Chlöe’s “Surprise” is unsurprisingly sexy, but unlike her last two singles, she’s taking it slow this time. Written by the singer herself, Feli Ferraro, IllaDaProducer and Scott Storch (and produced by the latter two), the mid-tempo track is 2022’s version of baby-making music. The song is good on the first listen, and the video matches the mood perfectly — model Broderick Hunter plays Chlöe’s lover.

The video also ends with a plot twist: After talking all that nasty freaky shit with Broderick, Chlöe appears to be setting up another, ahem, appointment as he leaves for the night. It’s not clear what the circumstances are — is Broderick the main or the side? — but we do know her upcoming debut album includes a track called “Cheat Back.”

Y’all be safe out there.

2pac would’ve 51 years old on this very fine Thursday, so you already know what’s about to happen.

The rapper was born and raised on the East Coast, but when he rapped about Los Angeles on “To Live and Die in L.A.,” he did so like it was the only city he had ever known. The song was released less than two months after the rapper’s death as the second single from The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, his first posthumous album. It was produced by QDIII — son and namesake of legendary producer Quincy Jones and older brother of Kidada Jones, Pac’s girlfriend at the time.

QDIII says “To Live and Die in L.A.” was born out of a few old tracks he played for Pac. The rapper is said to have responded to one in particular and asked for a beat with that sound — the anecdote doesn’t say what track, but we’re assuming it was Prince’s “Do Me, Baby,” which is sampled on “To Live and Die in L.A.” QDII returned later that day with a finished beat, which Pac then listen to three times and then wrote lyrics for in 15 minutes. He then recorded his verses in one take.

After Pac recorded the verses, the concept of the song was explained to singer Val Young, who then came up with a hook and recorded it in one take as well. The fact that she’s uncredited is an injustice, but I digress. According to QDIII, the entire song was complete in under two hours.

The music video for “To Live and Die in L.A.” was filmed on July 23, 1996, the same day the radio edit of the song was recorded. Even though it was second single, it was the first video shot for the Killuminati album — the “Toss It Up” video, thought released first, was shot a week before Pac’s death. The video for “To Live and Die in L.A.” would become the last one where audiences would get to see 2Pac alive.

Long live Tupac Amaru Shakur!

We are, in fact, getting a new Beyoncé album or two. Announced in the her social media bios, the album is titled Renaissance and appears to becoming in different “acts.” Either that or it’s just one album titled Act 1: Renaissance, but whatever the case, it drops on July 29. It is expected to have 16 tracks and is already available for pre-order.

As you can imagine, the internet has been in shambles all day.

It’s not clear when or how it happened, but Sunshine Anderson’s “Heard It All Before” has become a cookout standard. And now that we are officially in cookout season, it’s only right that we revisit this unexpected classic.

Released in February 2001, “Heard It All Before” was the lead single from Sunshine Anderson’s debut album, Your Woman. The song is a kiss-off to a cheating lover who keeps repeating the same lies, and believe me when I say the early 2000s was not lacking when it came to these types of songs. However, most of them were forgotten as the years passed.

Sometime over the next 15 years, “Heard It All Before” achieved anthem status, but despite its theme, it’s not the breakup anthem you would expect it to be. The song has now become a staple on cookout playlists, so much so that people now believe it to be an important part of a successful cookout.

A remix for “Heard It All Before” — recorded as a duet with Brandy — was made, but it didn’t see the light of day till years later and has never gotten an official release.

“Heard It All Before” would become Sunshine Anderson’s one and only song to crack the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 18. However, the enduring legacy of that one song has helped secure her place in popular music — and cookout — history.

PS: I never noticed Macy Gray in this music video until today.

In August of 1994, Aaliyah released “At Your Best (You Are Love)” as the second single from her debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number. Unfortunately, it is impossible to talk about that album without talking about R. Kelly, who produced all 13 of its tracks and also wrote all except this very song, which is a cover of The Isley Brothers’ 1976 original.

Aaliyah’s rendition, though released in the ‘90s, somehow manages to sound more ‘70s than the original version. The stripped-down production and the singer’s breathy vocals come together like a Minnie Riperton song. Aaliyah achieved the remarkable feat of being restrained yet flamboyant, and it is made even more remarkable by the fact that she was only 14 when she recorded this song.

If you’re keeping a list of covers that blow their originals out of the water, make sure this song is registered.

A jury has awarded Johnny Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages in his defamation suit against ex-wife Amber Heard, who was present in the court room when the verdict was read yesterday — the Pirates of the Caribbean is currently on tour in London. The Commonwealth of Virginia caps punitive damages at $350,000, which brings the judgment against Heard down to $10.35 million.

Heard, on the other hand, was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages in her countersuit, which brings the amount owed to Johnny Depp down to $8.35 million. Both actors released statements with minutes of the verdict. Depp said he was “truly humbled,” while Heard said she was “disappointed with what this verdict means for other women.”

In an interview on The Today Show, Heard’s lawyer, Elaine Charlson Bredehoft, says her client is unable to pay the $8.35 million owed to Depp following yesterday’s verdict. She also complained about the undue influence of social media throughout the trial.

NeNe Leakes is being sued by Malomine
Tehmeh-Sioh, the wife of her boyfriend, Nyonisela Sioh. Malomine’s suit accuses he Real Housewives of Atlanta star of being in an extramarital affair with Nyoni, which led to their separation.

According to TMZ, Malomine claims she suffered emotional distress, mental anguish, and a loss of affection due to the affair. She’s suing for $100,000.

The suit was filed in North Carolina, one of seven states that allow spouses to sue sidepieces for “alienation of affection.”