When chart-topping gospel artists Tasha Cobbs Leonard and Marvin Sapp featured two different but equally controversial secular artists on their new albums—rapper Nicki Minaj and R&B crooner R. Kelly respectively—they took major heat from the faith community.
Recently, during a three-part BET sit-down, each shared why they feel justified in their approach, despite the disapproval of some.
“I really thought about removing the song from the record,” admitted Sapp about his title cut, “Close,” written and produced by R. Kelly, a man who was recently accused of luring underage women into his “sex cult” and abusing them—allegations he denies.
Nevertheless, after talking it over with his record label, attorneys and God, during the discussion titled “A Conversation With Tasha Cobbs Leonard & Marvin Sapp,” he said he felt led to forge ahead anyway.
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