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Kendrick Lamar

Geraldo's Twisting My Message ...

I'm About Hope, Not Violence

51 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Kendrick Lamar is firing back at his critics ... telling us they're using his BET Awards performance to stir up fake controversy -- instead of focusing on the real message of his new hit song, "Alright."

Kendrick squarely responded to pundits, like Geraldo Rivera ... when he came on TMZ Live on Thursday. He opened the BETs by rapping on top of a vandalized police car -- and Geraldo accused him, and all hip-hop, of hurting black youths more than helping.  

Check it out ... 'cause Kendrick didn't pull any punches. His point -- the cop car was just a side dish, the real meat of his performance was giving people hope. 

For what it's worth ... the "Alright" music video is pretty badass.  

Stephen Colbert to Eminem

I Ain't Afraid of You, Punk!

7/2/2015 9:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Stephen Colbert got in Eminem's face during a heated mano a mano showdown over retirement plans -- and things got weird ... mostly because this all went down on public access TV. 

Colbert played anchorman on Monroe, Michigan's public access cable show 'Only In Monroe' and had local Michigander Marshall Mathers on as his guest.

Colbert's obviously warming up for his 'Late Show' debut -- and Em had to know this was all a joke, but his acting is hardly up to "8 Mile" standards. 

But it's still worth watching ... just for Stephen and Marshall's faux face-off.

You only get one shot ...  

Chris Martin

Pops Indian Concert Cherry

7/2/2015 9:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1.25 BILLION people want a piece of Chris Martin, and he finally gave in last night -- with a surprise performance in India. 

Martin was out to dinner with Frida Pinto and folk musician Raghu Dixit in New Delhi on Wednesday night ... when he decided to hop on stage with an acoustic guitar and play a few songs. 

Coldplay has never done a gig in India -- even though there are websites begging them to play there. Based on the reception Chris got last night ... looks like he better get the boys on a plane, stat. 

Cody Simpson

About Selena Gomez ...

Sometimes a Lick Is Just a Lick

7/2/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Cody Simpson is no "f**k boy" for Selena Gomez -- that’s his side of the story, anyway.

Our photog caught the Australian pop star and a buddy early Wednesday morn on the Sunset Strip, and asked about Selena's IG of them all enjoying cones and cream together.

Check it out ... Cody tried to shut down any rebound rumors by claiming he and his friend are "no f**k boys." Google it if you don't know it, but basically ... he ain't trying to bang her. Or so he says.  

His ex, Gigi Hadid, and Joe Jonas also came up ... and we're now 100% positive a Simpson-Jonas collabo will not be happening any time soon. Mostly though, this 2 AM-ish video is proof Cody and co. had a strong night at the bars!

Ahh, the single life.

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Rick Ross

Finally Out of Jail

... Ponies Up $2 Mil

7/1/2015 2:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

Burn those "Free Rick Ross" tees ... he's finally getting out of jail a week after getting arrested for assault and kidnapping -- but he had to come up with a ton o' cash to get sprung. 

Ross' bond hearing in Fayette County, GA just wrapped up -- and the judge ok'd his release once he paid a $2 million bond ... which he scraped together from a few places:

- $1 million equity from the ex-Holyfield mansion he owns, and another GA property
- $500,000 surety bond (from a bail bondsman) 
- $500k in cold hard cash

Ross' attorney also promised his client would hand over the entire Holyfield property to the county ... if he intimidates or threatens any witnesses.

Prosecutors reminded the judge how vicious the alleged crime was -- telling him Ross dragged the groundskeeper back into the house and beat him multiple times ... and also held a gun to his chest and threatened to "pop a cap" in him if he talked.

Prosecutors said Ross was pissed because the groundskeeper -- who lives on the property -- had people over for his birthday the night before.

The boss will also have to wear one of those GPS ankle monitors ... a la Lindsay Lohan back in the day.

Enrique Iglesias

Arrested for ...

Driver's Seat Switcheroo

7/1/2015 10:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Enrique Iglesias got busted trying to slip out of the driver's seat of his ride when cops pulled him over recently -- possibly because he knew he had a suspended license ... just a guess.

According to Miami police, Iglesias was driving a white Cadillac Escalade back in May when cops pulled him over for driving in a closed off express lane. That's when his Houdini act began -- police say Enrique hopped into the back seat while his passenger slid into the driver's seat. 

The magic act bombed ... with cops, anyway.

Enrique and the passenger, his tour manager, both got arrested ... and both have pled not guilty to obstruction. Enrique also pled not guilty to driving with a suspended license. 

‘Pitch Perfect’ Star

Dope Freestyle …

About His Dog’s Crap

7/1/2015 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Score one for the Treblemakers! "Pitch Perfect" star Utkarsh Ambudkar ripped a freestyle rap that was totally the s**t, because that's what it was about ... his dog's crap to be exact, and it was near perfect. 

Ambudkar had just gotten off a plane from shooting "Barbershop 3" -- and still managed to drop a cypher when our photog gave him a dope beat. Best of all ... his dog had juuust dropped a deuce outside LAX, so he worked it right into the rhyme.

You gotta see it. Someone get this guy a record deal!

Rick Ross

Tired of Jail

Asks for Bail

7/1/2015 9:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0701-rick-ross-court-01Rick Ross finally has his day in court ... after sitting in a Georgia jail for 7 days.

Ross -- who's visibly tired -- didn't have the option of bailing out ... the judge has treated this as a no-bail case because the rapper faces kidnapping and aggravated assault charges over an altercation he had with a groundskeeper at his estate.

It appears Ross' lawyer is there to argue his client should be released on bail.  

The alleged victim claims Ross pistol-whipped him, injuring his jaw and neck and chipping two teeth, and that the injuries were so bad, he's been forced to eat through a straw.

The judge hasn't ruled yet.

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Flo Rida

I'm Bailing from Miss USA, Too

7/1/2015 9:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0630-donald-trump-flo-rida-miss-usa-TMZ-01Flo Rida has joined the Miss USA exodus, telling TMZ he won't be performing at the upcoming pageant.

The rapper wouldn't be specific as to why he won't perform ... he made no mention of Trump or the controversy over the Prez candidate's statement about Mexicans.

There's also this reality ... since NBC has dropped the pageant, the appearance money could be different. But Flo Rida is mum about the reason behind his decision.

He was supposed to perform during the evening gown competition.

G-Unit Rapper Kidd Kidd

Arrested

Cops Hunt Him Down at Concert

7/1/2015 6:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Kidd Kidd was scheduled to perform Tuesday night at the XXL 2015 Freshman Class concert at the Best Buy Theater ... a show that hypes up and coming rappers.

The NYPD has been on the hunt for Kidd Kidd since February, when he allegedly assaulted and strangled a woman in a domestic dispute.  

Kidd Kidd was hauled off and 50 Cent and the rest of the G-Unit crew jumped into action and filled in for him at the show. 

Kidd Kidd has had his problems. In 2011, he was parked outside a house in New Orleans when someone sprayed his car with bullets, hitting him 6 times ... 3 less bullets than his mentor.  

Ricky Bell

Bobby Brown's Almost At

His Breaking Point

7/1/2015 7:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

There's only so much Bobby Brown can take ... which is why his friend of 40 years, Ricky Bell says there's no way to comfort him over the impending loss of Bobbi Kristina.  

Ricky, one of Bobby's New Edition mates explained it's hard to find the right words when he talks to Bobby, because he's suffered so many tragic losses (4 of them) in the last few years. He added ... his heart goes out to the Brown and Houston families.

On Tuesday, Pat Houston and Tina Brown came together for the first time since Bobbi Kristina was hospitalized back in January ... as the families seem to be putting aside their differences during her final days. 

Lil Wayne

My 15 Minutes Of Fame

Will Cost Clubs A Fortune

7/1/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0630_lil_wayne_tmzLil Wayne will perform at your club for $110,000 … for a 15 minute/5 song set.

We got a hold of Weezy’s contract and rider for his upcoming club gigs.

In addition to the loot, Wayne demands an artist section big enough for his 20-plus entourage, stocked with 10 bottles of Dom Perignon, 5 Cirocs and 3 D’usse bottles at least 10 minutes prior to his arrival.  

And with a history of being shot at, it's no surprise he demands 2 security guards on either end of his booth.

Not bad for 15 minutes ... kinda makes you want to quit your day job. 

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The Game

I Dropped $40,000

On Lakers Floor Seats!

6/30/2015 8:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The celebrities are finally feelin' the Lakers again -- especially The Game who tells TMZ Sports he just dropped $400,000 on courtside seats!!!!

Game was leaving Playhouse nightclub in Hollywood this week when someone asked him to sign a basketball (he's a huge hoops fan). 

But instead of inking his own name, Game signed the name of L.A.'s top draft pick -- saying, "I'm putting my money on D'Angelo Russell!"

He even added the number "5" -- and said that's what D.R.'s  jersey should be. 

As for the seats, Game says he believes in the team so strongly, he bought 4 courtside season tickets -- which sell for $2,500 a pop.

No pressure, D'Angelo. 

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