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Meek Mill Rick Ross & Dr. J Leading Philly Rally

11/13/2017 11:32 AM PST

Meek Mill is getting some high-powered support -- Rick Ross and NBA legend Dr. J will lead a rally Monday afternoon in Philadelphia ... TMZ has learned.

Sources connected to the rap honcho tell us Rick and Julius Erving are on a private jet right now heading to Philly. Several Philadelphia Eagles and other local entertainers are scheduled to show up at the event ... which has also been promoted by Kevin Hart and Diddy.

The rally comes on the heels of Meek being handed a controversial sentence last week that has sent him back to prison for 2-4 years after he violated his probation.

As we reported ... Meek's attorney, Joe Tacopina, says the judge's harsh sentence is nothing more than the result of a personal vendetta against the rapper. His team has since said they'll be requesting a new judge ... and filing a petition to reverse his prison stint.

Jay-Z and T.I. have also come out in support of Meek. But it looks like Rick and the Doc are actually taking to the streets for the cause.

Meek Mill's Lawsuit Answer Our Q's Under Oath! ... Even If You're in Jail

11/13/2017 9:41 AM PST

Meek Mill might need to answer some questions over a wrongful death lawsuit against him under oath while he's behind bars ... but there seems to be an easy fix.

According to court docs obtained by TMZ, the family of a man who was shot and killed outside of Meek's concert last year is asking a judge to give them the courtroom W if Meek doesn't submit answers to their questions under oath in the next 30 days. 

As we reported ... the family, along with another man who was injured at the concert, are suing Meek for allegedly inciting the deadly violence with his murderous lyrics.

Meek's denied the allegations in court docs, but the family wants him to do one simple thing if the case is to continue ... sign his written answers to their questions -- aka under oath.

The only potential problem for Meek ... will he hear about this in time?

A$AP Ferg Sky's No Limit For My Jewelry Budget

11/11/2017 2:26 PM PST

A$AP Ferg's living by his credo ... by sparing no expense on a ring bearing the rapper's famed logo.

We're told Ferg dropped $20k on a new custom-designed 18-karat gold ring, iced up with pink and white diamonds spelling FERG ... made by Will Da Boss of NYC-based DWS and Co. Jewelry.

A$AP tells us he wanted to create something that feels unique to him, and got the ring inscribed with "Sky's Not the Limit" to remind himself of that every time he holds the mic.

Spending a small fortune on bling should help him get his point across too.

French Montana Bday Party Gets Real Wild ... Cops Called for Chick Fight

11/10/2017 12:41 PM PST

French Montana's birthday celebration was interrupted by 2 women going off on each other, which prompted a visit from cops ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to the situation tell TMZ ... the rapper took the party -- which started in Bev Hills Thursday night -- back to his Calabasas crib early Friday morning, and that's where the fight went down. We're told around 7 AM the women got into a fight ... one of them got booted, and then decided to call the po-po.

Cops and paramedics showed up, the women were evaluated but neither needed medical treatment. However, we're told booze was clearly involved. In the end ... no arrests and both women had to leave the property. Law enforcement say they had no interaction with French.

As we reported ... French had a star-studded 33rd birthday bash at a mansion Thursday night.

Boosie Meek Mill Will Be Out in 10 Months With Way Fatter Pockets!!!

11/10/2017 12:50 AM PST

Boosie thinks Meek Mill should be celebrating his 2 to 4-year sentence ... because he's gonna do way less time than that, and make way more money than he would if he wasn't behind bars.

We got Boosie at LAX and he told us a guy like Meek can do this bid with his eyes closed, especially because his controversial prison sentence will most likely translate to only 10 months with good behavior.

Boosie, who did 5 years himself, says the real benefit will be waiting when Meek walks out of prison.

Crime may not pay, but prison pays off like a mutha ... according to Boosie, anyway.

Diddy 'Brother Love' Was Just Boozy Talk ... But I Still Got Love!!!

11/10/2017 12:40 AM PST

Sean Combs gets a little drunk, talks a little smack and next thing ya know he's got a full-blown name change -- and that's the real deal ... according to the former Brother Love himself. 

We got Sean -- aka Diddy, Puffy, P. Diddy, etc. -- chilling in NYC, where he broke down how his birthday celebration sent him down the Brother Love path. He says the booze has worn off, but the love-in' is far from over.

The 'Bad Boy' honcho admits the whole thing got too confusing -- not to mention pissing off WWE's Bruce Prichard. Still, Diddy explains he ain't picky when it comes to handles.

Always good to have options! 

Nicki Minaj's Brother Guilty in Child Rape Trial

11/9/2017 12:08 PM PST
Breaking News

Nicki Minaj's brother was just found guilty in his child rape trial ... a case that lasted nearly 3 weeks.  

The verdict for Jelani Maraj came in Thursday in Long Island ... he was found guilty of predatory sexual assault against a child and endangering the welfare of a child.

He faces 25 years to life in prison. He'll be sentenced on December 14. Nassau County D.A. Madeline Singas tells TMZ ... "We hope that today's verdict will help the family in the healing process."

TMZ broke the story -- Minaj never testified during the trial -- despite claims she would by her brother's defense team.

Meek Mill New Mug Shot ... Begins Prison Stint

11/8/2017 8:42 AM PST

Meek Mill looked wide-eyed as he prepared to re-enter prison for his 2 to 4 year sentence.

TMZ obtained Meek's new mug shot, taken Wednesday morning. Pennsylvania's Dept. of Corrections says the rapper is being processed right now. It's still unknown which prison he'll be serving his sentence.

Prison officials say they won't release the name of Meek's new prison until he's arrived there ... for security concerns.

As we reported, the controversial sentence has pissed off a lot of people in the hip-hop community ... including T.I. ... who offered Meek some advice on getting through his prison bid.

T.I. to Meek Mill While You're Locked Up ... Start Plotting That Comeback!!!

11/8/2017 6:43 AM PST

T.I. is sending Meek Mill some simple advice for his 2 to 4 years in prison -- learn and strategize.

We got Tip leaving Crossroads Kitchen in WeHo and he went off about what he, and many others, consider Meek's harsh sentence for violating his probation. He's clearly ticked off about it, but also hopeful for his pal. 

T.I. -- who did a 11-month prison stint himself -- says Meek needs to use each day behind bars to the fullest, and feels there's an opportunity for him ... if he uses his time wisely..

E-40 Sues I Wanna Be Paiiid ... That's My 'Captain Save a Hoe'!!

11/7/2017 12:05 PM PST

Look up in the sky -- it's a bird, it's a plane ... oh wait, it's E-40 suing someone over "Captain Save a Hoe," mayne!

40 Water just filed suit against author Erika Kane and her publishers for a book she recently started selling, which is titled "Captain Save a Hoe" ... ya know, the same name he used for his hit 1993 song. Safe to say, 40's not having it.

In the docs, obtained by TMZ, 40 says he owns the rights to "Captain Save a Hoe" and Kane using it word for word on her book is straight-up ripping him off, not to mention unfairly profiting off his song and the character he created with it.

He's asking a judge to yank the book from shelves and for any dough she's made from it so far.

We've reached out to Kane for comment ... so far, no word back. 

Jill Scott Files for Divorce Says It's 'Unsafe' to Stay Together

11/7/2017 10:53 AM PST
Breaking News

Jill Scott is pulling the plug on her marriage after less than 18 months, and says it would be "unsafe" for her to continue living with her husband.

Jill and Mike Dobson got married in June 2016, but in her divorce docs, obtained by TMZ, she cites "inappropriate marital conduct that such further cohabitation would be unsafe and improper." She also cites irreconcilable differences.

According to the docs -- first reported by Bossip -- the singer says they've been separated and living in separate homes since September 5. Jill also says they have a prenup, and she wants it enforced.

The couple did not have any kids together.

Boosie Concert Shootings Drone Vid Shows Shooter Open Fire

11/7/2017 1:00 AM PST

One of the multiple shootings at a Boosie concert was dramatically captured by a drone over the event, and TMZ has obtained the footage.

The aerial video shows concertgoers at the back of Boosie's show in Gardena Friday night -- and right in the middle of the crowd you see a man in a blue jacket raise his arm to start shooting. The shots instantly sent everyone running. It's unclear what, if anything, provoked the shooter.

It looks and sounds like someone returned fire in this incident. In the video there appear to be multiple people fleeing the scene with weapons in hand.

There was at least one other shooting during the concert. We broke the story ... 2 people suffered gunshot wounds, and several others had varying injuries.

So far, no one's been arrested.

Meek Mill Judge's Beef Behind Stiff Prison Sentence ... Attorney Claims

11/6/2017 5:06 PM PST

Meek Mill is back behind bars because the judge has a long-standing vendetta against him, partially related to a Boyz II Men hit ... according to a member of his legal team.

Meek was sentenced to 2 to 4 years for violating probation, but one of his attorneys, Joe Tacopina, tells TMZ ... even prosecutors had recommended no jail time. According to Tacopina, Meek and the the judge are from the same part of Philly and know some of the same people.

Tacopina says the judge suggested to Meek -- during a meeting in chambers last year -- he do a remake of Boyz II Men's, "On Bended Knee" ... and give her, the judge, a shout-out. Meek thought she was kidding and laughed.

Tacopina claims she said, "I'm not kidding," and when Meek refused to do it, she replied ... "Okay, suit yourself."

Meek's lawyer believes the judge showed clear bias with her stiff sentence, and says they plan to appeal.

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