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Nicki Minaj's Ex-BF Safaree

She's a Hip-Hop Thief

And Meek Mill's Fat

7/28/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Nicki Minaj's former BF is putting her on blast and embarrassing her new BF Meek Mill in the process, claiming he ghostwrote some of the biggest hits on her latest album, "The Pinkprint."

Safaree Samuels just dropped a new song, "Lifeline," in which he accuses her of the Cardinal hip-hop sin ... not writing her own verses. It's the same charge Meek leveled against Drake.

But Safaree is brutal toward Meek, rapping "This n**** bent outta shape with a gorilla face/ My bars on 'The Pinkprint' no one will ever match/ My dick- print lil n**** u could never match."

We checked ... and Safaree only has an A&R credit on "The Pinkprint," so it's a bold accusation.

And it gets worse. Safaree fat shames Meek, saying, "I heard you told Philippe Chow you ain't goin' there ... You outta shape anyway you need to eat a pear."

Stealing lyrics and overeating ... brutal.

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Lil Wayne

Rapper Claims He's as Bad as Birdman

In the Money Dept.

7/28/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0727-lil-wayne-david-banner-TMZ-INSTAGRAM-01update_graphic_red_barA rep for Wayne tells TMZ ... Lil Wayne was a Cash Money artist and it was their responsibility to pay David Banner, not Wayne.update_grey_gray_barIf Lil Wayne doesn't know what the word "ironic" means, he does now ... he's being sued by a rapper for not forking over royalties ... which is exactly his gripe with Birdman

Rapper David Banner claims he signed a contract in 2008 with Wayne's Young Money Records to produce two songs for Wayne -- "La La" and "Pussy Monster" -- featured on "Tha Carter III."

Banner claims Young Money told him in 2012 he was owed $138,787.19 in royalties ... but he never saw a cent. Banner also claims Young Money has gone radio silent, so he has no idea how much more he's owed.

Banner also says the same thing happened in 2009 with "Streets Is Watchin." He claims he was told he's owed more than $15,392.57.

As TMZ first reported, Wayne is locked in a lawsuit against Birdman and Cash Money Records for $51 million ... claiming he's owed money for his never-released album, "Tha Carter V."

Taylor Swift

Does Solid For Houston Astros

... Or Just Jinxed Them

7/27/2015 11:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0727-taylor-swift-houston-astros-GETTY-01The battle for Minute Maid Park is over ... and the Houston Astros have won -- with Taylor Swift agreeing to reschedule a concert date that would have conflicted with an Astros playoff game. 

Swift was originally scheduled to perform at MMP on October 13th -- which could have conflicted with a playoff game if the team makes the post-season.

FYI -- the Astros were expected to suck this season, but managed to put together a 55-45 record so far ... and are just one game behind the Angels for control of the American League West. 

But now, Swift has apparently agreed to move the date up ... with the Astros announcing her concert will now take place on September 9th instead. 

You don't believe in jinxes ... do you?

Wes Scantlin

Busted for DWI ...

Blew Four Times the Legal Limit

7/27/2015 8:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Puddle of Mudd singer Wes Scantlin has been arrested yet again ... this time in Minnesota for allegedly driving while intoxicated -- a whopping four times the legal limit -- and leading cops on a 100 MPH chase.  

According to the Renville County Sheriff’s Department, Scantlin was initially spotted speeding and led the arresting officer on a high-speed pursuit … with speeds reaching approximately 100 MPH.

The arresting officer said in his report … when he finally pulled Scantlin over, he was slurring his words and smelled of alcohol. 

The officer says he then administered a preliminary breathalyzer test and Scantlin blew a .310 … a whopping FOUR TIMES the legal limit. 

He was eventually charged with DWI and fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle. Since Scantlin refused to submit to further testing, he was charged for that too.

Scantlin had prior arrests for drug possession in 2012 and domestic violence in 2013.

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis

We're Country Folk

7/27/2015 10:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis still have some swing in their two-step. 

The newlyweds took in the Kenny Chesney concert over the weekend at Pasadena's Rose Bowl and got a little loose side stage during the country rocker's hit "Out Last Night."

The two are big country music fans ... and Ashton chugged a beer while they sang along to Chesney's set.   

Whitney Houston's Daughter

Bobbi Kristina

Dead at 22

7/26/2015 5:47 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's daughter Bobbi Kristina has died at the age of 22.

She passed away outside Atlanta in the hospice care facility where she's been since June 24 ... when her family decided to take her off all meds. As we first reported, a specialist had told them there was no chance of recovery

The family says Bobbi Kristina was surrounded by family and, "She is finally at peace in the arms of God."

Bobbi Kristina was found submerged in her bathtub on January 31, and police believe she was underwater for anywhere between 2 and 5 minutes. Paramedics were able to resuscitate her, but she was in a medically induced coma and placed on life support. 

Ultimately, Pat Houston and Bobby -- co-guardians for Bobbi Kristina -- had to make the decision to withdraw medications. It was a rare moment of agreement for the Browns and Houstons ... who had battled about BK's condition throughout her hospitalization.

TMZ broke the story ... the D.A. has been gearing up for a murder case, and her boyfriend Nick Gordon would be their first person of interest. Police said there were bruises on Bobbi Kristina's face and body after Gordon and a friend, Max Lomas, found her in the tub.

Of course, Whitney died from a drug overdose in 2012 while sitting in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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Chief Keef

Cops Shut Down Concert

He's a Bad Role Model

7/26/2015 8:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Several thousand concert goers were ordered out of an Indiana venue Saturday by cops, one song into a Chief Keef performance, and he wasn't really even there.

The rapper was actually appearing via hologram, because he felt he was going to get arrested if he showed up anywhere in the Midwest, because of outstanding warrants.

Keef was supposed to perform in Chicago, but changed his plans after city officials made it clear he was asking for trouble if he performed.  Mayor Rahm Emanuel asked the Chicago venue to pull the plug because Keef was a bad role model.  The venue obliged.

Keef then decided to make a faux appearance at Craze Fest in Hammond, Indiana, but he was actually in Beverly Hills and his performance was beamed in the form of a hologram.

One song in, the cops rushed the venue and shut it down.

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton

We're Still Splitting the Bill

7/26/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0724-miranda-blake-wefestIt's the summer's hottest country music ticket … Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton are both headlining the 2015 WE Fest in August, and no one's bailing despite their nasty divorce.

Promoters for the Minnesota festival confirm neither Blake nor Miranda have bowed out.

Miranda is set to take the stage on Aug. 7, and Blake the next night. We're told there's little chance they'll cross paths. It's common for artists to fly in and out the day of their performance.

As we previously reported, it hasn't been an amicable split, but news of their divorce hasn't exactly hurt ticket sales ... they're almost sold out.

Bottom line ... the show will go on, but a duet is not in the cards.

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'Cheerleader' Remix

Texans Cheer Team Recruited

... for Music Vid Shoot

7/26/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0724-HOUSTAN-TEXAS-CHEERLEADERS-SAMANTHA-J-TMZ-SPORTS-01The Houston Texans cheerleaders' have AWESOME timing, which is why they're about to co-star in a music video for the #1 song in the country, "Cheerleader."

TMZ Sports found out how the Texans ladies ended up in an impromptu video shoot with Jamaican singer Samantha J. It went down last month in Atlanta ... where the team and Samantha happened to be at the same cheerleading convention.

Samantha had recently teamed up with Omi to remix his huge hit, and sources at the convention tell us she got a blast of inspiration when she met the Texans cheerleaders. 

0724-SUB-HOUSTAN-TEXAS-CHEERLEADERS-SAMANTHA-J-TMZ-SPORTS-01We're told the convo was as simple as you'd expect ... "You're cheerleaders. I have a cheerleading song. Let's make a video."

The remix vid is due to be released any day now. Until then, enjoy the behind the scenes pics.

KoЯn’s Jonathan Davis

Lawyers Slaying Me

For Serial Killer Museum Case

7/26/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0724-jonathan-davis-tmz-01Korn frontman Jonathan Davis got a bloody good deal when he wriggled out of a costly lawsuit over a failed serial killer museum, but he forgot to pay the guys who got him that deal ... and now they're suing. 

Davis was supposed to open the "American Curiosities Museum" with another investor, but the deal fell apart and Davis got sued twice. His lawyers say they stepped in, in 2006, and helped reach a settlement ... and even gave him a payment plan to settle his legal tab.

The attorneys say he owed $158,407 ... and they agreed to let him pay it down $1,000 a month. However, Davis stopped paying after just 2 months.  

Now they're suing for the balance plus interest -- which brings his legal debt to a whopping $256,021.

Davis is learning the hard way -- the only thing scarier than a serial killer ... is an unpaid lawyer.

Caitlyn Jenner

Dancin' in the Dark with Candis

At Boy George Concert

7/25/2015 7:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Caitlyn Jenner got all touchy-feely with gal pal Candis Cayne at the Greek Theatre in Hollywood Friday night, taking turns leading as they danced to Boy George.

Caitlyn and Candis have been spending lots of time together, and really cut loose at the concert.

And Caitlyn took the stage to intro Boy George, owning the crowd with exuberance.

Lil George

Meek Mill's A Hypocrite

He Jacked My 'Sauce'

7/25/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0724-lil-george-meek-mill-instagram-tmz-01Meek Mill is throwing stones from a giant glass house, because while he's blasting Drake -- a Detroit rapper claims Meek actually jacked parts of HIS song. 

17-year-old Lil George dropped his song, "I Got the Sauce," back in October ... and released a music video on social media in April. It wasn't a huge mainstream hit, but he says it got a lot of underground hip-hop cred.  

Cut to June, when Meek debuted his album with the song, "I Got the Juice." George says fans immediately started calling out Meek for ripping off George's rhythm and hook. 

LG thinks it's pretty ironic Meek's calling out Drake -- yet says he's not upset about the sitch. He understands artists sometimes borrow from each other ... and he's not even looking for a paycheck.

George says he'd be cool if Meek just acknowledged 'Sauce' inspired 'Juice' ... but it ain't gonna happen.

Meek's rep says there's absolutely no rip-off, and Meek's never even heard 'Sauce.' 

Drake's 'Ghostwriter'

Drizzy Got Me Here ...

But I Don't Write His Raps

7/24/2015 2:46 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0724-drake-quentin-getty-instagramQuentin Miller, the guy accused of writing raps for Drake, is coming to the rapper's defense saying he’s never been and never will be a ghostwriter.

According to Miller, he was just your average baker with a passion for music when Drake took him under his wing. He says most of “If You’re Reading This It's Too Late” was done before he was brought in to collaborate on a few songs.   

He adds ... Drake didn't even really need him, and he was just happy to take notes from "the best in the game." Miller was responding to accusations -- from Meek Mill and others -- that he wrote Drake's rhymes on “10 Bands.”  

He didn't specifically address his version of "10 Bands" that leaked this week -- but says, ”I  could never take credit for anything other than the few songs we worked on together."

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