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Travis Scott Sends Cash to Fan ... To Help with Mom's Funeral

8/16/2018 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Travis Scott's surprise cash handout isn't just a fun thing for his fans ... it's touching lives and helping people in need too.

Case in point ... Peter Valdriz, who replied to Travis' $100k Twitter giveaway announcement Tuesday -- in which fans were encouraged to tweet their Cash App tag with lyrics from "Astroworld" for a chance to get money. Peter pleaded his case by saying the dough would help with his mom's funeral cost.

Minutes later ... the rapper sent him $800 with a personal message saying he hopes it helps.

Peter tells TMZ ... his mother passed away last week after a battle with a brain virus and complications that followed. He says the gift from Travis came on what would have been her 52nd birthday and will go toward the expenses for her funeral next week.

He tells us Scott's donation really means a lot to him and his entire family, saying ... "Knowing that someone is out there trying to help us during this difficult time means the world to us."

He adds ... "I personally want to thank Travis Scott for really making a tough day for my family into a day we can cherish."

There's more -- Peter tells us Travis' gift has inspired other "generous and kindhearted" strangers to chip in to help with his mom's funeral as well.

Pretty amazing what a tweet can do.

112's Mike & Slim We Broke Up Again Q & Daron Going Their Own Way

8/16/2018 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Bad news for 112 fans -- the R&B quartet that JUST reunited after an 11-year hiatus has broken up again ... but a couple members say they want to keep the brand alive.

We spoke to Mike and Slim who tell us Q and Daron recently split from the group after a disagreement that they just couldn't resolve. They're a bit vague on what exactly they were beefing over, but it sounds like it might be a legal issue ... 'cause Slim says he's being sued.

112 hadn't put out a new album since 2005, so their loyal supporters were stoked in 2016 when they joined Diddy's Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour and then released a 6th studio album and dropped a new single last year. 

So, one thing is clear ... Mike and Slim are gonna keep touring on their own, which they've apparently been doing for months now.

XXXTentacion Murder Suspect Begs Judge to Let Him Outta Jail ... My Fiancée's Pregnant!!

8/15/2018 12:06 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

One of the suspects in XXXTentacion's murder case is swinging for the fences ... trying to convince the judge to let him outta jail, despite being indicted for first degree murder.

According to new legal docs obtained by TMZ ... Robert Allen wants the judge to allow him to post bail because he claims there's no proof he committed a crime. He wants the judge to let him out until the trial so he can take care of his pregnant fiancée.

Allen also says if he's let out, he'll go back to work for a lawn care business in Broward County where he says he's lived his entire life with his mom. Allen, along with the 3 other suspects, remains in custody.

As we reported ... Allen was the third of four murder suspects arrested in July after he was tracked down in Georgia. Allen was the guy who was originally named a person of interest in the killing because he was caught on surveillance video at the motorcycle dealership moments before XXX was gunned down.

50 Cent & Tekashi69 Gunfire On Music Video Set

8/15/2018 10:26 AM PDT
Exclusive Details

Tekashi69 and 50 Cent were in harm's way during the filming of a music video, when someone opened fire.

Witnesses say someone in a white Porsche with New Jersey license plates fired at least 11 shots during filming in Brooklyn Tuesday at around 10:30 PM. Based on the shell casings it appears the shooter use a 9 mm semi-automatic weapon. No one was hit.

Tekashi and 50 were on set at the time of the shooting, along with Casanova and Uncle Murda. Sources connected to the situation believe the shooter wasn't targeting any of the rappers, but law enforcement sources aren't so sure.

Although no one is connecting prior incidents, you may recall earlier this year someone fired shots at Chief Keef, and at the time Keef was beefing with Tekashi. There's no evidence -- at least so far -- that Keef's people were involved in the latest incident.

Cops are reviewing surveillance video, but so far no one has been taken into custody.

Offset Blows Off Stylist's Lawsuit

8/15/2018 10:57 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Offset's time is up to pay back a stylist for allegedly stiffing him, so the stylist is going full bore, asking a judge to order the rapper to fork over the money ... sources close to the case tell TMZ.

The Migos rapper was sued in late June in Fulton County, GA by a stylist claiming he got shorted $11,699 for his work plus clothing costs.  The services were supposedly rendered in Miami back in April ... when Offset was in town for Quavo's bday.

Offset had 45 days to file his response to the lawsuit, but the deadline has now passed. So, we're told the stylist is going to the judge ... saying it's not his problem that Offset was asleep at the wheel.  He wants his money NOW, with a little help from hizzoner. 

Demi Lovato Alleged Dealer Busted with Guns and Drugs ... Months Before OD

8/15/2018 10:24 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The man who showed up at Demi Lovato's home and allegedly smoked drugs with her hours before her OD is no stranger to the law -- cops nabbed him in a huge bust one month before he connected with the singer.

Brandon Johnson was arrested back in March with a stash of guns, drugs and cash ... according to law enforcement. When cops picked him up in North Hollywood he allegedly had narcotics, a fully loaded semi-automatic handgun and $10k in his pocket.  

Officers then searched Johnson's home and say they discovered more guns, drugs and ammo. He was also arrested in June and charged with DUI and possession of cocaine. 

TMZ broke the story ... Demi had been in contact with Johnson since April, and sources say he had supplied her with drugs.

We're also told Johnson is the man Demi texted to come over at 4 AM the morning she overdosed after freebasing Oxycodone potentially laced with fentanyl.

A source connected to Brandon tells us he's been telling friends he and Demi have had a "romantic relationship" but other sources say there was no romantic relationship.  We're also told he denies "dealing" her drugs.

We're told the D.A. has not charged him yet for the March arrest. 

Sia Plays Peekaboo ... At Netflix Party

8/15/2018 9:42 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Now you Sia ... now you don't.

The singer -- known for covering her face onstage -- ditched her wig and showed her mug as she mingled with producer Zach Shields outside the "Ozark" Netflix party Tuesday night at APL Restaurant on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

But, it was back to business as usual when Sia approached our camera before and after the party ... covering her face with both hands.

Sia gave a nod to Aretha Franklin, who is gravely ill from cancer ... and told us her favorite song by the Queen of Soul.

Khalid Aretha's the True Queen of Soul ... 'Deserves' the Crown

8/15/2018 8:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Quadruple platinum singer Khalid tells TMZ ... Aretha Franklin will be remembered as a strong woman who's accomplished so much -- and will forever be known as the "Queen of Soul."

Remember, there was a controversy about Aretha's royal title a while back -- when Beyonce called Tina Turner the "Queen" at the 2008 Grammys. 

Aretha -- who's been called the Queen of Soul since the '60s -- was so pissed at the time, she issued a statement saying, "I am not sure of whose toes I may have stepped on or whose ego I may have bruised between the Grammy writers and Beyonce. However, I dismissed it as a cheap shot for controversy."

Well, there's no controversy for Khalid -- saying Aretha clearly deserves the crown. 

Taylor Swift Gets Emotional ... About Sexual Assault Victims Being Believed

8/15/2018 7:31 AM PDT

Taylor Swift went deep at her concert on the one year anniversary of her win in her sexual assault trial ... saying how important it is that victims be believed.

Taylor was performing Tuesday night at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa and began choking up as she talked about the verdict she got against former DJ David Mueller who groped her during a 2013 meet-and-greet.

Taylor seems to be addressing the #MeToo movement, lamenting the fact that some victims of sexual assault are not believed ... and seemingly urging others to believe them.

She goes on to thank fans for their support, through the ups and downs of her life ... a life she says is all the more difficult because she lives it in the public eye.

Steven Tyler Fans Go Crazy As Aerosmith Announces Vegas Residency

8/15/2018 7:32 AM PDT

If you're wondering if people will flock to see Aerosmith in Vegas, look no further than exhibit A on the "Today" show ... where fans literally couldn't keep their hands off the band.

Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and co. were making their way onto the NBC morning show set Wednesday to talk about the residency with a sea of people around them begging for high fives and cheering them on. One daring spectator actually crossed the barricade to bum-rush Steven for a selfie.

Gotta say, he handled it like a pro ... sloughing him off with ease and keeping it moving without incident. If this dude thought he could get away with that ... Steven pretty much told him to dream on. He basically said as much on Twitter, anyway.

As for the big news ... Aerosmith is dubbing their Vegas show, Deuces Are Wild, with concerts beginning on April 6, 2019 at the Park Theater at the Park MGM on the strip and scheduled to run through July.

Nicki Minaj Hey, Safaree Do You Miss The Queen?

8/15/2018 7:40 AM PDT

It's going to take more than some nasty words on social media for Nicki Minaj to stop living her best life. 

Nicki looked totally unfazed by her Twitter beef with ex-BF Safaree as she stepped out Tuesday night in NYC. She took her time rolling up to a live Tidal interview in SoHo ... must've been working on that sexy outfit.

As we reported, Nicki's ex, Safaree, claimed Nicki stabbed him with a knife in a fit of anger toward the end of their relationship.

Nicki took a page from her hit single, "Chun-Li," as she dressed head to toe in Burberry and rocked some serious ice ... just like the lyrics.

Casanova Surrenders to Cops ... Over Alleged Attack on Woman

8/15/2018 7:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

3:40 PM PT -- Casanova's management team posted his bail, which was set at $10k, and he's been released ... according to bail bondsman Ira Judelson.

The rapper's attorney, Scott E. Leemon, claims the alleged victim has no credibility and lied to the local media to try to make money. Leemon points out Casanova has not been charged with assault, and says any labeling of his client as a person who beats women "is slanderous and will not be tolerated."

9:16 AM PT -- Law enforcement sources tell us Casanova has been charged with felony second-degree robbery.

Casanova just turned himself in to police after catching wind that he was a wanted man -- this after he allegedly attacked a woman in brutal fashion for using her phone.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ that the "Set Trippin" rapper surrendered to the NYPD in Manhattan Wednesday morning and criminal charges against him are pending.

We broke the story ... a warrant was issued over the weekend for Casanova's arrest in connection to an alleged assault he was involved in from last week. A woman says he and an accomplice beat the crap out of her after they thought she was filming them in a restaurant.

She told PIX11 she was doing nothing more than recording her meal for Instagram Live -- and that her alleged assailants left her with a broken jaw, stitches and a loose tooth.

Casanova's attorney Scott E. Leemon told us his client adamantly denied the allegation.

YG Booted Off Flight Over One Request ... Slim 400 Calls it BS!!!

8/14/2018 4:24 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

YG was sober as a judge when a flight attendant claimed he was drunk and kicked him off a plane Monday night ... according to rapper Slim 400, who was also on the flight. 

Slim, one of YG's artists, says the trouble started when YG asked the American Airlines flight attendant if he could change his seat. He says there was no yelling or cussing ... just a calm request, but still things went south.

He says it only escalated because of the flight attendant's reaction to YG's request. You gotta see his description of what went down. Slim suggests the attendant's attitude was racially motivated because he's positive YG wasn't drunk and shows us why.

As we reported, YG posted a video as he was leaving the plane, claiming the airline was a bunch of "Racist ass muthaf***as." American tells us he was kicked off "due to being intoxicated."

Slim says they had a major hassle after leaving the plane, but another airline eventually stepped up to get them to NYC.

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