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XXXTentacion Bought Homes For Family Members Weeks Before Murder

6/23/2018 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

XXXTentacion did his best to make sure everyone in his family was well taken care of ... buying many of them homes in the months leading up to his murder.

Sources close to the rapper tell us his most important objective in life was to take care of those around him. We've obtained real estate records that show XXX purchased 4 homes in South Florida between the months of April and June ... totaling $1.7 million. The homes break down as follows ...

-- $420,000 for a 3 bed, 2 bath 2,000 square foot home.

-- $467,500 for a 4 bed, 2 bath 2,300 square foot home.

-- $385,000 for a 4 bed, 2 bath 2,100 square foot home.

-- $500,000 for a 4 bed, 3 bath 2,700 square foot home.

It's unclear exactly who the homes were purchased for, but our source says the rapper took care of his parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, grandmothers and great-grandmothers. 

As we reported ... the 20-year-old also had a baby on the way with his girlfriend at the time of his death

TMZ broke the story, his killers were inside the same motorcycle shop as XXX -- scoping him out -- and then waited outside for him to leave. Cops say the shooters ambushed XXX in his car where a brief struggled ensued before he was shot multiple times.

One suspect has been arrested. Two are still on the loose

Dennis Rodman Kim Jong-un Got Rejected ... By Michael Jordan

6/23/2018 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Before Kim Jong-un met Dennis Rodman in North Korea -- he reached out to Michael Jordan, but got shot down by His Airness ... this according to Rodman himself. 

The Worm appeared on "TMZ Live" and said the first time he met Kim Jong-un was in 2013 on a basketball trip with the Harlem Globetrotters. 

During the trip, Rodman says Kim Jong-un's people invited him to meet with the North Korean leader and they hit it off ... and became friends.  

But Rodman says he wasn't Kim's first choice -- revealing, "Basically, he asked Michael Jordan first and Michael Jordan said, 'No.' So then he asked about me and I said, 'Yes.' That's how it all started."

Turns out, Kim Jong-un is a huge fan of the legendary Chicago Bulls teams of the '90s!

So, why did Rodman accept the invite? His explanation is actually pretty interesting. 

Mac Miller Place Your Bids on G-Wagon From DUI Crash!!!

6/23/2018 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The damages to the G-Wagon Mac Miller crashed will be someone else's problem ... once a winning bid's accepted at auction. 

The whip's being auctioned off by the fine folks at Copart. The insurance company totaled the vehicle, because the repair cost exceeded its value.

The estimated retail value of the car is around $100k ... the top bid so far is just north of $12k. Buyer beware ... the car's got a few scratches, to say the least. 

The auction runs through Wednesday.

TMZ broke the story ... Mac crashed and knocked over a utility pole back in May. He was arrested at his home for DUI and hit and run after admitting to driving drunk. So far, he has not been charged, but if he is and he's convicted ... it'll be Uber time. 

Madonna Steamy Love Letter to Female Model Up for Auction

6/23/2018 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Madonna was crushing hard on the model she famously kissed in her 1990 "Justify My Love" video, and professed it in a love letter ... which could be yours, but not for cheap.

The Material Girl sent the handwritten letter to Amanda Cazalet in 1991, not long after the 2 worked together on the sexy music vid. She starts with a joke about not being able to get in touch with Amanda, saying it's like "trying to seduce the pope."

It gets much steamier from there, with Madonna calling her the most beautiful woman in the world and admitting she fantasizes about kissing her again. She adds ... "I cannot explain my attraction -- nevertheless it's there."

According to the online auction house, GottaHaveRockandRoll.com ... Amanda says this letter is just one of several between Madge and her during the years following the music vid.

We're told it will hit the auction block July 11, with a starting bid of $15,000, and close July 20.

You may recall ... Madonna's personal items being auctioned off have been a sour subject for her. She sued to keep a prison letter from Tupac from being auctioned off and lost.

However, she appealed the ruling ... so that letter isn't hitting the auction block just yet.

Master P LiAngelo Should Go Back To School ... LaVar Don't Know It All

6/23/2018 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

LaVar Ball doesn't know it all, and the proof is that LiAngelo didn't get drafted ... so says Master P,who tells TMZ Sports he thinks Gelo should go back to school.

LiAngelo didn't hear his name called draft night ... leaving some to wonder what's next for the kid, who LaVar promised would one day join Lonzo on the Lakers.

We got P out in L.A. and he made it clear he thinks it was a mistake for Gelo to leave UCLA in the first place, and told our guy he thinks the 19-year-old should hightail it back to Westwood.

"I mean if he can, I would go back."

P wasn't finished ... saying he thinks the fact that he's currently without a basketball team should be a wake-up call to LiAngelo ... about his father.

"It just show you that Lavar don't have that magic ball like he thought he had."

FWIW, we talked to LaVar and he told us he still expects Gelo to get signed to a free agent deal, but we gotta admit, Big Baller Brand basketball has seen better days.

Todd Gurley I Bench More Than Aaron Donald

6/23/2018 12:15 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Todd Gurley was maybe the only human on the planet unimpressed by Aaron Donald's 495-pound bench press this week ... 'cause the running back says that's LIGHT WEIGHT for him.

Is he joking? Maybe (probably) ... but the clip's funny anyway. 

The Rams star was leaving Craig's in West Hollywood this week when he told us 495 is easy work ... because he's been pushing up OVER 500 pounds!!

Again ... he's gotta be kidding, right?

FYI ... Todd weighs 227, Aaron checks in at 285.

By the way, the strongest NFL running back we've ever heard about is Napoleon Kaufman -- a gym freak who reportedly put up 500 pounds on the bench back in the day.

So, is it impossible that Gurley put up 5 bills? Maybe, maybe not ... 

Steve-O on Corey Lewandowski He's Digging His Own Grave!!! Defending 'Womp, Womp'

6/23/2018 12:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Steve-O's got a real disdain for Corey Lewandowski but he's all for giving the guy a platform ... cause the guy keeps digging himself into a hole defending his "Womp, womp" comment.

We got Steve-O out in Hollywood on Friday and wanted to get his take on the political pundit's quip after Zac Petkanas shed light about a disabled immigrant child being separated from her mother.

The snarky comment hit too close to home for Steve-O, who is horrified at the idea children -- let alone disabled children -- are being ripped apart from their parents who are crossing the southern border.

Check it out ... Steve-O says Corey -- who still refuses to apologize for mocking the 10-year-old girl -- is only making matters worse trying to explain himself. And Steve-O's loving it.

Dollywood Sued Your Water Ride Wrecked My Spine!!!

6/22/2018 5:23 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

A fun family trip to the water park turned into a nightmare for a mother of 2 when her back got seriously jacked up on a ride ... according to a new suit.

A husband and wife are suing Dolly Parton's famous theme park, Dollywood, claiming they took their 2 daughters on the RiverRush Water Coaster at Dollywood Splash Country in Pigeon Forge, TN last summer ... and it ended with the wife suffering a compression fracture and other spinal injuries.

The couple claims they followed the instructions of the theme park staff while getting on the water ride but, as their raft got to the top of its incline, something went wrong. According to the docs ... the wife was "propelled off the seat and she then fell down into the raft striking her spine on the hard surface."

She claims she heard a pop, felt a burning sensation, and could not feel or move her legs at the end of the ride.

The couple is suing Dollywood for more than $2 million for negligence and failure to properly warn of the dangers of the ride.

We reached out to Parton's team ... no word back so far.

Clyde Drexler BIG3 Will Launch Guys Back to NBA

6/22/2018 4:13 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Clyde Drexler says the BIG3 league is packed with at least 12 dudes who have a real shot at NBA glory in 2018 ... telling TMZ Sports he expects his league to launch those guys back to The Association. 

Drexler just took over as the commish of Ice Cube's 3-on-3 league and says he's been blown away by guys like Amare Stoudemire, DeShawn Stevenson and Andre Owens

Ice Cube has previously said he hopes the BIG3 will be a pipeline for players to get back in the NBA -- and so far, the plan has worked ... with Xavier Silas signing a contract with the Boston Celtics after an impressive stint in the BIG3. 

Tip-off for the 2018 BIG3 season starts tonight in Houston (and airs at 4:30 PM PT on FS1). 

Pistons' Eric Moreland I Don't Care LiAngelo Went Undrafted ... 'He'll Be Fine!!'

6/22/2018 2:39 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Pistons power forward Eric Moreland doesn't see a problem with LiAngelo Ball not getting picked in Thursday's NBA Draft ... telling TMZ Sports, if Gelo works hard enough -- it won't even matter!!

See, Moreland went undrafted himself back in 2014 ... and he turned out alright -- latching on with the Sacramento Kings for a couple seasons before playing 67 games in Detroit last year.

So, for Eric ... he could care less what happened to the middle Ball bro this week.

"It's OK, he'll come back," Moreland told us.

"I didn't get drafted, you know? He'll be there. He'll be fine."

There's more ... we're not sure who Moreland was with when we got him leaving Skybar Thursday night ... but she clearly wasn't a fan of Tristan Thompson ... telling us in TWO WORDS that she agrees with Draymond Green and Matt Barnes in their tiff with T.T.

'Roseanne' Entire Reboot Crew Welcome Back For New Spin-off

6/22/2018 1:11 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Good news for everyone who worked on the original reboot of "Roseanne" -- they've all been invited back for reboot 2.0 ... except for Roseanne, of course.

Sources close to production tell TMZ ... all crew members who worked on the show that got canceled, after Barr made a racist comment on Twitter, have been contacted about returning to join "The Conners" spin-off team.

We've obtained an email sent to all the crew Thursday before ABC officially announced it was bringing back a Roseanne-free version of the show this fall. As you can see ... it's a pretty happy invite.

We're told producers especially want to get all the "Roseanne" writers back on board. Our sources say several crew members have signed back on and are excited to return ... to a fresh start.

As we reported ... "The Conners" is just a working title so far, but we're told it's getting a lot of great feedback from fans and could end up being the show's name for good.

Filming is expected to begin in late August/early September.

'Cooking on High' Star Weed Food ... More Than Just Brownies!!!

6/22/2018 1:46 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Cooking on High" star Ngaio Bealum has a message for all stoners and non-stoners out there -- limiting your weed palate to just brownies is the stuff of amateurs.

The resident culinary weed expert for the new Netflix show was on "TMZ Live" dropping serious knowledge on how cannabis food has come a long way in just a short period of time. The show -- which premiered Friday -- is a new cooking show that pits 10 cannabis chefs who will compete and strut their stuff for a panel of judges.

Check it out ... Ngaio breaks down how fancy weed food can get. Think lobster and steak. He also gives some thoughtful advice on how to stay focused when chowing down 3 or 4-course weed meals.

So, put the chips down, pull up a chair and get cultured on cuisine ... weed style!!

'Black-ish' Star Marsai Martin Nothing 'Little' About My Movie Deal!!!

6/22/2018 11:12 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Marsai Martin -- best known for playing daughter Diane on the hit series "Black-ish" -- might be on her way to being the next mega-rich child star ... with a little luck.

The 13-year-old actress will star in an upcoming film titled "Little," and according to her contract -- obtained by TMZ -- she's guaranteed to bank $200,000 for her role ... with a possibility of an additional $300k based on how much money it hauls in.

Not only is Martin starring in the film, she's listed as an executive producer as well.

It gets better, potentially, for Marsai -- if "Little" is a big enough success to land a sequel ... she'll score another $400k and up to $600k in box office bonuses. That's a cool MIL for the sequel if you're keeping track.

Marsai will get way more wealthy if there's a third installment of the "Little" franchise -- $800k guaranteed and up to $900k in bonuses.

Pretty sweet deal for a teenager.

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