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Kodak Black Released from Jail ... Fresh Start Starts Now

8/17/2018 10:05 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kodak Black is a free man, which means the time has come for the life of Bill K. Kapri to begin anew.

The Florida rapper was released from the Broward County Jail early Saturday morning after serving 7 months. As you'll recall ... he was doing time for 2 probation violations stemming from being arrested in January.

Kodak was initially facing 12 years behind bars, but 5 of the 7 charges against him were dropped and he was looking at an October release before a judge cut his sentence even more last month.

This was all good news for the rapper while he was sitting in a jail cell and, on top of it, he took steps to better his life and get a fresh start upon his release ... including a legal name change!

Kodak also got a jail tutor to help him get his GED.

The world's your oyster now, Bill.

Nicki Minaj, Safaree Bitter Beef ... Means Beefed-Up Security at VMAs

8/18/2018 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The ugly war of words between Nicki Minaj and Safaree could come to a head if the exes run into each other at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, but there's a plan in place to avoid that ... TMZ has learned.

Nicki and Safaree will be at the VMAs Monday night in NYC -- she's performing and he's repping VH1 -- so both will be doing press on the carpet outside Radio City Music Hall beforehand.

It will be the first time the 2 will be in the same vicinity since Safaree claimed Nicki stabbed him and tried to kill him. She fired back, calling him a thief and a liar.

We're told people in charge of security at the event are well aware of the bad blood, and extra measures -- including more guards -- are being taken to ensure the 2 don't have any interaction ... and no nasty confrontation.

Too bad ... sounds like it would be ratings gold.

Ariana Grande Gives Tearful Interview About Manchester Bombing

8/17/2018 6:28 PM PDT
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Ariana Grande broke down crying as she opened up about the impact the Manchester Arena bombing has had on her life ... and TMZ has the emotional interview.

Ariana was on Ebro's show on Beats 1 Radio Friday when he asked about her track "Get Well Soon" from her "Sweetener" album, and the importance of it to her in relation to last year's terror attack.

The singer's instantly overcome with emotion, but manages to get into how she -- and so many others -- have internal issues we're all dealing with ... and the song is meant to give everyone a hug.

But, she admits she's been deeply affected by the traumatic incident in Manchester, saying ... "It's like people are permanently affected by this s**t and it’s just like, perspective. It changes everything, changes your life quite a bit."

Ariana says she tries not to give into fear for her fans, but the truth is ... she's scared. She says she feels it when she travels and hates the extra security measures she has to take to feel safe, but that's the way it has to be now.

22 people were killed in the Manchester bombing. Less than a month later, Ariana was joined by stars like Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and Liam Gallagher to put on the One Love concert in Manchester to honor the victims.

2 Chainz Dropping a Fortune on Wedding With a Versace Vibe

8/18/2018 12:50 AM PDT
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2 Chainz is spending some big bank on his weekend wedding in Miami ... and he's got some big names on the guest list, too.

The rapper and his fiancee, Kesha Ward, are tying the knot Saturday at the famed Gianni Versace Mansion ... aka the Villa Casa Casuarina. We're told he and his family -- the couple has 3 kids together -- are also spending Friday night at the luxurious crib.

2 Chainz' friends Kim Kardashian West, Kanye West and Pusha T will be front and center at what's expected to be a pretty intimate ceremony ... with a bigger reception to follow.

By the way -- if you're wondering why the Versace Mansion ... Chainz LOVES rocking Versace clothes and shoes. He even teamed up with Donatella Versace to release collab sneakers at Milan Men's Fashion Week in January. 

As for the cost of the nuptials ... a cool $300,000!!!

2 Chainz and Kesha also got engaged in May at the 2018 Met Gala ... while they were both wearing Versace. So ... it was just meant to be.

Ja Rule Guarantees Giants In 2019 Super Bowl ... 'I Said It First!'

8/18/2018 12:15 AM PDT

Did you know Ja Rule is a huge NY Giants fan?? Neither did we ... but it's true -- and he's guaranteeing his favorite squad will run through the NFC this season!!

"G-Men going all the way this year," he tells TMZ Sports. "We're going to the Bowl! I said it first!"

The rapper was leaving Palace Hotel in NYC when he made the bold prediction ... and his thoughts on the Giants didn't end there.

Ja also had some advice for Pat Shurmur on how to handle Saquon Barkley the rest of this preseason ... telling us it's best for the team if the rookie doesn't see the field again until week 1!!

Fat Joe Steak House Needs Lesson ... From Rosa Parks

8/18/2018 12:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Fat Joe wanted to lean back after a good meal at Ruth's Chris Steak House ... but the rapper instead got booted for a dress code violation he says was reminiscent of the Old South. 

The big man from the Bronx was stunned last week when he and his entourage were asked to leave the Ruth's Chris Steak House in North Carolina ... and even more perplexed by the fact the manager who made the request was black. 

Fat Joe says attire has never been an issue for him or his entourage at high-end restaurants around the world ... and he's especially hurt that they were hassled by someone they felt should be on their side.

Tyrese's Ex His Money Probs are His Fault, Not Mine ... Don't Mess with The Rock

8/17/2018 4:03 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Tyrese has nobody to blame but himself for his struggles in the movie biz, because he picked a fight with The Rock and lost ... according to his ex-wife.

Norma Gibson filed legal docs this week -- obtained by TMZ -- firing back at Tyrese for claiming she ruined his career with domestic violence allegations ... so he can't afford to pay her legal fees.

Norma claims his movie career is flailing because he got into a public beef with Dwayne Johnson ... and that was all his fault -- not hers.

We broke the story -- Tyrese says he's only raking in $51k a month but his expenses are more than $113k, so he's too strapped for cash to cover anything else for her.

Norma calls BS and slams Tyrese ... saying "his extravagant lifestyle and over $113,000 in monthly bills is his choice." Besides ... she believes he should have money from other sources to cover her attorney fees.

Translation -- flourishing movie career or not ... Norma wants her money.

Korn Lead Singer's Wife Dead at 39

8/17/2018 2:08 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The wife of the lead singer of Korn has died Friday ... and it comes on the heels of a request for a domestic violence restraining order and major drug issues ... TMZ has learned.

Deven Davis was the estranged wife of Jonathan Davis. Deven was a former porn star who married Jonathan in 2004. They had 2 kids together.

Jonathan filed for divorce in October 2016, citing irreconcilable differences. Jonathan filed for a domestic violence restraining order today -- August 17, 2018. The judge issued a temporary order blocking any child custody or visitation by Deven. The restraining order also prohibits her from having contact with the family dog, Chaos.

Our sources say Deven was unaware Jonathan filed the restraining order ... she had not even been served.

Jonathan alleged in the docs Deven was deep into drugs -- something she had struggled with for more than 20 years. He alleged her drug use was causing emotional harm to the kids through neglect. He says in his court declaration she has been dependent on both prescription and illegal narcotics. She'd been to rehab 6 times and "is constantly under the influence of the nitrous oxide, cocaine and Norco."

Jonathan claimed she had a drug dealer boyfriend who was recently passed out on her living room couch when he brought the kids to her house. Jonathan says he found a heroin pipe and cocaine floating in the toilet bowl and found Deven passed out on the floor upstairs.

And there's this ... Jonathan claims when she binged on drugs she would "routinely bring home unsavory characters, including strangers. Some of these people are random fans of my music who she allows to come into the house, go into the master bedroom closet and try on my clothes."

According to the docs, Deven had been in a sober home but went AWOL last Friday and hadn't been seen for a week.

At this point we do not know the cause of death.

Story developing ...

Aretha Franklin Pink's Hot Dogs Was Her Fav ... Polish Dog Loaded, Please!!!

8/17/2018 1:33 PM PDT

How's this for a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T? One of Aretha Franklin's favorite joints paid tribute to the late singer with a gigantic banner making it crystal clear ... she'll never be forgotten. 

Hollywood's famous Pink's Hot Dogs has good reason to bow to The Queen ... Aretha loved her some Pink's, in particular the spicy Polish dog -- loaded!

Simple, yet mouthwatering -- mustard, chili and onions. Aretha loved Pink's so much, she had it brought to one of her shows in downtown L.A. and chowed down during intermission. When she came back onstage she wore a ballgown and a Pink's hat for the rest of the show!

And Pink's traveled for Aretha ... for one of her birthday celebrations in Detroit, she flew out a Pink's staffer to serve up the famous dogs.

BTW ... Aretha was not alone. Sometimes the line for Pink's stretches for more than a block. She was a taste-maker with good taste.

Cristiano Ronaldo Sings Like a Choir Boy ... in Juventus Initiation

8/17/2018 12:04 PM PDT
Breaking News

Cristiano Ronaldo ... welcome to the team, newbie!!

Here's the newest member of Juventus FC standing on top of a chair and singing his heart out ... all part of the team's new player initiation ritual. 

Before the International soccer superstar suits up for his first ever game for the Italian giants on Saturday ... the fresh meat were forced to show off their pipes -- CR7 was no exception.

Mattia Perin, Joao Cancelo and Leonardo Bonucci also joined in on the fun. But, you gotta love Ronaldo leading the charge.

BTW -- we don't know what exactly he's singing. But, it's a good thing he stuck to futbol.

Aretha Franklin Death Certificate Reveals ... Cause of Death Pancreatic Cancer

8/17/2018 10:32 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Aretha Franklin died as the result of pancreatic cancer ... according to her death certificate.

The doc says the Queen of Soul died at 9:50 AM on August 16, 2018.

The death certificate also says Aretha will be entombed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit, the same place Rosa Parks is buried.

The document lists her occupation as Singer/Song Writer.

As we reported ... Aretha passed away in her Detroit home Thursday surrounded by friends and family. She'd been in failing health for many months and was under hospice care.

Her family is planning a 4-day celebration of her life with an open casket public memorial at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, followed by her funeral at Greater Grace Temple just for close friends and family.

Stevie Wonder Gets Emotional Remembering Last Words to Aretha

8/17/2018 9:17 AM PDT

Stevie Wonder choked back tears during an interview in which he revealed his last words to Aretha Franklin before she died.

Stevie joined "CBS This Morning" Friday and almost immediately got emotional when asked about his last real conversation with the Queen of Soul, which was about 2 months ago. Stevie -- who said Aretha couldn't talk when he visited her Tuesday -- said he told her to "say hello to my sister."

Stevie's sister died earlier this year. Reports say her decomposed body was found in her home.

Stevie revealed there were plans to do some music together ... including a duet with Aretha for a song he'd written. Aretha and Stevie were incredibly close. She covered Stevie's 'Until You Come Back to Me' and they performed it together at the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards in 2005. 

Watch the video ... Stevie gives some insight on "Respect." As we reported ... Aretha died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 76.

Aretha Franklin Open Casket Public Viewing At Detroit Museum

8/16/2018 6:06 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

8/17 -- The celebration will be a 4-day event. Her body will lie in state for 2 days at the Charles H. Wright museum, and her funeral will be held at Greater Grace Temple -- just for close friends and family.

8:39 PM PT -- Family sources tell us the viewing will be an open casket.  And, there will be singing ... lots of singing.

Aretha Franklin's family knows a massive turnout's expected to honor the legendary singer -- and a church just won't cut it -- so they'll hold her public viewing at a much larger venue ... TMZ has learned. 

Sources close to the family tell us ... the memorial for the Queen of Soul will be held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. We're told the location was chosen to accommodate the thousands expected to show up. Aretha was also a frequent visitor.

As of now, no date's been set ... and it's unclear if it will be open casket. 

Our sources say Aretha's family determined a traditional church service for her viewing just wasn't an option because of the projected turnout.

The museum was also the site of Rosa Parks' viewing in 2005.

As we reported ... Franklin died Thursday at her home in Detroit surrounded by friends and family after a long battle with cancer.

She was 76.

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