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Lil Yachty #1 Fan Iced Out in Sailing Team Swag

1/17/2018 12:20 AM PST
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Sometimes it pays to be a Lil Yachty mega-fan -- just ask this 17-year-old who got showered with gifts from the rapper ... as a late Christmas gift.

Yachty personally delivered a bundle of goodies to Danielle Combs (no Diddy relation) in Atlanta last week after promising some "rare" swag to her and another fan.

We're told he hooked her up with a bunch of gear from the Sailing Team -- Yachty's rap collective -- which included some custom jewelry. Danielle's name was engraved on the back of an 18-carat yellow gold necklace from Icebox Diamonds & Watches ... with 184 diamonds and a $10k price tag.

Our Yachty sources say he's purchased nearly 25 Sailing Team necklaces from the ATL-based jeweler. 

As for why Danielle was a lucky winner, we're guessing it had something to do with her dope artwork of Yachty. Float on, kid. 

Jay-Z Locks Down 'Jaybo' From 'Story of O.J.'

1/15/2018 1:00 AM PST
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Jay-Z's lead character from his 'Story of O.J.' music video is getting drafted for a whole new role ... in fashion and home wares.

Hova's company, S. Carter Enterprises, just filed docs to trademark the animated character, "Jaybo." The plan is to plaster the little guy on T-shirts, sweaters, hats, blankets, shams, dinnerware, mugs, cocktail shakers and thermal containers. 

Interesting move to commercialize Jaybo, since it's a playoff of Sambo -- the main character from an 1899 children's book that's widely held to be racist due to the illustrations. 

Guess you could say Jay-Z's reclaiming the character ... sans Klan outfit.

Migos' Label Honcho Coach K Cole Beasley's Nice ... But THIS NFL Star's Legit

1/15/2018 12:45 AM PST
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The man behind some of the biggest names in rap is giving Cole Beasley props for the track he dropped earlier this week ... but says there's a different NFL star who's got his attention.

TMZ Sports spoke with Kevin "Coach K" Lee -- who runs the label, Quality Control Music, and has worked with huge names like Migos, Gucci ManeLil Yachty and a TON more.

Coach K says he heard a few bars from C.B.'s "80 Stings" and didn't hate it ... but reveals he gave a serious look to fellow NFL star Melvin Ingram -- who goes by the alias SupaMel.

We also asked K if there'd be a cameo appearance at the Super Bowl halftime show this year ... and his reaction should have fans cautiously excited.

'The Wire' Star Wood Harris Trump or Pence ... Biden or Oprah

1/13/2018 3:40 PM PST
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"The Wire" star Wood Harris has strong but conflicted views on who he wants in the Oval Office.

Harvey ran into Wood -- who's heading to Philly to shoot "Creed II" -- Saturday on Melrose in L.A., and asked who's better to occupy the White House at this point ... Donald Trump or Mike Pence.

Wood's views on Trump are crystal clear, but then we flipped the page and asked ... Biden or Oprah?

You see the wheels turn ... Wood answers, and then takes it back.

Comedian Michael Blackson Heightens Beef with Kevin Hart With More Short Jokes

1/13/2018 12:57 PM PST
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Michael Blackson's taking his feud with Kevin Hart to another level ... by doubling down on jokes about Kevin's height and how he cheated on his pregnant wife.

The comedian skewered Hart during a portion of his stand-up set at The Wilbur Theatre in Boston Friday night, calling him a "midget with a regular ni**a's head" and a "punk bitch" ... among other insults.

Blackson also rips Kevin for essentially snitching on himself during his whole sex tape/extortion scandal.

Here's the backstory -- Blackson and Hart used to be friends, but Kevin took issue with Michael using his cheating fiasco as fodder for his comedy ... so he called him out during a 'Breakfast Club' interview by referring to Mike as "the Instagram model that just shows her ass and is looking for love."

Blackson took issue with that and vowed to keep blasting Hart, saying ... "when I'm done with you u will commit suicide by jumping off the curb you short f*ck."

Damn. It's on. 

Killer Mike Oprah's Cool & All ... But Here's Who SHOULD Run for Prez in 2020

1/12/2018 1:08 AM PST
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Killer Mike loves him some Oprah Winfrey as much as anyone ... but that's NOT who he wants running for President in 2020.

We got Mike out at LAX Thursday and asked him about the wave of support -- and some backlash, too -- for Oprah to run against Donald Trump in the next election cycle. But as you can see from this video, KM wasn't having it.

Killer Mike knows EXACTLY who he wants to run for President -- a former Ohio State Senator who was a surrogate for Bernie Sanders. Google her -- Nina Turner.

Tony Rock Time for Another Black Superhero! 'Black Panther' Does That

1/11/2018 12:30 AM PST
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Tony Rock thinks the new "Black Panther" movie is a boon for the black community -- not only will it bring people out in droves ... it'll show 'em something they don't see often.

We got Chris Rock's younger brother Wednesday at LAX and asked why he thought 'Panther' is gonna be a huge draw for African-Americans, like he indicated online. 

Tony says it's no secret ... black kids love T'Challa, and says they're gonna flock to theaters to see him kick ass on the big screen. Plus, he says it's a chance to see black people depicted in a positive light. Leading live-action black superheroes are scant outside of Shaq (Steel), Wesley Snipes (Blade) and Mike Colter (Luke Cage).

Side note ... Tony's kicked in some cash to send kids from Harlem to the movie on his dime. Sounds like he's gonna shell out even more, too. 

Drake to Quavo: Alabama Won ... Pay Me Biaaatch!!!

1/9/2018 5:56 AM PST
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It wasn't just Alabama that came up big Monday night ... Drake won a HUGE bet with rap superstar Quavo -- we're talking STACKS ON STACKS ON STACKS!

Here's the situation ... Drake was at a college football national championship party with 2 Chainz -- but all eyes were on 6God because he made a huge bet with Quavo, who's a big Georgia guy.

When Bama won the game, Drake went nuts -- calling Quavo on the phone to rub it in.

"I need all my chips, Quavo!! I need my chips with the Huncho Jack DIP my boy!"

He threw around stacks of $100 bills to brag. Meanwhile, Quavo was at the game (he was on the sideline!). No word on the exact amount, but let's get serious ... it's more about bragging rights than money -- both these dudes are loaded.

Wiz Khalifa, T.I. & Josh Smith Take the Prizes ... After Hooking Up Kids!!!

1/9/2018 12:30 AM PST
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Wiz KhalifaT.I. and Josh Smith have some shiny new hardware after an award ceremony where the nominees have way more impact on the public than your average Golden Globe winner.

The rappers and former NBA star attended the Developing Options Awards Banquet ... a Southern California event rolled out by its foundation's CEO, Eugene "Big U" Henley.

Wiz took home the "Epic Man of the Year Award" for his multiple donations -- totaling up to $100k -- to drive the foundation. T.I. scored the "University Iron Man" award for donating to Crenshaw High School's new football field.

Smith got the "Baller-Shot Caller" award for hooking up Snoop Dogg's youth football league and Crenshaw High's football team with new uniforms.

Nipsey Hussle ("Business Cluster Leadership") spearheaded educational classes and, along with rapper Trinidad James ("First Class"), spent thousands of dollars on clothes and shoes to outfit more than 400 inner city kids.

Congrats!!!  

Kevin Gates Hopes to Scare Teens Straight After Release from Prison

1/8/2018 12:40 AM PST
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Rapper Kevin Gates has one hell of a story to tell ... which is exactly what he plans on doing after he's released from prison.

The rapper's attorney, Herschel Rush, tells TMZ ... Kevin's plans after he's released from an Illinois penitentiary Wednesday include devoting considerable time and resources talking to troubled teens and sharing anecdotes from his own life in hopes they'll avoid the same pitfalls.

Rush tells us the rapper will reach out to various organizations -- including the Boys & Girls Club -- to share stories about his regrettable decisions. No doubt Kevin can't wait to see his wife and kids and get back to making music, but he's also itching to set kids straight.

TMZ broke the story ... Kevin was about to get out of a Florida jail back in March 2017 after serving 5 months for kicking a woman in the chest. But, an outstanding weapons-related warrant landed him back behind bars. 

He served 9 months of a 30-month sentence and will be released on parole.

Steph Curry I'm Making Real Progress To Buy Panthers with Diddy!!!

1/6/2018 12:50 AM PST
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Steph Curry tells TMZ Sports the talk about teaming up with Diddy to buy the Carolina Panthers is 100 percent real ... and he's taking steps toward getting a deal done.

Steph was out in Beverly Hills Friday with his wife, Ayesha, when he told us he's getting closer to buying his beloved football team, and says ... "This is a real thing, so hopefully it happens sooner than later."

Curry says he's been in contact with Diddy and they're formulating a strategy to make a legit play for ownership of the NFL team ... but there's a lot of work to do still.

There's more -- since Ayesha's an accomplished chef with her own restaurant, we asked what she would cook for their good friends, the Obamas ... and wait 'til you hear the answer.

Seems like it would be a fun dinner party.

Kevin McCall I Didn't Shoot Myself In the Foot!!!

1/6/2018 12:30 AM PST
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Rapper Kevin McCall says he suffered 3 broken toes and a fractured tibia after being shot in the foot in broad daylight in South Central L.A. and he swears he wasn't the one who fired.

McCall was taken to Centinela Hospital in Inglewood Wednesday after he says someone put a hole through his shoe as he was coming out of a convenient store.

There was a rumor going around that he accidentally shot himself in the foot, but Kevin gave us the play-by-play. He says police took a report, but Kevin does not plan to take any further action.

He seemed in good spirits, though, when we got him at the barbershop, where his barber was making sure he looked good from head to ... too soon?

Russ Governors Ball Dissed 2 Chainz ... But It's Just Politics

1/5/2018 1:58 PM PST
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Russ thinks 2 Chainz deserves higher placement on the Governors Ball 2018 poster, for sure, but he also thinks it's no big deal ... as long as they don't do it to him, too.

The rapper was at LAX Thursday when we asked him about 2 Chainz going off about being on the 9th line -- under 24 other artists -- on the festival's lineup. He agrees it's not fair to treat a legend that way.

Russ says Chainz shouldn't take it to heart though, because poster politics are complicated and name placement doesn't really mean much.

Then again, it's easy for Russ to say ... he's 2 lines higher on the poster than 2 Chainz!

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