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LAPD Gun Stalker Video

Rap Group Claims Gun's a Phony

10/7/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The LAPD can chill, because there's no need to launch a criminal investigation into the video which seems to show someone lurking around a cop car with gun in hand ... because the people who shot the video say the gun's a fake. 

The '90s rap group Brownside produced an Instagram video showing someone in a car flashing a gun as an unsuspecting LAPD cop gets out of his patrol car. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck believes the guy with the gun has a prior conviction and may have committed a crime -- carrying a firearm inside a vehicle.

But a member of the group -- Toker -- tells us his brother is the one in the video, and the gun is a plastic prop ... one of many they bought earlier in the day for a music video shoot for their single, "Till the Casket Drops."

By the Way, the group was once signed to Eazy-E's Ruthless Records.

Eazy would be proud.

Mariah Carey

I'm Directing A XMAS Movie ...

And My Favorite 'Mean Girl' Is In It

10/7/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1006-mariah-carey-set-chair-TMZ-01Mariah Carey is directing a Hallmark movie for the holidays starring her favorite character, Gretchen Weiners from "Mean Girls."

Our Mariah people say she started working on "A Christmas Melody" Tuesday and made herself right at home in the director's chair. We're told Mariah had only one request, her favorite actress from her favorite movie star in the flick. Let's be serious ... she had more than one request.

Lacey Chabert, who played Gretchen Weiners in "Mean Girls" was more than happy to take the lead.  

Mariah won't appear in the movie but we're told her music is featured throughout. It's unclear if MiMi tapped into directing legend Brett Ratner for advice. 

Jason Aldean

Tour Equipment Truck Flips

In Scary Wreck

10/6/2015 5:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1006_the_truck_twitter_SUBJason Aldean might have made it over the Canadian border just fine but some of his equipment wasn't so lucky after a nasty car wreck.

A tractor trailer carrying a ton of Aldean's gear allegedly lost control on a British Columbia highway, the big rig then hit a rock and flipped completely over. Luckily, the driver suffered only minor injuries. 

As for the concert ... it was supposed to be Tuesday night but has been delayed until Wednesday night. 

The cause of the accident is still under investigation. 


I Thought I Could Change Chris Brown

After the Beating

10/6/2015 6:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1006-rihanna-brown-getty-01Rihanna now says she gave Chris Brown a second chance after he beat her up because she felt she was just one of those people "built to handle s*** like this."

Rihanna spoke to Vanity Fair about her reasoning for taking Chris Brown back and making the decision to lift the restraining order after the brutal beating. You may recall, she went vacationing with Chris 3 weeks after the attack.

Rihanna's logic for going back ... "Maybe I'm the person who's almost the guardian angel to this person, to be there when they're not strong enough, when they're not understanding the world, when they just need someone to encourage them in a positive way and say the right thing."

She went on, saying she thought she could change Brown, "A hundred percent. I was very protective of him. I felt that people didn't understand him."

And she had an interesting take on how she actually became Brown's "enemy," saying, "You want the best for them, but if you remind them of their failures, or if you remind them of bad moments in their life, or even if you say I'm willing to put up with something, they think less of you."



Rachel Dolezal's a Hero

... Black Game Changer!

10/6/2015 7:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1006-rihanna-dolezal-getty-instagram-01File Under: Didn't See This One Comin' ... but Rihanna just went to bat for faux-black person Rachel Dolezal ... saying her ultra-tan charade was less disgraceful and more HEROIC! 

"I think she was a bit of a hero, because she kind of flipped on society a little bit," Rihanna told Vanity Fair

"Is it such a horrible thing that she pretended to be black? Black is a great thing, and I think she legit changed people’s perspective a bit and woke people up."

Dolezal was mocked relentlessly for pretending to be black -- and resigned from her position as the President of the Spokane Chapter of the NAACP after she was exposed. 

But now with Rihanna's support ... is it possible Dolezal can make a legitimate comeback? 

Missy Elliott Sued

You Did NOT Work It ...

Now You Gotta Pay

10/5/2015 3:44 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1005-missy-elliot-instagram-01Missy Elliott was set to perform 2 concerts in Brazil ... but never did put her game down, flip it, OR reverse it -- because she failed to promote the concerts, so now she's getting sued.

According to the suit, Missy skipped a scheduled national TV appearance on Brazil's Rede Globo. Missy was supposed to appear in November 2012 to pump up 2 shows set to go down later that month in Rio and Porto Alegre.

Jean Faustin, who booked Missy for the concerts, says her no-show screwed up ticket sales ... so he had to cancel the gigs. He says he'd already paid her a $75,000 deposit to perform -- so, he wants that amount back, plus interest.

We reached out to Missy's camp, but no word back yet.

Musk, Favreau & Rubin

I Got The Tab ...

No, I Got It ... No, I Do ...

10/5/2015 12:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1005_Jon_Favreau_Rick_Rubin_Elon_Musk_lunch_malibu_fameflynetThis is the ultimate power lunch -- a table for three with the guy who co-created Def Jam, the guy who directed "Iron Man" and the guy trying to colonize Mars.

Elon Musk, Jon Favreau and Rick Rubin all met for lunch Sunday on the Malibu Pier.

Favreau has mentioned his friendship with the SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO in the past, saying he based "Iron Man's" Tony Stark on Musk. No word on how they both know Rubin, but there is a Def Jam film in the works.

Just how powerful was this meal? Check their reported net worth stats: Rubin, $250 Million ... Favreau, $60 Million ... and Elon Musk, $13.2 BILLION!

So, who picked up the check? The correct answer is: It doesn't matter. 


Motownin' In Miami

... 'My Girl' Duet With Wyclef Jean

10/5/2015 11:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Shaquille O'Neal just made his case for inclusion into a very elite group ... The Fugees ... 'cause The Diesel just brought the house down in Miami ... hitting the stage to sing "My Girl" with Wyclef Jean.

Jean and O'Neal were at Barry University for their 75th anniversary "Birthday Bash" Saturday night where Jean ... of course a world famous musician ... was giving a special performance.

The performance got extra special when O'Neal ... a world famous cut-up ... crashed the stage to join Clef in a performance of the Motown classic "My Girl."

Check out the clip -- Shaq doesn't quite know the lyrics, but it doesn't stop him from swaggin' his way through Smokey Robinson's words with a little assist from Wyclef.

Bonus -- We also got video of  Wyclef performing "Hips Don't Lie" later in the night.

Non-bonus -- Shakira was NOT with him.

Lil Wayne

Birdman Screwed Over Drake, Nicki and Tyga Too

10/5/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1002_lil_wayne_nicki_drake_tyga_birdman_TMZDrake, Nicki Minaj and Tyga say they got screwed by Birdman just like Lil Wayne did ... at least that's what Lil Wayne claims in new legal docs.

Lil Wayne now claims in his bitter lawsuit against Birdman and Cash Money, he has letters from Drake and Tyga's people claiming they got stiffed out of a fortune. And Nicki's people say in a separate letter her producers also got shortchanged by Young Money, and Wayne says it's Cash Money's responsibility to pay producers.

As you know, Lil Wayne runs Young Money, whose stable of artists include Drake, Nicki and Tyga. Cash Money is the parent company of Young Money, and Birdman is the big boss.

The allegations of Cash Money's financial shenanigans are massive. Young Money claims it was supposed to get a big chunk of a $100 million advance from Universal -- an advance that went directly to Cash Money -- and they're still waiting.

But Cash Money says Wayne and company are full of it. They gave him a $20 million advance for Young Money in 2012, another $12 million for Wayne's solo album and another $70 million in advances, royalties, marketing and recording costs for various Young Money artists.

Cash Money claims in the docs if anyone is a slacker it's Wayne ... he was supposed to deliver 21 albums over 7 years for his artists and only anted up 13.

Tupac Shakur

'Thug Life Is Dead' Jailhouse Letter

Up for Sale for $225k

10/5/2015 6:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1005_tupac_message_letter_launchTupac Shakur's declared "Thug Life" was dead to him in an emotional letter that included a road map for his "homiez" to make it out of the hood -- and that letter is now up for sale.

Tupac's 5 page correspondence to a Death Row employee was written in 1995 while he was in jail for rape. The letter includes some deep thoughts about being ready to let someone else rep the thug life -- which he famously tatted on his torso.

He wrote, "U must play the game, not let the game play u. A regular Playa plays women, a Boss Playa plays life. A Boss Playa is a thinker, a leader, a builder, a moneymaker, a souljah, a teacher and most of all, a Man! " 

Tupac also said, "I want all my homiez to know there is another level."

The letter is being sold by a memorabilia site called Moments in Time, and we're told the $225,000 price is fixed. First come, first serve!

Justin Bieber

Karaoke with Floyd Mayweather

in Bora Bora

10/4/2015 12:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Justin Bieber made a French Polynesian paradise that much better for a group of well-to-do vacationers ... by giving an impromptu performance during karaoke night.

Biebs has been vacationing in Bora Bora with Floyd Mayweather -- while Money celebrates new found retirement.

We're told the two stopped by their hotel's bar during karaoke night on Saturday ... when Justin decided to treat everyone to -- of course -- his own song, "What Do You Mean," before getting on piano and playing "Let It Be."

The 25 in attendance weren't exactly JB's target demo ... but enough Tahitian Sunrise cocktails can turn anybody into a fan.


Amber Rose

Sobs Over Kanye, Wiz

I Forgive Them

10/4/2015 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Amber Rose broke down in front of a huge crowd Saturday, apparently still tormented by 2 of her famous exes ... Kanye and Wiz.

Amber was hosting her Slut Walk in downtown L.A. when she lost it, telling the crowd how hurtful it was when Wiz said she was nothing but a stripper, and Kanye said he felt like he needed 30 showers after hooking up with her.

She says she forgives them, but the hand-wringing tells a different story.


Lil Wayne

I Wanted Chanel West Coast

But Birdman Screwed It Up

10/4/2015 9:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Lil Wayne says he's trying to sign and develop young talent in an effort to keep his music label at the top of the game ... but Birdman is blocking his decisions.

In the long standing legal battle with Birdman ... Weezy claims in legal docs he tried to ink a deal with Chanel West Coast on his Young Money Label ... but negotiations went south when Cash Money refused to give the official sign off.

Here's what's odd -- back in 2013 it was reported Chanel signed with Young Money ... and is still featured on their website as an artist.  According to Wayne's docs though ... the deal never went through ... so it's unclear whether Chanel was ever officially brought on.

Wayne makes it clear though ... Birdman is getting in the way of business and ultimately costing the company a ton of money.

We reached out to Birdman for comment ... so far no word back.


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