soul etc.) are Christians. . . someone even said Tasha could have collaborated with other secular artistes who don’t have lewd lyrics in their songs (like Kimburell Love did with Alicia at BET 2010??)
So many people have had a lot to say about Nicki’s verse on that track. I listened to that song four times before writing this article and you know what I think – getting born again is a day’s job but having a walk with God isn’t! It takes spiritual growth and I think one of the problems we have as Christians is that sometimes we are not too easy with newly born agains! We think when people become born again today; they must enter the fullness of revelation the following day. We have become so fixed about what Christianity is and should be that someone coming out to acknowledge that he/she is born again makes us believe that they have a relationship with God. I know how many times I went back and forth in my Christian walk. . .
If God doesn’t hate someone, you don’t have a right to! If God isn’t calling someone out, why call them out? Sometimes, we don’t judge people sef, we write them off totally! And believe you me, I have no problem with Nicki Minaj’s verse on that track – you can’t talk about God beyond your understanding of God, I felt she talked about Pepsi deals and more because that’s probably how she could say God had come through for her in blessings. . .
If there’s anything I’ve learnt in my life is knowing that Christianity is beyond what we see and hear – people can spill rhema, sing the most life-changing songs, dress even the toes and may end up not going anywhere and also, Christianity is a very very personal walk – I know my light is supposed to shine so bright so others be led to faith but do I really have light within or I have darkness and I’m trying desperately to make people see a light I do not have?
Also, one thing I don’t do, is trying to understand another person’s divine instruction! Like if Tasha is saying God asked her to, then let her be! Just because you’re not okay with it, doesn’t mean God didn’t ask her to! His ways are not our ways remember. . . Don’t be so carried away trying to fault other people’s divine instructions and Christian walk that you abandon yours! Christ doesn’t love them any less than He loves us!
. . . that reminds me, did the internet go crazy this much when Kirk Franklin collabed with Kanye West? Just wondering.
PS: In case you want to listen to the song, I’ll gladly share. . . leave a comment in the comment section.
Are you guys glad to have me back??? If yes, don’t just read, leave a comment too!❤
“Kanye is not me. I am not him. He is my brother I am proud to do life with. No sprints, but Marathons; like most of us are on. Before one song was released, I was crucified because my brother asked me to take a picture. Again “no Kanye, you’re not good enough?” No. That is a dangerous message I believe we send to the world when our posture is they have to meet certain requirements before they are worthy to kiss the ring. It says people are not redeemable, forgivable or candidates for grace. That my friend is religious. I will not turn my back on my brother. I will love him, prayerfully grow with him. However long he’ll have me, and however long the race takes. To a lot of my Christian family, I’m sorry he’s not good enough, Christian enough, or running at your pace. . . and as I read some of your comments, neither am I. That won’t stop me from running. Pray we win.” Kirk Franklin, 2016.