Janet Jackson’s magnus opus, Rhythm Nation, turns 34 years old this week, and while we don’t like celebrating non-milestone anniversaries, this is certainly a great opportunity to take a look back at the album’s sixth single, “Black Cat.”

The ability to execute in different genres — and do so believably — is one that few recording artists possess. Janet is a member of this elite group, and she makes this abundantly clear on “Black Cat,” a hard rock song that somehow fits perfectly in an album that is decidedly pop/R&B.

Written by Janet and co-produced by Janet & Jellybean Johnson from The Time, the song is sung from the perspective of a woman with a gang-banging man who can’t stay off the streets. Between the production and Janet’s forceful vocal delivery, it’s easy to imagine a completely different subject matter, but the song is basically “Waterfalls” (thematically, at least).

“Black Cat” would become the sixth of the record seven top five hits from Rhythm Nation. It would also become Janet’s fourth No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earn her a Grammy nomination for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, making her the first artist to be nominated across five genres at the award show.

Let’s file this one under Unforced Errors.

Nicki Minaj’s husband, Kenneth Petty (a.k.a. Zoo Bang), has been placed on house arrest for up to 120 days after threatening Offset in a video posted online last week. It’s not sure why the threats were made, but there have been rumblings about an incident that took place at the MTV Video Music Awards last week, where Cardi B (Offset’s wife) and Nicki were both present. As you all know, Nicki and Cardi have had beef for years and almost came to blows in 2018.

Kenneth’s threats are a violation of his three-year probation, which began in July 2022 after he failed to register as a sex offender. In the official court documents, he is said to have made the threats “while in the company of someone with a criminal record.”

Amy Winehouse would’ve been 40 years old today. Not only does she share a birthday with Nas, she was a friend and a fan, and one of her most notable songs is a song about missing a Nas concert.

“Me & Mr. Jones” was inspired by the singer missing a Nas concert that took place in March 2005 in Brixton. At the time, she was working on what would become her breakthrough and final album, Back to Black. The song, written by Amy and produced by Salaam Remi, was originally titled “Fuckery.” It never became a single, but it is one of Amy’s best-known songs and was one of her favorite to perform live.

Long live Amy!

Today, just weeks after hip-hop turned 50, one of its greatest talents, Nasir Jones, also turns 50.

In June of ’96, Nas released “If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)” (featuring Lauryn Hill) as the lead single from his sophomore set, It Was Written. The song samples Kurtis Blow’s “If I Ruled the World,” taking the hook in a more conscious direction.

The greatness of Nas’ “If I Ruled the World” is that it manages to be somewhat of a club banger while being deeply political. While some of what Nas raps about is progressive, some of it is, err, a bit questionable, but it wouldn’t be Nas if there wasn’t a whiff of hotep garbage. All of that being said, “If I Ruled the World” is a solid track and one of the best to come of the genre. It’s also one of the greatest blends of hip-hop and R&B we have ever seen.

What’s better than one “it” girl? Two.

Three years after the chart-topping “WAP,” Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion are back at it with “Bongos.” And this time, Meg is credited the right way — as a co-lead.

“Bongos” doesn’t quite jump at you right away, but as the reggaeton-ish beat gets thicker, it starts to make sense. Also, Bardi and Meg are talking cash shit from start to finish, so even as you warm up to the beat, you’ll be entertained by their bars.

If you’re not impressed by the beat nor lyrics of “Bongos,” you will at least be impressed by the video. It is flush with colors, and if not for the bouncing asses, you might think it was a Fanta commercial (and I say that with love). Also, the general consensus is that one of the dance scenes looks similar to a scene in Beyoncé’s “Baby Boy” video.

The video has been watched more than 1.5 million times in the 12 hours since its release, so a top-five debut on next week’s Billboard Hot 100 is almost a guarantee. Press play.

Earlier today, an official statement was posted to the Love & Hip-Hop Instagram page regarding Erica Mena calling Spice a monkey.

While multiple outlets are reporting that Erica has been fired, it’s important to note that that’s not quite what they said. The statement says she will not appear on the next season of Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta, which leaves the door open for her to returning after next season. It also leaves the door open for her going to another city in the Love & Hip-Hop franchise.

Nicki Minaj just dropped a new single — or the first single, depending on who you ask — from Pink Friday 2. “Last Time That I Saw You,” which feels like a song from the early 2010s, was written solely by the rapper, who is actually singing on most of the track.

The song doesn’t quite jump at you immediately — even after a half-dozen listens — but to be quite honest, neither did “Barbie World” and that has gone on to be a major hit.

Pink Friday 2, Nicki’s fifth LP, drops on November 17.

In 1995, Patra & Aaron Hall joined forces on the title track and third single from the former’s sophomore set, Scent of Attraction, and the end-product was an R&B/dancehall blend that makes you wanna see someone inna yuh bedroom tonight.

Based on a sample of Tom Scott’s “Shadows,” “Scent of Attraction” is a baby-making song with just enough beat to be played in a club. Aaron Hall is sangin’ down per usual while Patra rides the beat as only she can.

The song, much like its performers, never got the recognition it deserved, only managing to peak at No. 82 on the Billboard Hot 100. However, as we all know, audiences sometimes get it wrong.

While performing last night on the LA stop of his Final Lap tour, an enraged 50 Cent (who was onstage with YG) tossed not one but two microphones because they were faulty. The second time, he actually launched the mic into the production area, and unfortunately, it hit Power 106 host Bryhana Monegain right in the forehead, leaving her bloodied.

She ended up being taken to the hospital. TMZ obtained photos of her injuries.

The radio host has since filed a police report and 50 Cent is now being investigated for criminal battery. She claims he looked right at her when he threw the mic.