Hip hop producer Mally Mall played a key role in settling Drake and Chris Brown's longstanding feud ... because he brought them together at his house in Las Vegas.
When we caught up with Mally in L.A. ... he said "the past is the past" for Breezy and Drizzy, and that Rihanna's name never came up during their recording sessions in Mally's home studio.
They've come a long way from 2 years ago when they destroyed W.i.P. Nightclub in New York in an all-out brawl over RiRi -- but Mally says ... "We squashed the beef."
Mally -- who's new release "Mally's World" drops next month -- did have one comment about Rihanna "acting like a jump off."
Chris Brown, Drake
Screw Rihanna and Friendship
Let's Make Money!!!
7/12/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The curious new friendship between Chris Brown and Drake has NOTHING to do with Rihanna or brotherly love ... we've learned it's a cold, business decision about making millions.
Chris and Drake -- whose posses literally destroyed W.i.P. nightclub in NYC in 2012 over a Rihanna beef -- have decided they can actually make more money together than separately ... this according to sources working closely with the 2 performers.
They're now in the studio ... laying tracks down for Chris' new album. We're told Drake will perform with Chris on some of the songs and he'll also be the producer.
There's a bonus for Chris -- by working with Drake he'll be able to continue being affiliated with Young Money and that keeps the door open to collaborations with Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj. As a matter of fact, we know Tyga -- also part of Y.M. -- was in the studio with Drake and Chris on Thursday.
Two other reasons Chris and Drake think working together will sell more albums:
-- People will pick the lyrics apart, trying to figure out if they are talking about Rihanna ... the woman who they both slept with and the catalyst for the W.i.P. brawl.
-- Everyone wants to hear who sounds better -- Chris or Drake.
Chris Brown & Drake
Photo Proof the Rihanna Beef Is Squashed
7/11/2014 7:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mortal enemies Chris Brown and Drake proved their long-standing ... and sometimes violent Rihanna beef may finally be over for good -- and they might be sealing the truce with new music.
Drake posted a pic last night of himself and Chris in a recording studio -- and Breezy looks like he's LOVING whatever music they're listening to at the moment. Could a post RiRi collabo be coming?
There were rumors the feud was over, but this is the first visual evidence. Pretty amazing ... considering the beef exploded 2 years ago in a massive brawl at W.i.P. nightclub in NYC. Chris and a bodyguard were left bloodied, and NBA star Tony Parker suffered a serious eye injury.
The peace has been brewing since last April when we spotted Chris in a club dancing to "Started From the Bottom" -- but, yeah ... they've come a really long way.
Worse For Wear
After 7 Weeks in Jail [VIDEO]
5/1/2014 3:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown looked haggard and tired in court Thursday afternoon during a hearing in the Rihanna case.
TMZ broke the story ... Brown has been behind bars since March 14, when the judge threw him in jail after getting kicked out of rehab for the second time.
Brown looked defeated as the judge ruled he will remain in jail -- at least until the next hearing May 9 ... when both sides will come back to court and say whether they could strike a deal over the probation violation.
Brown had to endure a LONG flight from L.A. to D.C. and back ... so he could attend his assault trial in the nation's capital. That trial has been postponed.
In the meantime, Brown sits in an L.A. jail, with the prospect of going to prison for up to 4 years if the judge decides the singer violated his probation ... that is, if a deal isn't struck.
Stuck in Jail 'Til June ... At Least
4/23/2014 2:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown will rot behind bars until June -- at the very least -- because the singer's latest bid for freedom was just DENIED.
Brown -- who was jailed last month after getting booted from rehab -- was flown to D.C. and promptly jailed as he awaited trial in his assault case.
The trial was supposed to start today ... but it was just postponed until June.
Brown asked the judge in the Rihanna beating case to release him, but the judge just shut him down.
Translation: Brown will soon be flown back to L.A. -- where he'll remain in jail until June ... at the very least. It looks like he'll be flown back to D.C. on Con air ... a trip way worse than economy.
The stakes are high ... if Brown is convicted in D.C. ... the judge in the Rihanna case could violate his probation and sentence Brown to four years in PRISON.
Forget L.A. ...
Virginia Jail Rules!
4/10/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown just checked into the "Four Seasons" of jails ... and good news/bad news -- he gets to shower as much as he wants!
Chris arrived in Washington, D.C. after a 5-day trek from California courtesy of Con-Air.
An administrator at Northern Neck Regional Jail in Virginia confirms Chris is currently an inmate -- and he's quick to add Chris isn't getting special treatment.
Chris has been placed in limited general population with no restrictions -- meaning he gets to enjoy all the amenities of the facility, including:
-- Daily showers
-- Meals in the cafeteria
It beats L.A. jail by a country mile ... where he was locked down in solitary 23 hours a day.
The downside ... besides group showers -- he circulates among the other inmates.
Hopefully there's no Rihanna fans in the slammer.
I May Miss My D.C. Hearing
Con Air Sucks!
4/6/2014 5:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown learned a lesson this week ... what it must have been like travelling across the country by stagecoach ... because four days into his journey he is still not in Washington D.C.
TMZ broke the story ... Brown was taken from his L.A. County jail cell Thursday by U.S. Marshals for the cross country trip.
We're told he made several stops along the way and typically when a prisoner lands he is taken to a nearby jail to wait for the next available flight.
Brown's lawyer Mark Geragos will be in a D.C. courtroom Monday trying to get his client's case dismissed on grounds of grand jury misconduct. It's unclear if Chris will make it to the hearing.
Brown will stand trial April 17th for allegedly assaulting a man outside a D.C. hotel.
A typical commercial flight from L.A. to D.C. takes 4 hours and 40 minutes.
And you get advantage miles.
Ordered Dragged and Shackled
To D.C. for Assault Trial
3/28/2014 9:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown may be yanked out of L.A. County Jail next month, shackled and put on Con Air bound for Washington D.C. ... where he will stand trial for allegedly assaulting a man.
The judge in the D.C. assault case has signed an order -- obtained by TMZ -- commanding the honchos at L.A. County Jail to release Chris to the U.S. Marshal.
The Rihanna judge has already ordered Chris to stay in the slammer until his April 17 D.C. assault trial, but the judge never determined how he would get there.
Even though the D.C. judge imposed the order Wednesday ... it's not a done deal. The Rihanna judge must sign off before the U.S. Marshal is able to grab the singer.
Chris' lawyer, Mark Geragos, opposes the order and says Chris is more than willing to voluntarily fly to D.C.
Jail Is Terrible
I Feel Like a 'Caged Animal'
3/21/2014 10:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown says he's finally been scared straight -- because he learned pretty quickly ... jail sucks.
You'd think the photos of Rihanna's battered face would have left an impression ... on him. But apparently it took a few days in solitary to shake Chris to the core.
One source -- who recently spoke with Brown on the phone -- tells us, Chris says he feels like "a caged animal," calling it "the worst experience of my life."
We're told Chris has been spending his time behind bars working out and writing music. He's telling people on the phone, "I'll never f*** up again."
Not particularly convincing.
Lucky for Chris ... he's rich enough to buy his way out of jail -- as we reported, he's negotiating to pay off his alleged assault victim in D.C. so the case goes away and the judge in the Rihanna case lets him loose ... to roam freely again.
I Can Get Out of Jail
For the Right Price
3/20/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It sure seemed Chris Brown was checkmated -- sitting in jail as the clock ticks for his D.C. assault trial that could trigger a probation violation in the Rihanna case that could land him in prison for 4 years .... but TMZ has learned his lawyer has found a way out of the hole ... by paying LOTS OF MONEY.
Sources connected with the D.C. assault case tell TMZ ... Chris' lawyer, Mark Geragos, has contacted the lawyer for the man who claims Chris assaulted him in D.C., breaking his nose, and offered him a BIG FAT CHECK.
We're told Geragos is gunning for a civil settlement ... which could very well mean the broken nose guy would tell prosecutors he no longer has an interest in pursuing the criminal case. And our sources say prosecutors are aware of the civil settlement negotiations.
We're told Geragos may have already sealed the deal but if not ... it should be done in a day or 2.
So here's the likely resolution. The alleged victim gets a ton of money (our educated guess is several hundred thousand dollars), D.C. prosecutors drop the criminal assault case and the Rihanna judge then lets Chris out of jail either late this week or early next.
Jailed for a Month
He Can't Stay Out of Trouble
3/17/2014 2:47 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown will stay in jail until April 23 ... he was SHUT DOWN in court Monday afternoon in his bid to win release.
Chris was arrested after getting booted from rehab Friday. The judge had ordered him to stay in rehab while he decided whether Brown violated his probation in the Rihanna case. The judge had Chris arrested almost immediately after the rehab facility kicked him out.
The judge said Chris had an "inability to stay out of trouble." Hizzoner was especially concerned at a statement Chris made at the rehab joint, "I am good at using guns and knives."
So Chris will sit in jail until April 23. The judge wants Chris in the slammer until a D.C. jury decides if Chris committed criminal assault in an unrelated case. That trial is set for April 17 and should only last a few days. It's unclear if the judge will let Chris back to attend the trial.
The L.A. judge will hold a probation violation hearing on April 23, and if Chris is convicted in D.C. he's in big trouble. Worst case scenario ... he could be sentenced to 4 years in prison for violating probation in the Rihanna case. One of the conditions -- obey all laws.
TMZ broke the story, Chris was booted from rehab Friday for violating three internal rules at the facility -- most significantly ... violating a rule specifically for Chris -- stay at least 2 feet away from every woman in the facility. He was seen touching a woman's elbow and hands.
He also violated the rule requiring him to submit to a random drug test. He belatedly had a change of heart and came up clean, but the initial refusal was a violation.
And Chris talked smack about rehab during a group therapy session.
Chris was arrested immediately after he got kicked out ... staying in rehab was a requirement of the judge pending his trial in D.C. next month for assault.
Drake & Rihanna
We Found Love In a Hopeless Place
3/16/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rihanna's locking it down -- she and Drake are officially exclusive.
Multiple sources extremely close to the couple tell us, Rihanna and Drake have gone from casually hooking up to seriously dating ... they've decided to give it a serious shot.
We're told Rihanna wants to spend as much time with Drake as her schedule will allow -- because he treats her better than anyone she's ever been with. Not a high bar.
As we reported, the pair have been virtually inseparable while Drake's been touring in Europe -- we're told Rihanna has spent every single night with him since she arrived.
As for Drake, he's smitten -- one source said "he's in the best mood he's been in a long time."
After Being Thrown Out of Rehab ... Again
3/14/2014 2:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown is on his way to jail right now, because he violated a judge's order by getting booted from the rehab facility where he's been living for nearly 4 months ... TMZ has learned.
The judge in the Rihanna beating case ordered Chris to live in the Malibu rehab facility for 90 days to get anger management therapy, and he completed the stint earlier this month. BUT ... at the last court hearing, the judge modified things and ordered Chris to stay in the facility while the Washington D.C. assault case ran its course.
The deal was this ... if Chris left rehab, he would go directly to jail.
Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... Brown was thrown out of the rehab facility this morning, for violating "internal rules." We do not know precisely what Chris did, but we're told it did not involve violence or drugs.
Sources tell TMZ ... Chris was caught having "an inappropriate relationship" with a female worker at the beginning of the month, but that is NOT why he was thrown out today.
As you recall, Chris was previously thrown out of a different facility for throwing a rock at his mom's car window.
Chris was picked up by L.A. County Sheriff's deputies this afternoon and is now in jail ...being held with no bail.