Marvin Sapp: Is there any need to worry about gospel artist’s collaboration with R Kelly?
A new controversy hit the Christian world less than a month after the dispute over a collaboration between Tasha Cobbs and Nicki Minaj.
Foreign gospel singers seem to be embracing a new culture, collaborating with secular artists.
The latest partnership is between popular award-winning gospel artist Marvin Sapp and singer, R. Kelly on a song called ‘Listen’, on his 11th solo new album ‘Close, which debuts on September 29, 2017.
Like the name suggests, the song is about God “trying to tell you something” and how we need to listen to Him.
Concerning the message, Sapp says,“What really caught me were the first four lines. Even though God may not speak audibly, if we really pay attention we can hear that God is trying to tell us something in the midst of the challenges we face.”
The track, written and produced by R. Kelly, starts with the secular artist saying, “I know that it seems sometimes that no matter what you do, and no matter how hard you work striving to make things better in your life but for some reason you are getting nowhere but I want you to turn to the one next to you and tell ‘em..”
This is accompanied by the gospel artist singing these lines, “You tried your way/ It didn’t work/ You put Him second/ And you put yourself first.”The fact that R.Kelly’s voice is briefly featured on the song has not stopped Christians from talking particularly because of the recent underage sex and physical abuse allegations.
Here are some reactions so far: “Not surprising when it dawns on you that the black church has covered up paedophiles, sexual abuse, straight-acting leaders who preach against being gay while everyone knows they themselves are gay, and all manner of sexual activity outside of marriage.
Black church folk are complicit because they know and ignore it or pretend it doesn’t exist while telling and judging non-church folk for being “sinners”.”