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Lil Wayne's SB Commercial Nothing Racist About Me Grilling for George Washington

2/3/2016 9:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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020316_lil_wayne_primaryLil Wayne and George Washington co-star in a Super Bowl commercial this year -- but some people are taking issue, since it shows Wayne cooking for George ... who famously owned slaves.

The ad for Apartments.com features Jeff Goldblum and a gospel choir singing 'Jeffersons' theme "Moving On Up." Eventually you see George and Weezy (get the reference?) all chummy next to a rooftop barbecue grill.

The criticism? The ad is low-key racist due to Washington's history as a slaver, but Wayne's camp doesn't see it that way ... at all. A source very close to him says the commercial is "meant to be funny and silly and not the least bit offensive."

The source added it's supposed to be comedy, and "people need to calm down." 

We've also reached out to Apartments.com, but no word back yet. Either way, their ad's getting way more attention now.

Wiz Khalifa Kanye West Apologized to Me ... We're All Good Now

2/3/2016 7:57 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Wiz Khalifa closed the book on his nasty feud with Kanye West -- but before he did, he made it clear that Yeezy bowed to him.

Wiz was on Power 105 in NYC with Angie Martinez, and broke down the peace accord the rappers reached after a phone convo. As we first reported, the guys talked first on Monday morning -- and hours later Kim and Amber followed suit.

However, what we didn't know is ... who first extended the olive branch.

Wiz wins. 

Lil Kim Recruits Ex-NFL Star To Make New Hip-Hop Heat

2/3/2016 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Lil Kim's blind side will be totally safe recording her new album ... 'cause she's got some serious beef helping her make hip-hop magic ... Ex-NFLer Bryant McKinnie.

Why would a hip-hop legend recruit a football player to make music?

Turns out McKinnie is a Grammy nominated producer ... having produced an R&B album back in 2009. He skipped the ceremony though ... 'cause he had to play in the NFC Championship game.

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TMZ Sports spoke to Lil Kim ... who says she's known McKinnie for around 10 years and has the ultimate faith his expert ear will make her project a hit.

"I respect Bryant's energy and input. When I really started to listen to him I realized that he really knows music and gives you nothing but real talk when you ask his opinions."

McKinnie isn't exactly producing Kim's new album ... he says he's acting in more of an "A&R capacity" but the Queen Bee says he knows what's hot in music ... because he's the king of the Miami club scene.

"It's always the turn up with him when I'm in Miami, we actually met at the club and a lot of that type of energy is what I want on this new album, he knows that."

No word on when Kim's new joint is dropping ... but the two are down in Miami working right now and the first single "Mine" feat. Kevin Gates is already out.

#SpittinHotFyre.

Snoop Dogg Says Gear Is Safe & Sound ... Burglary Victim Disagrees

2/2/2016 5:49 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Snoop Dogg's on his way to his Tuesday night gig in San Francisco, and says all his concert gear is safe with him at this moment.

Snoop posted a vid that looks like it was shot in the back of his limo ... saying our story about laptops and other equipment for his show getting stolen wasn't true.

However, our law enforcement sources confirm the driver of the jacked SUV told police the stuff that was swiped was SPECIFICALLY for Snoop's show at the Regency.

Bottom line: It appears Snoop has no idea who the burglary victim was, but at least he's still performing tonight. 

Smoke 'em if ya got 'em!

Kanye West White Flag Is Waving In War with Wiz

2/2/2016 1:06 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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020216-kanye-wiz-tmzKanye West now has peace on all fronts after hashing things out with Wiz Khalifa.

Kanye says he and Wiz chatted on Monday and it was a "Great convo." He didn't reveal much more about their discussion ... other than to say it was "All positive."

We've learned the peace summit was two-pronged. Our sources tell us Wiz and 'Ye's convo went down Monday morning -- and a few hours later Kim Kardashian and Amber Rose spoke to each other ... then decided to have their meeting at Kris Jenner's house.

Ever since their feud exploded on Twitter last week, Wiz has been blasting Yeezy almost every night during his South American tour -- but in an interview with Bootleg Kev on Tampa's Wild 94.1 ... Wiz said it's all squashed.

Model Shaun Ross Sorry, That's Not My Mega Long Schlong

2/2/2016 9:13 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0202_shaun_uncensored_launchMale model Shaun Ross looks like he illegally poached an elephant trunk in a new music video -- which has the Internet buzzing -- but chill folks ... it ain't what it seems.

Shaun does FULL frontal nudity in Braves "Dust" video, and while the size of his junk is jaw-droppingly shocking -- sources close to the model tell us Shaun wore a prosthetic over his real crown jewels.

We're told the director was going for art and shock value, and we gotta say ... nailed it! If you wanna see the prosthetic artist's handiwork ... go ahead and click.

The "Dust" music vid is 3 and a half minutes of Ross walking out of the ocean in slo-mo, and the massive faux dong only appears in the last 30 seconds or so.

No word on exactly how long the fake junk is, but we'll say this ... all of our censor tape is necessary. As one person in our office put it, "It looks like it zigzags when it swings." 

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Snoop Dogg Someone Jacked My Concert Gear ... For Super Bowl Gigs

2/2/2016 7:34 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0202-snoop-dogg-tmz-01Snoop Dogg's Super Bowl week just went to pot, and not in the good way -- someone made off with equipment for a bunch of shows he's doing in San Francisco.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ an SUV parked on a city street Monday night had a bunch of laptops, luggage, and concert gear -- and someone busted a window and cleaned out the vehicle.

Snoop is scheduled to play Tuesday night at The Regency Ballroom. We're told the equipment that was taken was essential for that gig. He's also playing a few other events related to the Super Bowl in coming days.

The only good news -- no weed was reported stolen. Snoop keeps that stuff close.

DMX to Panhandler Why Can't You Just Be Happy ... With This $5, Bro?!

2/1/2016 2:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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DMX tried to play master negotiator with a panhandler in NYC ... after the guy tried to upsell him on how big of a donation the rapper should make.

We'd say this interaction outside Haus nightclub on Sunday night was bizarre, but honestly ... strange things ALWAYS happen when we run into DMX.

But watch how the guy managed to talk his way OUT of getting $5! At least X got something out it.  

Celine Dion I'm Ready To Take The Stage Again

2/1/2016 2:02 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0201-celine-dion-Rene-Angelil-TMZ-GETTY-01Celine Dion is about to take center stage for the first time since husband Rene Angelil died, but not to sing.

We're told Celine's back in Vegas where she'll honor her late husband Wednesday with a celebration of life service. The venue is the Caesars Palace Colosseum ... the site of her Vegas residency.

Celine will speak at the event ... but we're told there's no plan for her to sing.

Rene was laid to rest in Montreal at an elaborate funeral in the Notre-Dame Basilica. A day later, Celine buried her brother ... so it's been a rough start to 2016.

As we previously reported ... she's canceled her Vegas shows until February 23.

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Chief Keef You Made Us Homeless!! College Girls Say Fans Attacked Their Pad

2/1/2016 2:23 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0201-chief-keef-TMZ-01Chief Keef endangered the lives of 3 female college students who say they've been forced to flee their crib after Keef sent his 1.11 million Twitter followers on the attack. 

Keef's tweet on Friday instructed his followers to "throw eggs and s**t in a bag and rocks and all that at this address." The tweet included the address of a Minneapolis area home.

One of the 3 women who lives there tells TMZ she was terrified when dozens of people surrounded the house, taking pictures and videos. Although it appears no one threw stuff, they did shoot videos ... some of which Keef reposted.

The women say they're innocent victims because it appears Keef's real beef is with a previous renter. Still, the damage is done -- they no longer feel safe because of all the people hanging around outside. They're no longer staying there, and are actively searching for a new place.

They've reached out to Chief Keef to get him to pay for their relocation, but haven't heard back from him. They'd rather not sue, but in the meantime they're trying to scrounge up the money on their own.

Keef's peeps haven't gotten back to us either.

Harry Styles Trolls Ex Taylor Swift With Birthday Tweet

2/1/2016 11:59 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Harry Styles either threw a not so silent shot at ex Taylor Swift or waved the white flag by quoting one of her songs in a birthday tweet.

The 1D-er turned 22 Monday and posted the on-point lyrics to Taylor's "Red" album throwback "22."

Seems innocent enough until you factor in Harry getting chummy with Taylor's gal pal, Kendall Jenner.

We'll give him the pass ... chances are he was song material in the past.

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Tim Tebow Terrible Lip Syncer ... Crazy Insane Physique

2/1/2016 11:26 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Tim Tebow can't sing. 

He can't even pretend to sing. 

But damn ... dude is jacked. 

Tim is a contender on Thursday's "Lip Sync Battle" -- and one of his songs is "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor. 

Right from the beginning, Tim abandons the faux vocal part of the show ... instead, spending most of his time flexing ... while Chrissy Teigen fawns over him from the DJ booth. 

"Magic Mike 3," anyone? 

Jay Z's Company Sues Rita Ora We Didn't Screw You You Screwed Us

2/1/2016 10:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0201-jay-z-rita-ora-TMZ_01Roc Nation, the music label run by Jay Z, is now suing Rita Ora.

The label claims it signed Rita in 2008 when she was unknown and invested millions in her career. In return she had to deliver 5 albums, but the label says it only got one.

As we previously reported ... Rita filed a lawsuit back in December claiming she had a bunch of new music for her second album but the label hadn't released it, instead focusing on repping pro athletes.

But according to Roc Nation's lawsuit, the label has already spent more than $2.3 million marketing her second LP and the point of the lawsuit is to get the money back.

There's another twist ... Ora's attorney, Howard King, claims Jay Z's  already promised to release Rita from her contract ... so the lawsuit will probably just go away.

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