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Lil Wayne No 'Respek' ... Chillin' with Birdman Foes!

4/28/2016 9:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

428-lil-wayne-instagramLil Wayne put ZERO 'Respek' on Birdman's name by hanging out with Rick Ross and Trick Daddy -- 2 of the guys who prompted Birdman's infamous rant.

Weezy and co. posed together in Miami right before Beyonce took the stage to kick off her tour. We don't know if the middle finger was intended for Cash Money's honcho, but he's gotta be taking it that way after his 'Breakfast Club' blowup over a lack of respek.

Remember, Charlamagne Tha God reminded Birdman that Ricky Rozay and Trick Daddy were also dissing him ... before he stormed out of the studio.

Wayne and Birdman seemed to be patching things up personally -- although they're still at war, legally -- but this pic won't help.  

Prince Search Warrant Served on Singer's House

4/28/2016 9:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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42716-prince-getty-02Authorities have obtained a search warrant for Prince's house, and in the docs there's an ominous warning ... if the justification for the warrant gets out it could cause others to destroy evidence.

The warrant was issued Thursday in Carver County, Minnesota, allowing cops to search the home in Paisley Park Studios, where the singer lived and died. Our sources say authorities want to see if there's evidence of drugs, correspondence, prescriptions and medical information that could help in the death investigation.

The sheriff's office says in the request for a warrant ... they want to keep the information in the warrant confidential because "premature disclosure of the details provided in the search warrant and its accompanying documents may compromise this law enforcement investigation by causing the search or related searches to be unsuccessful."

Translation ... we know authorities are interested in drugs that were prescribed by doctors and filled by pharmacies, and they don't want evidence tampering.

TMZ broke the story ... our Prince sources say it was known among close friends and family ... he had a Percocet addiction for years.

The judge ordered that the sensitive documents be sealed for 6 months or until the commencement of any criminal case.

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Sheila E. I Want to Protect Prince's Legacy NO Interest in His Money

4/28/2016 9:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

428-prince-sheila-tyka-02Sheila E. is doing everything she can to make sure no one exploits Prince's music or his money ... but she's NOT warring with his family over her friend's estate.

Sheila has deep concerns that vultures are looking for opportunities to profit off Prince's death -- so she's offered her support to his family and Paisley Park reps ... according to Sheila's rep.

The rep says there's no truth to reports Sheila is fighting with Tyka, Prince's sister, over the estate. She adds, Sheila "has received no compensation nor will accept compensation" ... and she's already turned down multiple offers to get paid for "tribute" concerts.

Additionally, Sheila thinks all memorial shows should be authorized by the estate and all revenues should go to Prince's favorite charities. 

Beyonce Love Fest for Jay Z ... 'Becky Beef' Squashed??

4/28/2016 6:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Beyonce's Miami concert must have felt like a roller coaster ride for Jay Z -- one second she was trashing him, and the next she was gushing over him.

Bey closed her Formation world tour kick off with "Halo" and a dedication to her "beautiful husband."

Of course, earlier in the show she performed her new tracks from "Lemonade" ... which included that damned lyric about Becky and her good hair.

Jay was reportedly sitting front and center for the show -- no doubt laughing at the angry Beyhive, counting his their money in his head ... and checking out her ass.

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Prince Long-Standing Percocet Addiction

4/27/2016 4:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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42616-prince-getty-05Prince was addicted to Percocet for years before his death ... TMZ has learned.

Multiple sources connected with the singer's family tell us, doctors prescribed the powerful painkiller in 2009 when he was suffering from hip problems. We're told he had corrective surgery sometime around 2010, but by then he was hooked on the drug.

Our sources say Prince developed a sometimes debilitating dependence on Percocet in the years that followed.

TMZ broke the story, Prince almost died from a Percocet OD 6 days before he was found dead in an elevator.

427-prince-walgreensAnd as we reported, Prince made at least 4 trips to a Walgreens pharmacy near his home in the week leading up to his death.

We're told the feds are now investigating who prescribed the drug, who filled the prescriptions and under what circumstances.

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Iggy Azalea Becky Now Ruined as Baby Name

4/28/2016 7:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Iggy Azalea thinks the furor over Beyonce's "Becky" reference in her album "Lemonade" has put it toward the bottom of the heap as a baby name.

Iggy was talkative at JFK Wednesday and wanted to make it clear ... she has no beef with Beyonce over Becky-gate.

On the subject of Nick Young ... good question by our photog about which comes first ... a Lakers championship or marriage.

Prince Mad Scramble to Cash In On Famous Image

4/28/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0427-sub-prince-rip-shirts-tmz-ebay-01A free-for-all has erupted over the right to sell merchandise with Prince's mug.  

We did some checking, and turns out there's no particular law in Minnesota that protects a person's image after he or she dies. Translation ... when Prince passed away last week, there's nothing in the law specifically prohibiting any Tom, Dick, or Harry from plastering Prince's face on t-shirts, socks, posters, key chains and all things cheesy.

It's way different from places like California and Tennessee, where courts and legislatures have given the estates of dead celebs the right to go after people who try and make a quick buck off famous images. 

Fact is ... Minnesota hasn't been home to that many deceased international celebs, so it looks like the courts have never had to deal with protection of images after death.  

As a result, there are a bunch of fly-by-night companies that are hawking R.I.P. Prince gear.

We're told Prince's siblings are aware people are profiting off Prince's image, and they're considering filing a test case. It's unclear how the Minnesota courts will rule, but for now it's the Wild Wild West in the Midwest.

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Prince Carried off Jet by Bodyguard After Emergency Landing

4/27/2016 2:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0427_prince_gettyPrince was in such bad shape when his jet made an emergency landing 6 days before his death, he had to be carried off the plane by his bodyguard ... TMZ has learned.

We've obtained an incident report from the Moline Fire Dept. which responded to the pilot's call for medical assistance. Although Prince's people claimed he was suffering from the flu, our sources say it was actually a life-threatening Percocet overdose.

According to the report, Prince's bodyguard carried the singer off the plane to emergency responders who had already arrived.  

Prince was put in an ambulance which then raced to the hospital, accompanied by a firetruck.

As we reported, Prince was in such bad shape when he landed, paramedics gave him a "save drug" at the airport.

Kesha Finally, New Music Dropping ... With Sony's Approval

4/27/2016 2:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Kesha's taking the judge's advice and getting back to recording music after losing her fight to get free from Sony.

She and Zedd are releasing the single "True Colors" on Friday. It's the song they did when Kesha surprised everyone at Coachella a couple weeks ago.

Officially, it's a Zedd track featuring Kesha. He's signed to Interscope, and sources connected with the deal tell us Sony and Dr. Luke's company, Kemosabe Records, signed off on Kesha doing the project. 

This will be the first new recording from Kesha since the judge shut down her attempt to get out of her Sony deal.

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Nick Young Odds On Me Marrying Iggy ...

4/27/2016 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Nick Young is a betting man who dished out some odds on whether he'll get Iggy Azalea to the altar ... after everything they've been through lately.

The Lakers star was in West Hollywood on Tuesday when a photog straight up asked him the chances of his pending marriage compared to his team's shot at an NBA Championship.

He actually answered! Check out the video, 'cause he also dropped a strong hint about how his other relationship's going. Y'know ... with D'Angelo Russell.

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Prince Judge Confirms No Will ... Brother Surfaces

4/27/2016 11:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

42616-prince-getty-03It's now official ... a judge has determined Prince died without a will and the bank the singer trusted has officially been appointed to manage his assets. 

TMZ has obtained legal docs from a hearing that was held Wednesday morning in Minnesota. We broke the story, Prince's sister, Tyka, filed papers to start probate proceedings, stating as far as she knew her brother did not write a will.

The judge agrees, and has ruled Prince's assets will be distributed to his heirs ... in this case, his brothers and sisters.

The judge also appointed Bremer Trust to serve as the administrator of Prince's estate, which we're told is worth somewhere south of $150 million. Tyka says Prince trusted the bank and did business there for years. The judge is only making the trust the administrator for up to 6 months, until a personal representative can be appointed. That could end up being a sticky situation if his relatives all vie for the position.

BTW, Prince's half brother, Omarr Baker, appeared at the hearing. 

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The Game Locks Undies Deal And it's HUGE for Charity

4/27/2016 9:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

42616-game-instagramThe Game's penis is giving back ... and not just to millions of his thirsty fans on social media.

After Ethika sales soared from Game's big revealing Instagram posts ... the underwear line and rapper got to work on a new line of briefs, specifically for a deal with the rapper.

We got the first pics of the collection (junk-free, sorry) which will benefit Game's charity, The Robin Hood Project. We're told for every pair of the drawers sold, one will be donated to a homeless shelter.

The collab was pretty inevitable since sales spiked 500% after Game's selfie went viral.

Game's also promising a surprise for all paying customers. Here comes more junk.

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Jay Z I'm Puff Daddy Through All the Becky Buzz

4/27/2016 7:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0427-jay-z-akm-01Jay Z ain't the least bit worried about "Becky" or any alleged affairs ... as long as he can light up a Cuban.

Jay was chilling in Miami, smoking a cigar with a friend on the eve of Beyonce's Formation World Tour kicking off down there.

It's the first time we've seen him since Bey dropped "Lemonade," and while the Beyhive wonders if he cheated -- Jigga looks every bit like a guy who's relaxed and comfortable knowing his wife's bringing in HUGE money. Even if she's airing their dirty laundry to do it.

He'll smoke to that!

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