Waka Flocka brought the flame back to his name -- in a big, bright, burning way -- when the SUV he was about to hop in caught fire.
Waka was down in Puerto Vallarta Thursday when his smoking ride to the airport pulled up ... fully engulfed in flames. Unclear what started it, but his driver got out safely before the blaze was extinguished.
Sometimes ya get a 5 star driver. Sometimes it's a 5 alarmer.
Akon's Tesla went out for a joyride ... with a burglar, but the heist was cut short by technology.
Sources close to Akon tell TMZ ... a burglar entered the garage Saturday night at his Woodland Hills, CA home, and bolted with his Model S. It wasn't tough to lift the luxury ride -- we're told the garage door was accidentally left open.
The would-be burglar was foiled though when he parked and the ride's security system shut it down. The suspect took off, and the Tesla was located a few hours later thanks to its tracking device.
Akon got off better than a string of other celebs hit in a recent burglary spree. Alanis Morissette, Nick Young, Cesar Millan and others have been hit for up to 6 figures.
The singer's in Dubai right now, but we're told Akon's family members filed a police report and it's under investigation.
Chief Keef is free to drive around without fear of getting pulled over ... for unlicensed driving, anyway.
The 21-year-old rapper just got his California state drivers license -- which is pretty shocking news, considering how many freakin' cars the guy's had for years!
Sources close to Keef tell us he was sick of "riding dirty" -- taking back streets when he was out in one of his luxury whips in order to dodge cops. We're told he'd tried several times over the years to get legal, but he was constantly on tour ... and when he wasn't, the line at DMV was way too long.
George Clooney and Rande Gerber just raised the bar for office parties by throwing a tequila-soaked bash -- with the most awesome movie car thrown in for good measure.
The famous buddies looked like extremely hot moonshiners Thursday in L.A. ... as they loaded up the Trans Am from "Smokey and the Bandit" with 20 cases of their Casamigos tequila.
We're told they were wrapping a commercial shoot, and wanted to treat the cast and crew of about 100 to a little fiesta. The Trans Am, reportedly worth $550k, wasn't just for the surprise ... we're told it was part of the commercial.
For rappers Famous Dex and Rich the Kid money, jewelry and six-figure cars are just very expensive playthings.
The duo put on a show -- and not a concert -- outside Mastro's Steakhouse in Bev Hills when they littered the sidewalk with hundred dollar bills, and flashed their diamond chains and watches. But you really gotta see what happened when the valet pulled their Maybach in front of the restaurant.
Funniest moment: our photog asking if the 20-somethings take out insurance on their gear. Apparently they haven't gotten the Hollywood memo about showing off your jewels.
Biggie and Tupac will do battle one more time -- in car sales, because the SUV Notorious B.I.G. was shot in is now available for purchase.
The infamous 1997 GMC Suburban has been on the road racking up miles for the last 20 years, and most of that time the owners had no idea their family ride was a piece of hip-hop history.
The L.A. owners tell us they bought it in Oct. '97 from a broker who'd purchased it in an auction. They tell us it wasn't until an LAPD detective called in 2005 -- regarding the wrongful death trial -- that they got the full story.
The SUV now has 114,000 miles and one remaining scar -- a bullet hole in the front passenger seat belt. That's where B.I.G. was sitting when he was shot in March '97. The owners say the bullet-riddled door had been replaced before they bought the vehicle.
The whip's being sold through Momentsintime.com for $1.5 million! As we reported ... Tupac's deathmobile is available for the same price.
Two actors drove smack into the L.A. sinkhole that made national news Friday, and they escaped from their car that got swallowed up in the raging storm.
"30 Rock" star Bobb'e J. Thompson and "Lincoln Heights" star Zachary Williams were in 1 of the 2 vehicles swallowed up by a 20-foot sinkhole that ended up closing Laurel Canyon, which connects Hollywood with the San Fernando Valley.
Zachary -- who was behind the wheel of his mom's Honda Odyssey -- says the earth literally moved under their feet, as the back tire hit the growing hole in the road ... disabling it. They scrambled to safety as they watched the Honda disappear into hole filled with rainwater.
They jumped into Good Samaritan mode as they saw a woman in another car who was trapped as it plunged into the sinkhole. They summoned cops, who then were able to save her.
Yoenis Cespedes is ready to show out at Spring Training even harder than last year ... with a new fleet of sick, custom cars.
Cespedes totally killed the whip game last year ... showing up almost everyday with an insane, personalized vehicle. This year's mission? Top last year.
The Auto Firm's Alex Vega gave TMZ Sports a first look at the car Cespedes is planning to roll up to Spring Training in -- while literally rebuilding the $110,000 Mercedes-Benz GLE63 Coupe -- with $50k worth of additions -- including custom wheels, a fresh paint job, and new hand-stitched interior.
Yoenis signed a $110 MILLION contract this winter ... so yeah, he can afford it.
BTW ... if you see cameras in the background, that's 'cause Velocity is filming a reality show featuring Vega and his shop.
Master P is living a life of luxury -- not on his own dime, but thanks to his new girlfriend ... who dropped six figures to lace him up on Valentine's Day.
Sources close to the situation tell us P's been dating Simin Hashemizadeh -- CEO at South Pacific Surgery Center in Bev Hills -- for several months, and she hooked him up with a white 2016 Rolls-Royce Ghost for $270,000. We're told the new whip matches hers, and btw ... P already had a black one.
Cars 911 dealership tells us Simin's gift was a total surprise to Master P, and that was just the start. We're told she also got him a $50k pair of diamond earrings from VHS Diamonds in L.A.