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Micaiah CarterMissy Elliott is getting candid about her life and storied career as the latest cover star of Marie Claire

Missy stuns on the cover in a bold Dolce & Gabbana coat, and inside, the pioneering rapper shares her aspirations to be a musical mentor, and describes how she literally spoke her success into existence.

"I was just telling somebody that everything I spoke, I've done. And that's how powerful the tongue is," Missy recalled to the publication. "I used to sit in the house and act like I was having conversations with Janet [Jackson] and Michael [Jackson] and Madonna and whoever."

Since that time, of course, Missy has gone on to release six studio albums, grace the stage of many coveted awards shows and collaborate with the stars she adored. This month, the Grammy-winning lyricist became the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

But initially, her path to accomplishing such milestones was less than clear. 

"Everything just seemed so impossible at the time because we didn't have the technology to be able to reach out and put your stuff online and people get a chance to see it," Missy explained to Marie Claire.

More than a decade since her last album, The Cookbook, the rapper is prepping for its highly-anticipated follow-up and is hoping to champion rising talent along the way.

"I do want to make the generation behind feel like, 'Don't be afraid,' because we are in a time where so many people can be artists. I want to be able to encourage those who don't go viral," Missy explained. "Just be you. It's going to catch hold somewhere." 

Missy's cover story hits newsstands everywhere on July 23. 

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Cassie is in full control. The singer, model and now new mother is ready to fully embrace her life's latest chapter as she takes the reins of her career, and overall narrative, for the first time ever. 

In a recent interview with L'Officiel, the singer dished on how "empowering" it's been to create her latest sounds out of a place of self-assurance, as well as navigate motherhood alongside new beau Alex Fine.

"I used to spend the most time overthinking the smallest things and always worrying about how people felt that I neglected how I really felt and what would make me happy," Cassie told the outlet. "I wasn’t creating from the heart." 

With her evolution, however, the singer has recruited a new creative team comprised mainly of black and brown women, whose support she describes as "unmatchable." Late last month, Cassie gifted fans with the fresh singles "Excuses" and "Hungover," in celebration of her rebrand.

"I’m doing what makes sense for my life. I’m just a woman coming into my own learning to trust myself. It’s empowering," says Cassie.

While Cassie's high-profile breakup with Diddy proved to be a page-turner, what the entertainer now looks forward to most is raising her unborn daughter. 

"My priorities have absolutely changed, not just for creating an amazing future and life for my daughter but because I want her to be proud of me," the "Me & U" vocalist declared. "I hope to make her understand the bigger picture in life and that you don’t have to solely be one thing in this world."

She added: "I want her to know that she can choose. My music is just part of a legacy that I wish to leave behind, for her and other women to be inspired by."

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Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Something in the WaterIt's officially official. Diddy and MTV are joining forces once again, to reboot the pioneering reality TV series Making the Band.

Monday, the music mogul announced that the competition show was back by popular demand and set to air in 2020. 

“MTV and I are back together again!!," Diddy proclaimed in an Instagram video post. "‘Making the Band’ is coming back bigger, bolder and more cutting edge. We're going to bring that supernatural energy back to the format and bring the world its next global superstars."

Earlier this week, the Bad Boy CEO set social media ablaze after he suggested the idea of the show’s return.

 “We couldn't be happier to welcome back the incomparable Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs to his rightful home at MTV,” Nina L. Diaz, MTV’s President of Entertainment, said in a statement. 

Making the Band was ahead of its time and the ultimate disruptor – fans everywhere have been clamoring for a return and they are in for the biggest, most iconic season yet.”

As the media giant gears up for production, casting opportunities will be announced within the coming weeks. MTV is also bringing on music performance app Smule to launch the Making the Bandcampaign, a first-of-its-kind feature offering hopefuls a curated playlist of songs to choose from, which will allow them to create video auditions that can be shared across social media platforms.  

After one season on ABC-TV, focusing on the boy band O-Town, Making the Band moved to MTV in 2002, and Diddy came on board. The series chronicled the creation of, and the subsequent real-life drama and intimate journeys of, music acts like Danity KaneDay26Da Band and Donnie Klang

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Brian Stukes/Getty ImagesVivica A. Fox will return to the upcoming sixth and final season of Empire.

During her appearance on Sunday night's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Fox says her break-out character Candace is coming back.

"Yes, Candace that boogie b**** will be back for that final season," Fox said in response to a caller's question.

"And unfortunately, no, I haven't spoke to Jussie, but he's still family and I love him," she added, regarding the fan's second question.

As previously reported, FOX announced earlier this year that the upcoming sixth season of Empire would be its last. 

Just last month, the Empire's co-creator Lee Daniels revealed that Smollett would not return to the FOX drama for the final season. However, Daniels says he hopes to continue the story of the Lyon family in another series.

"We're trying something out, and if it works, then Empire is over and we have a great spin-off," he said.

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ABC/Heidi GutmanTLC may or may not be coming to city near you, after one half of the duo lost her voice. 

Sunday night, the pioneering R&B group revealed they had been forced to cancel two shows after Chili was ordered by a doctor to undergo vocal rest. The impacted shows include a scheduled set at the California State Fair in Sacramento, as well as an upcoming performance on Tuesday night at the Stanislaus State Fair. 

"It breaks my heart to tell our fans that we have to cancel our performance tonight at Sacramento because I lost my voice and my dr has me on strict voice rest," Chilli tweeted on Sunday.

Bandmate T-Boz expressed a similar sentiment, adding: "Yes it breaks my heart too... And #Sacramento We'll Come There Again... I'm sure at some point." 

In spite of the minor health issues, TLC are slated to kick off a summer tour with Nelly and Flo Rida July 23 in Alabama. 

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Eric LaggWhile Lil Nas X was applauded by many for coming out last month, fellow gender-bending artist Young Thug believes the rapper should have withheld that information from the public. 

In a recent interview with No Jumper, "The London" lyricist expressed his concern over X's big reveal. 

"He probably shouldn’t have told the world, because these days, motherf****** is just all judgement,” Thug told host Adam22 candidly, when asked about his recent collaboration with X. 

“It ain’t even about the music no more, soon as the song comes on, everybody’s like ‘this gay a** n****’”.

Thug went on to draw similarities between his eccentric image and X's, namely when he was criticized for sporting a billowing Alessandro Trincone gown on the cover of his 2016 effort No, My Name is Jeffery.

"But, it's like, he young, and I know what he going to be dealing with in his mind. I dealt with this s*** before," Thug explained. 

The rapper, however, commended X for the timeliness of his announcement. 

"It wasn't a bad idea and it most definitely was the best time to do it...during Pride Month," Thug said. "That was a G's move."

While the verdict is still out regarding's X's decision to reveal his sexuality, his breakout single "Old Town Road" continues its stronghold of the number one slot on the Billboard Hot 100, racking up a 15th consecutive week on top.  Next week, we'll find out the impact that the new remix, featuring Thug and country singer Mason Ramsey, has on the chart.  

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Melissa BenderNew details have emerged in R. Kelly's latest arrest on federal sex crime charges, TMZ has learned. 

According to the outlet, investigators in the Northern District of Illinois have uncovered more than 20 videos  featuring the embattled singer engaging in sexual acts with multiple underage victims. The archived footage was allegedly handed over to federal prosecutors by members of Kelly's inner circle, including former employees. 

Gerald Griggs, a member of the legal team for alleged victim Jocelyn Savage's family, tells TMZ that the explicit videos were allegedly enough evidence for federal authorities to secure an indictment against Kelly on a number of charges, including child pornography. 

As previously reported, the 12 Play artist was arrested last week in Chicago on a 13-count indictment that includes charges of sexual exploitation of children and obstruction of justice, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago.

In addition, Kelly is facing a separate indictment in New York, charging him with one count of racketeering and four counts of violating the Mann Act, which prohibits transporting people across state lines for the purpose of prostitution.

The 52-year-old singer has continued to maintain innocence, pleading not guilty to all charges.

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ABC/Rick RowellSoulja Boy can officially resume his "biggest comeback," after being granted an early release from jail, nearly five months ahead of his sentence, TMZ reports. 

According to the outlet, the "Crank That" rapper was released on Sunday from the Los Angeles facility where he had spent a little over three months since April 11. Soulja was initially sentenced to 240 days -- or approximately 8 months -- in jail, as well as 265 days of community service for a probation violation.

However, the 28-year-old was released early from jail due to a "combination of good behavior, time served and overcrowding." 

Soulja's legal woes stem from a December 2014 conviction, in which the rapper was arrested on charges of carrying a loaded firearm in public. He was subsequently sentenced to 24 months of probation, which he violated in December 2016 after he was arrested again with yet another gun.

The following month, Soulja was charged with two felonies and one misdemeanor stemming from that arrest. In March 2017, the rapper was convicted on one of the felonies and given five years of probation.

Most recently, in February, police raided Soulja's home to investigate claims that he kidnapped and assaulted his then-girlfriend. Authorities claimed to have found ammunition in the home, which violated his probation. 

Soulja has yet to share the news with fans or confirm his release via social media. 

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ABC/Craig SjodinSerena Williams may have lost the Wimbledon final, but the tennis star is still a champion when it comes to the fight for equality.

During a press conference over the weekend following her match against Simona Halep, a reporter asked Williams to respond to Billie Jean King's comments that Williams should focus more on her game and less on her activism if she planned to win Wimbledon.

"The day I stop fighting for equality and for people that look like you and me will be the day I'm in my grave," the 23-time Grand Slam tennis champion said.

Part of King's comments in June touched on the fact that Williams has a lot going on in her personal life, which takes away from tennis.

"She's got a baby, she's trying to help gender equity, particularly women of color," King had said. "But it makes it much harder. I would like her to put everything else aside, because she's got people working on those things."

King added, "I wish she would just make a commitment for the next year-and-a-half to two years and say, I'm going to absolutely focus on what's necessary for my tennis, so when I look in the mirror when I'm older then I can go back in my mind and know I gave it everything I had."

After Williams' response, King took to Twitter to clarify her remarks.

"I would never ask anyone to stop fighting for equality," she tweeted. "In everything she does, Serena shines a light on what all of us must fight for in order to achieve equality for all."

And fans weighed in too..

"Maybe everyone should stop telling Serena what to do," wrote one fan.

"Fighting for equal rights and being the best aren't mutually exclusive," shared another.

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Getty Images For DCP via ABC/Jeff Kravitz/AMA2018While Post Malone hasn't officially announced a new album, he's just revealed that he's hitting the road this September, so that's a good indication that something's coming.

Posty's Runaway Tour will kick off September 14 in Tacoma, Washington. The tour includes an appearance at the Life Is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas on September 22, a stop at New Orleans' Voodoo Festival on October 27, and his own Posty Fest in Dallas on November 2.  

The artist's "Sunflower" duet partner Swae Lee will join him for the trek, as will Tyla Yaweh.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday at 10 a.m. local time via LiveNation.com. Citi cardmembers can grab them starting Tuesday at 10 a.m. local time.

Post released his most recent single, "Goodbyes," featuring Young Thug, earlier this month.

Here are Post's tour dates:

9/14 -- Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome
9/16 -- Vancouver, BC, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
9/17 -- Portland, OR, MODA Center
9/19 -- Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center
9/21 -- Fresno, CA,Save Mart Center
9/22 -- Las Vegas, NV, Life Is Beautiful Festival
9/26 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
9/29 -- Detroit, MI, Little Ceasars Arena
10/3 -- Toronto, ON, Scotiabank Arena
10/6 -- Buffalo, NY, KeyBank Center
10/9 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
10/11 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall
10/12 -- Washington, DC, Capital One Arena
10/14 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
10/17 -- Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena
10/18 -- Atlanta, GA, State Farm Arena
10/20 -- Miami, FL, AmericanAirlines Arena
10/24 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
10/25 -- Jacksonville, FL, Vystar Veterans Arena
10/27 -- New Orleans, LA, Voodoo Festival
10/29 -- San Antonio, TX, AT&T Center
11/2 -- Dallas, TX ,Posty Fest
11/5 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
11/8 -- Glendale, AZ, Gila River Arena
11/10 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
11/11 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Vivint Smart Home Arena
11/14 -- Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
11/16 -- Anaheim, CA, Honda Center
11/20 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Forum

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ABC/Randy HolmesIt's now official: Don Cheadle has joined the all-star line-up of LeBron JamesSpace Jam 2.

Following reports last week, James confirmed the news in a new tweet, and shared his excitement.

"We’re actually shooting scene together right now!," he wrote. "Ha. #Legend #SpaceJam2."  The NBA star also added a bunny, carrot, basketball, crown and filming emjoi to his message.

The news comes after James recently celebrated the start of production on the film.

"Man this really just hit me!" James tweeted. "I’m really shooting Space Jam 2!! This is so surreal and doesn’t even make sense to me! Where I come from man and what I saw growing up this doesn’t add up to me! I’m truly grateful and beyond blessed. This is CRAZINESS."

Cheadle joins Star Trek: Discovery star Sonequa Martin-Green, who has been cast as LeBron's wife, in the cast.

As previously reported, Random Acts of Flyness creator Terence Nance will serve as the film's director, with Black Panther director Ryan Coogler producing. This will be Coogler's first project since directing the Marvel blockbuster.

The first Space Jam, released in 1996, starred Michael Jordan and quickly became a big box office hit, grossing over $230 million worldwide.

Space Jam 2 is set to hit theaters on July 16, 2021.

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Score one for the dreamers, and J. Cole.  The rapper/producer's hip-hop compilation album Revenge of the Dreamers III debuts this week in the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 all-genre albums chart.

The 18-track project moved 115,000 equivalent album units in the week ending July 11, according to Nielsen Music figures reported by Billboard.  Of those, 23,000 were physical album sales.

Revenge of the Dreamers III features tracks recorded by artists from J. Cole's Dreamville label, including Bas, Cozz, EARTHGANG, J.I.D., Ari Lennox, Lute and Omen, as well as guest spots from T.I., Ty Dolla $ign, DaBaby and more.  Cole's featured on seven of the tracks, including, of course, his top-five hit from earlier this year, "Middle Child."

Revenge of the Dreamers III by far is the most successful of Cole's label trilogy.  2015's Revenge of the Dreamers II peaked at #29 on the Billboard 200, while the original Revenge of the Dreamers mixtape the year before that didn't chart at all.

The creative process behind RotD III was chronicled in the mini-documentary Revenge.

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Niklas Halle'n-WPA Pool/Getty ImagesThey're probably the closest thing America's got to royalty right now, so it's only fitting Beyoncé and husband Jay Z got some facetime Saturday with Britain's Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle at the London premiere of Disney's The Lion King.

While there's no word on what the two power couples chatted about during their brief hello, photos from the event show them chatting amiably, with the ladies looking predictably gorgeous -- Beyoncé in a gold gown that appears to be made of silk, while Megan wore an elegant black cocktail dress with sheer sleeves.  It was a rare night out for Meghan and Andrew since the birth of their first child, son Archie, last May.

Beyoncé of course voices the lioness Nala opposite Donald Glover's Simba in the live-action version of The Lion King.  Also starring James Earl Jones, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen, Chance the Rapper and John Oliver, it opens nationally July 19.

Disney's the parent company of ABC News.

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ABC/ Lorenzo BevilaquaIdris Elba is opening up about one of his biggest gig as a DJ yet: performing at the royal wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in May 2018.

In an interview with BBC Radio, Elba revealed some of the details of the prestigious booking.

"Meghan sent me a playlist," Elba said, adding, “There was some West Coast on it. That's all I'm sayin'."

Unfortunately, he did not specify if by "West Coast," he meant Tupac, Dr. Dre and Snoop.

"Respectfully, I haven't been really going on about it," Elba said. "I'm not gonna put their business out there."

However, Elba did say he played Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" at their wedding.

"A lot of tunes went off," he said of the reactions during the ceremony and reception.

Elba also talked about his own wedding to Sabrina Dhowre earlier this year in Morocco.

"It was one of the most beautiful three days ever...we had the most amazing time," he recalled.

Also during the interview, the actor spoke about how his dad's death five years ago really inspired him to go out there and try his hand at anything, from music to art to acting.

"There's nothing promised," he said of losing his father months after his lung cancer diagnosis. "At the end of the day, if there's something that you want to do...go out and play. You might not be the best at it. It's the fact that you lived an ambition."

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Epic RecordsA new wave of music has emerged just in time for the weekend. Today's new releases include cuts from NasFuture and Meek Mill, and French Montana connecting with City Girls

For their latest effort, "100 Shots," Future and Meek exchange verses as they open fire over the Tay Keith and Cubeatz production. The fresh single arrives ahead of the rappers' co-headlining Legendary Nights Tour, set to kick off at the tail end of this summer. 

As for Nas, he's officially gifted fans with another preview of The Lost Tapes 2 with his latest effort, "Jarreau of Rap." The Eddie Cole-produced tracks finds the veteran lyricist skillfully unloading bars over a sample of the late Al Jarreau's rendition of Dave Brubeck's jazz classic "Blue Rondo à la Turk."

It's a jovial track that takes an extended instrumental break to highlight the talents of featured artist Keyon Harrold.

The Lost Tapes 2 is due to arrive next week via Mass Appeal Records. 

Closing out today's round-up is French Montana's new bouncy record, "Wiggle It," featuring City Girls. Complemented by buoyant horns, French settles into a punchy pocket on the track with quick-witted rhymes as JT and Yung Miami amp up the sex appeal on the chorus.

The single arrives on the heels of French teaming up with friend and longtime collaborator Max B for Coke Wave 4

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Eric LaggLil Nas X is continuing his world dominance by recruiting Young Thug and 12-year-old country singer Mason Ramsey for his newest "Old Town Road" remix. 

After a month's-long tease, X's breakout hit underwent a revival of sorts on Friday with the addition of two new verses from Thug and Ramsey, who's also known as the "Yodeling Kid." This new take "Old Town Road" appears to be X's way of ensuring he continues to dominate the charts.

For 14 straight weeks, the single has remained the atop Billboard's Hot 100.  If it can stay on top for three more weeks, it will be the longest-running number one of all time, as well as the longest-charting hip-hop song ever. 

However, X has vowed to fans that there will be no more renditions of "Old Town Road," as the "prophecy is fulfilled." 

After releasing his debut EP 7, which peaked at number two, the "country trap" star's impressive run surely doesn't look like it'll be slowing down anytime soon. 

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ABC/Paula Lobo; Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCLil Wayne has announced that he won't be leaving his joint tour with Blink-182 -- despite suggesting he'd be dropping off the bill during Thursday's show in Bristow, Virginia.

"Yesterday was krazy!" Wayne tweeted Friday. "But I want all my fans to know I won't be quitting this tour! I'm having too much fun with my bros blink-182."

During his shortened set Thursday, Wayne implied that he wasn't happy with the size of the crowd, or how many fans were there to see him.

"Please forgive me, but I am so not used to performing to a crowd...there's not too many...that's not my swag," Wayne said, while gesturing to the audience. "I'm not sure how long I'm gonna be able to do this tour."

"This might be my last night," he added.

The tour will continue as scheduled Saturday, July 13 in Bangor, Maine.

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ABC/Image Group LAJermaine Dupri has found himself embroiled in a heated debate about contemporary female rappers, after sharing his thoughts on the genre's new wave of lyricists. 

Thursday, the So So Def founder sat down with People  and spoke about breaking ground with Da Brat in the early '90s. But when asked to name a few of his favorite female MCs of today, Dupri did nothing but criticize.

“I feel like they’re all rapping about the same thing,” the music mogul says in a clip. “It’s like strippers rapping and as far as rap goes, I’m not getting who’s the best rapper."

Dupri's comments spread like wildfire online, and prompted responses from a handful of today's female acts, including Cardi B

“First of all, I rap about my p**** because she my best friend. And second of all, it’s because it seems like that’s what people want to hear," the Bronx-bred artist said candidly in a video posted to social media on Thursday night. 

As proof, Cardi said that her single "Be Careful," lifted from her debut album Invasion of Privacy, received a tepid response from fans because it was a serious ballad that addressed infidelity. She then urged critics to support the plethora of women "rapping they a** off."

Viral sensation Doja Cat voiced a similar sentiment, after blasting Dupri for his comments. 

"We need to spread love to all the female rappers out there doing their f****** thing and not let people who don't give a f*** about music discredit us," the "MOOO!" artist captioned an Instagram video.

She added: "There's so much out there to appreciate."

New York newcomer Melli also shared a loaded response, writing on Instagram: "Strippers have bars and goals too!"

Dupri has yet to offer a rebuttal to the leading ladies. 

 

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Scott Olson/Getty ImagesLast night, R. Kelly was arrested while walking his dog in Chicago, and charged with 13 counts, including sexual exploitation of children, conspiracy to defraud the United States, coercion and child pornography.  Now the indictment has been unsealed, offering more details on the charges.

The charges are based on R Kelly’s alleged sexual contact in the 1990s with five female minors, identified in court records as Minor 1-5. The alleged sexual contact and sexual acts were recorded, court records said.

The indictment also said that Kelly and his business manager Derrell McDavid obstructed justice by paying victims and witnesses not to cooperate with law enforcement.

A separate, five-count indictment returned in Brooklyn, NY, puts R. Kelly at the center of an “enterprise” of managers, body guards, drivers and personal assistants who were hired “to promote R. Kelly's music and the R. Kelly brand, and to recruit women and girls to engage in illegal sexual activity with Kelly.”

A select few were offered wristbands at R. Kelly concerts, court records said, to “manage the flow of women and girls who were directly interacting with Kelly.”  

The indictment also specified the rules that Kelly’s sexual partners were required to follow, such as not being allowed to leave a room without permission from Kelly, calling the singer "Daddy," wearing baggy clothing and not looking at other men.

Friday morning, a rep for Kelly, Darrell Johnson, spoke in Atlanta, GA. Johnson claimed the charges Kelly was arrested for were "nothing new."  During his remarks, the family of one of Kelly's alleged victims, Jocelyn Savage, yelled out, "This is my daughter!" and "Where is she at?"

Johnson said he'd met Jocelyn six times and seen her come in and out of Kelly's apartment at Chicago's Trump Tower. He added that he'd never seen anything "harmful" done to her.

R. Kelly's next court appearance is set for today at 2:45pm E.T. in Chicago. He'll ask for a removal hearing on the New York charges.

Kelly, 52, pleaded not guilty in a Chicago court last February to ten counts of aggravated sexual abuse allegedly involving three girls and one woman.  Then in June, he pleaded not guilty to an additional 11 counts of sex-related charges, including four aggravated criminal sexual assault charges.  Each of those four charges carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.

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ABC/Paula Lobo; Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCLil Wayne's tour with Blink-182 might be coming to an unceremonious end.

The joint outing made a stop in Bristow, Virginia Thursday, and during Wayne's set, the rapper declared that the show might be his "last night" on the run.

"Please forgive me, but I am so not used to performing to a crowd...there's not too many...that's not my swag," Wayne said, while gesturing to the audience. "I'm not sure how long I'm gonna be able to do this tour."

Wayne then thanked Blink for "including me anyway," and asked the crowd to "make some noise" for the punk trio.

"This might be my last night, though, let's go," he added.

According to fans on Twitter, Wayne only played four songs and his set lasted about 20 minutes.

You can watch fan-shot video of Wayne's comments streaming now on YouTube.

Blink-182 hasn't commented on Wayne's remark's publicly, and it's unclear whether the rapper has officially left the tour. The trek is scheduled to continue Saturday in Bangor, Maine.

This isn't the first hitch on the Wayne-182 tour, which features Blink playing 1999's Enema of the State in full. The first date of the run, scheduled for June 27 in Columbus, Ohio, was postponed due to "production delays." The tour officially kicked off June 29 in Hartford, Connecticut.

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