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BET Celeb Hoops Game Soulja Boy Benched Due to Chris Brown Beef

6/26/2017 10:52 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Soulja Boy is second rate compared to Chris Brown ... at least to BET, which chose Chris over Soulja for Saturday's Celebrity Basketball Game.

Sources close to Soulja tell us a BET rep reached out to his manager, Miami Mike, Friday ... one day before the sold-out event, and asked him not to come because of security concerns. Everyone knows Chris and Soulja don't like each other ... there have been multiple violent threats between them.

Still, Soulja was scheduled to appear, and his face was even on promo posters.

We're told Soulja's camp tried to reassure BET there'd be no problems, but execs didn't buy it ... and cut him from the game. Chris not only showed as scheduled, but earned co-MVP honors.

Soulja, on the other hand, had to settle for BET compensating him for travel expenses. 

Rich Homie Quan Tour Van Break-In

6/26/2017 10:34 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

New van trouble for Rich Homie Quan, and this time he's the one filing a police report after someone broke into his tour van to jack up to $2k worth of stuff.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... RHQ's Savana Explorer van got rolled early Sunday morning ... while he was performing at a club in Meridian, Mississippi. 

Cops say Quan discovered someone had smashed the back window around 2 AM, and he told cops the thieves took between $1,500 and $2,000 worth of property.

As we reported ... he recently got busted for felony weed possession in a different van just a month ago.

No suspects have been ID'd yet.

Migos & Joe Budden Nearly Come to Blows After Hostile Interview

6/26/2017 6:33 AM PDT

Migos taught Joe Budden a valuable interviewing lesson -- don't abruptly end it and walk off unless you feel like getting your ass kicked.

The bizarre scene went down Sunday as Budden, DJ Akademiks and Nadeska Alexis interviewed the rap trio on their "Everyday Struggle" show before the BET Awards.

Tensions flared when Akademiks brought up the fact Takeoff was left off the hit single "Bad and Boujee" ... prompting the rapper to fire back. After a brief exchange, Budden demands Akademiks wrap up the interview but Akademiks apparently was taking too much time for Budden's liking ... who drops the mic and walks off.

Check it out ... Migos wasn't having it and all hell nearly breaks loose.

We asked Lil Yachty for his take on the beef ... no surprise whose side he's on.

A$AP Rocky Give Peace a Chance!

6/26/2017 7:58 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

A$AP Rocky would have thrived in the '70s ... he's all about the peace movement.

The rapper was leaving Craig's Sunday night in WeHo and we wanted to know -- what the hell happened earlier that day when a scuffle broke out at 1 OAK?

TMZ broke the story ... a fight erupted at a table near the main stage but the rapper was NOT targeted. He did, however, intervene to break up the melee.

As Rocky likes to tell it ... that's what he's all about.

Chris Brown Squares Off with Migos at BET After-Party

6/25/2017 11:18 PM PDT
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Migos and Chris Brown's tempers just got things jumping at the BET Awards after-party ... so much so, cops had to respond.

Sources at the party tell us Chris had just finished premiering his new music video with Future at the event ... near Microsoft Theater in downtown L.A. We're told the guys from Migos were walking in at the same time, and when they came face-to-face with Chris' crew things got tricky.

Witnesses tells us someone in Chris' group pushed Quavo, and then one of the Migos guys jumped in  ... but then he got punched. We're told Chris kept walking while all of this was going on -- perhaps, wisely, realizing he don't need any heat from Johnny Law.

However, we're told Migos and some friends followed Chris to his car and surrounded him.

Ultimately, Chris was able to leave without anyone getting hurt ... but not before some very tense moments.

We're told cops showed up too, but everyone had split by then.

Prodigy Famous Friends Raise a Glass After BET Awards

6/26/2017 8:10 AM PDT

Prodigy's close friends, including his Mobb Deep partner, Havoc, Lil Kim and Busta Rhymes got together to pay their respects at a post-BET Awards event.

Fat Joe and Remy Ma were also out Sunday night at the Palm Restaurant ... where they all signed a photo of Prodigy, and shared stories about their pal.

Lil Kim didn't seem the least bit concerned about being a "person of interest" in an armed robbery

She and Havoc presented during the awards and paid homage to Prodigy.

#RIP

BET Awards Backstage Photos

6/26/2017 6:21 AM PDT

It was mostly love at the BET Awards Sunday night ... mostly.

Aside from a few fights, everyone got along swimmingly at the Microsoft Theater in L.A.  Among those front and center ... French Montana, Diddy, Gucci Mane, Chance the Rapper, DJ Khaled and Migos.

The pics were snapped backstage during the big performances and awards ceremony.

Check out the duds and the bling ... and the hot chicks, of course.

There were also some touching speeches about the state of the nation and the world.

Kendrick Lamar, Lil Kim & Havoc All Honor Prodigy at BET Awards

6/25/2017 8:48 PM PDT

Prodigy got the honoring he deserved at the BET Awards ... and it came courtesy of his partner in rhyme, Havoc, Lil Kim and a surprise mention from Kendrick Lamar.

We broke the story ... Havoc and Kim followed through on plans to give a special shout out to Mobb Deep's Prodigy Sunday while presenting the Best Male Hip Hop Artist Award to Kendrick. 

Even Kung Fu Kenny -- in what appeared to be an impromptu nod -- paid his respects to the fallen rap legend ... saying he inspired his first mixtape at age 16. 

As we reported ... Prodigy's cause of death has been delayed pending toxicology results. His camp suggested he died after a lifelong battle with sickle cell anemia, and our sources tell us he also choked on an egg in the hospital shortly before he died.

RIP 

Chance the Rapper at BET Awards Calls for Justice in Black Community ... Thanks Michelle Obama

6/25/2017 7:56 PM PDT

Chance the Rapper had everyone at the BET Awards on their feet and cheering after he gave one HELL of an acceptance speech demanding justice in the black community ... and Michelle Obama even gave him a shout out.

Chance took home the BET Humanitarian Award Sunday in L.A. for all his work helping out the Chicago public school system and its students -- with money, shows and engagement in his hometown.

During his acceptance speech, Chance made an impassioned plea to the federal government, juries and courts and a number of other institutions to deliver justice to black people ... those locked up for minor drug offenses; those killed by police; and schools getting screwed by higher-ups. 

Like we said ... the crowd loved it. And if that wasn't enough ... Michelle had some kind words for Chance before he stole the show himself.

'L&HH' Star Tammy Rivera More Pub for Safaree, But He Shoulda Swung at Meek's Goons!

6/25/2017 6:37 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Safaree Samuels shoulda stood his ground against Meek Mill's good squad when they tried jumping him ... according to a fellow "Love & Hip Hop" costar. 

We got Tammy Rivera -- Waka Flaka's lady from 'L&HH: Atlanta' -- as she was heading to the Microsoft Theater in L.A. for the BET Awards ... and she opened up about Safaree getting jumping this weekend

She says the fight will probably work out in Safaree's favor -- as they say, there's no such thing as bad publicity.

As far as how he handled the hands ... welp, Tammy's got some thoughts on that too.

A$AP Rocky Involved in Huge Scuffle At BET Awards Party

6/25/2017 2:24 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

3:40 PM PT -- Sources at 1 OAK tell TMZ that A$AP Rocky was not targeted in Sunday morning's scuffle ... he simply got sucked in as a result of proximity. We're told a fight erupted at a table near the main stage, and as A$AP was exiting ... the commotion spilled over into his area. We're also told no arrests were made, and no injuries were reported.A$AP Rocky is the latest celeb to deal with a would-be assault that ended in chaos over BET Awards weekend. 

Rocky was attacked early Sunday morning while doing a gig at 1 OAK in L.A., where Kendrick Lamar also headlined and got treated to a birthday shout out. 

Eyewitnesses tell TMZ that A$AP was jumped on by one man after the birthday song, which resulted in a massive scuffle near the main stage ... one that A$AP himself got mixed up in with security trying to break things up.

Law enforcement sources tell us they responded to an incident at 1 OAK around 1:57 AM from a club-goer who said security had struck him. By the time cops showed, the guy was gone ... and security said it was only a verbal exchange. 

As we reported ... this is the 2nd altercation this weekend. Safaree had the misfortune of being jumped, allegedly at the hands of Meek Mill's crew

We've reached out to 1 OAK and Rocky's reps for further comment ... so far, no word back.

Meek Mill Safaree Who? 'I Don't Even Fight'

6/25/2017 10:45 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Meek Mill's happy to play the "who" game when it comes to questions about Safaree Samuels ... and he probably ain't squaring up with him anytime soon either.

Paps got Meek Saturday night leaving the District in Bev Hills -- rolling SUPER deep with bodyguards -- where he ducked and dodged questions about Safaree claiming Meek ordered his crew to jump him on Friday.

It's like a Dr. Seuss book here at first, but then Meek gets into Safaree's request for a 1-on-1 fight straight up. As he puts it, he's a "Don" ... and Dons don't fight. Okay, bud. 

'All Eyez On Me' Singleton's Early Script With Tupac Prison Rape Scene

6/25/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"All Eyez On Me" filmmakers and famed director John Singleton are beefing over the version of the movie Singleton wanted to make -- and now we have the script at the center of the feud.  

TMZ obtained several pages from a 2014 draft written by Singleton, and it includes a scene where prison guards lock Tupac in the library, and turn the other way while other inmates assault him. When you read it ... there's a clear insinuation Tupac gets raped.

'Eyez' producer L.T. Hutton referred to this scene while he was on "The Breakfast Club," but fans were hesitant to believe it. For his part, Singleton has trashed 'Eyez,' and refused to see it because he "knows they f**ked it up."

The script, labeled "REVISION EIGHT," also has a scene where Tupac watches his mother, Afeni, having "adult fun" with a man and another woman.

We contacted the film's producers, Morgan Creek, to authenticate the script. Marketing EVP Greg Mielcarz told us it's "one of several versions penned by Mr Singleton while he was working with Morgan Creek.”

Sources connected to Singleton tell us the script was an early draft, but everything he wrote was approved by Tupac's mother. Singleton's said in the past he felt Morgan Creek disrespected Afeni, and that's why he dropped out of the project.

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