Crossing Over: Gospel Stars Who've Worked With Mainstream Artists

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Mainstream acts step further into the Lords light with help from gospel friends.

Sydney Scott Aug, 30, 2017

Tasha Cobbs’ recent collaboration with Nicki Minaj isn’t anything new.

While the pair created a fire track, their collaboration is another on a list of hits between mainstream acts and gospel stars. 

From LL Cool J and Mary Mary to Kirk Franklin and Kanye West, here are a few mainstream and gospel collabs that will surely get stuck in your head.

Kanye West ft. Kirk Franklin, Kelly Price, Chance the Rapper, and The-Dream

Kirk Franklin has collaborated with a number of people, but his recent collab with Kanye West for "Ultralight Beam" is one of the most memorable. Last year, Franklin defended his decision to work with the artist, saying, "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."

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Mary Mary ft. David Banner "Superfriend"

An unlikely pairing that, surprisingly, worked. 

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Lecrae ft. B.O.B. "Round of Applause"

The pairing makes sense when you listen closely to the lyrics, which see the two men exploring their identites as black men who overcame the odds.

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Frank Ocean ft. Kim Burrell "Godspeed"

Prior to being canceled for homophobic comments, Kim Burrell appeared on Frank Ocean's "Godspeed." The gospel singer also teamed up with Pharrell for the Hidden Figures track "I See a Victory."

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LL Cool J ft. Mary Mary "We Gonna Make It"

Mary Mary helped give us another banger when they teamed up with LL Cool J for his hit "We Gonna Make It."

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Tasha Cobbs ft. Nicki Minaj "I'm Getting Ready"

This was a totally unexpected collab, but both Cobbs and Minaj delivered. 

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J. Moss ft. Faith Evans "You Make Me Feel"

Moss shook up the game when he team up with Evans, creating a crossover hit that worked for fans of both artists. 

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