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Kanye West Recovery in Progress ... Creating New Music

12/8/2016 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1129-kanye-west-tmz-03Kanye West's bounce back from the mental breakdown could come sooner than expected -- the recovery process has his creativity flowing again, and a new album could be in the offing.

Sources close to Kanye tell TMZ ... since he got home, he's been more relaxed and focused. We're told Kanye's built a temporary studio in their Bel-Air mansion so he can have the privacy he needs to get healthy, while also making new music as ideas come to him.

Our sources say Kanye's comparing the breakdown, and 8 day hospital stay, to his near-fatal car crash and his mother's death. We're told he feels he created some of his best work -- "Through The Wire" and '808s' -- after those crises.

As we reported, Kanye started melting down when he stopped taking prescribed doses of his usual meds for psychological issues. We're told he's kept that under control since leaving the hospital, and he's in such a creative space ... an album's worth of material is a real possibility.

Soulja Boy to Shia LaBeouf I'll Squash Our Beef If You Make Me a Movie Star

12/8/2016 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Soulja Boy's negotiating a cease-fire with Shia LaBeouf ... terms and conditions apply.

The rapper tells TMZ he's willing to give Shia a hall pass to return to the ATL if the actor can help him cross over into movies -- and a particular big budget one too.

Soulja's response to Shia's third diss track, which dropped Monday ... isn't all olive branches though.

In fact, it's filled with more threats than anything else.

Young Thug Goes Off On Airline Staff Y'all Are Some 'Nappy' Peasants

12/7/2016 5:17 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_bar6:35 PM -- Young Thug's Seattle fans just got screwed ... he says he didn't make his flight, so he's postponing Wednesday night's show to Dec. 12.update_grey_gray_barYoung Thug gave two female Alaska Airlines employees the business for trying to make him miss his flight and his show ... at least that's the way he saw it.

The rapper went in on the women pretty hard -- calling them "peasants" and "ants" with "nappy" hair. You can tell they're pissed as he tried to offer them $15k to quit their jobs.

A rep for the airline tells TMZ ... Thug was supposed to be on a flight from ATL to Seattle, but he arrived after their 45 minute cutoff period. We're told they were still able to get him on a partner flight.

It's unclear if he'll land in time for his 7 PM gig in Seattle.

We don't know what was said before Thug started recording, but the way he treats the women here ... makes him seem like a complete tool.

Sia & Erik Lang Calling it Quits

12/7/2016 3:01 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1207-sia-erik-anders-lang-getty-tmz-02Sia and Erik Lang are headed for splitsville -- they're breaking up after a short 2 year marriage.

The couple tells TMZ that "after much soul searching and consideration we have made the decision to separate as a couple. We are, however, dedicated to remaining friends."

The couple moved things pretty fast ... announcing their engagement back in June of 2014, and then tying the knot just 2 months later.

They have no children.

Mariah Carey I Don't Do Rain! Send in My Umbrella Team

12/7/2016 7:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1207-main-mariah-carey-akm-02Mariah Carey gets the royal treatment ... especially in the rain. But her supposed new boy toy Bryan Tanaka -- not so much.

A 3 person crew made their best attempt to keep Mimi dry Tuesday night as she arrived at the Empire State Building for a lighting ceremony. Bryan had just 1 schmoe.

But he gets to cavort with Mariah ... so that explains the smirk.

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Ricky Martin Beefcake Beach With Fiance & Tramp Stamp

12/6/2016 6:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1206-ricky-martin-fiance-yosef-vacation-speedo-shirtless-photos-launchRicky Martin and his new fiance -- Swedish stud Jwan Yosef -- turned their private beach in Mexico into muscle beach ... complete with some serious-ish ink.

44-year-old Ricky showed off his tan, ripped bod and clearly has no problem rocking a Speedo these days. They appear to be wearing matching diamond rings, so it's possible they're already married.

We wonder if Jwan has a lower back tat to match Ricky's though.

Viva la '90s!

Cruz Beckham Jumps into Music Like Mom ... Signs with Justin Bieber's Manager

12/6/2016 11:57 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1205-cruz-beckham-gettyJustin Bieber 2.0 is coming in the form of David and Victoria Beckham's 11 year-old son, Cruz ... who's just signed on the dotted line with Biebs' manager, Scooter Braun ... TMZ has learned. 

Cruz already seemed like a natural when his pop shared a vid of him covering Biebs' "Home to Mama." Guessing this kinda thing happens when both your parents are super talented. 

The uncanny thing is how much Cruz's career already resembles JB's. When Justin got his start he was singing cover songs, and Cruz already has a duet with Cody Simpson under his belt. A Bieber duet can't be far off. 

Braun's a family pal and we're told the Beckhams trust him. Translation: They know Scooter won't throw Cruz to the music business wolves.

Jay Z Check Out My Prince Sales Pitch ... That Failed

12/6/2016 11:47 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1206-launch-prince-jayz-getty-tmzPrince's estate just filed new docs in its lawsuit against Jay Z and it exposes something very few people get to see -- Jay Z the mogul, pitching his company in a big-time business deal. 

The estate is suing Jay Z's Roc Nation for streaming a ton of Prince's music on Tidal after his death in April. The new docs include a PowerPoint presentation that flaunts the Roc Nation empire's assets -- including music, sports, movies, concerts and more. It's actually incredibly impressive.

There's also a letter from Roc Nation's CEO to Bremer Trust -- the estate's administrator -- trying to persuade them to let Jay's company manage Prince's enormous catalog. As the CEO put it ... "[Prince] confided in and entrusted Mr. Carter and Roc Nation with his most prized possession, his creative expression. They spoke not just as respected businessmen, but as artists aligned in mission."

It sounds and looks great but as we've reported, the pitch fell on deaf ears. The estate turned down the offer and ended up suing over the streamed tunes.

Rapper Big Syke Tupac Collaborator Dead at 48

12/6/2016 9:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1206_remembering_big_syke_tupac_launchThe rapper who helped people picture Tupac rollin' has died.

TMZ has learned Big Syke was found dead at his home in Hawthorne, CA late Monday night. Law enforcement sources tell us cops responded first to a call to the scene, and then the L.A. County Coroner arrived. No foul play is suspected. 

Sources close to the situation tell us Syke -- real name Tyruss Himes -- is believed to have died from natural causes, although an autopsy has yet to be performed. We're told he had a history of heart issues and obesity.

Big Syke was a longtime friend of Tupac, and dropped verses on a bunch of his tracks, such as "All Eyez on Me," "Picture Me Rollin'" and "Check Out Time." He was also a member of Tupac's Thug Life group.

He was 48. 

Nicki Minaj Mental Health Org Fires Back ... Miami Video Is No Joke

12/5/2016 4:24 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Nicki Minaj is getting more than social media backlash for posting video of a woman losing it in Miami -- now a mental health organization is dressing her down for allegedly mocking the woman.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-Miami) is sounding off, just like several of Nicki's fans, saying the clip is an invasion of the woman's privacy, which dehumanizes her.

NAMI says it's pissed Nicki's used her fame -- she has 70 million IG followers -- to influence young people in a negative manner. A rep for NAMI says, "Nobody would make fun of a cancer patient, and mental illness is an illness like any other." 

Several comments on the video claim it's well-known in South Beach the woman in the video is mentally ill. In Nicki's defense, it's entirely plausible she didn't know that ... plus, she never says anything nasty to the woman.

Shia LaBeouf Done Dissing Lil Yachty ... After This One Last Shot

12/5/2016 1:47 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Shia LaBeouf's got a funny way of ending his rap beef with Lil Yachty and Soulja Boy -- he just dropped his final diss track, but he's going out with a bang.

TMZ got a copy of Shia's latest verse, which will air Monday afternoon on Power 106 in L.A.

On this one Shia compares himself to Marlon Brando (bad timing, maybe) ... and really gets out on a limb, by claiming he spits better than Eminem.

He saved his best for last, calling out Yachty one more time -- and Soulja Boy, who banned Shia from Atlanta after his last verse -- saying they're "just pop and MMMbop, and obscure fruit like kumquat."  He also goes after Peter Rosenberg again.

Kumquat, y'all. He rhymed kumquat.

#ShiaGotBars

DJ Khaled Watch Me Bling Out With This $100k Timepiece!

12/5/2016 9:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1205-dj-khaled-new-watch-hublot-01DJ Khaled's a key figure who requires da best of everything ... especially when it comes to telling time.

The rapper celebrated his 41st birthday over the weekend at Komodo Miami hosted by Haute Living. He was surrounded by da best of friends ... including Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe who gave him one of the ballest presents EVER.

The new bling -- valued at upwards of $100k -- featured his "major key" logo on each side and it was decorated with "We The Best" on the caseback. And don't bother trying to cop a similar watch ... it's definitely a special edition -- as in 1 of 1.

And he had fun showing it off.

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Fetty Wap Oakland Fire Reminds Me ... Young Artists Need Protection Too

12/5/2016 7:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Fetty Wap remembers his struggling days, and while he avoided tragedy like the Oakland fire -- he knows exactly how up and coming acts can fall victim to disastrous venues.

Fetty told us all the safety measures his crew takes when he performs -- he admits there are a lot because he has one eye. It's all good now, but he hasn't forgotten what it was like in his early days.

He has some advice for more established acts -- don't forget the little people on your way up the ladder. Clearly, the deadly fire during an EDM rave has him thinking. 

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