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Ja Rule & Ashanti We Don't Promote Killings

7/28/2016 7:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0728-ja-rule-ashanti-tmz-01Ja Rule and Ashanti do not endorse killers, and they've changed the name of their tour ... just in case anyone's getting it twisted.  

Ja tells TMZ ... he and Ashanti have decided to change the original tour name, Natural Born Killers, because they thought it would be "insensitive to the families of the victims" of senseless violence.

Ja reposted a promo for their 12-show tour with the word "Killers" crossed out. It's now called the Natural Born Tour.

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Ja stressed to us ... they have a creative and First Amendment right to call the tour whatever they want, but made the change anyway.

The name's just for promotion purposes, since tickets to the show are being sold simply as Ja Rule & Ashanti.

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Drake & Kanye West Taylor Can't Talk S*** Anymore!

7/28/2016 6:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Drake opened the door ... Kanye West stepped through it, and then took a few pot shots at Taylor Swift.

Drake brought Kanye out as a surprise guest during his Chicago concert Wednesday night, and he immediately went in on the Taylor beef -- "All I gotta say is, I am so glad my wife has Snapchat!"

'Ye's hometown crowd went wild ... which only fueled him to continue the rant.

Drake looked amused.

Meek Mill Strip Club Redemption ... Just Me and My Crew!

7/28/2016 7:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Meek Mill in a strip club -- without Nicki Minaj by his side -- is a full party ... and an expensive one too. 

The MC hit up ACES Strip Club Wednesday night in Queens, where he was hosting, and as you can see in the video ... Meek was throwing racks on racks on racks. We're told he dropped at least $20k. 

He wasn't flying solo ... Meek was rolling with Travis Scott and NBA all-star James Harden.

Check out the clip -- night and day from another strip club trip WITH Nicki

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Fergie Strapped & Loaded

7/28/2016 6:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0728-fergie-getty-01Fergie served up a tall, hot glass of MILFshake -- the perfect DNC after-party, we're thinking. 

Fergie performed her new track "M.I.L.F. $" Wednesday night during The Creative Coalition's Benefit Gala in Philly. 41 years old and still a bad mother ... 

That's it. She's a mom.

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Insane Clown Posse Soda Fight Ends In Punches

7/28/2016 7:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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An ICP fan got punched in the face by Shaggy 2 Dope after he broke the cardinal Juggalo rule: don't waste a Juggalo's soda.

A rep for ICP tells us the fight started when a fan wouldn't stop chucking plastic, unopened bottles of Faygo onstage towards the band at their show a couple of weeks back.

For non-Juggalos, Faygo is a cheap, sugary, carbonated soda that's culturally important in the Juggalo world. ICP made Faygo famous by giving fans "Faygo showers" and spraying them with their fav soda.

The rep says Shaggy felt provoked and was only trying to protect himself and his partner in rhyme, Violent J, from physical injury ... so he jumped into the crowd and laid into the Faygo-thrower.

We're told security broke it up and escorted the fan out of the venue.

No use crying over spilled Faygo.

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Waka Flocka & Lil Scrappy Here's How We Handle Chick Issues And Bachelor(ette) Parties

7/28/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Waka Flocka and Lil Scrappy won't be writing a relationship advice column any time soon, but they have some entertaining takes on relationships.

We caught up with them and their ladies in ATL and asked how they handle spats at home. Check out the vid ... the rappers have hilarious, and very different approaches.

BTW, nice to see Waka back with Tammy Rivera after a short breakup -- and she even dropped a bombshell about Scrappy and Bambi Benson's upcoming wedding.

She also gave us the tea on the bachelorette party, and Scrappy wasn't exactly havin' it.

Dr. Dre D.A. Rejects Gun Case After Citizen's Arrest

7/27/2016 3:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0725_dr_dre_with_officers_tmz_wmDr. Dre just emerged victorious in the showdown with that guy who accused him of pulling a gun ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us the L.A. County District Attorney has already rejected the case for insufficient evidence. As we first reported ... cops say they found NO gun on Dre after searching him Monday at his Malibu mansion.

Our sources close to Dre weren't the least bit surprised by the D.A.'s decision since the whole case was "ridiculous."

TMZ broke the story, a motorist who was blocking Dre's driveway off PCH insisted on making a citizen's arrest, claiming Dre pulled the weapon during a verbal dispute.

With the D.A.'s decision, this guy can officially ... forget about Dre.

Donald Trump 'Apprentice' Theme Now Off Limits ... O'Jays Fire Off Warning

7/27/2016 3:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0727_ojays_donald_trump_tmzThe '70s classic "For the Love of Money" should no longer be associated with Donald Trump ... if The O'Jays get their way.

Of course, the song has been the 'Apprentice' theme for years now -- but soul music legends, The O'Jays just sent a cease and desist letter to Trump and Florida Rep. John Mica. The group is particularly upset about a video posted by the congressman praising Donald's involvement in a D.C. real estate deal. The 2014 clip features 'Love of Money.'

Eddie Levert and Walter Williams -- the OG O'Jays ... think the video sends mixed messages because they don't endorse Trump, his agenda or GOP views.

Truth is, the group didn't write the song ... so legally they don't have much say about its use. However, they're more concerned use of the song implies they're down with Trump, and that just ain't the case. 

Eddie made that 100% clear when he was on "TMZ Live" last week complaining about "Love Train" being used at the RNC.

Jenni Rivera Plane Crash $70 Million Victory For Families of Entourage

7/27/2016 1:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0727-jenni-rivera-filly-brown-lionsgate-01The families of Jenni Rivera's entourage members killed in her plane crash have been awarded a hefty payout from the private jet company.

A judge in L.A. ruled Wednesday Starwood Management -- owners of the downed Learjet -- must pay a total of $70 million to the loved ones of Jenni's publicist, makeup artist, hairstylist and lawyer. Rivera's plane went down in Mexico in 2012. Both pilots were also killed in the crash.

The $70 mil is a default judgment ... Starwood abandoned its defense in the case.

Jenni's family still has an active lawsuit going against Starwood.

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Calvin Harris No Kanye Collab ... I Don't Need the Taylor Backlash

7/27/2016 12:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0727-kanye-west-calvin-harris-tmz-01Calvin Harris doesn't have any plans to collab with Kanye West because he knows that would play like a serious diss to Taylor Swift, which he's not trying to do ... TMZ has learned.

We spoke to sources on both sides who tell us Calvin and Kanye have not discussed making any music together, and although they have mutual respect ... they rarely speak at all. They're just not buds. There were reports Calvin wanted to record a track with 'Ye.

As for them EVER working together ... our Calvin sources say not right now because he wants to kill the narrative of being connected to Taylor. Translation: He's just done with all the drama around their breakup.

We're told during Calvin's brief run-in with Kim Kardashian at J Lo's birthday ... music, Taylor and Kanye were not discussed. It was more like pleasant salutations.

Black Keys Drummer Our Best Pre-Game Pump Up Song Is ...

7/27/2016 12:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Pre-game songs can be HUGE for a pro athlete.

So, when we saw The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney (a HUGE Cavs fan) ... we asked if his band had one jam that would be perfect to pump up LeBron James

Check out the clip ... then add the song to your playlist -- immediately. 

Tyrese I Didn't Mean to Diss Jay Z

7/27/2016 11:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0726-main-tyrese-tmzTyrese wants to make it abundantly clear -- he was NOT calling out Jay Z, DJ Khaled and Future as hip-hop stars not doing enough for their community ... despite a post that seems that way.

The singer tells TMZ ... his IG post was about all people of color needing to step up and come together -- especially powerful men like Jay Z, who has the stage and voice to influence real change ... like going to Congress to change gun and drug laws.

Tyrese tells us he's going to reach out to Jay to come up with some kind of plan to help save black men from killing each other and winding up in jail.

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Tyrese seemed to be pointing the finger at the trio after posting the pic Tuesday of the 3 rappers with a long caption calling 'em out for scheduling a music video -- Khaled's "I Got Keys" -- but not finding time to bridge the racial gap.

It should be noted other rappers -- T.I., Swizz Beatz, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz and Pusha T -- were part of the video, but not in the photo.

Demi Lovato And Joe Jonas We Haven't Forgotten Our Disney Roots!!!

7/27/2016 10:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas went back in time performing "This Is Me" Tuesday night at the Washington D.C. concert stop on the Future Now tour.

The song is from the Disney Channel OG movie "Camp Rock," which launched both Demi and Joe's careers about 8 years ago. The two also dated for a split second afterwards.

Demi's touring with Joe's little bro, Nick, who handled the guitar riff, and it looks like the throwback went down unrehearsed. 

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