Sam's stock in trade mixes country with mild rap, so it wasn't a total left turn, but it was fantastic.
The country fans embraced the Dogg like he was their own.
N.W.A. insulted funk music pioneer Charles Wright by offering him a measly $600 to sample his hit song "Express Yourself" for their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ... according to Wright.
Wright's rep Kimirhochelle Porter tells TMZ the singer felt totally disrespected by the lowball offer, since he usually gets around $600k for samples of his '70s hit. We're told Wright was also pissed because N.W.A. didn't invite him to the ceremony.
Wright -- frontman of the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band -- hasn't been inducted to the Hall himself. We're told he feels snubbed, and thinks N.W.A. should share the spotlight since his music played a big role in their success.
Porter says they're still trying to strike a deal, but tick-tock -- the ceremony airs Saturday night on HBO.
Lionel Richie wants you to stay pretty all night long -- and that appears to be the hook for the cosmetic line he wants to launch.
The singer launched his new business endeavor last week when his company filed a trademark for "Hello By Lionel Richie."
The copyright covers just about everything beauty related ... cosmetics, face masks, body glitter, bath beads, hair bows, nail polish, etc.
And there's a separate trademark for candles and candle accessories.
Hello ... way better than Brickhouse cosmetics.
Chris Brown's unwanted guest can't take the hint, 'cause cops say she showed up AGAIN at his home and got busted for trespassing.
According to law enforcement sources, Danielle Patti waited until the gate to Brown's home opened before walking onto the property around 3 AM Thursday. She was caught by security and held until police arrived.
She was charged with two counts of trespassing to which she pled not guilty on Friday. Brown was home at the time, and we're told his attorney will file for a temporary restraining order.
Patti pulled the same exact move back in December.
Beyonce just pulled the plug on the Nashville stop of her tour, one week before she was set to play there.
Bey's peeps aren't saying yet why the May 5 gig's been canceled, but she's still playing tonight in Tampa, and next week in Atlanta and Raleigh, NC.
The concert was supposed to go down at Nissan Stadium, where the Tennessee Titans play. The stadium's been undergoing some major renovations, including new seats ... so it's possible that's behind the change.
The show's expected to be rescheduled, but no date's been announced.
Authorities descended on a Walgreens near Paisley Park and served a search warrant on the pharmacy, TMZ has learned, looking for a prescription paper trail that could unravel the cause of Prince's death.
It's the same drug store chain where Prince made 4 Rx runs in the week leading up to his death.
We're told investigators made their move Thursday. Once inside, they beelined it for the pharmacy and spent several hours combing through records.
As we reported, authorities are especially interested in Percocet ... the drug that triggered a near-fatal OD 6 days before Prince's death. They're also looking for other prescriptions in Prince's name or identifiable aliases.
We're told investigators are also targeting other pharmacies and doctors who may have helped Prince procure meds.
Of course, Mix first made the name famous with his ass anthem -- and tells us he actually dated a Becky back in the day whose hair was far from good! In fact, she was bald and "wore a patch on her eye just because. Her nickname was sketch."
Mix-A-Lot also says not all Beckys are created equal -- "Becky from Calabasas has no game and she would be the side chick for an ax murderer. However, Becky from the block don't play dat s***!"
As for Bey calling out Jay, he gives her props for "saying what she feels while simultaneously earning money."
Y'know, Mix ... he's down to get the friction on.
In an interview with Beats 1 Radio, Drizzy confirmed he and Nicki don't talk at all, but he's not pissed about it. In fact, it sounds like he respects the way she dealt with her Young Money label mate -- even as Drake and Meek were exchanging diss tracks.
Drizzy also weighs in on Lil Wayne and Birdman's beef. Check it out ... he's trying to keep it positive, but you can tell major damage has been done.
Prince was able to get his supply of prescription drugs from more than one doctor ... and at least one of them was a "personal friend" of Prince ... this according to members of the singer's family.
TMZ broke the story ... Prince developed an addiction to Percocet sometime before his hip surgery in 2010, and almost died from an overdose 6 days before his death.
What's significant ... Percocet is a controlled substance, and a single doctor who prescribes an excessive number of pills will be flagged by state and federal authorities. As a result, as in Michael Jackson's case, someone addicted to a drug who needs more than the medically necessary amount will doctor shop.
As we reported, Prince went to a local Walgreens pharmacy 4 times in the week he died to fill prescriptions. Our sources say authorities are on the hunt for the various doctors who prescribed and pharmacies that filled Prince's prescriptions. We're told authorities are also interested in possible aliases the singer might have used.
As for at least one of the doctors being friends with Prince, it may have shades of Michael Jackson. In Jackson's case, a number of doctors crossed the line by prescribing drugs that were not medically necessary, in order to ingratiate themselves with the singer.
Selena, repped by the Altman Brothers, put the Mediterranean pad on the market last year after stalkers kept showing up.
Check out the pics -- this place screams summer party. Good timing, French!
The duo was connected at the hip as they left The Nice Guy, where Gigi Hadid had her birthday party -- and earlier in the night they were all hugged up at Naomi's event for her new book. Btw, the photo book retails for $1,750!
But you gotta see this video because ... if they're not REALLY a couple, they're doing a REALLY good job acting like it. Also, how cool is Lenny? Who else could get Naomi to ride shotgun in an old jeep blanketed in massive amounts of bird crap?
The exes both showed up at Gigi Hadid's huge 21st birthday bash at The Nice Guy. We don't know for sure if they spoke, but we know the place is small enough that they had to at least be aware of each other's presence.
Luckily for them there were a ton of celebs inside to create a buffer.
Still ... the song will be awesome.
It didn't take long ... Prince's sister Tyka went ballistic in the first meeting with the singer's siblings and marched out of the room ... and we're told it's already becoming a money squabble.
Sources with first-hand knowledge tell TMZ, the meeting was held Thursday in Minnesota. Tyka, Prince's younger sister, was present, along with brothers Alfred and Omarr.
We're told the meeting was tense, and 2 hours in Alfred expressed his displeasure that he was the only sibling excluded from Prince's memorial service, which Tyka planned. We're told an argument erupted and she stormed out of the room.
We're also told the brothers have a clear impression from the meeting ... Tyka thinks she's entitled to more than them when it comes time to divide Prince's assets. As we reported, under Minnesota law all 6 siblings -- irrespective of whether they're half or full -- share equally, but apparently Tyka doesn't see it that way.
Our sources say after Tyka left, a rep from the bank that was appointed as the administrator took Alfred on a tour of Prince's home and the area where he died "so he could properly grieve."