Blue Ivy Carter, Jay-Z and Beyonce at the 2014 VMAs

Jay Z and singer Beyonce with daughter Blue Ivy Carter onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. 

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Slander in the R&B and hip-hop realms was strong this week; some of it was justified, and some of it was not.

For this week's episode of The Juice Podcast, Taj Rani (BET) and Michael Arceneaux (Complex, Ebony) join me to discuss the happenings of the week, including Usher's new single "Believe Me," Ariana Grande and Big Sean's blooming relationship, Karrueche Tran's tasteless joke about Beyoncé and Jay Z's daughter Blue Ivy by way of BET, and the Beyhive's reaction.

The three of us talk about the anticipation (or lack there of if going off this week's guests) of Usher's upcoming album, rumored to be titled UR. Rani shared her excitement towards Ariana Grande and Big Sean's relationship, while Arceneaux -- proud member of the Beyhive -- touched on the impact of Beyoncé's fan base and the disappointment of the criticism towards Blue Ivy.

Listen to the 18th episode of The Juice Podcast below and tell me what you think over on Twitter (@3rika).