Kanye West played the 'some of my best friends are black' card in his civil lawsuit over the LAX paparazzi attack -- revealing that his dad was once a celebrity photog.
During deposition for the suit filed by Daniel Ramos ... Kanye told Ramos' attorney, "My father was a paparazzo himself." He added that his parents didn't raise him to "be out here wrestling with random paparazzi in front of LAX."
Kanye said he respects some of the paparazzi and gets along with them from time to time, but accused Ramos of asking him about "dumb s**t."
West went on to list a bunch of other jobs his dad did -- marriage counselor, medical illustrator and Black Panther. Maybe explaining why .... as we first told you ... he also declared himself, "the smartest celebrity you've ever f***king dealt with" during the deposition.
Suge's College FB Coach
He Wasn't Gangsta At UNLV
8/27/2014 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Suge Knight hasn't always been the hardest man in the world -- we didn't say that by the way -- his college football coach Wayne Nunnely did ... telling TMZ Sports Knight was the total "opposite" of a thug at UNLV.
FYI -- Knight was a defensive end for the Running Rebels in 1985 and '86 -- and Coach Nunnely (the man in charge at the time) tells us the Suge he knew was less gangsta and more good guy.
"Imagine the total opposite of the guy you know now, that was Suge."
Nunnely, who went on to coach in the pros as an assistant with the Saints, Chargers and Broncos says Knight changed his image in a BIG WAY after he left Las Vegas.
"Helluva player, one of the most respectful, hard working guys I ever had. One of our leaders, I don't know what happened when he put his pads down."
Suge, who's refused to work with law enforcement in identifying the individual who shot him SIX times this past weekend, definitely has the support of his former coach in his recovery
"Hopefully he makes it back, I'm praying for him."
Might wanna throw a prayer out there for whoever shot him too. We're just sayin' ...
Accused of Packing AK-47 on Tour
8/27/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Young Jeezy didn't have just any old weapon when he was busted Sunday ... he was armed with a military style AK-47 ... according to court docs.
We're told Jeezy is one of 6 people who've been charged with possessing the assault rifle ... a felony charge. All of the suspects were on the rapper's tour bus when cops found the weapon, and our sources say they all got charged because no one copped to owning it.
We broke the story ... cops searched the bus while investigating the deadly shooting at Wiz Khalifa and Jeezy's concert last Friday.
Two of Jeezy's entourage members are already convicted felons ... so they got 2 additional charges.
Dave and Busted
8/27/2014 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber is under investigation for allegedly trying to snatch a cell phone from a guy who snapped pics of Biebs and Selena Gomez at a Dave & Buster's.
If Biebs can't keep chill in a freakin' arcade ... it's a bad omen for the next TWO years while he's on probation! Dude's gotta know better.
Rear-Ended in West Hollywood
8/26/2014 2:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber just got rear-ended ... and it looks like a case of quien es mas macho.
Bieber was driving his red Ferrari in West Hollywood early Tuesday afternoon when he noticed a photog following him in a Prius.
We're told an annoyed Bieber slammed on his brakes and the photog crashed into him.
Bieber wasn't hurt, but he's pissed, tweeting, "We should have learned from the death of Princess Diana."
As for the cars ... the Ferrari was scratched ... nothing major. And let's face it ... who cares about the Prius.
BET Made Me Diss Blue Ivy
In Tasteless Joke
8/26/2014 1:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Karrueche Tran is blaming BET for the fact she ripped Beyonce and Jay Z's little girl with a harsh joke about her hair while hosting "106 & Park."
The joke took a shot at Blue Ivy's hairdo and no one ever combing it -- but it quickly blew up in Karreuche's face when incensed Bey and Jay fans unleashed a vicious social media attack on her.
A source close to Chris Brown's GF tells TMZ ... she read the joke cold off a teleprompter -- it was in a script that had been changed by producers at the last-minute -- and she never saw it beforehand.
We're told ... it was a live show and KT had no choice but to read what was on the prompter. Afterward, she and her manager went nuclear because they also thought the joke -- about a 2-year-old -- was mean-spirited and in poor taste.
Karrueche tells TMZ she actually admires Blue's 'do, saying ... "I love that Blue is able to wear her natural hair." She added she would never disrespect Beyonce and Blue Ivy.
BET President Stephen Hill also apologized, saying he reached out to Beyonce and Jay Z ... and has "taken punitive actions" with the producers responsible for putting Karrueche in that position.
Scott Weiland Doppelganger
Officially No Longer
8/26/2014 12:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jason Michael Hurley won't be dragging Scott Weiland's name through the mud any longer, because from this point forward ... he'll be going through the legal system using his real name.
As TMZ first reported, the Beverly Hills PD announced last week they arrested the former Stone Temple Pilots front man for burglary and meth possession ... problem was ... it wasn't actually him. A look-alike with a Stone Temple Pilots cover band in the works claimed to be Weiland and cops never checked it out.
Hurley was back in court Tuesday where he pled not guilty and was then sent back to jail ... where he's been for a month.
I Ain't No Snitch
Not Talking to Cops
8/26/2014 10:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Suge Knight is NOT talking to cops about the 6 bullets that penetrated his body ... refusing to drop a dime on anyone.
Sources close to Suge tell us ... the wounded mogul is fully conscious, although on several occasions police were turned away on false info -- that he was supposedly sedated.
But during one visit cops were actually allowed to see Suge. A source tells us when they asked about the shooting ... Suge acted disoriented, asking, "I was shot?"
We're also told witness cooperation has been minimal. If no one steps forward it will be tough to identify who pulled the trigger ... even though the gunman is on surveillance video at 1Oak.
Investigated for Attempted Robbery
For Lunging at Fan
8/26/2014 6:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber is under investigation for several crimes -- including attempted robbery -- for lunging at a fan at an arcade and sports bar ... attempting to get the guy's cell phone.
Justin and Selena Gomez were at Dave & Buster's Monday night when a fan started taking cell phone pics and video of the two. Law enforcement sources say ... Justin lunged at the guy ... in an attempt to take his cell phone and presumably erase the pics and video.
Justin's security held him back and he never made contact with the fan.
Police were called but before they arrived Justin booked it out of there.
Our law enforcement sources say the fan wants to press charges and Justin is being investigated ... and the possible crimes are attempted battery, attempted theft (stealing the pics) and attempted robbery (grabbing the camera in an attempt to permanently deprive the fan of the pics and video).
Justin could be in big trouble, because he's on probation in the egging case and violating the law could trigger a probation violation which could land him in jail.
We called Bieber's rep. They have no comment.
Jennifer Lopez vs. Iggy Azalea
WHO'D YOU RATHER?
8/26/2014 6:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It's a battle of the booty!
Here's Jennifer Lopez showing off her 45-year-old bulbous backside (left) posing with 24-year-old Iggy Azalea's down-under donk (right) in a photo promoting their upcoming remix together.
The question is ...
Now Accepting Applications
8/26/2014 4:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A freshly single Paula Patton re-emerged back out on the scene Monday night, hitting up Craig's in West Hollywood for a post-Emmys bash ... the first time she's been seen out since her break-up from Robin Thicke.
Don't get it twisted, just because she's single ... it doesn't mean you have a chance.
Suge Was Not the Target
In Pre-VMA Shooting
8/26/2014 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Katt Williams says he was with Suge Knight when he was shot at the pre-VMA party ... and the comedian maintains Suge was trying to protect someone else when the bullets started flying.
Our photog spotted Katt out in Malibu Monday, where he broke down the shooting of his friend Suge, like this:
-- Suge was not the intended victim and he was merely trying to save someone else ... possibly Chris Brown?
-- Suge's shooting was NOT gang-related because ... has there ever been a gang-related shooting where the other side didn't shoot back?
As for who pulled the trigger, Katt uncorked a rant about "nobody" shooting Suge ... theorizing the shooter might never be caught just like MLK Jr. and Malcolm X's assassins -- which makes zero sense since their killers were tried and convicted.
That aside, watch the clip ... Katt makes more solid points than not.
Mariah and Nick
Absence Makes the Heart Fonder
But Not That Fond
8/26/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are actually getting along -- way better than when they were together and loathed each other -- but TMZ has learned there is NO chance of a reconciliation.
TMZ first reported ... the divorce is a "done deal" and the couple has been separated since May.
We're told they are not only on good terms -- primarily for the sake of their kids -- they even went to dinner Friday in Tribeca and shockingly no one even noticed.
It's a big improvement from 6 months ago, when there was so much contempt they literally could not be in the same room together.
We're told it's all about the kids ... they're both committed to making the divorce as easy as possible on them. But -- let's just say one side tells us -- they will NEVER get back together.