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MC Hammer Pulls Off Surprise 'Pumps & a Bump' ... For Ex-'Crack King' Bday

12/4/2018 4:32 PM PST
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MC Hammer had a special treat for the 50th birthday of Oakland's one-time "crack king" -- a performance that pumped up the party, and proved Hammer's moves are still fire.

The legendary rapper dropped in for the Bay Area gig to help convicted drug dealer Darryl Reed celebrate the big 5-0 last weekend. MCH danced and rapped his hit, "Pumps and a Bump" with the same tireless effort as he had back in '94.

Still 2 legit, for sure.

Folks inside the bash at Yoshi's jazz club in Oak Town tell us Hammer surprised everyone right after they finished singing 'Happy Birthday' to Darryl.

He did a couple songs -- not 'Can't Touch This' -- took some photos and bounced.

Pretty swaggy celebration for Darryl, who got out of prison in 2016. He served 26 years of a 35-year prison sentence before President Obama granted him clemency.

2 Chainz & TeeFLii Sued '24 Hours' Just a Slow Ripoff Of Our Robin S. Classic!!!

12/4/2018 7:56 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

2 Chainz and TeeFLii straight-up jacked Robin S.'s club banger to make their sexed up track, "24 Hours" ... according to her songwriters.

The 3 songwriters to Robin's "Back It Up" are going after the L.A. singer and ATL rapper, claiming "24 Hours" -- TeeFLii's 2014 debut song, featuring 2 Chainz -- is practically the exact same song with very few differences.

In docs, obtained by TMZ, the songwriters claim "Back It Up" is an uptempo song while "24 Hours" is the same music with slight modifications and a slowed down beat. Take a listen and judge for yourself.

"Back It Up" is on Robin S.'s 1993 album "Show Me Love." "24 Hours" came out 21 years later on TeeFLii's album "Starr" and it's enjoyed astronomical success on various platforms ... including YouTube and Spotify -- with over 25 million views and 26 million streams.

Translation: It's made a lot of money, and the "Back It Up" writers want their cut.

They're not only suing Chainz and TeeFLii -- they're also going after "24 Hours" producers DJ Mustard and DJ Ketchup. Yes, Ketchup AND Mustard together on that track!  

The songwriters want damages totaling more than $10 million.

Cardi B Goes Wild in Miami Let the Champagne Flow on Yo Ass!!!

12/3/2018 3:34 PM PST

No wonder Cardi B couldn't make it to her court hearing Monday in NYC ... she's hosting a WILD-ASS twerk fest down in Miami.

Okay, it's not a party, she's working ... it just doesn't look like work. The rapper was covered head-to-toe in tiger body paint while shooting a music video. She put in some serious twerk on a floating stripper pole, and when we say twerking ... we mean LOTS OF TWERKING.

Cardi's shooting with the Miami duo, City Girls ... one of whom rocked zebra body paint.

They kept the party going on a yacht with more than a dozen bikini-clad chicks who were also letting their asses do the talking. You've gotta see what happened when Cardi started poppin' bottles. We'll just say ... bubbly flows just fine where the sun don't shine.

As we first reported, prosecutors in NYC were frustrated Cardi didn't show up to a Monday hearing in her strip club beatdown case.

We can hear the excuse now: Your Honor, I was busy earning my stripes.

Testify!

Tekashi69 Concert Organizers Say ... You Bailed So Pay U$ 500 Grand Or Else!!!

12/3/2018 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Tekash69 has more legal drama on his hands, but it's got nothing to do with his federal racketeering case.

TMZ's learned Tekashi's being threatened with a lawsuit if he doesn't cough up $500k to Hits Before Fame & DMV Events ... the promoters who fired off legal letters to Tekashi's team claiming that's how much they're owed after 69 bailed on one of their concerts.

TMZ broke the story ... Tekashi was scheduled to perform during Howard University Homecoming weekend in October but the rapper angered thousands of fans when he bailed 35 minutes before doors opened at Echostage in D.C. ... forcing organizers to turn away about 400 people waiting in line.

Making matters worse ... Tekashi turned up a couple hundred miles away at Powerhouse in NJ on the same night.

According to the legal letter, obtained by TMZ, the promoters say they're out the $58,470 paid to Tekashi ... plus loss of ticket sales and rental/marketing expenses, among other things. The promoters want Tekashi to pay up or face a lawsuit. 

Sources close to 6ix9ine tell us ... he fully intends to correct all issues as soon as possible.

Tyra Banks I'm Down for Cardi & Nicki Peace Treaty ... Oh, and I Got Bars Too!!!

11/30/2018 10:44 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Tyra Banks gave herself a new rap name and, in the process, might have inadvertently taken sides in the raging war between Cardi B and Nicki Minaj

We got Tyra out Thursday in NYC where our photog told her that her getting in the rap game with her new "Be A Star" remix could help bring a solution to the Cardi-Nicki beef. If you've been living under a rock ... Cardi and Nicki have been at each other's throats and there's zero sign it's dialing down.

That's when Tyra straight-up declares herself Tyra B. It was probably made in jest ... but check out the video. Tyra starts dropping bars and we can't help but notice her rap game sounds very Cardi-esque.

For what it's worth ... Tyra's previously said she channeled Cardi AND Nicki for her new single. You be the judge. BTW, the song is from her new movie, "Life-Size 2" ... in which Tyra reprises her role of a Barbie-like doll come to life.

Travis Scott Get High As the Cosmos ... With 'Astroworld' Bongs!!!

11/30/2018 12:40 AM PST
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Calling all space cadets ... Travis Scott wants you to blast off with tokes from an "Astroworld" bong, which raises one obvious question: what took him so long to come up with this idea?? 

The rapper recently filed paperwork to blaze a trail into the marijuana accessories market. Trav wants to slap "Astroworld" all over pipes, bongs and hookahs. And, lest you think this is some half-baked plan ... it's a savvy move to keep cashing in on the title of his hit album, music fest and tour. 

According to docs, obtained by TMZ, the gear will be for use with tobacco. Riiiight. That line might fool Uncle Sam -- remember, weed's still illegal federally -- but we all know what plant's really gonna be burning in those pipes. 

It's a small step for Travis, after his giant leaps to trademark "S.P.A.C.E" merch and "ASTROWORLD" jewelry.

Seems Travis has figured it out ... there are mountains of money to be made off marijuana. 

Travis Scott Fires Back at Tommy Lee Loop Design Isn't Even Yours!!!

11/29/2018 1:40 PM PST
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1:29 PM PT -- Tommy just fired back by saying, "And the plot thickens! After I and our production crew created the 360 and Crüecify, We hired a company called SGPS in Las Vegas to create it. WELLLLL GUESS WHO'S DOING TRAVIS'S SET DESIGN???? F**king SGPS! So all u motha****** tellin me I'm not right can f**k off."

11:50 AM PT -- Travis' attorney, Laurie L. Soriano, tells us, "Tommy didn’t invent the concept of a roller coaster on stage and there’s no legal basis for his accusatory outburst. The actual creator and owner of the system has granted Travis all rights to use that equipment to complement his original stage design."Tommy Lee has unleashed an all-out assault on Travis Scott ... accusing the rapper of jacking Tommy's famous 360-degree loop stage design.

Travis is in the middle of his Astroworld Tour -- accompanied by baby mama Kylie Jenner and daughter Stormi -- and during the show, there's a part where he straps into a chair like an amusement park ride and completes a 360-degree loop.

Back in 2011, Tommy also did a 360-degree loop, strapped into his drum set ... and clearly saw a video of Travis' show Wednesday night. In a flurry of posts ripping Travis, Tommy says, "Just found out this f**king idiot @travisscott or someone on his team ripped off the 360 AND The Cruecifly! WTF!! Get an original idea bro ..."

The Cruecifly was a floating structure over the crowd Tommy used to go over the audience. Travis also has something similar on Astroworld that was created to look like a roller coaster and takes him from one stage to another. 

Kylie Jenner got a chance to ride Travis' roller coaster design Wednesday night at MSG.

Tommy continued, "I get copying is a form of flattery, but this is just straight ripping off my s**t." He also advised Travis to "lawyer up!"

Interestingly enough, Tommy was taken to court in 2014 over the 360-degree drum set by an engineer who accused him of stealing the idea. Lee won that case, ruling the drums were based on Tommy's original concept. 

Originally Published -- 6:53 AM PST

Drake Lawsuit I Can Knock the 'Hebrew Hustle' ... That Name's Offensive!!!

11/29/2018 7:16 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Drake is highly offended by a music publishing company for allegedly using his image without his permission, but also for playing off a Jewish stereotype. The company's name is Hebrew Hustle.

Drake's been in legal battles with the publisher/management co. for years. Hebrew Hustle first sued him over a sample in his song, "Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2." Now, he's suing the co., claiming it used his name and image on its website ... leading the public to think they're working with him.

In new docs filed in that suit, Drake's lawyers call out the company over its name, saying, "The very name of Hebrew Hustle is offensive, as it perpetuates stereotypes regarding persons of Jewish heritage, such as [Drake]."

Drizzy's legal team says he would never have allowed the company to use his image due to its offensive name. According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, Drake wants damages for the "mental distress" and "humiliation" suffered from any perceived connection to Hebrew Hustle -- plus any money the company made from using his likeness. 

By the way, Drake beat HH last year in the lawsuit over his sample. Sooo ... mazel?

Tekashi69 Hey, Mama Look ... I'm #1, 2, 3 and 4!!!

11/28/2018 9:12 AM PST
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If Tekashi69 had access to his cell phone in prison, he'd see there's practically only one rapper everyone is listening to Wednesday on their way to work ... and it's him. 

Despite a federal indictment that could get him locked up for life ... the Brooklyn rapper DOMINATED the charts less than 24 hours after his album, "Dummy Boy" dropped. We checked ... and 4 of Tekashi's tracks were in the top 5 on iTunes.

He rounded out the top 10 with tracks landing at No. 8 and 9.

Tekashi's whole album is also topping the charts, and he's getting residual success too. His mixtape "Day 69" -- released earlier this year -- has re-emerged at No. 51 on the chart.

"Dummy Boy" is also killing it on Amazon where it's top-paid digital album. What's amazing is all this comes on the heels of a snag in his distribution deal that delayed the record's release.

The success is really paying off for 6ix9ine's old label too. D!zzy from ScumGang Records tells TMZ ... they secured publishing rights on "Dummy Boy." The album was first supposed to drop with 10k Projects -- who fronted a ton of cash for the project -- but was switched to ScumGang last minute. 

Tekashi talked a lot of trash on ScumGang this year, but we're guessing all this dough rolling in should help squash that beef -- and for what it's worth -- 10kP will get a refund for the cash they fronted. 

It's interesting ... Tekashi's been embroiled in serious legal trouble for more than a year, yet top artists like Kanye WestNicki Minaj, A Boogie and Tory Lanez are still lining up to work with him -- even if there's a very real risk of a drive-by shooting.

You can now see why.

Tekashi 6ix9ine Fashion Nova Screwed Over By 'Dummy Boy' Track 'MAMA'

11/28/2018 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Tekashi 6ix9ine has 99 problems, and one of them is allegedly pilfering a pile of money from Fashion Nova only to double cross the company on his new album, "Dummy Boy."

Tekashi's album "Dummy Boy" dropped Tuesday ... and one of the highlights is the track "MAMA," which features Nicki Minaj and Kanye West. The lyrics include, "Splish splash apple bottoms make that ass phat." It's catchy, but it has messed up a deal with Fashion Nova. 

Record company sources tell us Tekashi inked a 6-figure deal with the clothing company, to include branding in his music video -- and according to the deal the lyric in question was supposed to go this way --  "Splish splash Fashion Nova make that ass phat."  

Fashion Nova maybe naively believed Tekashi would deliver, so they gave him the entire amount up front. At first, it seemed things were hunky-dory, because the teaser to the track that Tekashi posted on Instagram included the Fashion Nova lyric.  

Fashion Nova believed its deal with Tekashi was solid during the shooting of the music video for the song, which was derailed by a real shooting. And, check out the pic we got ... Fashion Nova is emblazoned on the screen with those phat asses.

Now we come to how Fashion Nova got screwed. The music video never got finished, and it's not going to be completed now that Tekashi is in custody. As for the song itself, when it was released the lyric was changed so the reference to Fashion Nova was deleted and replaced by Apple Bottoms.

As for why it was changed ... a source tells us Nicki Minaj was enraged because Cardi B has hooked up with Fashion Nova for a new clothing line, so she asked Tekashi to 86 the brand from the song and he obliged.

We're told the company hasn't yet demanded money back from the deal ... they'll wait to see what happens with Tekashi's trial ... and, hopefully, work something out.

Swae Lee Make Me The First Black Spider-Man!!!

11/28/2018 6:26 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Swae Lee already has his musical touch on the new 'Spider-Man' movie -- but he's not just gonna stop there -- the Rae Sremmurd rapper wants to actually BE the Marvel superhero. 

We got a half-naked Lee in NYC Tuesday night -- where it hit a low of 15 degrees -- leaving Rockefeller Center ... but the temps didn't seem to bother him at all. Swae's all over the soundtrack for the newest Spidey flick, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" ... so we asked, what about a black Spider-Man?

Lee was all over the idea ... promoting himself as the perfect candidate for the role.

Check out the clip for some of Swae's impressive fight moves.  

Tekashi69 New Distribution Deal After Album Leak ... My Fans Need 'Dummy Boy' Now!!!

11/27/2018 12:13 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Tekashi69 had a distribution disaster on his hands after his new album leaked over the weekend, forcing him to cut a last-minute deal to make sure "Dummy Boy" hits the streets Tuesday ... TMZ has learned. 

Sources close to Tekashi tell TMZ ... "Dummy Boy" is being officially released Tuesday through Create Music Group. The album was originally set for distribution through Caroline and Capitol Music Group, but we're told the two sides had a disagreement after 'DB' leaked online, and Tekashi turned to Create because he wanted his music released ASAP.  

Our Tekashi sources say the rapper felt comfortable working with Create because the two have a longstanding relationship. Create is 6ix9ine's main music publisher, but it's the first time he's using their distribution arm. 

For Tekashi, the official album drop is a bit of good news in an otherwise terrible month ... he's been behind bars since Nov. 18 in his federal racketeering case, and he's currently hoping to get out on bail.

Drake Forget Marvin's Room ... I'll Be Lounging in Sick Master Suite

11/26/2018 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Drake fans can hold on all they want, they're NEVER gonna go home to the kinda bedroom Drizzy's building in his Toronto mansion -- you could easily get lost in the damn place!

The publicly filed floor plans for his crib feature the layout for the most insane master suite we've ever seen. How big? The 941 square feet literally takes up HALF of the second floor of the ginormous crib. 

Here's what he's working with: his own stairwell entrance, 2 dressing rooms AND 2 closets (all part of one elaborate wardrobe area), a steam shower and tub with a skylight above, TWO balcony areas with an outdoor hot tub and a kitchenette.

Again, all of that is JUST for his bedroom quarters. Of course, there are 4 impressive guest bedrooms too ... although they don't compare to Drake's.

If the room itself isn't impressive enough, take a gander at the estate in its entirety -- to call it a beaut is a gross understatement. 

The mansion is about 35,000 square feet on a 2-acre lot and the toys include ... 2 saunas, a massage room, a 10-car garage, an elevator, a gym, a screening room ... and a full basketball court. There's more, but we're tired.

Drake bought the place for nearly $4 million and had it under construction for a majority of 2017 and about half of 2018. Talk about views!

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