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Meek Mill Phones In To Philly Rally ... Straight From Jail

3/13/2018 4:00 PM PDT

Meek Mill made an appearance at a rally thrown for him in Philly this week -- but he did it from behind bars ... and over the phone.

The rapper phoned in to the Reform Philly rally Tuesday through his attorney, Joe Tacopina, who put him on speaker and let him talk into the mic. The rally is aimed at "Bringing Injustice to Light," and was partially created with Meek in mind ... #Justice4Meek

Meek thanked his supporters for coming out and expressed his appreciation for their continued efforts to get him released from prison. He also talked about his love for Philly, as well as his rough upbringing. He said his long probation sentence at age 18 held him down.

Al Sharpton was in attendance, too, as was Meek's mom ... who held a banner in her son's name onstage. Jay-Z's music platform, Tidal, streamed the entire event.

Miley Cyrus Sued 'We Can't Stop' Is a Rip Off My Hit ... Says Jamaican Singer

3/13/2018 3:17 PM PDT
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Miley Cyrus needs to stop making money off "We Can't Stop" ... according to an Jamaican dancehall artist who claims her hit would be nothing without his 1988 classic.

The singer from Jamrock goes by Flourgon, and in his lawsuit he says Miley's 2013 song borrows heavily from his tune, "We Run Things." Mind you, Flourgon's song never charted in the U.S., and it came out 4 years before Miley was born, but anyway ... here's his claim.

In the docs, Flourgon isn't saying Miley stole his music, or even a single line from his song. Instead, he says she jacked his "unique and creative lyrical phraseology in order to establish an overarching and pervasive theme ... in the realm of self-discovery and self-governings."

We'll try to translate. Mr. Flourgon seems to thinks Miley's declaration of not stopping ... is the same thing as him saying he runs things.

Hmmm ... listen to the songs, and decide for yourself. Flourgon is suing Miley and Sony to block further distribution, sales, and performances of "We Can't Stop" ... and, of course, for money.

They have really strong weed in Jamaica, right?

Craig Mack Died of Congestive Heart Failure ... Says Erick Sermon

3/13/2018 12:34 PM PDT

Craig Mack knew he was dying, at least for several months, from congestive heart failure ... according to his close friend, Erick Sermon.

The '90s MC broke the news Tuesday -- hours after Craig passed away in South Carolina -- telling us the "Flava in Ya Ear" rapper had only 25% of his heart working in his final months.

As we reported, the coroner would only say Craig had died of natural causes ... so, Sermon, shed more light on Craig's final days. He says the Bad Boy Records pioneer had called his closest friends -- including Erick and Biz Markie -- 6 months ago to tell them what he was battling, but didn't want them to see him in his frail condition.

Erick says Craig maintained his personality, though ... they eventually hooked up and even recorded some music, and shot a documentary before he died.


Gigi Hadid & Zayn Malik Much Love & Respect ... But, We're Donezo!!! (Again)

3/13/2018 12:45 PM PDT
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Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik are each back on the market ... because their 2-year relationship is over.

The couple reportedly ended their relationship earlier this month, and Zayn confirmed it Tuesday ... saying, "Gigi and I had an incredibly meaningful, loving and fun relationship and I have a huge amount of respect and adoration for Gigi as a woman and a friend."

They'd been on a brief break, just for a few days, in 2016 -- and Zayn addressed the fact this split had made it to the rumor mill, saying, "We wish this news could have come from us first. We love you all."

Gigi followed up with her own statement 12 minutes later.

Gigi and Zayn were never shy about sharing their relationship on social media.

Last time we saw Zayn leaving Gigi's apartment, he was in a pretty good mood. One thing's for sure ... he's gonna have a hard time forgetting her eyes ... since they're apparently tatted on his chest!

Trey Songz Accuser He Hit Me So Hard I Threw Up from Concussion

3/13/2018 9:47 AM PDT
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The woman accusing Trey Songz of beating her senseless alleged the singer hit her so hard he gave her a concussion and she vomited ... and she wants an apology.

The woman, named Andrea Buera, gave a tearful news conference Tuesday flanked by her attorney, Lisa Bloom, and spoke publicly for the first time and in more detail about the alleged incident she claims went down over NBA All-Star Weekend in L.A.

Andrea -- who said she's known Trey for about 3 years -- said there were others who stood and watched as Trey allegedly beat her to the point he gave her a concussion. She wants those witnesses to come forward, and she wants an apology from Trey. 

Bloom said an investigator allegedly hired by Trey has also gone after Andrea's family and she wants that to stop. Bloom added they've not filed a civil suit but it is possible. 

We broke the story ... Trey and the woman were at a Hollywood Hills party when the singer allegedly struck her in the face repeatedly because she was talking to another man.

The woman -- who hired Bloom and went to court to get a restraining order against Trey -- claims he hit her with such force it was as if 2 men were fighting. She also claimed he choked her and threw 2 of her cell phones down a hill when she tried calling an Uber.

She filed a police report and went to the hospital. Cops are now investigating. Trey's attorney, Shawn Holley, said there were witnesses present at the party who dispute the woman's account.

Steph Curry Yachts, Ribs & E-40 ... for 30th Bday Bash!

3/13/2018 8:00 AM PDT

How did Steph Curry get down for his dirty 30??

By pullin' up to his party in a frickin' YACHT ... and slamming a plate of ribs during a live E-40 set!!

And that's just a taste of what went down at Steph's oceanside shindig ... where the 2-time MVP and his Warriors bros rang in his birthday "Ballers" style. 

A ton of lit song and dance went down Monday night in SF ... featuring Curry himself, who hopped onstage to lead a Rick James karaoke bro down!!

Of course, his teammates weren't gonna let him have all the fun -- right, KD, Draymond and Klay?

E-40 wasn't the only music artist in attendance -- Paramore's Hayley Williams was also in the house to serenade him with the happy bday song.

Steph looked happy as hell the whole night ... and we would be too with hundreds of millions in the bank at age 30.

Party on, Stephen.

Update: The Warriors have cancelled Tuesday's team practice. Hungover, much??

Tim McGraw Less Flying, Shorter Workouts I'll Be Okay After Collapse

3/13/2018 6:47 AM PDT

Tim McGraw is going to be making some big lifestyle changes in response to his onstage collapse in Dublin ... at least, that's what he told us as he arrived back in America.

Tim and Faith Hill touched down at JFK Airport Monday night, and he looked no worse for wear after cutting short his Sunday night concert. As we told you ... Tim fell to his knees before getting escorted off the stage. Faith said he was "super dehydrated."

Sounds like he agrees with Doc Hill's diagnosis -- Tim told us he'll be doing less flying for a while. Good timing for that change, because the country super couple has a break in their tour dates until May.

The 50-year-old singer has a famously fit bod, but he told us something's gotta give after his health crisis, and -- brace yourself, McGraw fans -- it might be his time in the gym.

Bow Wow Mocks Lonzo Ball Over 3-Point Game 'I Don't Train & I Smoke Weed!'

3/13/2018 7:35 AM PDT

Bow Wow CAN'T BELIEVE he beat Lonzo Ball in a 3-point shooting contest -- even if he only won 1 game out of 3 -- bragging that he out-shot an NBA star without any training and a weed habit! 

"It's the fact that I don't train, I smoke weed, and I make music, and I act. I don't got no time to be training. So the fact that I beat him one time means a lot."

Bow Wow (aka Shad Moss -- aka Calvin Cambridge from "Like Mike") was leaving Poppy in L.A. with his crew when we asked how the shooting contest with Lonzo happened in the first place. 

"Lonzo Ball came to Atlanta (to play the Hawks). They blew us out and we got the word that Lonzo and the Lakers were in (a nearby nightclub) and I said, 'Yo, bring 'em to the studio.'"

Bow Wow has a full basketball court in the studio ... so when Zo showed up, they decided to have a best of 3 shooting contest.

"He won two games. I won one," Bow Wow bragged. 

FYI, Lonzo Ball should have CRUSHED all three games ... and Bow Wow knows it.

But, Zo will have a shot at redemption -- Bow Wow says he has love and respect for Ball and would gladly offer a rematch.

So ... Zo -- you down?

Craig Mack Dead at 47

3/13/2018 5:39 AM PDT
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11:19 AM PT -- Diddy just released a statement on Mack's passing, saying, "Craig Mack, you were the first artist to release music on Bad Boy and gave us our first hit. You always followed your heart and you had an energy that was out of this world.

You believed in me and you believed in Bad Boy. I will never forget what you did for hip-hop. You inspired me, and I will continue to try to keep inspiring others. We will always love you." #badboy4life #ripcraigmackCraig Mack, the '90s rap star who helped put Diddy's Bad Boy Records on the map, died at his home in South Carolina of natural causes ... TMZ has learned.

The "Flava in Ya Ear" rapper was living in Walterboro, SC, where he'd joined a church and committed himself to his religion. His former producer, Alvin Toney, told the Daily News he'd seen him for the last time last week while filming a documentary on Craig's new life.

Mack, along with Notorious B.I.G., was the first rap superstar for Diddy's young label in the '90s. He was born on Long Island, but got his break by freestyling over a Mary J. Blige track for Diddy.

He was one of few Bad Boy Records artists who did not join the huge reunion tour a couple years ago. Craig was already committed to his new life in the South Carolina church by then.

Mack's huge 1994 hit, 'Flava,' earned him a Best Rap Solo Grammy nomination, although he lost to Queen Latifah. No shame in that game.

Craig was 47.

RIP to kicking mad flava in ya ear ... Mack was a brand new flava in ya ear.

Lil Wayne & Birdman Squashing Our Beef But It's a Work in Progress

3/13/2018 12:50 AM PDT

Lil Wayne and Birdman's run-in at LIV Nightclub was nothing out of the ordinary, at least for them, because they've been working on burying the hatchet for months ... TMZ has learned.

Sources connected to the former Cash Money duo tell us the $51 million lawsuit between them is still very much on, but they've managed to separate that from their personal relationship. As our source put it, "They're family and that's bigger than money." 

We're told they've talked several times over the past few months, and although it's no longer the father-son relationship they used to have, they ARE making an attempt to squash the beef. 

As for Sunday night's embrace at LIV -- Wayne had a section reserved downstairs, while Birdman was upstairs. Neither knew the other was there until DJ Stevie J shouted them out. 

Birdman's son, Bryan Jr., came down and said "hello" to Weezy first, before Wayne stopped by Birdman's table where they hugged it out

Kanye West Back to the Mountaintop to Write Songs This Time w/ Travis & Co.

3/12/2018 6:49 PM PDT
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Kanye West probably isn't gonna have to climb a mountain to wrap up his new album, 'cause he's got some friends tagging along with him now to make the hike easier.

Kanye went back to Wyoming this past week with a lot of other people ... we're told to work on his forthcoming album. He brought along his protege, Travis Scott and others. They all seem to be in Jackson Hole -- a valley between a couple mountain ranges in the state. 

Some other creative types that have been in the area recently, and who've been linked to Kanye, include producer Pi'erre Bourne and mogul ASAP Bari

Rapper King Louie and The Dream -- both of whom have collaborated with Kanye -- are also there posing for the camera. Producer Jeff Bhasker and Travis' manager are in town as well.

TMZ broke the story ... Kanye hit the mountaintop retreat at least a couple different times last year to work on new music for his album. We were told he resorted to the retreat to get away and hone his craft. 

Looks like he's recruited some help for the creative process. No word on a release date yet ... but you gotta hope it's nearing an end with this kind of fire power on deck. 

Toto Sued Drums Are Echoing, But Widow Says She's Not Getting Paid

3/12/2018 4:47 PM PDT
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The widow of one of Toto's founding members says the band is screwing her out of her fair share of the money it continues to make off classic hits, like "Africa."

Susan Porcaro-Goings says her husband, Jeff Porcaro, left her in charge of his estate when he died in 1992 -- which means she should be getting his share of Toto's royalties. According to the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Susan says 2 surviving members -- Steve Lukather and David Paich -- are acting in concert to keep her in the dark when it comes to the band's finances.

Susan says she's made several requests for details on the band's revenue, but says she's getting incomplete info from Steve and David.

She points out, for the record, Jeff was part of Toto's foundation -- as co-founder with Paich. She says he came up with the band's name (after watching "Wizard of Oz"), and he also co-wrote "Africa" with Paich.

Susan's suing to force Toto to open up the books and pay her what she's owed ... as sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti.

Lil Pump Signs New $8 Million Record Deal

3/12/2018 4:21 PM PDT

Lil Pump just got a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records and this time it looks like it's going to be binding.

This is the second round of trying to get a valid contract between Warner Bros. Records and Pump.  The first contract was invalid because it was never validated by the court and he's a minor -- 17 years old.

According to the contract, Warner Bros. Records agrees to pay Pump an $8 million advance, and then $9,000 for the first year, $12k for the second and $15k for the 3rd through 7th contract years.

As for royalties, this is where Pump can score, getting 14% in the U.S. There are other royalties that are even higher. There are provisions that give him up to 66% in royalties depending on the format. 

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