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Pre-VMA

Parties

8/31/2006 3:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

083106-vma-partyIt was an especially star-studded night on Wednesday in the Big Apple, as celebs infested New York in advance of tonight's MTV Video Music Awards.

Our first stop was the gala opening of Rocpopshop, the Midtown Manhattan retail outlet of one of rap's true moguls -- Jay-Z -- where we ran into the proprietor himself. The self-proclaimed "CEO of Hip-Hop" arrived in true blinged-out fashion and stopped by the red carpet for the paparazzi, while showing off his fashion line.

From there we were off to another VMA-eve soiree at the swank Bryant Park Hotel thrown by Nick Lachey. The former boy-bander showed in the same car with rumored girlfriend and "TRL" eye candy Vanessa Minnillo but the two were careful not to walk the red carpet together. Vanessa waited in the car until Nick was done gladhanding and posing, and then traipsed down the red carpet herself. Why these two are even bothering with the coy cloak-and-dagger act is beyond us.

Our last stop was the biggest one of the night, at new NoHo hotspot Chinatown Brasserie. Thrown by Grammy-winning producer Pharrell Williams, the bash's guest list was absolutely crammed with stars, like the Dogg Father (Snoop Dogg) himself, Ciara, Cee-Lo (one-half of Gnarls Barkley), the brothers Wayans, a very bitter Ed Lover, hip-hop legend Common, and -- well what would a party be without them? -- the Hilton clan, which included, as ever, producer Scott Storch and supporting actor Brandon Davis.

All this and much much more in this VMA party packed Star Catcher.
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coco puff    

Jay-Z is without a doubt, the ugliest crapper in the world. I'm amazed the camera lenses don't break when there pointed at him.

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kathryn    

That chick next to Pharrell has got some big a*s lips!

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Puh der Baer    

What would a party be without them??? Possibly disease & sleaze free...

2939 days ago
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Wicked1    

KATHRYN, YOU ARE SUCH A LOSER. A COMMENT FOR EVERY SINGLE
STORY ON TMZ WITH NOTHING INTERESTING TO SAY.. EVER.. SO WHY BOTHER? ARE YOU JUST INCAPABLE OF MAKING A GOOD POINT OR ARGUMENT? PATHETIC, PATHETIC, OH SO PATHETIC!

2939 days ago
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kathryn    

I hate stupid people: you have so much time on your hands you have to follow my posts?....Mommy will be home soon. Better go back to watching Fairly Odd Parents, and leave the gossip to the adults.

2939 days ago
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Midwest    

Leave her alone, the reason there is a post option is so people can post!

I hate stupid people too...but leave the chick alone. Uncalled for.

2939 days ago
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Midwest    

Also, "I hate stupid people", why must you type in all caps?? You think is gonna make you're post stand out more?? Its stupid.

This is a gossip site to gossip. Its just gossip!! Get over yourself.

Kathryn, keep on posting. We need more wit and humor around here.

2939 days ago
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New One    

Yo dude this is my posse and I uh mmm don%u2019t know but I am a little stoned and under educated, but I got like bling and sh*t so uh these are my boys and we are here to get a little more stoned. Yeah

2939 days ago
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Wicked1    

Fairly Odd Parents? You lost me. Anyway, MIDWEST thinks you have wit AND humor so keep on posting! Maybe I'll grow to love your idiotic responses to EVERY SINGLE STORY on TMZ. Have a great weekend ladies. (Sorry for the CAPS Midwest. Hope you don't lose any sleep over it! And by the way..learn how to spell.)

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veronica nova-jean    

umm, yea. Jay-Z may be ugly but hes got Beyonce and one of the BEST fashion senses around. You guys arguing on this is RETARDED. I think maybe we should use this space to tell the people running TMZ.COM that the videos on here rarely work without constantly re-loading or closing out. Could someting be done so it just works right or what? Who is that chick next to Pharrell anyway??

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coco puff    

The only cool rappers are ones that came from the street. 50, Tu Pac and Lil Kim, the rest are just a bunch of wannabes. Earn your money first, selling drugs and living in the ghetto. Only then you will have respect and legitamize your rap. The rest of them are a bunch of phony asses look en to make a buck!

2939 days ago
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chris    

it is funny that black people want to be treated equal but almost all of the black people in the spotlight are blingy ******* that are ruining it for all the blacks. stop crying racist and stop naming your kids lequisha and try to be protective members of society

2939 days ago
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New One    

Chris is back!! Oh sh*t here comes the storm.

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veronica nova-jean    

DAMN. Harsh ass comment Chris.... Why dont you just go ahead and tell us alll how you realllyyy feeeelllll about black people. JJJEEZZZUUUZZZ

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Mezzy    

I speak Bachi, i bet you wonna be like one of those rappers uneducated with $$$ rather than educated without $$$ HOLLA!!

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