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Chris Rock Rihanna's Snub Helped Him Out ... Says Bro, Jordan

2/20/2018 7:59 AM PST
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Chris Rock is a changed man for the better, now that he's dating younger women -- and it all might be thanks to him getting shot down by Rihanna first ... so says his brother.

We got Jordan Rock -- the youngest of 7 Rock siblings -- and asked if Chris was aiming too high by trying to get at RiRi post-divorce, like he explained in his new Netflix special, "Tamborine."

Jordan says the Rocks know no limits when shooting their shot -- even though it didn't really work out for Chris and Rihanna. The upside ... Chris's new GF is, in fact, younger than him, and he seems to be in a better mood because of it ... according to Jordan, anyway.

Sounds like a proper thank you is in order for Ms. Fenty for helping Chris turn a new leaf. Or maybe a "Happy 30th Birthday" will do.

2 Chainz My New Motto ... Go Blimp or Go Home!!!

2/20/2018 7:44 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Some rappers throw down a mil or two on a Bugatti, but not 2 Chainz ... he poured his dough into a blimp!

If you missed it ... Titi Boy slapped the name of his new album, "Rap or Go to the League", on a giant blimp over the weekend and flew it over Los Angeles. Prime time advertising, considering the NBA All-Star Game was in town. 

We got Chainz at LAX Monday night and he seemed pretty satisfied with how the promo stunt went. We're not so sure he's thrilled with the cost though.

One thing's for sure ... helium ain't cheap! Not to mention, he opted for the glow in the dark option. As they say ... gotta spend money to make it, and 2 Chainz definitely just dropped a bundle.

Young Dolph Only One Not Arrested in Gun Bust

2/20/2018 12:20 AM PST
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Young Dolph dodged another bullet by being the only in his crew to walk away from a Hollywood gun bust without handcuffs on his wrists ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us Dolph was the only one out of 4 guys to be released during a Sunday traffic stop. We're told the 3 guys he was rolling with were all arrested for possession of a firearm. Dolph was not strapped and, therefore, got off scot-free.

We're told Dolph was a passenger in the vehicle, and was released on the spot while his pals got hauled off to jail. Hopefully he grabbed the keys.

The traffic stop went down in Hollywood ... not too far from where Dolph was shot in the ass late last year. Much better outcome this time around. 

Considering he also took fire in North Carolina last year, you'd understand why Dolph's friends might be armed.

We reached out to his camp ... no word back. 

Josh Duhamel Dear Fergie ... These Should Cheer You Up!

2/19/2018 3:09 PM PST

Josh Duhamel knows Fergie sings "Big Girls Don't Cry," but he also knows she could definitely use a little pick-me-up after her national anthem debacle -- and Josh delivered.

Fergie's ex showed up at her house Monday with a bouquet of roses and their 4-year-old son, Axl ... pretty much what the doctor ordered. The uproar over her All-Star Game 'Star-Spangled Banner' has been so intense, the singer felt the need to apologize.  

Apparently, he dropped off Axl to cheer up Fergie ... Josh left the house after just a few minutes, according to photogs. The flowers, btw, came with a note from Axl to his mom. 

Pretty classy move on Josh's part. 

As Fergie said in her apology ... she tried her best. Ditto for Axl and Josh, we think. 

'This Is Us' Writer Jas Waters Offset Shocked Me and 500 Kids At 'Black Panther' Event

2/19/2018 2:21 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Offset gets the award for best "plus one" ... after pulling a last minute surprise at a "Black Panther" screening for at-risk kids, and not even the event organizer knew he was doing it.

Jas Waters, a writer on "This Is Us," told us how she came up with the idea to screen the film at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood over the weekend. It all started with her offering 2 free movie tickets on Twitter ... and ended with Offset marching into the screening with Lil Yachty.

As we previously reported, several celebs have been participating in the 'Black Panther Challenge', where they help disadvantaged and minority children see the film for free.

Waters ended up getting 500 kids in the screening, and always knew Offset was down -- but says Yachty was a very pleasant surprise guest. Pretty clear, the kids agreed with Jas.

Fergie Sorry About The Anthem ... But I Tried My Best!!

2/19/2018 12:49 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Fergie has finally broken her silence on last night's botched NBA All-Star Game's National Anthem ... saying she was trying to take a risk, and it clearly didn't pay off.

The singer tells us, "I've always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA. I'm a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn't strike the intended tone. I love this country and honestly tried my best."

Fergie took a lot of heat after her slowed-down/jazzy take on "The Star-Spangled Banner" Sunday night ... and it appeared she had a lot of celebs and athletes in attendance cracking up, too.

At least one person had her back though ...

Janet Jackson to Baby Eissa What Haven't I Done for You Lately? That's The Way Love Goes

2/19/2018 11:20 AM PST

Janet Jackson clearly believes in sticking to the mom-damentals of parenting -- which include pushing your own baby's stroller ... and carrying your little one around yourself.

Janet was spotted pushing around her 1-year-old son, Eissa, in London Monday as she joined some friends for lunch -- and even in the rain and all ... she was roughin' it.

We assume the singer has nannies on hand to help with some of the child care, especially since she's back to touring after giving birth last year, and has been pretty busy.

Still ... Janet appears to be quite hands-on as a mother, 'cause baby Eissa has accompanied her to lots of places lately. And Janet's usually the one carrying the kid around ... like here, here and here.

One thing he definitely can't ask in the future ... what did you ever do for me, ma?  

Kim Kardashian Kanye's Stock-ing Stuffers Have Made Me Even Richer!!!

2/19/2018 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Kim Kardashian's Christmas gift from Kanye West isn't going to stop the chorus from grousing she keeps getting richer for doing nothing, because in this case ... it's absolutely true.

As we reported, Ye hooked up his wife for Xmas with $100k of stock from 4 blue-chip companies -- Amazon, Apple, Disney and Adidas ... along with some more traditional stocking stuffers.

Since Kim scored the gifts, 2 of the 4 stocks -- Amazon and Adidas -- have continued to surge, and are up about $24k and $11k respectively. Kim's Disney stock is down almost $2k, and Apple dipped a bit as well.

All in all ... Kim's $400k portfolio is currently valued at $431,800 as of Friday's close.

Not bad at all for doing nothing and just watching the stocks grow.

Beyonce & Blue Ivy Keep Your Eyes On ... Us at the All-Star Game

2/19/2018 7:35 AM PST

Beyonce showed Blue Ivy how it's done in the selfie department during the NBA All-Star Game, but to be honest doesn't look like the kid needs any advice. 

Mother and daughter sat courtside Sunday evening at Staples Center along with grandma Tina Knowles, and her hubby, Richard Lawson. Looks like Jay-Z stayed home with the twins.

Even without Jay, there was no shortage of celebs -- like Dave Chappelle, Common, Cardi BJack Nicholson and many more ... packed the arena.

As for Blue, who's only 6, it's not her first rodeo. The kid had front row seats to last year's All-Star Game in New Orleans. Stole the show there, too.

Like mother, like daughter.

Mariah Carey Advice to Fergie ... Don't Listen to the Haters!

2/19/2018 6:06 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

It ain't ALL hate for Fergie after that bizarre national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game -- with Mariah Carey dishing out some advice on how to deal with the negativity. 

A glammed up Mariah was leaving Sweet Chick on Fairfax Sunday evening -- when she gave Fergie one very simple tip. 

By the way, Mariah has some experience in this department ... the haters came out in force for her New Year's Eve performance a while back -- but it didn't seem to faze her. 

Aside from Mariah, Takeoff from Migos and NBA star Karl-Anthony Towns also had Fergie's back.

Not everyone has been so supportive ... "Saturday Night Live" star Leslie Jones hated it -- and judging by Draymond Green's face, he wasn't a fan either. 

Still haven't heard from Fergie yet -- but we'd LOVE to hear her thoughts on it. 

Stay tuned ... 

Diddy Hell Yeah, I'm Down For More 'Black Panther'!!!

2/19/2018 7:21 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Someone get Diddy a script for the "Black Panther" sequel -- because he's ALL IN after the film's record breaking weekend!

Diddy was leaving Nightingale Sunday night in WeHo when we asked if he thought the movie's tremendous success would convince Hollywood to greenlight more black films. His reaction was the most enthusiastic -- and maybe a little booze-fueled -- we've seen yet.

'BP' made $192 million so far, and is projected to top $235 mil once the holiday weekend is over -- the biggest February opening ever.

You can tell ... he knows the numbers, and "hell yeah" ... he's amped about 'em!!

C'mon, Diddy as King T'Challa's 2nd cousin in the music biz ... for 'BP2'? 

Fergie at NBA All-Star Game Roasted for Slow & Sexy Nat'l Anthem ... Hollywood Piles On

2/18/2018 7:39 PM PST

Fergie sang the National Anthem to kick off the 2018 NBA All-Star game, and most everyone seemed to hate it ... including Hollywood.

Tons of stars blasted Fergie for her sultry rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner Sunday night ahead of a mega showdown between Stephen Curry and LeBron James' all-star squads. Charles Barkley wanted to dive right in afterward ... but Shaq wouldn't let him.

Leslie Jones had some thoughts, too ... wondering "Why did this happen?" and even suggesting the organizers might as well have had her sing it.

Hell, even a state senator from Oklahoma got in on the hating. 

Draymond Green's reaction was probably the best, though. It was live and raw, and there was no hiding how he really felt about it ... LOLOLOL. Yeah, that about sums it up.

Keep your head up, Fergie. There's always next year ... or not.

Travis Scott 1st Words on Baby Stormi 'She's Beautiful'

2/18/2018 2:00 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Travis Scott gave what might be the first public update on his and Kylie Jenner's new baby girl -- and, believe it or not, she's a good looking kid ... so says dad.

Paps got Travis Saturday night leaving Poppy, where he actually responded to a camera guy's question about how newborn Stormi Webster is holding up. It's short, but descriptive.

As we reported ... Travis is proving to be a changed man in light of his first child coming into the world, and this video is just more evidence of that. The Houston rapper usually clams up around the paparazzi ... now he's opening up, as slow as it might be. 

If you can't tell ... this is one proud papa. 

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