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Tekashi69 'Known Associate' to Guy Who Tailed Chief Keef Prior to NYC Shooting

6/19/2018 9:57 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Tekashi69 has a direct connection to a person of interest in the Chief Keef shooting in NYC ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... NYPD investigators are calling Tekashi a "known associate" of one of 2 men seen on surveillance cameras tracking Keef around NYC in the hours before someone opened fire on him outside the W Hotel.

TMZ broke the story ... NYPD was taking a closer look at 6ix9ine's potential ties to the men who followed Keef from a downtown Manhattan restaurant, and then uptown to the W in Times Square. 

We're told police are calling the men "persons of interest" in the attempted shooting of Keef. It's unclear if there's video showing them actually firing at, but missing Keef.

Keef and Tekashi have been beefing on social media for months.

However, Tekashi's camp tells us he was in L.A. at the time of the shooting. When he was on "TMZ Live," he denied any involvement in the incident, and downplayed any static with Keef.

XXXTentacion Dead at 20 ... Shot in S. Florida

6/18/2018 1:16 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

6:00 PM PT -- The Broward Co. Sheriff's Dept. tweeted it's offering a reward up to $3,000 for anyone who might have a tip that leads to an arrest in the XXX shooting. 

4:07 PM PT -- The Sheriff's Dept. just released a statement saying XXX was approached by two armed suspects as he left the dealership. They say at least one of the suspects fired their gun, striking XXX. Cops say they believe the incident was a possible robbery.

2:40 PM PT -- Broward Co. Sheriff's Dept. says XXXTentacion has been pronounced dead.

According to the dispatch call the suspects were described as 2 black males wearing hoodies, and the shooter was wearing a red mask.

The car has been confirmed as a black Dodge Journey, with dark tint and black wheels.

2:14 PM PT -- Witnesses told cops a Louis Vuitton bag was taken from XXX's vehicle.

1:57 PM PT -- Additional dispatch audio has revealed XXX was transported as a "Level 1" trauma patient ... dispatchers described him as comatose.

1:48 PM PT -- According to dispatch audio -- the incident was a possible drive-by -- dispatchers named a black Dodge Journey as the possible getaway.

1:35 PM PT -- The Broward Co. Fire Dept. tells us XXX has been rushed to a hospital. Witnesses say they heard multiple shots fired. His condition is unknown at this point.

XXXTentacion was shot Monday -- TMZ has learned -- and an eyewitness tells us he appeared lifeless with no pulse.

The 20-year-old rapper was shopping for motorcycles in South Florida and, as he was leaving the motorcycle dealer, a gunman ran up to his vehicle and shot him.

XXX was in his share of feuds ... but, as far as we know, there were no ominous fights between him and anyone else.

He's had serious legal trouble ... he's awaiting trial for domestic violence against his pregnant girlfriend. He's facing more than a dozen felony charges. Prosecutors accused him of witness tampering.  

XXX was on house arrest, but the judge recently let him out so he could tour.

XXX was well respected by other artists for his musical talent. Shortly after news of his death, Kanye West reacted.

He'd had real success in his brief career -- his last album debuted at #1.

Last year he got jumped by a bunch of guys in L.A., and initially thought Migos was responsible. He later apologized to them, but he told us the incident did not shake him enough to increase his security detail.

Meek Mill New Face-Off with Judge for Freedom

6/18/2018 9:46 AM PDT

1:00 PM PT -- Meek and his attorneys spoke outside the courthouse. Meek said he had low expectations going into the hearing, and Judge Brinkley didn't disappoint.

His attorney, Joe Tacopina was less subtle ... describing what went down in court as "an asylum."

12:40 PM PT -- The hearing is over, and Judge Brinkley did not make a ruling yet on Meek getting a new trial. Multiple reports describe the hearing as contentious.

Meek Mill marched into court Monday, ready to continue fighting for a new trial -- which could mean he goes free -- but that's IF his legal team can change Judge Genece Brinkley's mind. 

Before he went into court for the hearing, Meek addressed a crowd of supporters rallying outside the Pennsylvania courthouse. The rapper thanked them for sticking with him, and allowing him to spend Father's Day with his son, and vowed to continue fighting for wrongly convicted inmates.

Of course, he's got his own battle to fight right now. Judge Brinkley's expected to hear evidence before deciding if Meek should get a new trial -- due to his arresting officer being at the center of a police corruption scandal.

Up to this point, she's dug in her heels and refused ... but we'll see if the state Supreme Court's decision to release Meek on bail affects her ruling this time around.

Drake to Dennis Graham Happy Father's Day ... Here's a Bentley!!!

6/18/2018 12:09 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Drake just made a giant leap in the Son of the Year award standings ... plunking down some serious money to get his dad, Dennis Graham, a baller-ass gift on Father's Day.

Our sources say Dennis was home Sunday and got a call saying there was a gift outside for him. Thinking it was just some package delivery, Dennis strolled outside and, lo and behold ... someone pulled up in this SICK baby blue Bentley.

The guy delivering the whip told Dennis it was a Father's Day gift from Drake. In obvious shock, Dennis called Drake right away and couldn't be more thankful for the new wheels.

The Bentley's estimated value is about $150k ... so, yeah, baller gift!!

Tekashi69 Under Investigation In Chief Keef Shooting

6/18/2018 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Cops are taking a hard look at Tekashi69 to see what, if any, role he played in the events leading up to the attempted shooting of Chief Keef ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources say NYPD wants to see if Tekashi has any connection to the 2 men who shot at Keef outside the W Hotel in Times Square. 6ix9ine was in L.A. at the time of the shooting, but we're told cops want to know if he ordered the hit.

We're told NYPD has 2 suspects based on surveillance video, and know they stalked Keef the night of the shooting -- first showing up at China Chalet restaurant where Keef was hanging downtown ... then jumping into a dark-colored Ford Econovan.

After driving to midtown, we're told the suspects parked the van around the block from the W and walked to the hotel to wait for Keef. When the rapper walked outside with a friend to smoke a cig, the suspects pounced. Keef and his friend heard shots and saw a muzzle flash.

As we reported ... the shooters missed, hitting only a nearby sign. We're told the suspects fled in the van. Cops eventually found it in Brooklyn.

Tekashi's denied any involvement. We reached out to NYPD for official comment. So far ... no word back.

Suge Knight Hoping for Prison Pass to Attend Mom's Funeral

6/17/2018 1:43 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Suge Knight's looking for a "get out of jail" card and hopes the court will be sympathetic when they hear him out ... he wants to attend his mother's funeral.

Sources close to the Knight family tell TMZ ... Suge's mother, Maxine Chatman, died Sunday surrounded by family at a hospital in Paramount, CA. We're told she suffered a stroke about a month ago and her health had been deteriorating since. Her lungs had recently collapsed and she had kidney failure. She was 77.

The family now wants to see if the court will let Suge out to attend her funeral. Suge's also had health problems as of late. TMZ broke the story ... Suge -- in jail awaiting trial for murder -- spent 2 days in the hospital back in April.

Post Malone Choke Slammed by The Undertaker!!!

6/17/2018 9:52 AM PDT

Post Malone might have a side gig in the WWE after a killer entrance into his concert, which featured The Undertaker and a pretty badass choke slam!

Post performed in Austin, TX Saturday night, and during the show he played a video of him bumping into Undertaker backstage. You gotta see how well they pulled off the slam. 

Later, he brought out 21 Savage for their huge hit, "Rockstar" and that's when Undertaker returned for his encore -- all 3 guys smashed the hell out of guitars. 

The only thing missing here is a Tombstone Piledriver. Post ain't ready for that just yet.

Common Jay & Bey's New Album? Love & Creativity is Beautiful!!!

6/17/2018 7:44 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Beyonce and Jay-Z working together is a win, win, win -- for their marriage, for their fans and for music, in general ... according to Common.

We got him leaving Craig's Saturday night and he gave the new "Everything is Love" album a 5-star Yelp review. Common gushed, "That album is dope!! I love that s**t!!"

Jay and Bey announced the surprise release Friday night during their London concert, and fans immediately started streaming and downloading. Count Common in that group, as he told us the couple's managed to bring 2 great things together.

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BTW, the new album includes some shots at Kanye West -- on tracks like "Boss" and "Friends."

But based on his high praise ... it's pretty clear Common, who works closely with 'Ye, ain't getting in the middle of any beef.

21 Savage Had Every Right To Pull Out Gun ... Says Rapper BlocBoy JB

6/17/2018 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

21 Savage was looking out for 21 Savage when he pulled out a gun at that party, so cut the kid some slack for trying to protect himself ... says his friend and fellow rapper, BlocBoy JB.

We got BlocBoy at LAX and asked him about the intense showdown at a pool party he attended in Georgia last weekend. As we reported ... a group of people crashed the shindig and rubbed Savage's crew the wrong way. It got heated, but things escalated when someone from the crashers' crew pulled out a gun, prompting Savage to do the same.

BlockBoy -- who has a track featuring Savage -- says, hell nah ... there ain't no shame in 21 arming himself. Gotta look out for No. 1.

Tupac's Birthday Keep Ya Head Up ... Would've Turned 47 Today

6/16/2018 10:57 AM PDT

It's Tupac Shakur's born day, and rather than dwell on the sad fact we lost him nearly 22 years ago ... we're gonna celebrate the good times he had.

Makaveli would be 47 now -- imagine that -- and would most likely be raising a glass with a lot of the people in this photo gallery. Check out Pac chilling with his closest friends ... including Treach, Bone, Thugs & Harmony and, for some reason, Carl Lewis.

Tons of California love on display here. Happy birthday, Tupac!

Beyonce & Jay-Z Blue Ivy Shows Fans How It's Done ... This is the Roc, Baby!!!

6/16/2018 9:55 AM PDT

They came for Beyonce and Jay-Z, but the fans stayed for Blue Ivy Carter, who put on a clinic in the London crowd that would make Dad very proud.

Jay and Bey played to a packed London Stadium Friday night, and, of course, their 6-year-old daughter had great seats, where she became a very cute side act ... dancing along through the show.

Blue was spotted throwing up the roc while Jigga ran through a string of his hits. It's pretty obvious she's been watching some of his old music videos, 'cause she's got it down pat.

Consider it an early Father's Day gift, Jay!

The Game Rich the Kid Needs to Be Armed ... Or He Needs to Call Me!!!

6/16/2018 7:13 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The Game has some advice for Rich the Kid on the heels of the young rapper getting attacked in a home invasion, and it's basically ... get the strap!

Game pulled up to Catch L.A. Friday night, and when we asked him about the brutal beating Rich suffered, he dropped some philosophy on us. His first tip was for Rich -- who's recovering from the Friday morning attack -- to holla at him ... strongly suggesting he's got the 25-year-old rapper's back.

Then, Game got all 'hood Socrates on us. Using 21 Savage's recent pool party incident as an example, he said it's always best to have a gun on you. Ya gotta see how he puts it, though.

Game's POV -- "People get out of jail, people don't get out of caskets."

Peace and love, it ain't.

Lil Scrappy's Car Wreck Injured Friend I Lawyered Up Because ...

6/16/2018 12:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Lil Scrappy's passenger who suffered horrible injuries in their recent car accident wants to set the record straight -- he's NOT a vengeful friend out for money.

Ca$ino Roulette tells us the reason he hired a lawyer is simply because he needs help navigating Florida laws and his medical insurance coverage. Ca$ino is from South Carolina, and had driven down to FL with Scrappy ... hours before the wreck. 

CR says he's still boys with Scrappy and gives a play-by-play of what happened in the aftermath of the crash. TMZ broke the story ... Scrappy fell asleep at the wheel and broke his foot in 7 places, but Roulette was in the ICU for 3 days, and required 2 major surgeries for a ruptured large intestine.

He makes it clear he's not out to sue Scrappy. In fact, their tight friendship was on full display immediately after the crash -- "busted gut" and all.

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