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Diddy Unbreakable Bond with Kim Porter

11/16/2018 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Diddy is destroyed over the death of his ex, Kim Porter ... because even though they broke up years ago they were still a very tight family. 

Sources close to Diddy say he never stopped interacting with Kim, despite breaking up way back in 2007. We're told their connection went beyond the fact they were co-parenting 3 kids ... they genuinely had love and affection for each other. 

They celebrated holidays as a family, vacationed together and just hung out ... and there was never an extended period where they were at odds with each other.

 

Perhaps the most telling example of their ongoing union ... they never had a formal custody agreement. They accommodated each other's schedules when it came to the kids -- and it always worked.  

TMZ broke the story ... Porter was found dead at her Toluca Lake home Thursday, and the emergency dispatch revealed a call came in for a patient in cardiac arrest. A source told us Porter was recently sick with pneumonia.

She leaves behind their 20-year-old son, Christian, and twin, 11-year-old daughters Jessie James and D'Lila ... as well as 27-year-old Quincy whose dad is Al B. Sure!

Porter was 47 years old. 

Danielle Bregoli Music App Did a Bhad Thing ... They Owe Me a Fat Check!!!

11/16/2018 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Danielle Bregoli has major beef with a new music app for using her image without permission -- but she's willing to let it slide if they fork over several million bucks ... TMZ has learned. 

Bhad Bhabie's lawyers fired off a cease and desist letter to Vezt, a mobile app where music fans can acquire rights to their fav songs, claiming they used her likeness in ads without her consent. In the letter, Bhabie says she lost out on a $3 million business deal due to the unauthorized Vezt exposure.

So, she simply wants Vezt to cover her losses. Translation: Gimme $3 mil and you won't get sued. 

Danielle says she rejected an offer to go into biz with Vezt, but the company went ahead and used her name and image, anyway. 

In addition to the cheddar ... she wants Vezt to scrub Bhad Bhabie from the app and its social media, and she wants to know how much the company made off her likeness. 

She's given Vezt a 15-day deadline before she does them worst than she did Iggy Azalea ... legally speaking, of course.

Tekashi69 Cleans House & Cancels U.S. Tour

11/15/2018 1:37 PM PST
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Tekashi69 just sent his entire crew to the unemployment line ... they've all been fired and he's also canceled his entire U.S. tour.

The rapper took to Instagram on Thursday and said he no longer has a manager, booking agent or publicist. He's crystal clear about this ... "I fired everybody." What's more ... Tekashi says his American tour is also done. He had shows lined up in Texas, New York and Florida, but that's now over.

6ix9ine also fired off a warning to venues ... beware of any agents booking him unless he says so himself. In true Hollywood fashion ... Tekashi ends the video by pimping his album, which drops next week.

It's been quite a year for Tekashi. As we first reported ... Tekashi was at a Beverly Hills mansion with Kanye West to shoot a music video when gunfire erupted. He's also been clearing the decks on several of his legal issues ... including this one and this one.

Not all's been bad news ... federal agents nabbed a suspect they believe pistol-whipped and kidnapped Tekashi earlier this summer. 

Keyshia Ka'oir Davis Icy Like Gucci Mane With $250k of Diamonds

11/15/2018 12:20 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Keyshia Ka'oir Davis is keeping her wrists and neck on chill, because Gucci Mane's wife just dropped a quarter million dollars on a jewelry shopping spree!!! 

We're told Keyshia spent a cool 6-figures and picked up her new bling this week at Diamond Club Miami ... and then she hit up a Heat game and showed off her ice. 

Keyshia threw down $250k on 2 bracelets and 2 chains, and get this ... the custom Cuban link pieces are dripping with Baguette diamonds weighing in at a total of 120 carats.

Check out the charms on Keyshia's bracelet ... she's got her name, a sports car, a shopping bag and the logo for Gucci's record label. 

As you know, Keyshia and Gucci are one iced-out couple ... their wedding gifts included two 28-carat diamond necklaces, with matching 15-carat diamond pendants in the shape of a heart and key. 

In the immortal words of Gucci Mane, burrr! 

Tekashi69 Kidnapping Looks Like Payback From Pissed Ex-Crew Member

11/14/2018 11:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The guy who's been arrested for Tekashi69's kidnapping and robbery is one of the rapper's disgruntled ex-crew member ... and it appears he wanted revenge.

Sources with knowledge of the situation tell TMZ ... Anthony Jamel Ellison used to be part of 6ix9ine's management crew. He was fired after the infamous LAX brawl. We're told he'd been very involved in Tekashi's career in the early days, and felt he should've been paid more for the work he did. 

Our sources say Ellison felt he wasn't getting a fair cut of the money Tekashi started making when his career took off. We're told it was a feeling Ellison had been sitting on for a while, and things finally boiled over with the July kidnapping ... allegedly. 

We broke the story ... Tekashi was pistol-whipped and robbed blind by goons -- crimes for which Ellison was arrested and indicted last week. Law enforcement sources tell us they believe Ellison had "real beef" with Tekashi.

And, get this ... there's another suspect who's still wanted, whom we're told was also tied to Tekashi, and might've had similar motives.

For the record ... we're told the alleged retaliation is all over money, not so much being 86'd by Tekashi. 

Jay-Z's 40/40 Club Sued I Got Jacked Up ... At This Crappy Business, Man!!!

11/14/2018 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

A guy who claims he got beat up during a brawl at Jay-Z's 40/40 Club is now looking at the dust-up with 20/20 vision ... and his sights are set on suing. 

Jose Irizarry just filed suit against Hov's New York-based sports bar and lounge, alleging the venue's lack of adequate security combined with insufficient crowd control led to him getting seriously f***ed up during a melee that broke out this past March. For the record ... Jay isn't named in the lawsuit.

In the docs, obtained by TMZ, Irizarry claims he was minding his business at 40/40 when all of a sudden a huge fight broke out between some attendants and security ... and he became collateral damage.

Irizarry says he was struck in the head and body during the brawl, and endured pain and suffering, lost wages and medical expenses that he wants the club to cover. 

Interestingly enough, the night in question is also the same night boxer Jermall Charlo was involved in a scuffle and had his bag full of diamonds and jewelry stolen. Irizarry's attorney told us he's almost certain the fight his client was dragged into was the same one.

Chief Keef Strikes Plea Deal ... In DUI Bust

11/13/2018 2:25 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Chief Keef just caught a huge break in his DUI case ... getting a pretty sweet plea deal that will keep the rapper out of jail. 

According to legal docs, obtained by TMZ, Chief got his felony DUI charge reduced by pleading no contest to a reckless driving charge. 

Chief got off with 6 months probation and was ordered to perform 50 hours of community service. 

We broke the story ... Chief Keef was busted for DUI last year in Miami, after cops pulled him over in his green Lamborghini.

Cops say Chief had a ton of drugs in his system when he was arrested, and the list is pretty wild ... Keef tested positive for Morphine, Codeine, Promethazine, THC, Hydrocodone, Norcodeine, Dihydrocodeine and Hydromorphone. That's 8 different drugs! 

The heavy drug use is interesting ... as part of his probation, Chief Keef is barred from using intoxicants in excess. Sounds like it could be a long 6 months for Chief. 

Tekashi 6ix9ine Record Label's Out Nearly Half a Mil ... After Music Vid Shooting

11/13/2018 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The shooting at the home for the filming of the Tekashi 6ix9ine's music video was a VERY expensive setback for the record label behind the project ... as in almost half a million dollars down the drain.

Sources tell TMZ ... Universal Music Group spent upwards of $480k to fund the video shoot that was supposed to feature Nicki Minaj and Kanye West ... before bullets shattered glass in the mansion and things then came to a screeching halt. 

It also looks like UMG might be eating this one -- we're told there are zero plans to reschedule or reshoot.

As for why the budget was so steep ... just look at what was done to the interior of the Bev Hills mansion for the shoot. Crew members placed multi-colored decals on lots of the windows, which was supposed to mimic 6ix9ine's hair. Our sources say some of that money also went to SFX, lighting and, of course, salaries.

We broke the story ... Tekashi, Kanye and co. found themselves under attack Thursday night after 2 gunmen opened fire on the Bev Hills estate. Surveillance footage captured the assailants firing off multiple rounds at the house. Nicki was not there at the time of the shooting.

Cops are looking for the shooters -- but this one's gotta hurt where it hits record labels most ... the wallet.

Lorde Says Kanye & Cudi Stole Stage ... But Set Designer Shuts Lorde Down

11/13/2018 7:19 AM PST
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7:15 AM PT -- Es just revealed she first debuted the floating box for the English National Opera in 2007 in a pic posted to Instagram. Clearly, the first time the design was used ... and disabling Lorde's claim in an interview that she came up with the concept on her own ... it was always Devlin's. 

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11/13 8:55 PM PT -- Turns out the set designer, Es Devlin, has worked with Kanye since 2005. She's helped him design sets for MASSIVE tours including Touch The Sky, Glow in the Dark, Watch the Throne, YEEZUS and Saint Pablo.

What's more ... it's puzzling Lorde tried making the alleged "theft" a gender issue, Devlin is female. Devlin designed Kanye's floating stage for Saint Pablo in 2016. Just one year later, Lorde hired her to design the suspended box look for her Coachella show and then Lorde copied the concept, making it float for her tour ... ironic.

Our Kanye sources say he's never seen a Lorde show and would never think to copy her. There are also striking similarities between other Kanye tour looks, and what Lorde recently did on tour.

6:28 PM PT -- Kanye just announced he will NOT be releasing his "Yandhi" album on Nov. 23 as he'd previously told us, and the decision seems to be tied to his performance with Cudi. In a tweet, Ye says ... "It felt so good being on the stage last night with my brother Cudi. After performing again, I realize the new album I’ve been working on isn’t ready yet. I’ll announce the release date once it’s done. Thank you for understanding." If that means more collabs with KC ... we're not mad.

Lorde is calling out Kid Cudi and Kanye West for allegedly stealing her idea to perform in a floating glass box -- something she did BEFORE Cudi and Ye.

The "Green Light" singer posted photos on her Instagram story Monday, displaying her floating glass box stage design along with the one KC and KW used Sunday night during their Camp Flog Gnaw performance in L.A. The 2 are almost identical. 

She captioned one of her pics with clear disapproval, saying ... "I'm proud of the work I do and it's flattering when other artists feel inspired by it, to the extent that they choose to try it on themselves." She continues ... "But don't steal -- not from women or anyone else -- not in 2018 or ever."

Lorde put dancers in her floating box, and even hopped in there herself during her 2017 international "Melodrama" tour. She also used the stage prop during her 2017 Coachella performance.

You may recall ... Kanye was the first big artist to use a floating platform stage during a concert, which was a highlight of the "Saint Pablo Tour" of 2016.  It's not the same as Lorde's, but, one could argue, Kanye is the OG of suspended stages.

Originally Published -- 6:34 PM PST   

Waka Flocka I Want to Retire from Rapping ... And Have a Kid with Tammy

11/13/2018 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Waka Flocka Flame says he's ready to hang up the mic for that stroller life with his wifey, Tammy Rivera -- and it sounds like a baby could be coming sooner than later. 

The Atlanta MC sat down with our very own Raquel Harper for Tuesday night's BET episode of "Raq Rants," and she asked him when he wants to stop rapping. Waka says he's going to retire ... and he's got a pretty good reason. 

According to WFF ... he's achieved everything he's ever wanted from the rap game -- money, fame, a better life for himself and, of course, a lovely wife in Tammy ... both of whom used to star in "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta." What more could a man want at this point?!?!

Well, there is one thing left on Waka's bucket list ... a little baby. Check out the clip to see when he and Tammy plan on popping out a kid of their own. It's right around the corner.

For the full interview ... watch "Raq Rants" on BET, which airs this Tuesday at 11 PM on BET. On the West Coast, if you have Dish or Direct TV, it's on at 8 PM.

Tekashi 6ix9ine Shades Cardi B Hires Sisters Suing Her for Nicki Minaj Music Video

11/12/2018 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Tekashi69's sending a shady message to Cardi B ... by hiring the 2 strip club bartenders who are gearing up to sue her.

Record label sources say he flew in Jade and Baddie Gi to appear in his music video with Nicki Minaj and Kanye West.

TMZ broke the story ... Cardi was arrested last month and charged with 2 crimes for allegedly ordering an attack on the 2 bartender sisters. Cardi had a longstanding beef with Jade because she thought Jade slept with Offset. The sisters were hurt so badly they were hospitalized. They're getting ready to sue Cardi, with the help of mega-lawyer Joe Tacopina.

Fast forward to this week ... when Jade and Baddie made themselves at home after arriving in Tinseltown ... hitting up Louis Vuitton in Beverly Hills, with Tekashi leading the way. They shut down the luxury joint as a throng of fans and paps desperately trying to get an up-close look.

Our sources say the sisters were on set of the video shoot when gunfire erupted Thursday night at a Bev Hills mansion ... bringing production to a screeching halt. We're told plans remain in place for the sisters to be part of the music vid, if it ever gets off the ground.

As we reported ... approximately 8 shots were fired and no one was hit. 

Tekashi 6ix9ine Sentencing Judge In Sex Case ... Don't Blame Me For Giving Him Probation

11/11/2018 12:11 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Felicia Mennin feels her decision to sentence Tekashi69 to probation instead of prison may have been a mistake, but it's not on her shoulders.

Tekashi violated the terms of his plea deal in his child sex case twice by getting arrested for alleged assaults in Houston and Brooklyn, so he could have been sent to prison for years, but the judge didn't give him a single day.    

Fact is ... prosecutors wanted to send the rapper to prison for 1 to 3 years – but Judge Mennin favored 4 years probation and even downplaying Tekashi’s arrest in Houston -- which she said may have involved "push back against an amateur paparazzi."

Judge Mennin has now pushed the blame to the presiding judge, prosecutors and defense attorneys for cutting the original plea deal.

Mennin's spokesperson, Lucian Chalfen, tells TMZ…"Although Judge Mennin was the sentencing judge, the long-standing plea agreement was agreed to by the presiding judge at the time, and the other parties involved."                                         

As we reported, hours after the sentence, a member of Tekashi's crew got shot after a melee at an NYC restaurant.

Last week, Tekashi and his crew got into a nasty confrontation with Slim 400 and his posse in LA. ... the rapper had to be held back.

And just last Friday, 8 shots were fired during a Tekashi/Kanye/Nicki Minaj video shoot at a Beverly Hills mansion.  

Pusha T I Didn't Approve 'F**k Drake' Visual It Was the Corny Tech Guy!

11/11/2018 11:22 AM PST

Pusha T appeared to be trolling his rap rival when a "F**K DRAKE" graphic showed up during his show at Camp Flog Gnaw ... but PT says kill the messenger, figuratively speaking.

Push was performing at Tyler, the Creator's music fest Saturday in L.A. when the huge white flashing sign popped up in the background. The 'Daytona' MC didn't acknowledge it right away, but when the crowd started chanting "F**k Drake," he admitted he heard them.

He didn't tell the crowd to cut it out but rather went on with the show as if nothing had happened. He later addressed the presumed shot at Drizzy though, saying that a tech guy had screwed with his screens and that dissing someone with a graphic isn't his style.

Considering the beef is all but dead, it was probably wise of Push to distance himself from the visual.

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