This past Friday, Mariah Carey dropped a new Christmas song because you can never have too many. The Queen of Christmas — who is already climbing back up the charts with “All I Want for Christmas Is You” — tapped Khalid and Kirk Franklin for “Fall in Love at Christmas,” which is going to be part of her second Christmas special, Mariah’s Christmas: The Magic Continues.

With the exception of a brief interpolation of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “Fall in Love” doesn’t have any of the standard markings of a Christmas song, which aren’t necessarily a requirement. Sonically, it will remind you of an old Donell Jones song until the last minute or so, where it (fortunately) goes full Kirk Franklin.

Check the song and video out below.

Today is Diddy’s 52nd birthday, so it’s only right that we take a look back at the remix to “It’s All About the Benjamins.”

If you’re confused, let me explain: The version of “It’s All About the Benjamins” we know and love is actually a remix. An earlier version of the song had appeared on DJ Clue’s Holiday Holdup mixtape in December 1996. This version only had verses from Diddy (then called Puff Daddy) and two thirds of The LOX (Jadakiss and Sheek Louch).

A few months later, a remix of the song would appear on Diddy’s debut album, No Way Out. On this version, there are two additional verses in addition to the three on the original — one from Lil’ Kim and another from The Notorious B.I.G. Also, unlike the original, this version has a hook. The addition of immortal words, “It’s all about the Benjamins, baby,” was the brain child of a then-unknown singer and rapper named Melissa Elliott, who would soon be known to the world as Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott. According to Sheek Louch, she is also the reason why The LOX’s third member, Styles P, didn’t make the song.

“It’s All About the Benjamins” is based on a sample of “I Did It for Love” by Love Unlimited. An additional sample — “It’s Great to Be Here” by The Jacksons — is used for Biggie’s verse. The song would peak at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Diddy’s first single (as a lead artist) to miss the No. 1 spot.

“It’s All About the Benjamins” is a true classic that exemplifies the essence of Diddy and the swagginess of Bad Boy Entertainment at its peak. And nearly a quarter of a century later, it still gets played in the clubs regularly — and people who weren’t even born when it dropped rap every word like they wrote it themselves.

Tory Lanez is set to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on December 14 after his lawyers failed to reach a plea deal with prosecutors in his felony assault case. He is being charged with assault with a semiautomatic firearm and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle.

The charges stem from a July 2020 incident where he allegedly shot Megan Thee Stallion in the foot with a semiautomatic rifle.

On Friday, Yung Miami dropped “Rap Freaks,” a song that is so short and so comical that it almost feels like a skit. The City Girl name-checks everyone from 50 Cent to Kodak Black to Lori Harvey to rumored squeeze, Diddy — she even gives a nod to the infamous roaches for good measure.

The rapping on this song is hilariously bad, but the last bar — where Caresha rhymes “roaches” with “buenas noches” — somehow makes it all worth it. Click play.

FX, Hulu and the New York Times — the team behind ‘Framing Britney Spears’ — are coming together once again for a documentary that takes a deep dive into 2004 Super Bowl performance that effectively ended Janet Jackson’s music career.

Premiering on November 19, the documentary is titled ‘Malfunction: The Dressing Down of JanetJackson.’ According to reports, it will examine the racial and cultural aspects around the incident — known as “Nipplegate” — and how they influenced the outcomes for all parties involved. It also takes a look at former Viacom boss Les Moonves’ role in ruining Janet Jackson’s career.

Coming just nine months after the Britney doc, it’s clear that someone at FX, Hulu or the New York Times has time for Justin Timberlake, and we love to see it. He’s probably already drafting a weak-ass statement in response to the documentary.

PS: Never forget that the whole bra-ripping stunt was Justin’s idea — it was aimed at upstaging Britney Spears and Madonna’s kiss at the VMAs a few months prior.

Internet sensation Nenobia Washington — better known as BKTidalWave — has passed away. She gained notoriety after a random interview with a media outlet in 2015, where she voiced her support for Hillary Clinton’s candidacy in colorful language.

Since then, she has gone viral dozens of times thanks to her hilarious one-liners — many of which have become the bases of countless memes.

The cause of BKTidalWave’s death has not been confirmed.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ice Cube had signed on to star in a Jack-Black-produced comedy titled Oh Hell No. However, due to a request for all cast and crew to be fully vaccinated by the time shooting starts in the winter, the rapper has walked away from the project.

The movie, which also stars Black, would’ve earned the Ice Cube $9 million.

Of course, Ice Cube can afford to fumble such a sizable bag because he’s worth $160 million, but yikes. What a sad hill to die on.

Fetty Wap (real name William Junior Maxwell II) is one of six men who have been arrested for allegedly trafficking of 100kg of cocaine, fentanyl and heroin. The drugs were reportedly moved from the West Coast to Long Island and New Jersey. All six men have been charged with conspiracy to distribute more than 100kg of controlled substances.

Fetty was arrested right before his scheduled performance last night at Citi Field — he was there for Rolling Loud New York. His lawyer has entered a not-guilty plea and he is currently being held without bail.

According to court documents, Fetty Wap and his alleged accomplices (which includes a corrections officer) user the U.S. Postal Service to mail the narcotics across the country. They also allegedly hired drivers of vehicles with hidden compartments to transport mass quantities of heroin, fentanyl and crack cocaine into New Jersey and Long Island.

The other five men — who were all arrested in the month leading up to Fetty’s arrest — have been identified as Anthony Cyntje, a New Jersey correction officer; Anthony Leonardi; his brother Robert Leonardi; Brian Sullivan; and Kavaughn Wiggins.

When it comes to bops, they don’t get boppier than Aaliyah’s 1998 hit, “Are You That Somebody?” Written by Static Major and Timbaland — and produced by the latter — the song is one of those that literally take over your body. I struggle to think of a beat — past or present — that knocks harder.

Released as a single from the Dr. Dolittle soundtrack, the song has the kind of futuristic sound that Timbaland was becoming known for, and in my opinion, is by far his finest work as a producer. And if you had any doubt that Timbaland was a mad scientist, he clears it up with the cooing baby looped throughout the track.

The “Are You That Somebody?” video was choreographed by dance legend Fatima Robinson, who also dances in the video. Also featured as a dancer is future TV host Tanika Ray.

“Are You That Somebody?” only managed to peak at No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100, but for many (including me), it is the best thing Aaliyah ever did. Click play.