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Kanye & Tekashi69 Old School Meets New School ... Collab Coming?

9/15/2018 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kanye West and Tekashi69 teamed up in South America to riff off each other, record some music and discuss future projects.

We're told Ye flew down to Colombia Tuesday to spend time with 6ix9ine ... the plan being for the 41-year-old and the 22-year-old rappers to come up with ways to bridge the gap between hip-hop generations.

Our sources say they spent hours in the studio recording together, but they also dished out some advice to one another. We're told Kanye gave Tekashi industry and business tips ... and he gave Yeezy insights on how the Internet is changing the rap game.

Our sources say the energy between the 2 was off the charts ... they both learned a lot from each other. No word yet if they plan to release any new tracks from their powwow, but if they do ... it'll be hard to top Kanye's new single with another hot young rapper -- Lil Pump.  

As we reported ... 6ix9ine got some new chompers while he was in Colombia too. He then flew overseas for a show in Moscow, where he got bum-rushed on stage ... before his crew gave the guy an old-school beatdown.

Colin Kaepernick Still Training for NFL QB Job ... Says Brandon Marshall

9/6/2018 8:01 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Just because he's a Nike star now doesn't mean Colin Kaepernick is giving up on his NFL comeback ... he's still working out like a maniac in the hopes of landing a QB job. 

That's according to one of Colin's close friends, Brandon Marshall -- who tells TMZ Sports he just spoke with CK and his sites are definitely still set on the NFL. 

"I talked to him today and yesterday," the Denver Broncos linebacker told us Wednesday night ... "He's in high spirits. He's excited."

We also know Kaep's been working with a personal trainer for months. Remember, he was out throwing passes back in March and we're told that's still part of his training regimen. 

Marshall and Kaepernick were teammates and fraternity brothers at the University of Nevada Reno -- and Marshall participated in Kaep's kneeling demonstration. 

"It's like really historic what he's doing," Marshall said about his friend ... referencing Kaep's collusion lawsuit against the NFL and the impact he's having on social justice issues. 

Marshall says he's spoken with other NFL players about Kaep -- and they're overwhelmingly supportive of the QB in his fight against inequality AND in his lawsuit. 

Marshall also gave a special message for his friend -- "Keep fighting for what you believe in man. Keep going. You're doing everything you believe is right."

"Keep rockin' man, I support you."

MLB Great Luis Gonzalez 'Blessed and Honored' To Be Pallbearer for John McCain

8/28/2018 12:21 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ex-MLB star Luis Gonzalez says the moment he was asked to be a pallbearer for John McCain was one of the highest honors of his life ... but admits it was weird, since McCain was still alive at the time. 

Gonzalez will be one of the 6 men selected to carry McCain's casket at his funeral on Thursday -- and tells TMZ Sports the late Arizona senator had been planning out the event for months. 

"I've known for a while," Gonzales tells us ... "[McCain's team] had contacted me a while back, a few months back to ask if I'd be willing to be a pallbearer."

"First of all, it's an honor. And secondly, he was still living at the time so it was a strange request."

Gonzo and McCain have been friends since the days Luis played for the Arizona Diamondbacks -- they would text, talk on the phone and attend events together. 

Luis says he was always impressed with McCain's knowledge and enthusiasm for sports -- noting he never wanted to sit in VIP suites in stadiums, he always loved hanging with the people in the bleachers. 

"He was a great person who cared about other people."

McCain's funeral service will take place on Thursday at the North Phoenix Baptist Church. NFL star Larry Fitzgerald -- another close friend of McCain's -- is scheduled to deliver a speech. 

Stevie Wonder Gets Emotional Remembering Last Words to Aretha

8/17/2018 9:17 AM PDT

Stevie Wonder choked back tears during an interview in which he revealed his last words to Aretha Franklin before she died.

Stevie joined "CBS This Morning" Friday and almost immediately got emotional when asked about his last real conversation with the Queen of Soul, which was about 2 months ago. Stevie -- who said Aretha couldn't talk when he visited her Tuesday -- said he told her to "say hello to my sister."

Stevie's sister died earlier this year. Reports say her decomposed body was found in her home.

Stevie revealed there were plans to do some music together ... including a duet with Aretha for a song he'd written. Aretha and Stevie were incredibly close. She covered Stevie's 'Until You Come Back to Me' and they performed it together at the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards in 2005. 

Watch the video ... Stevie gives some insight on "Respect." As we reported ... Aretha died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 76.

Jada Pinkett Smith 72-Yr-Old Bodybuilder Pal Challenges Will to Push-Up Contest!!!

8/15/2018 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jada Pinkett Smith's new friend is a shredded 72-year-old bodybuilder who is fit to DESTROY Will Smith ... in a push-up contest!!

We talked to Dr. Josefina Monasterio whose determination for body wellness is giving Jada all the feels. We're not sure big Willy will feel the same way as his wife though, now that Josefina's calling him out and challenging him in the gym.

Check it out ... the good doctor has more than push-ups in mind for Will -- and says now that she has Jada's digits, it won't be easy for Will to dodge her challenge.

If you're wondering how she and Jada connected -- Jada recently reposted one of Josefina's videos to her Instagram feed. Some of Jada's fans mistook Josefina for Jada's mom, Adrienne Banfield-Jones (she's not) ... they're both super fit. Anyway, they both set the record straight with a FaceTime hookup.

Black Panther & Robin Join Forces For ... Super Power Lunch

8/14/2018 10:50 AM PDT

Chadwick Boseman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt crossed comic book lines for a little POW wow while chowing down ... superhero costumes, sadly, not included.

The Black Panther and Robin grabbed a bite to eat Monday afternoon in L.A. and, judging by the huge grins on their mugs ... it hit the spot. We're guessing they didn't compare Marvel and DC box office numbers. Let's be honest, Joseph wouldn't be smiling if that was the case.

Maybe King T'Challa's just in the market for a new sidekick? In yo' face, Dark Knight!

Kylie Jenner $5k Solo Cup Filled With Roses

8/11/2018 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kylie Jenner is no stranger to flowers or cash ... so clearly nothing makes more sense than to gift her a gigantic solo cup made of roses ... which comes with a hefty price tag.

Jenner showed off the creation from La Fleur Bouquets Thursday -- a 21st birthday gift she got from her friend, Yris. We're told the "Legal AF" solo cup was made with more than 1,000 real roses -- and comes in right around $5,000.

The arrangement was just one of several gifts Jenner got for her 21st, not to mention the gigantic party she threw at Delilah in West Hollywood ... with guest that included her fam, along with Bella Hadid, The Weeknd, Dave Chappelle and baby daddy Travis Scott

It's good to be Kylie ... and Stormi too.

Mick Foley Stoked for Kane 'He'll Be a Great Mayor!'

8/4/2018 12:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

WWE legend Mick Foley says he couldn't be more proud of his good friend Kane for becoming the next mayor of Knox County, Tennessee ... saying, "I think he'll do a great job!"

Foley campaigned for Kane -- real name Glenn Jacobs -- touting his friend's longtime interest in politics and the fact he's a super smart dude in real life. 

So, when Kane won the election this week, Foley wanted to assure the people of Knox County they're getting a winner!

"He's a very wise man and caring person, and I think he'll do a great job in Knox County."

He also had a pretty emotional message for his friend -- it's good stuff. 

Daniel Cormier Greatest Heavyweight Ever? ... Cain Velasquez!

7/30/2018 12:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Daniel Cormier says he considers himself the Michael Jordan or LeBron James of the UFC ... but when it comes to the greatest heavyweight of all time -- that title goes to Cain Velasquez

Of course, DC is reigning heavyweight champion of the world -- but tells TMZ Sports he doesn't feel he's done his best fighting at that weight. 

Cain -- on the other hand -- is a 2-time UFC heavyweight champ with impressive victories over guys like Brock Lesnar, Junior Dos Santos and Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva

He also has the record for most knockouts in the UFC heavyweight division! 

As for Cain possibly wrestling in WWE ... DC has thoughts on that, too! 

Beyonce & Kelly Rowland Reach Out to Michelle ... We Have Your Back!!

7/28/2018 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

12:00 PM PT -- Michelle just shared a message of gratitude for all the love and support she's received the past 2 weeks. She included words of encouragement for those battling with depression like herself ... and even tossed in a joke and a brag about Beyonce's mom cooking her a huge meal.

Thank you ALL sooooooooooooooo much for every message of love and support sent! My family, friends and fiancé have been AWESOME! Sitting here reflecting on the past two weeks. I had no plans of what I was going through being public BUT now that it is I have a made an even BIGGER commitment to the mental health awareness area. So many people are suffering, hurting, hopeless, lost and don’t see a way out but there is. Depression sucks, but my faith in God and my commitment to doing the work to stay well is my way out! You have to do the work even when you’re tired and feel the heaviness. Take one step at a time! Don’t overwhelm yourself. If you can just get up out the bed and brush your teeth and shower.....DO IT. For people dealing with depression , that is a HUGE step! Now don’t be depressed AND stinky.....pick a struggle! 🤣 (y’all know I had to add some humor) Anyhoo.....I love you all very much! Talk soon! ❤️ (yes I need a fill and my roots need to be flat ironed....bye.....I haven’t lost my humor) ❤️ Oh......Miss Tina cooked a HUGE meal for me the other night too, I just wanted to make y’all jealous! 🤷🏽‍♀️

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Beyonce and Kelly Rowland immediately dropped what they were doing when they heard Michelle Williams checked into a mental health facility to treat her depression ... and, like good, longtime friends, they reached out to offer their support.

Sources close to Destiny's Child tell TMZ ... Bey and Kelly were incredibly sad after learning Michelle had been struggling with depression and was having such a hard time dealing with it she sought professional help.

We're told both Beyonce and Kelly offered many words of encouragement, expressing their love for her and letting her know -- if Michelle needed anything, they were there to help. 

As we reported ... Michelle checked into a mental health facility in L.A. for several days. Michelle emerged days later alongside her fiance ... with a huge smile.

LeBron James Training with Kevin Love ... No Bad Blood!

7/26/2018 10:36 AM PDT
Breaking News

No, this is not a picture from last season ...

LeBron James and Kevin Love were in the gym together Thursday morning -- smiling like two guys who don't hate each other's guts. 

Of course, Bron just ditched Kev and the Cavs for L.A. -- and according to multiple reports, he didn't even text Love before going public with his decision. 

And, don't forget ... LBJ and Love's 4 years in Cleveland together weren't exactly drama free -- remember Bron admitted he called out Kevin on Twitter a few years ago?

But, that's all water under the bridge ... because Kevin posted this reunion pic in a Vegas gym ... and captioned it, "Thursday morning work."

Also, LBJ publicly congratulated Love on his 4-year, $120 mil. extension with the Wine and Gold earlier this week ... so, maybe better friends than coworkers?

Carole Radziwill Bethenny's Public 'Frenemy' #1 ... Driving Me From 'RHONY'

7/25/2018 3:54 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Carole Radziwill's announcement she's leaving 'Real Housewives of NY' due to "frenemies" is a not-so-thinly veiled shot at Bethenny Frankel ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to the 'RHONY' cast tell TMZ ... Carole feels like Bethenny is el jefe when it comes to cast members. She's, quite simply, the dominant personality, but after Carole and Bethenny had a falling out in the Spring ... Carole felt blackballed, in a way.

Our sources say BF controls the show and used her power to push Carole out of the picture ... effectively reducing her camera time. Behind the scenes, we're told, other cast members refer to 'RHONY' as 'The Bethenny Show.'

We've reached out to Bethenny ... but no word back yet.

In the end, Carole's gonna be just fine after her 6 seasons on Bravo -- we're told she intends to focus on writing projects better suited for her "more steady temperament," and so far she's got 3 in the works.

Amir Khan I'd Kick Manny Pacquiao's Ass ... But He's Still My Bro

7/22/2018 12:15 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Manny Pacquiao's good friend Amir Khan says there ain't no friends in the ring ... telling TMZ Sports, he wants to fight Manny ... and he'd kick his ass.

We got Khan in L.A. yesterday and asked him about the idea of fighting Manny -- a bout rumored to be on the horizon -- and what it would be like to fight a friend and former training partner.

"I've been around training with him for many years, and sometimes friends have to fight. Sometimes you put your friendship to the side for business."

Khan went on to say that if he does step in the ring with Pacman -- who just knocked out Lucas Matthysse -- he has no doubt he'll get the job done.

"I respect him, but I know I can beat him."

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