Mariah Carey wants rapper Nas to set her up on dates in the wake of her split from husband Nick Cannon, a source reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly Credit: Jerritt Clark/Getty Images

Mariah Carey has a sweet, sweet fantasy of a dreamlover — and Nas could be the hero who makes it come true. The recently single "#Beautiful" singer, who separated from husband Nick Cannon in August, is looking to be set up in the wake of her split, and she's hoping the "Nasty" rapper will play matchmaker, a source reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly.

The pop diva "texted Nas, wondering if he had any friends she could go out with — or even just hook up with," the insider says. "But Nas is nervous to introduce her to anyone."

Carey and the hip-hop star have been friends for years, and even collaborated on the song "Dedicated," the third track on her not-so-successful 2014 album Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse. Rumors swirled in 2013 that the two were getting a little too close, but Cannon himself shut them down during an interview with Howard Stern earlier this year. 

"[Nas is] a friend of mine, he's a friend of hers," the America's Got Talent host said in April, pre-split. "She went to his birthday party, and I think it was in L.A. We actually talked about this before. It'd be very difficult to make me jealous." 

For his part, Cannon has found his own wingman in pal Randy Jackson. As revealed in the new issue of Us Weekly, Cannon and the former American Idol judge dined with an unidentified blonde at Beverly Hills hotspot Matsuhisa in late September. "After Randy left," a witness tells Us, Cannon and his female companion "kept chatting and laughing. Nick had a big smile on his face."