Do you know what today is? No, it’s not your anniversary, it’s June 30th (but yay if it is actually your anniversary, though). That means that we’re saying goodbye to June and hello to July. That also means that 2017 is halfway gone. Yeesh, where did the time go? But just because we’re about to officially enter the back half of the year doesn’t mean we’ll stop giving you the latest is music news. Au contraire, mon frere! We’ve got a packed update for you this week as we nurse our BET Awards hangover and get ready to do it big in the Big Easy for ESSENCE Fest. This week, we’re bringing you news on bad gyal Rihanna‘s new man, Lil’ Kim‘s possible legal troubles and why Bruno Mars is the latest to be accused of cultural appropriation. We’ve also got the latest on Kendu Isaacs and Mary J. Blige‘s split, Pharrell‘s next moves, what Kendrick Lamar originally wanted to call DAMN. and so much more. So before you drop down and get your eagle on in NOLA, click on and get your news fix.