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Kanye West Goal is to Resume Tour in Early 2018 With Bonuses

6/29/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The pieces are now in place for Kanye West to go back on tour as soon as early 2018 ... and we're told it's moving in just that direction.

Sources familiar with the situation tells us Live Nation -- which produced the 2016 Saint Pablo Tour -- has been in talks with Kanye's team and, as one source puts it, "We're ready to jump as soon as he gives the green light." 

Various sources tell us Kanye is physically and mentally back ... in fact, better than they've ever seen him. They say he's focused, engaged, and has overcome the issues that landed him in the hospital last year.

We're told when Kanye decides to go back on stage, it will not be a replica of last year's tour. Although the floating stage was pretty awesome, we're told Kanye will almost certainly improve on it or replace it, as well as other various effects. 

We're also told he will update the set list. TMZ broke the story ... Kanye had gone to a Wyoming retreat over the last few months to work on a new album.

But ... Kanye is aggressively avoiding artificial deadlines, because it creates stress that leads to bad things. He doesn't have a specific timeline for releasing the album or firing up the tour ... although our tour sources say early next year is the goal.

DJ Khaled's Son The Boy Who Cried Bieber!!!

6/29/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

When DJ Khaled's son met Justin Bieber ... tears were shed. 

TMZ has obtained video of Justin getting an audience with Khaled's beloved baby boy, Asahd. The meeting went down while Asahd's pop and JB were shooting their "I'm the One" music video, and let's just say it didn't go too well.

Asahd -- who famously never cries or fusses in public -- gave Justin the once-over, and then came the bawling. The Biebs tried his best to soothe the kid ... NOT by singing, "Baby," but that would've been cool.

Khaled's spawn always gets his way -- look at him, you can see why -- and even Justin knows it. 

Prodigy's Funeral East Coast Hip-Hop Legends Expected

6/29/2017 12:40 AM PDT
Exclusive Details

Prodigy's funeral should bring together some huge names -- his fellow legends of hip-hop ... especially from the East Coast scene. 

Sources connected to the service tell us Prodigy's family has invited an A-list of rappers who worked with Mobb Deep or came up at the same time ... including Nas, Lil Kim, Big Daddy Kane, Ice-T, Naughty By Nature, Onyx. Of course, Prodigy's partner, Havoc, will also be there.

We're told the private ceremony will go down Thursday at NYC's Frank E. Campbell "Funeral Chapel." A public service for fans to pay final respects will happen there from 2 to 5 PM. 

TMZ broke the story ... Prodigy died last week in Las Vegas after a lifelong battle with sickle cell anemia. 

'Bachelorette' Star Eric Bigger Last Black Contestant Says Race Didn't Steer Rachel's Roses

6/29/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Rachel Lindsay got rid of all the black suitors on Tuesday's episode of 'The Bachelorette' except one ... but even he doesn't think race had anything to do with it.

We spoke with Eric Bigger, who's the last standing African-American contestant vying for Rachel's heart this week -- and he doesn't think love has anything to do with color ... and thinks Rachel sees it the same way.

Sounds like a big change of attitude from Monday night's episode, where he pointed out most of Rachel's one-on-one dates were with non-black guys. However, he claims producers twisted his words ... and he really doesn't feel like race is a factor.

Check out his rationale on why he thinks Rachel broke down last week over racial pressure. He's got an interesting take.

"Leave Britney Alone!" Guy Chris Crocker 'Memba Him?!

6/29/2017 12:10 AM PDT

Chris Crocker gained fame after his fanatic youtube video went viral of himself defending Britney Spears after her MTV Music Video Awards performance flopped backed in 2007. Guess what he looked like now!

Kate del Castillo Demands International Investigation Mexico Violated My Human Rights

6/28/2017 5:28 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kate del Castillo, the Mexican actress who accompanied Sean Penn in the infamous El Chapo interview, is going to the Organization of American States in Washington D.C. Thursday, demanding that they open a human rights investigation into the treatment she got from the Mexican government.

Kate will file a complaint with the O.A.S. Inter-American Human Rights Commission, claiming Mexico's Attorney General leaked information about what was supposed to be a secret investigation into claims she laundered money ... something she denies.

She says the A.G. was out for personal political gain, and virtually ruined her life last year with nonstop "media persecution."

Kate says she's entitled to a presumption of innocence, which was denied by the A.G. in his pursuit of power. She says the leaks triggered a "mass-media lynching."

Kate has been charged with money laundering and the case is pending.

WWE 'Tough Enough' Winner Brain Tumor Returns ... Emergency Surgery Scheduled

6/28/2017 5:27 PM PDT
Breaking News

"WWE Tough Enough 3" winner Matt Cappotelli says he's undergoing emergency brain surgery on Thursday after doctors found a "very large tumor" in his brain. 

Cappotelli was diagnosed with a tumor in 2005 -- just a couple years after winning a WWE contract in the reality TV competition. His big break was coming ...  but surgery forced him into retirement at age 27. 

Everything seemed to be going well ... until the tumor returned. 

"Waiting to be taken for my MRI and get prepared for my second brain surgery tomorrow," Cappotelli said in a statement Wednesday on his wife's Facebook page.

"Just found out the tumor that I had removed 10 years ago has come back much more aggressively and needs to be dealt with."

"It's a very large tumor and there is a portion that is inoperable."

"The portion that they're hoping to remove will be sent for pathology, which will determine what exactly we are dealing with and provide insight on future treatment plans and the next steps for the inoperable portion in my brain stem #John9:1-3."

Cappotelli was a tough S.O.B. on the reality show -- taking a beating from wrestling legend Bob "Hardcore" Holly ... and still coming back to win the show. 

We rooted for him then. Rooting harder now. 

Common BET Weekend Beefs Are So '90s Time To Keep The Peace

6/28/2017 3:34 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

If you're a rapper starting fights during BET weekend in L.A., then you might as well be rockin' FUBU and JNCO jeans, or just plain have too much time on your hands, at least according to Common.

We got Common at LAX Wednesday and asked him about the multiple heated run-ins at the BET Awards. He doesn't blame BET for all the commotion.

You gotta watch the video ... Common thinks he's done with our photog, but as the SUV window closes our guy mentions the '90s, Common processes the question, rolls the window down and makes it clear ... the '90s rap game should RIP.

TSA to Harrison Ford Get in There, You Big Furry Oaf!

6/28/2017 4:06 PM PDT

Harrison Ford ain't getting around TSA as easily as he does all those sticky situations in 'Star Wars' -- well, all except that last one.

We got Harrison at LAX, where he was mum about the new standalone 'Han Solo' movie bringing on Ron Howard to direct.

But the gold here is the most famous interstellar smuggler trying to get through an airport security check.

Kessel run in 14 parsecs? TSA don't care!

We know Chewie's gotta be laughing somewhere ... in a galaxy far, far away.

Baltimore Bus Shootout New Footage of Double-Barreled Barrage at Cops

6/28/2017 2:54 PM PDT

The Baltimore shootout between cops and an armed robbery suspect who boarded a commuter bus was way more fierce than the initial video showed.

Prosecutors in Baltimore just released new footage -- a surveillance cam on the bus and an officer's bodycam -- and it shows the suspect pulling out 2 weapons, clearing the bus and opening fire in all directions. The battle went down 3 weeks ago.

You also see an officer arriving on scene, mounting up with a shotgun and returning fire.

As we reported ... the suspect was eventually shot and killed. One officer was injured by a shot to her leg, and the video shows her comrades in arms rushing to her rescue.

Karrueche Tran Take Your Chris Brown-Migos Beef Somewhere Else!

6/28/2017 2:25 PM PDT

Karrueche Tran's not getting involved in the Chris Brown-Migos drama ... even if she's at the center.

Karrueche was flying out of LAX Wednesday when we asked about Chris and Migos squaring off during a BET Awards after-party.  

Chris is undeniably pissed Quavo's hooking up with his ex, despite Offset saying the brawl had nothing to do with her.

Watch Karrueche dodge the questions ... but the expressions and body language are interesting.

Karrueche's got her own issues with Chris ... which she handled with a restraining order.

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Joseph Baena Looking Good, Feeling Good!

6/28/2017 1:15 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Arnold Schwarzenegger's son has his priorities straight ... hit the gym before ya talk Hollywood!

Joseph Baena was out Wednesday in Malibu -- near his Pepperdine campus -- when our photog wanted to know if he'd follow in his father's footsteps. Our guy even tossed up a softball: if he could reboot one of his dad's old movies, which one would it be?

Gotta hand it to Joseph ... for not only entertaining the question but also sticking to what's working for him -- pumping iron like his pops.

Joseph also gets in plenty of cardio with his bros ... Pepperdine style, of course.

KYLE 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' Sounds Like a #1!

6/28/2017 12:54 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" might have a place on Billboard's hip-hop chart if rapper KYLE ever decides to turn it into a banger.

We got KYLE at LAX and asked him what childhood nursery rhyme has a shot at following his debut single, "iSpy", to the top of the charts. He'd know since his track plays off the childhood game. 

KYLE says he doesn't mind crossing over into the kids' music market because there's potential to score even bigger paydays ... as long as a certain rodent comes calling.

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