Rapper Lil Loaded — best known for his 2019 viral hit, “6locc 6a6y” — passed away yesterday.

The cause of death hasn’t been confirmed by authorities, but the rapper had posted an IG story that many have deemed a suicide note. The rapper’s attorney, Ashkan Mehryari, also believes this to be the case.

Lil Loaded — real name Dashawn Robertson — was due in court this week over the shooting death of his friend, Khalil Walker, for which he had been charged with manslaughter.

Lil Loaded was 20 years old.

Remember back in March 2019 when Russell Westbrook threatened to put hands on a heckler and his wife at a Utah Jazz game? Following the incident, the heckler, Shane Keisel, got banned from Jazz games for life, fired from his job, and kicked out of a pilot training program in which he was enrolled.

Keisel — an army veteran — and his wife, Jennifer Huff, sued Westbrook in December 2019 for defamation, claiming that he painted Keisel as racist and homophobic. They were seeking $100 million in damages.

Unfortunately for them, the lawsuit was thrown out by a judge yesterday, who explained that Westbrook’s remarks were opinion and not defamation, and that his threats were not extreme enough to recover damages.

Ursh must be feeling the pressure from Nick Cannon.

Just eight months after they had their daughter, Sovereign Bo, Usher and his girlfriend, Jenn Goicoechea, just revealed that they’re expecting their second child together. Goicoechea debuted her baby bump at the iHeart Awards earlier tonight, which were hosted by Usher.

This will be Usher’s fourth child. He had two sons — 13-year-old Usher V and 12-year-old Naviyd Ely — with ex-wife Tameka Foster.

Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes would’ve been 50 years old today, so it is only right that we honor her life with this week’s TBT selection.

“What About Your Friends” was the third single from the group’s debut album, Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip, and the first TLC song I can remember singing along to. In fact, when I picked this song for this post, I was under the impression that it was their very first single.

Written by Dallas Austin and Left Eye, “What About Your Friends” samples James Brown’s “Blues & Pants,” a hip-hop favorite. The song talks about friendships and how they can be affected by changes in circumstances — in particular, when a friend goes on to become rich and famous. The not-so-funny part about the lyrics is that the members of TLC — while definitely famous — were by no means rich and wouldn’t be for another six years or so.

“What About Your Friends” would become the group’s third top 10 single and one of their signature hits. And nearly three decades later, it feels just as fresh.

In honor of Left Eye, click play and get your life.

The live-action ‘Powerpuff Girls’ reboot — starring
Chloe Bennet, Dove Cameron and Yana Perrault as Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup, respectively — is reportedly being re-written after the show’s script leaked onto the interwebs earlier this week and got panned unanimously.

Below is an excerpt from the tragic script.

The pilot is expected to be re-shot later this year. The leaked script that got panned is said to have been written by Diablo Cody, who is also executive-producing the show. 😬

Earlier this year, the show was dragged when photos from the set made their way online, with fans disapproving of the costumes.

Today is Naturi Naughton’s 37th birthday and Kiely Williams is kinda sorta in the news this week, so it’s only right that this week’s TBT selection is one from 3LW’s catalog.

“Playas Gon’ Play” was the second and final single from 3LW’s self-titled debut album. Written by Sean Hall and Nate Butler, the song is about people (i.e., haters) planting seeds of doubt in a relationship. The song manages to be age-appropriate (the group was 14-17 at the time) while being “grown” enough for any adult to enjoy it without feeling ridiculous — and we probably have Naturi’s mature-sounding voice to thank for that.

“Playas Gon’ Play” is unique because it is the one and only 3LW single where Naturi provides lead vocals. To this day, it remains a mystery as to why the best singer in the group wasn’t given more chances to sing lead. We could hypothesize, but we won’t. Not today at least.

For cultured millennials of a certain age, this is a beautiful reminder of a certain era of popular music. Click play and get your life.

UPDATE: The Vegas case has been closed because it falls outside the statute of limitations.

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The LAPD has opened an investigation into T.I. and Tiny over new sexual assault allegations.

According to a report filed in April, a woman claims that she was taken to a hotel room by the famous couple, where Tiny allegedly gave her a drink that she believes was spiked, after which T.I. allegedly penetrated her with his toes without her consent. This incident is alleged to have taken place in 2005.

Another woman, 41-year-old Rachelle Jenks, is accusing the Harrises of abuse that began in 2010. She says she was given a shot of Patron that she believed was spiked, after which she willingly accepted MDMA from the couple. She then performed oral sex on Tiny and had intercourse with T.I.

Jenks claims T.I. took her on his tour bus against her wishes and raped her. She also claims that he took her ID and brought her all the way to Miami, where she was forced to have sex with multiple women she didn’t know.

T.I. and Tiny’s lawyer, Steve Sadie, has responded to the new allegations with the following statement:
“The Harrises have not spoken to or been contacted by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), the Las Vegas Police Department (LVPD) or, indeed, any member of law enforcement from any other jurisdiction in the country. Even assuming the story in the Daily Beast is close to accurate, it appears the LAPD ‘accuser’ has chosen once again to remain anonymous, thereby preventing us from being in a position to disprove or refute her allegations – or even examine them.”