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Suge Knight

Victim Says Rap Mogul

Threatened to Kill Him

4/18/2015 10:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Suge Knight says he was scared for his life when he ran over 2 people, killing one, but according to the victim who lived, Suge was actually out for blood.

Cle Bone Sloan told police in an audio interview shortly after the fatal incident at Tam's parking lot in Compton, Suge told him point blank during the confrontation, "I'm gonna kill you."  Bone also says he saw Suge "reaching" for something, which he assumed was a gun.

TMZ first posted video of the incident, where you see Suge drive into the lot and Bone almost immediately attack him.  

Suge's lawyer is making a big deal out of the fact that Bone seemed to take responsibility for the death of Terry Carter.  But other portions of the audio seem to hurt Suge, to the extent Bone viewed him as lethal.

Selena Gomez

I'm Making Hits, Not Hit-Boy

In Mexico

4/18/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Selena Gomez's trip south of the border is strictly professional, meaning she's not banging Hit-Boy.

Selena caused quite the stir in that ugly bikini earlier this week, but less prominent was the famed producer who was by her side. Stories started surfacing that they were dating.

Our Selena sources say not true. They're recording an album at the home of Joe Francis, Casa Aramara, in Punta Mita.

Turns out Kanye and Kim went to Joe's house last year and he build a sick recording studio on the compound. Hit-Boy -- who's produced hits for Kanye, Jay Z, Chris Brown, Snoop, Bieber and many others -- heard the studio was gold and that's why he chose it for Selena.

There are extra perks ... an awesome beach, and even a sea lion that swims in Joe's pool.

BTW -- black bathing suit MUCH hotter.

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Jay Z, Roc Nation

I'm Now the Master of My Own Destiny

4/18/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Jay Z Copyright Lawsuit DismissedJay Z is once again the proud owner of some historic music.

Jay has been in an epic battle with a guy who was holding the masters to The Life and Times of S. Carter and The Dynasty albums hostage. There were 41 tracks, 31 with Jay and 10 with Beanie Sigel.

Chauncey Mahan, a sound engineer on the albums, claimed ownership and stashed boxes of tracks in a San Fernando Valley storage facility.  

Cops eventually seized the masters, but Mahan didn't back down. He sued Jay and Roc Nation in July, trying to get a piece of the action.

A judge just shut him down, ruling he waited way too long to sue.

So Jay Z owns his stuff outright.

BTW ... 'Life and Times' went triple platinum and contains songs like "Big Pimpin' and "Jigga my N****."

Johnny Kemp

'Just Got Paid' Singer Dies Mysteriously

4/17/2015 4:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0417-johnny-kemp-getty-01Johnny Kemp -- the guy who sang the 80s party anthem "Just Got Paid" ... died Thursday at the age of 55.

Originally from the Bahamas, Kemp died while vacationing in Jamaica. He was reportedly found floating on a beach in Montego Bay. It's unclear at this point what caused his death.

Kemp released his biggest hit in 1988 -- it reached #10 on the Billboard charts and #1 on the dance charts. It also got a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Song.

R.I.P. Johnny. It's Friday night ...

Suge Knight's Big Break

Victim Blames Himself for Death

4/17/2015 2:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Suge Knight has got a powerful weapon ... not a gun, and not a car. It's the guy he ran over who lived and told cops he was responsible for the other victim's death. 

Cle Bone Sloan told LAPD officers the same day he was mowed down by Suge's truck, "I was in a rage. I f***ed up. I get that 'cause a guy is dead behind this s**t."

TMZ first posted the video of the accident, and you see Bone attack Suge almost the second he enters the Tam's parking lot in Compton.  

Suge claims it was all a set up and Bone as well as others were trying to do him in, and he gunned it to save his life. Suge ran over bone, critically injuring him. Another victim, Terry Carter, died.

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The court released photos of Suge's face, which appear to show the injuries he suffered when Bone attacked him. There's also a mug shot of Suge. 

Suge's attorneys are going to use the audio to make the argument ... how can a jury convict Suge if someone else confessed?

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Nicki Minaj

Don't Be Bitter About My Glitter

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4/17/2015 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Nikki Minaj posted a picture of the crazy diamond ring her BF Meek Mill gave her -- and then got Insta-blasted by Floyd Mayweather’s girlfriend ... who has the same ring!

Then Meek started ripping into Floyd's GF ... and then it was basically a bunch of “messy, messy ring mess.“ Y'know how THAT goes.tmz-on-tv-3

Run DMC Co-Founder

I'm Over Football

... Hockey's My Jam!

4/17/2015 8:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The reign of the NFL is over ... long live HOCKEY ... so says one of the founding member of Run DMC. Darryl McDaniels

Darryl says he used to be a HUUUGE football fan -- until he saw the NY Rangers play. 

Now, he's one of their biggest fans -- and yesterday, the guy was like a ROCK STAR on his way into Madison Square Garden to watch his squad take on the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

BTW, the Rangers won the game 2-1. 

The Rangers have a bunch of celebrity fans -- including Tom Hanks, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon ... and Sarah Jessica Parker, when she's not too busy.

Chris Brown

I'm In The Pink With Royalty

4/16/2015 8:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0416-chris-brown-royalty-INSTAGRAM-01Chris Brown's not letting some thirsty boyfriend of his baby mama get in the way of his daughter, because he's daddying out in a big way. 

Chris posted a pic of him snuggling his 10-month-old daughter Royalty. It's a good assumption he dressed her ... because they're both wearing the same Pepto pink.

As TMZ reported, the boyfriend of baby mama Nia Guzman has made rumblings that he was taking over as the dad, but Chris has very clearly drawn a line in the sand.

Kid's got awesome hair.

Nicki Minaj's Ex

Someone's Leaking Her Nude Pics ...

But It Ain't Me

4/17/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0416-safaree-nicki-instagram-tmz-01Someone posing as Safaree Samuels is tweeting out extremely NSFW pics of his ex, Nicki Minaj ... but the rapper is adamant ... he's got nothing to do with it.

A rep for Safaree tells TMZ ... he'd never do anything like this, and he's doing everything he can to shut down the tweeter behind it. The photos -- some in highly sexual situations -- started going out on Wednesday ... from a Twitter handle extremely similar to Safaree's.

Safaree Samuels Nicki Minaj Nude PicsJust so fans know ... the real @IAMSAFAREE has around 143k followers -- while the faker posting the pics has just over 3400.

As for whether the pics -- especially the graphic ones -- are legit? Safaree's rep says he doesn't know. We're told Safaree's moved on after the difficult break up with Nicki, and now just says ... it is what it is. 

We reached out to Nicki's rep, but no word back.

Kanye West

One Crappy Homecoming

You've Been Served!

4/16/2015 3:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Kanye West's goodwill tour to Armenia and the Middle East came to a sucky ending for him -- moments after touching down at LAX ... he got served with legal papers.

Kanye, Kim Kardashian and North flew back to L.A. Thursday and the scene was absolute chaos. While Yeezy was running the gauntlet -- with North in his arms -- he never saw the guy in a suit sneak up behind him.

As Kanye got into his waiting SUV ... the process server reached in behind him and tossed the papers onto one of the seats. Kim followed a few seconds later, when it appears someone threw the papers out of the vehicle. The process server did not reveal the nature of the legal action.

Two things to watch here: 1. Kanye really keeps his cool under pressure ... and 2. That process server is REALLY brave reaching past bodyguards and into Kanye's vehicle.

Aaron Hernandez

On Suicide Watch

... After Murder Conviction

4/16/2015 3:16 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Aaron Hernandez has been placed on suicide watch at the prison where he is temporarily being held ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

After Hernandez was convicted of murdering Odin Lloyd, he was transported to MCI Cedar Junction in Massachusetts ... where he will stay until he is transferred to his permanent prison. 

We're told he has been isolated from the general inmate population -- not only for his own protection (since he's a high profile inmate), but so officials can evaluate him ... and determine where he will stay at the prison. 

As far as the suicide watch goes, we're told it's not that uncommon for someone who just got sentenced to life behind bars. Unclear how long Aaron will stay on suicide watch.

'Love & Hip Hop' Star Jhonni Blaze

Co-Star Throws Shade ...

Helps Spread Stripper Fight Vid

4/16/2015 12:41 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

What do you think "Love & Hip Hop: New York" star Jhonni Blaze is more pissed about -- the fact a video of her catching an ass whupping is going viral ... or the fact one of her co-stars helped spread it?

The video is from Jhonni's stripper days back in Houston ... a few years ago, and shows her in an epic fight with another stripper. All you need to know is Jhonni (who used to bang Drake) is the one on the ground ... so the clip is far from flattering to her.

As for why the video just surfaced ... Jhonni recently talked smack about being a badass on the 'LHHNY' reunion show -- so a fan of Moniece Slaughter (Jhonni's nemesis) dug up the clip to shame JB. Moniece was delighted and even reposted the clip ... though she eventually deleted it.

In the end, it doesn't really matter why -- it's a great video. Watch and enjoy.

'Basketball Wives' Star

Wives Should Strip, Rub Feet

To Keep NBA Hubbies Happy

4/16/2015 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The NBA playoffs are no joke -- and NBA wives need to do WHATEVER THEY CAN to keep their men happy ... from private stripping to foot rubs ... so says "Basketball Wives" star Jackie Christie

Jackie has some experience -- she's married to ex-NBA star Doug Christie, who played 15 seasons in the league. 

Christie says when the playoffs come around ... NBA wives need to switch into "support system" mode -- "Let him watch ESPN, be their wife, their secretary, their dancer, their stripper ... whatever you need to be to make him comfortable."

Jackie says she doesn't just talk the talk, she walked the walk when her hubby was still playing -- "I'd rub his feet, I ran his bath, cook his dinner, I kept his house quiet. I ran it like a military base."

Interesting strategy ... right Gloria Steinem? 

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