Music Notes: Janelle Monáe, SZA, Yo Gotti, Cardi B, Beyoncé and more

Janelle Monáe‘s tuxedo days are long gone, as she’s been embracing sexier looks, and it turns out SZA is a fan of the change. Commenting on Rnb.Radar’s Instagram post about Janelle living her best life, SZA wrote, “I love that it’s HER being free [right now] because [people] LOVE to box women in and claim that because you’re articulate respected and intelligent, you can’t show your body or be sexual or anything else lol. It’s a ridiculous notion and I’m ALL FOR HER SELF RENAISSANCE.”

Yo Gotti is turning 42, so in honor of his birthday, girlfriend and reality star Angela Simmons gifted him with a new Tesla and celebrated the occasion with a party.

Reports swirled about a breakup between DDG and Halle Bailey, but the rapper found one in particular to be amusing. A post from Pop Tingz referred to him as an “E-list rapper,” which he claimed was “kinda funny.” He later tweeted using the title when discussing the fact his song is the second-most-added track to urban radio this week. “E-List rapper going crazy,” he wrote.

Cardi B appears in the new commercial for Beats By Dre’s latest earphones, Beats Studio Buds+, which are now available for order. In the ad, she flaunts the earbuds, which are said to have clearer audio, better noise canceling and a more powerful sound while on a phone call.

Beyoncé‘s “Cuff It” challenge went viral on TikTok alongside its now-popular dance, so the creators are patiently waiting to be rewarded with some tickets. “Us waiting for Renaissance tickets to be sent to us after creating the ‘cuff it challenge,’” they captioned a new video on the platform.

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