Prosecutors want to include new evidence in R. Kelly’s upcoming trial in New York. The evidence in question is related to uncharged allegations of sexual abuse of women and girls dating back to 1991, sexual abuse of a 17-year-old boy, physical abuse, hush payments, and bribery.

The evidence was submitted in a filing made yesterday and includes 22 unnamed victims — 20 male, two female.

According to prosecutors, R. Kelly met the 17-year-old boy at a Chicago McDonald’s in 2006 and began a sexual relationship with him. He later directed the boy to have sex with other people. The boy later introduced R. Kelly to a second teenage boy (said to be 16 or 17 at the time) who would also have a sexual relationship with the singer years later. The second teenage boy was also made to have sex with other people, including an underaged girl, and was often recorded doing so by R. Kelly.

Prosecutors are also accusing R. Kelly of paying an Illinois state employee $500 in 1994 to create a fake ID for Aaliyah — who was 15 at the time — so he could marry her (which would have prevented her from having to testify against him in court).

Lock this man up already.

Lil Nas X dropped his highly anticipated video for “Industry Baby,” which features Jack Harlow. The video shows both performers playing inmates in Montero State Prison — LNX was sentenced to five years for his infamous Satan Shoes — where Colton Haynes is a prison guard.

As you can imagine, Lil Nas X made sure to include a little something for the homophobes. Nothing too crazy, just a lil jailhouse twerkin’ and a “nude,” all-male dance squad.

Because he is a thoughtful young king, Lil Nas X is using the “Industry Baby” video to raise money for The Bail Project, an organization that aims to end cash bail, which disproportionately impacts Black Americans. Check the video out below and read his fundraising statement here.

Today is Keith Sweat’s 60th birthday, so it’s only right that we revisit his greatest contribution to popular music.

“Make It Last Forever” was the title track and third single from Sweat’s debut album. Released in the spring of ’88, the song was written and produced by Sweat and Teddy Riley, and performed as a duet with Jacci McGhee (who was SANGIN’ on the track).

If we look at the stats in isolation, “Make It Last Forever” is far from Keith Sweat’s biggest hit — it peaked at No. 59 on the Billboard Hot 100. However, it can be argued that it has a bigger legacy than all of his major hits, and the best evidence for this is that it has been sampled and covered more times than Sweat’s four biggest hits combined. In fact, Mariah Carey loved the song so much she borrowed from it twice — first, for her 1991 hit, “Can’t Let Go”, and later in 1999 for the remix of “Thank God I Found You.”

“Make It Last Forever” is the quintessential R&B duet of its era and required listening for any true R&B fan (or anyone who claims to know popular music). If this post is your introduction to this song, shame on you. But also, you’re welcome.

How does that even happen? Who gets to claim ownership and authority to sell in the first place? How much did it cost? Beyond bragging rights, what good is owning a distant planet to a person on earth?

Too many questions, not enough answers.

In any case, this rumor was started by Grimes, Elon Musk’s girlfriend, who tweeted that Lil Uzi Vert owned a planet called WASP-127b and that documentation is “almost complete.” In one of the rapper’s responses, he hashtagged Neuralink, which is Musk’s neurotechnology company.

It looks like Elon Musk might be selling shit he doesn’t own. Watch this space. No pun intended.

According to Radar Online, Dr. Dre has been ordered to pay ex-wife Nicole Young $293,306 a month until the court reaches a final decision about the validity of their prenuptial agreement. Dr. Dre claims Nicole tore it up a few years into their marriage.

The hip-hop legend has also been ordered to continue paying for his ex-wife’s health insurance. Payments will reportedly begin on August 1 and will end if Nicole remarries or enters into a domestic partnership.

According to TMZ, Soulja Boy‘s former assistant has been granted a three-year restraining order against the rapper.

The woman — who has not been named — had accused Soulja Boy of rape back in January. She also accuses him of physical and verbal abuse, including an instance where he pushed her out of a car and made her walk five miles.

The lawsuit also details an incident where he raped her and then “showed remorse” by paying her $1000.

Soulja Boy has denied all allegations.

Normani just dropped a new song with Cardi B and she didn’t make us wait for visuals.

Y’know…Normani is a fave around these parts, but at some point, you almost have to wonder how badly she wants this shit. Song after song, I am left forcing myself to get into the material. The talent is obviously there, but something just isn’t curling all the way over. From my vantage point, that something is the melody.

The good news is that the “Wild Side” video is quite stunning — unfortunately, it was wasted on a subpar song. Click play.

In June 1997, Lil’ Kim assembled some of the leading women in rap to give us a bop we would never forget and an iconic pop-cultural moment.

With an assist from Angie Martinez, Left Eye, Da Brat and Missy Elliott, Kim remixed “Not Tonight,” a track from her debut LP, Hard Core. The song — which appears on the Nothing to Lose soundtrack — bears zero similarities to its original, which was produced by and features ad libs from JD (back when he used to call himself “JM”).

The decision to call this song a remix remains a mystery, but what matters is that every single woman on the track FLOATED. And as if the song wasn’t iconic enough on its own, Lil’ Kim recruited a who’s who of women in hip-hop and R&B for the music video, which is set on an island where the men are for entertainment purposes only. Ladies’ night, indeed.

The video includes everyone from Queen Latifah to Changing Faces to Maia Campbell to a then-unknown Blaque. And lest we forget Mary J. Blige, who looked like she was having the most fun that day.

“Not Tonight (Ladies’ Night Remix)” peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is widely considered to be Lil’ Kim’s signature hit. Bang this in your whips.

In case you missed it, episodes 43 (“Now Why Am I in It?”) and 44 (“Smoker’s Lungs”) are both up.

On episode 43, life coach and DEI professional Thevey Felix joined me to discuss Usher & T-Pain’s airline convo, DaBaby & Megan Thee Stallion’s Twitter fight, Britney Spears’ conservatorship, Nick Cannon’s ever-growing brood, and so much more.

On episode 44, Alexis Garner stopped by to discuss Bill Cosby’s release, Sha’Carri Richardson’s suspension, the BET Awards, a potential Verzuz between Lil’ Kim and Nicki Minaj, and so much more.

Check both episodes out below.

Episode 43: “Now Why Am I in It?”

Episode 44: “Smoker’s Lungs”