Rapper Nicki Minaj's mother is following her famous daughter into the music industry by launching herself as a gospel artist.

Carol Maraj, an aspiring singer, posted a 30-second preview of her upcoming synth-pop single God's Been Good on music-streaming website SoundCloud.com on Monday (03Mar14), and eagle-eyed bloggers quickly realised the vocalist is actually the Starships hitmaker's mum.

Minaj, born Onika Maraj, has yet to comment on the news, but reports suggest her mum is preparing to unveil her debut album later this year (14).