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Kanye West

Music Execs Made Him

Feel Bruce Jenner's Pain

11 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0426-kim-kardashian-kanye-west-bruce-jenner-TMZ-ABC-01Kanye West was set up to play the hero -- helping Kim Kardashian better understand Bruce Jenner's transition -- thanks to a bunch of crap he himself had to take on while coming up in the music biz.

As Jenner told Diane Sawyer ... Kanye lead Kim to a breakthrough by telling her everyone has to be true to themselves. Sources tell us Kanye was referring to how music execs made him feel about his identity in the rap game.

We're told Kanye felt like he stood out when his career was taking off -- he was a rapper who also had strong interests in other fields, such as fashion. But he felt like the honchos ignored his true identity, and were constantly trying to mold him into someone they could market better.

Sources say Kanye explained to Kim that standing up to those execs was the only thing that eventually brought him true happiness.

Pretty savvy on Kanye's part ... to recognize Bruce going through the same thing he did, and then convey that to Kim.

Welcome to the Good Life.

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'SNL' Star Cecily Strong

Cracks Racist Cops Joke on Obama ...

As Baltimore Riots Raged

4/26/2015 8:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Cecily Strong went in HARD on President Obama and the Secret Service with an envelope-pushing joke about cops killing black men -- and she did it just miles from the Baltimore riots over that very issue.

Cecily hosted the White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday night, and got the biggest reaction from the room when she said the Secret Service is "the only law enforcement agency in the country that will get in trouble if a black man gets shot."

The crowd was still gasping when she unleashed another racially charged follow-up.

0426-baltimore-orioles-jumbotron-warning-TWITTER-01Around the same time -- 30 miles outside the Beltway -- the Baltimore riots over Freddie Gray's death in police custody turned so violent police told Orioles fans to stay inside the stadium after the game.

We're guessing Cecily's jokes were written long before Baltimore erupted -- still, it was front page news all day leading up to the WHCD. So, we gotta ask ...  

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Lil Wayne

Tour Bus Shot Up in Atlanta

4/26/2015 3:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0426-lil-wayne-police-tour-bus-WSBTV-01Lil Wayne's tour bus took on gunfire in Atlanta early Sunday morning ... TMZ has learned.

Wayne performed at Compound nightclub on Saturday night ... and sources tell us the shooting went down shortly after 3:30 AM -- minutes after Wayne's 2 tour buses pulled away from the club.

We're told Weezy and a few other Young Money execs and artists -- including Lil Twist and Hood -- were on board at least one of the buses at the time of the shooting. It appears no one was injured, and it's still unclear if Wayne was on board the bus that was hit.

Law enforcement sources tell us immediately after the shooting the bus was driven to a nearby hotel, and that's when someone in Wayne's entourage called cops.

We're told witnesses on the buses didn't see much -- their only description of the suspects is that they were in 2 white vehicles ... a sports car (possibly a Corvette) and an SUV.

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Bruce Jenner's Ex-Playmate Friend

Breaks Down in Tears ...

He Doesn't Realize His Own Power

4/26/2015 7:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

One of Bruce Jenner's friends -- a former Playboy Playmate -- couldn't hold back her emotions about his transition ... and the impact he's having on society.

Deborah Driggs -- Miss March 1990 -- told us she's known Bruce for years, and admitted outside Spago Saturday night ... she couldn't hold back the water works when we asked her about the ABC special.

Watch ... Deborah's explanation about why she thinks Bruce is saving lives is pretty moving. She's also, we suspect, echoing the feelings of countless people.

By the way, Deborah has a golden connection to Bruce. They became friends though her ex-husband Mitch Gaylord -- the first male American gymnast to score a perfect 10 ... which earned him Gold in the '84 Olympics.

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Blac Chyna

Tyga's Been After My Ass FOR MONTHS

4/26/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0424-blac-chyna-butt-crack-instagram-01Blac Chyna says Tyga didn't just text her out of the blue this week trying to get back with her ... she says he's been making that play for 7 months.

Sources connected with Blac Chyna tell TMZ ... the text -- in which he said "I want to be with u" -- was the last in a flurry of texts, conversations and private face-to-face meetings in which he made his play to reconcile their relationship.

Sources close to Chyna says she never believed he was physically with Kylie Jenner -- partly because she's 17, and partly because they were all neighbors and close to the Kardashian family.  She says she believed Tyga when he called out the media for suggesting he was dating Kylie, but doesn't believe it anymore.

Blac Chyna posted Tyga's texts out of anger, but she claims she wants nothing to do with him anymore. It's complicated by the fact that they have a kid together.

As for Tyga, he has never said he's with Kylie and in the past has denied it ... but he's recently insinuated it, and even put it in writing.

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Prez Obama

Upstaged by 'Angry' Key & Peele Star

4/26/2015 7:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Barack Obama made, arguably, the best decision of his presidency when he jacked a "Key & Peele" skit for his standout moment at the White House Correspondents Dinner.

If you missed it -- 'cause like most Americans, you don't watch CNN or C-Span on Saturday nights -- the prez brought out 'K&P' star Keegan-Michael Key to play his "anger translator" ... who says what POTUS is really thinking during speeches.

The bit always killed ... like it always does. Check out the pot shots at the media (including the W.H. Correspondents), Ted Cruz, and even Hillary Clinton.

Good move, B.O. ... leave the comedy to comedians. 

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Stars and Scars

You Be the Judge

4/25/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Bruce Jenner riveted the nation this week, while Ariana and Big Sean hurled accusations at each other. So we gotta ask ... 

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John Larroquette

Alleged Crash Victim ...

His Insurance Co. Is Screwing Me

4/26/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

John Larroquette Crash Victim"Night Court" star John Larroquette was involved in a brutal car accident that severely injured a reality TV star, who claims he can't get no satisfaction ... from John or his insurance company. 

The alleged victim is Joe Meinwieser -- a tattoo artist on Oxygen's "Tattoos After Dark" -- and his list of injuries are horrific: broken ribs, fractured spine, fractured hand, and loss of half his kidney.

Meinwieser claims Larroquette made an illegal turn out of a Venice, CA parking lot in December -- smashing into him and his motorcycle. 

0423-sub-joe-meinswieser-twitter-01Police investigated, and law enforcement sources tell us it's unlikely JL will face criminal charges.

That's not sitting well with Joe -- who claims Larroquette promised to cover his medical expenses ... but the actor's insurance company won't pay up. He says he can't work, and his unpaid medical bills are mounting. 

Unclear if Larroquette is aware of Meinwieser's situation. We've made multiple attempts to contact him, but his people aren't responding. Joe says his next move will be a lawsuit.

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Kim Richards

I Checked Myself Into Rehab

4/25/2015 4:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0425-kim-richards-01Kim Richards had an ah-ha moment a few days ago ... she needed help, so she made the decision on her own to check into rehab.

Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ, Kim is in a live-in facility in Malibu which specializes in substance abuse. We're told she made the decision after consulting with family.

As we reported ... the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star was arrested 9 days ago at the Beverly Hills Hotel after allegedly causing a scene while heavily intoxicated. She was booked for trespass, resisting arrest, battery on a police officer, and public drunkenness.

We're told she will stay at the rehab facility "as long as it takes."

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Darius McCrary

My Son's Paralyzed with Fear

Claims He's Being Abused

4/26/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Darius McCrary Son AbusedDarius McCrary refused to return his son to his baby mama because he claims the boy has been abused by his stepdad, but he lost the fight and the boy is hysterical with fear.

We're told everything unraveled last week at LAX, when he was putting his 7-year-old boy on a Michigan-bound plane to return to his mom.  The boy had a tantrum and cops were called.

According to the police report, McCrary told officers the boy was terrified to return home because his stepfather had physically abused him back in January.  Cops then spoke with to the boy and got the same story. 

Cops got the message and allowed Darius to leave the airport with his son.  The Dept. of Children and Family Services was notified, and that triggered a court battle.

Darius tried to convince an L.A. County judge to award him full custody, but the judge decided the case could only be handled by the Michigan courts and the kid had to be returned to his mom.

So Friday afternoon, Darius met the baby mama at the Hollywood Police Station and handed off their son, who became an emotional wreck.

Darius plans to carry on the fight in Michigan.

We've reached out to the baby mama's attorney for comment ... so far, no word back.

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AL PACINO

GOOD GENES OR

GOOD DOCS?

4/26/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0424_al_pacino_good_genes_launchWhen it comes to good looks ... Al Pacino is anything but a "Scarface."

Here's a 39-year-old version of the "Michael Corleone" stud at a celebrity benefit back in 1979 (left) and 36 years later ... the godfather of cool -- who is celebrating his 75th birthday this weekend -- at a NYC movie theater last month (right).

Hoo-ah!

The question is ...

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Bravo's Greg Plitt Sued

I Know You're Dead, Bro

But About that $50k ...

4/26/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Greg Plitt Owes Money After DeathBravo fitness star Greg Plitt allegedly made a handshake deal with a filmmaker to create his popular fitness show, but never paid the guy ... who's now going after Greg's estate to get the cash.

According to docs ... filmmaker Devin Coury says he and Plitt had an oral contract for his online "Raw Series" back in 2009. Coury says he shot the footage for the program, and was owed $50,000 for his services.

Of course, Plitt died last year when he was hit by a train -- but Coury says he never got a dime of the 50 large. In the docs, Coury says he saw Plitt one last time in 2013, and got his word he would make things right ... but that never happened.

As for proof there was really a deal -- Coury's submitted invoices he sent to Greg.  

Coury admits trying to get the money from his dead friend's estate is a "fragile situation" -- but he's pressing forward with his claim. 

Celebrity Scramble

GUESS WHO!

4/25/2015 12:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0420_scramble_launchPlease don't try to adjust your screen because these stars' faces are scrambled on purpose ... focus in on these wonky pics and test your celebrity spottin' skills!

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