Kevin Durant and Jay Z might be business partners -- but that's apparently where it stops ... 'cause when Durant recently named his favorite rap song, Beyonce's husband was NOT the culprit.
The Durantula recently sat down for an interview at an NBA2K15 event where he was asked a bunch of personal questions, including what song gets him ready to go out and drop buckets.
Check out the video ... if you're expecting some Roc Nation loyalty, you ain't gonna get it.
Silver lining? Kevin's answer is just one more thing for Pharrell to be happy about (no it's not that song either, thank god).
Banging Drake Again ...
She Really Wants You to Know It
8/20/2014 10:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rihanna's antics at Tuesday night's Drake/Lil Wayne concert left little doubt ... she and Drake are banging again ... and she really, really wants people to know.
RiRi was front and center during the show and made quite a spectacle while Drake was on stage. You'd have to be blind to not spot her jamming in the crowd next to a few of Wayne's family members. Hasn't she ever heard of keeping things on the DL?
The concert wasn't the end of their night ... with sources telling us Drake and RiRi showed up to after parties at 1Oak and The Attic following the show. The flammable duo were both at a NYC nightclub Monday as well.
Justin and Selena, Chris and Karrueche ... guess reconciling is the new black.
Crushes Coaching Debut
At Rucker Park Hoops Tourney
8/20/2014 10:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Call in the Brinks truck ... 'cause 2 Chainz just helped a group of streetballers collect a $25,000 check -- coaching the guys to victory in a huge hoops tourney in Miami.
2 Chainz was one of 6 celebrity coaches at the South Beach Invitational in Miami ... which pitted some of the best street ballers from all over the country against each other in a tourney sponsored by the legendary Rucker Park.
Check out the video -- 2 Chainz, a former college basketball player, clearly took his job seriously ... dishing out wisdom to his team as they took on squads coached by Pusha T, French Montana and other stars.
In the end, 2 Chainz's team won the grand tourney and the grand prize -- a fat $25k check.
Justin Bieber Sued
Allegedly Ordered Photog Attack
Personally Destroyed Camera
8/20/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber can jump off a cliff ... but he can't order his bodyguard to attack anyone trying to photograph him doing it ... so a paparazzo alleges in a new lawsuit against the singer.
Aja Oxman claims Bieber was behind a brutal attack against him in which he was lifted in a choke hold and slammed onto the hood of a car. According to the lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- Justin "enjoyed the beating."
Bieber was in Kauai last November at Shipwreck Beach and decided to cliff jump. Oxman says he took a photo on a public beach and Bieber sicked his bodyguard on him ... ordering, "Go get his memory card and do whatever you have to do to get that card."
Oxman says that's when the bodyguard opened a can of whoopass, took his camera and memory card. The bodyguard, Dwayne Patterson, was booked for 3rd degree assault and 4th degree criminal property damage.
The suit -- filed by attorney Sark Ohanian -- claims Bieber and his hired muscle destroyed the camera together.
We called Bieber's people. So far, no comment.
Rihanna vs. Selena Gomez
Who'd You Rather?
(Short Shorts Edition)
8/20/2014 8:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Here's Rihanna rocking a pair of tiny denim shorts Tuesday in New York City ... and Selena Gomez donning a similar pair in L.A.
The question is ...
I Won't Be Banging JLo
In My New House
8/20/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Casper Smart bought a sweet new pad in the San Fernando Valley and he WON'T be banging Jennifer Lopez inside ... these are the 2 things we know.
We found out Smart just closed on a $760,000 ranch-style home in Woodland Hills. He put down 20% -- $152,000. And get this ... it's all Casper's money. JLo didn't give him a penny. He's been renting out a condo he already owned and making money doing choreography for artists like Nicki Minaj.
The 2,039 sq ft house has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a pool, fruit trees, and a batting cage.
Now the banging part. We posted pics of Smart and JLo driving together Monday in L.A. and it looked like something was up -- she was trying to hide from the photog -- but we're now told they continue to be friends but the romance is over and out.
Plus ... JLO wouldn't be caught dead in THAT part of the valley.
From Blurred Lines
to Grocery Lines
8/20/2014 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Robin Thicke is living that bachelor life now, which includes making a solo run to the grocery store Tuesday.
Robin went to the uber-expensive Bristol Farms in Bev Hills ... where 3 bags of groceries can really set you back. And, just like the rest of us, he succumbed to the temptation of tortilla chips.
DiGiorno frozen pizza? You know you want it!
'Big Time Rush' Star
American Airlines Smashed My Custom Guitar
8/20/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Big Time Rush" lead singer Kendall Schmidt is having issues with the airlines again after his custom made guitar was destroyed in flight ... and he demands American Airlines pony up.
Kendall had an appearance in Sacramento Sunday where he was supposed to perform ... but showed up with a mangled piece of wood instead of the $4,000 guitar he bought 6 months ago.
And Kendall says American isn't making things easy ... informing him he shouldn't expect any answers for at least a month.
American has a liability limitation of $3,400 for domestic flights ... so, best case scenario, he'd be out $600 ... unless he got insurance.
Kendall's had other airline woes ... he says a bag with $7,000 in jewelry went missing last year.
We've reached out to American ... but they must have lost our number.
Half-Brother Jailed in Stabbing
8/19/2014 5:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It's so eerie ... Jennifer Hudson's half-brother is in jail ... for allegedly repeatedly stabbing a man in the face ... a man who was involved in a relationship with his estranged wife.
The incident mirrors another tragedy in the Hudson family. William Balfour -- the ex-boyfriend of Jennifer's sister Julia -- murdered her mom, brother and nephew in a jealous rage triggered by what he thought was a gift to Julia from her new boyfriend.
Steven Simpson is now in custody in Paw Paw, Michigan, and he's expected to be charged with home invasion and attempted murder.
From Super Bowl Halftime Show
8/19/2014 3:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Apparently, the NFL is still upset with Janet Jackson for that whole nipplegate thing back in 2004 -- because league reps tell us she's still on the blacklist when it comes to the Super Bowl Halftime show.
TMZ Sports reached out to the NFL to discuss possible acts at Super Bowl XLIX (49) in Arizona next year -- and while the league wouldn't say who's in the running, they did issue the following statement:
"As for potential acts --- we have only ruled out Janet Jackson."
No word on how Justin Timberlake escaped the ire of the NFL -- considering he played a key role in the infamous "wardrobe malfunction" that day -- but if he's NOT banned, BOOK HIS ASS!!!
Drake and Rihanna
Together and Very Possibly
8/19/2014 12:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
So Drake and Rihanna walk into a club ... which means they were banging, right?
The former couple hit up Griffin nightclub in NYC Monday night ... and according to photogs they were there for nearly 2 hours and left at around 3 AM -- 21 minutes apart.
Eyewitnesses inside the club tell TMZ ... Drake and Rihanna had tables next to each other and were deep in conversation, flirtatious and whispering in each other's ears.
Enough evidence for you?
Jennifer Lopez, Casper Smart
8/19/2014 8:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart were back together Monday ... and when she spotted the photog she ducked for cover -- which totally means they're banging!
We think it's JLo's car ... it's definitely not his, although he's driving.
JLo and Casper broke up in June after dating 2 1/2 years. There were reports Smart cheated on JLo with a transsexual, but he denied it and threatened to sue.
As we reported ... the breakup was amicable and they parted as friends. Now it appears there may be benefits to the friendship.
Rapper Kid Ink
Pizza Delivery Man Sues Over Dog Attack
Damages Have Mushroomed
8/18/2014 5:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kid Ink's dog viciously attacked a pizza delivery guy and now the victim is suing for a piece of the pie.
Garnik Nazarian claims Kid ordered a pie delivered to his Granada Hills home ... and when he showed up at the front door, Kid's dog -- Louie -- attacked him ... chomping down on his hands, arms, legs, face and other body parts.
Nazarian -- claims Kid should've known Louie was "unusually dangerous" and prone to attack ... and should've kept the animal locked up.
According to the lawsuit ... Nazarian's injuries are so bad, he won't be able to deliver pizzas for a long time to come. So, in addition to medical bills and pain and suffering, he wants lost profits.
BTW ... the lawsuit is a little wonky. In California and most states, a dog bite victim doesn't have to prove the pooch was unusually dangerous or prone to attack. When dog bites a person ... owner pays -- period.