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Kanye & Drake Serious Collab Operation Going Down in Wyoming

3/17/2018 12:04 PM PDT

Kanye West and Drake working together on a song for Ye's new album is a big deal ... but it seems like the 2 hip-hop icons are teaming up in Wyoming for a whole lot more.

Sources in Jackson Hole tell TMZ ... both rappers are staying at the Amangani luxury hotel and resort under an alias, and have each brought a huge crew with them. We already knew about Kanye's, but we're told Drake's team includes his engineer, songwriter, and as we reported ... his personal photog/videographer.

We've learned even more big names are there than we originally thought too -- like Lil Uzi Vert -- along with a slew of major producers who work with Kanye and Drake.

There's more -- our sources say the guys brought a ton of audio and recording equipment with them, most likely to set up their own studio at Kanye's crib ... because he's staying at a separate house at the resort away from the main hotel.

We're told famed personal chef Paul Zlatos -- who used to work for Oprah -- is also on hand for the group to keep them well fed.

All in all ... it seems like Drake's hanging with Kanye in the mountains for much more than just an appearance on his new album. And with so many other artists there with them -- Travis Scott, The Dream, NAS and Kid Cudi -- this is shaping up to be well worth the wait.

Lil Xan Flees Angry Tupac Fans ... Cop Keeps Him Safe

3/17/2018 12:40 AM PDT

Lil Xan's been getting flak from the hip-hop community all week for calling Tupac's music "boring" ... and it seems the criticism's escalated to real-life harassment.

According to a police report -- obtained by TMZ -- the rapper was at a Del Taco in his hometown of Redlands, CA Thursday afternoon when he was surrounded by a group of high school-aged kids who were upset over his comments about Tupac.

There wasn't a physical fight, but the hostile environment was apparently enough to make Lil Xan run to a nearby YMCA ... where an officer picked him up and escorted him to his car safely.

The report says the large crowd was gathered at the Del Taco for a possible girl fight after school ... so the rapper possibly got caught in the middle of the frenzy. We're told no crime was committed against him, though.

Lil Xan was in town for a meet-and-greet Thursday night, but the way he was greeted is in stark contrast to the last time we saw the "Betrayed" rapper ...  when he was flanked by adoring fans in NYC.

Ray J & Princess Love Baby Registry Screams ... It's a Girl!!!

3/16/2018 12:50 AM PDT

Ray J and Princess Love are having a baby, and they've kept the sex of the kid under wraps -- but if you peep the registry they got for their shower ... it's pretty clear they're having a girl.

Ray and Princess' baby registry from Petit Tresor is littered with pink -- from onesies to cribs and literally everything in between -- so you can kinda only come to one logical conclusion. 

The gifts ain't cheap either. A baby basket made of cashmere runs about $2,800, while a travel crib costs about $300. A lot of outfits range between $25 and $200 ... and a damn rocking sheep (horses are out apparently) will set their guests back nearly $1,000!

Speaking of the actual baby shower ... sources tell us Ray J and Princess Love are hosting it this weekend in L.A. at a top-of-the-line hotel, and they're not skimping on expenses. We're told the whole thing ended up costing more than $250,000.

As we reported ... Ray J announced Princess was pregnant this past fall. The kid's due sometime this summer. 

Anything for baby ... girl.

Logic Yeah, He's Gettin' Paid But, It Ain't $30 Mil

3/16/2018 12:40 AM PDT

Logic has every reason to be flying high after inking a new deal with Def Jam Records -- but he should come down to cloud 8 ... or 7, 'cause he isn't making nearly as much as he claims.

Logic's been making headlines this week with his new "Bobby Tarantino II" and after doing an interview with "Beats 1" host Zane Lowe, during which he said he'd recently signed a new contract for $30 million. 

Sources tell us the rapper's contract was, in fact, restructured to get him more dough, but it wasn't for $30 mil.

Even if he landed in the tens of millions, that's still a good chunk of change and obviously nothing to turn down. The rapper's been having a ton of fun with interviews since the project's release, so it's possible he's just trolling everyone.

Logic would have you believe Def Jam cut him a seriously fat check ... for no less than $20 mil, as he rapped on his new mixtape, "Bobby Tarantino II.'

Maybe the line just worked for his rhyming pattern, but bottom line is ... in real life, the numbers just don't add up. 

We reached out to a rep for Def Jam ... so far, no word back. 

Rick Ross Body on the Mend And So Is My Family

3/15/2018 7:06 AM PDT

Rick Ross is looking thinner, but also much stronger after his intensive care health crisis -- and he's even taking time to deal with family matters.

Rick was out with his mom, Tommie Roberts, earlier this week in Fort Lauderdale. The Boss was feeling good enough to floss for photogs as he left an attorney's office. We're told he's in the process of hammering out a child support agreement with his baby mama, Tia Kemp.

Tia and Rick have been going HAM on each other on social media in recent months ... with her accusing him of neglecting their son and calling his family ugly. For his part, Rick's claimed Tia's just salty over the fact he banged her sister first.

If Rick's ready to take on that battle, he's gotta be close to being fully recovered from that hospital stay. Silver lining?

Lil Dicky I'm Living Like Chris Brown!!! Driving Ferraris, Dropping N-Word (Sorta)

3/15/2018 7:55 AM PDT

Lil Dicky's junk is seriously enhanced, and he's dropping the n-word like crazy in his greatest fantasy, anyway -- which is, apparently, to be Chris Brown.

Okay, we're not MTV (back when they played music vids), but Dicky's latest vid -- for his song, "Freaky Friday" -- is just too awesome to not discuss. Simple premise ... he switches bodies with Breezy, and hilarity ensues.

Highlights include Dicky instantly being able to dance, instantly having a daughter, driving Ferraris, getting chicks and saying the n-word almost nonstop. Oh yeah, his d**k is really big, too.

We gotta give Chris props, too, for taking a few good-humored shots at his lifestyle in the video. 

Watch for cameos from Ed Sheeran, DJ Khaled and Kendall Jenner's vagina. Seriously ...

YFN Lucci Sued Everyday You Lit ... Is Another Day You Stole My Song!

3/14/2018 11:33 AM PDT

YFN Lucci changed two words of a lesser-known rapper's song title and lit it on fire by making it a commercial hit and pawning it off as original ... this according to a new lawsuit.

The Altanta rapper -- who's said to be dating Lil Wayne's daughter -- just got sued by another MC named Rackboy Cam ... who claims YFN jacked his song "Everything Be Lit" and warped it into the wildly successful "Everyday We Lit" with negligible differences.

According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, Cam says his song came out first in 2015 and that YFN's 2017 track is virtually the same song, especially when it comes to the hook -- namely, "Everyday we lit" vs "Everything be lit," sung in a similar melody.

Cam also claims that YFN lifted 2 out of the 3 elements Cam brags about in his song -- his chain, his whip and his bitch ... saying YFN raps about jewelry and women.

Cam wants a judge to yank the song from airwaves and to halt all sales of it immediately. He also wants YFN to fork over any profits he's made off the tune.

Meek Mill Phones In To Philly Rally ... Straight From Jail

3/13/2018 4:00 PM PDT

Meek Mill made an appearance at a rally thrown for him in Philly this week -- but he did it from behind bars ... and over the phone.

The rapper phoned in to the Reform Philly rally Tuesday through his attorney, Joe Tacopina, who put him on speaker and let him talk into the mic. The rally is aimed at "Bringing Injustice to Light," and was partially created with Meek in mind ... #Justice4Meek

Meek thanked his supporters for coming out and expressed his appreciation for their continued efforts to get him released from prison. He also talked about his love for Philly, as well as his rough upbringing. He said his long probation sentence at age 18 held him down.

Al Sharpton was in attendance, too, as was Meek's mom ... who held a banner in her son's name onstage. Jay-Z's music platform, Tidal, streamed the entire event.

Craig Mack Died of Congestive Heart Failure ... Says Erick Sermon

3/13/2018 12:34 PM PDT

Craig Mack knew he was dying, at least for several months, from congestive heart failure ... according to his close friend, Erick Sermon.

The '90s MC broke the news Tuesday -- hours after Craig passed away in South Carolina -- telling us the "Flava in Ya Ear" rapper had only 25% of his heart working in his final months.

As we reported, the coroner would only say Craig had died of natural causes ... so, Sermon, shed more light on Craig's final days. He says the Bad Boy Records pioneer had called his closest friends -- including Erick and Biz Markie -- 6 months ago to tell them what he was battling, but didn't want them to see him in his frail condition.

Erick says Craig maintained his personality, though ... they eventually hooked up and even recorded some music, and shot a documentary before he died.


Trey Songz Accuser He Hit Me So Hard I Threw Up from Concussion

3/13/2018 9:47 AM PDT
Breaking News

The woman accusing Trey Songz of beating her senseless alleged the singer hit her so hard he gave her a concussion and she vomited ... and she wants an apology.

The woman, named Andrea Buera, gave a tearful news conference Tuesday flanked by her attorney, Lisa Bloom, and spoke publicly for the first time and in more detail about the alleged incident she claims went down over NBA All-Star Weekend in L.A.

Andrea -- who said she's known Trey for about 3 years -- said there were others who stood and watched as Trey allegedly beat her to the point he gave her a concussion. She wants those witnesses to come forward, and she wants an apology from Trey. 

Bloom said an investigator allegedly hired by Trey has also gone after Andrea's family and she wants that to stop. Bloom added they've not filed a civil suit but it is possible. 

We broke the story ... Trey and the woman were at a Hollywood Hills party when the singer allegedly struck her in the face repeatedly because she was talking to another man.

The woman -- who hired Bloom and went to court to get a restraining order against Trey -- claims he hit her with such force it was as if 2 men were fighting. She also claimed he choked her and threw 2 of her cell phones down a hill when she tried calling an Uber.

She filed a police report and went to the hospital. Cops are now investigating. Trey's attorney, Shawn Holley, said there were witnesses present at the party who dispute the woman's account.

Craig Mack Dead at 47

3/13/2018 5:39 AM PDT
Breaking News

11:19 AM PT -- Diddy just released a statement on Mack's passing, saying, "Craig Mack, you were the first artist to release music on Bad Boy and gave us our first hit. You always followed your heart and you had an energy that was out of this world.

You believed in me and you believed in Bad Boy. I will never forget what you did for hip-hop. You inspired me, and I will continue to try to keep inspiring others. We will always love you." #badboy4life #ripcraigmackCraig Mack, the '90s rap star who helped put Diddy's Bad Boy Records on the map, died at his home in South Carolina of natural causes ... TMZ has learned.

The "Flava in Ya Ear" rapper was living in Walterboro, SC, where he'd joined a church and committed himself to his religion. His former producer, Alvin Toney, told the Daily News he'd seen him for the last time last week while filming a documentary on Craig's new life.

Mack, along with Notorious B.I.G., was the first rap superstar for Diddy's young label in the '90s. He was born on Long Island, but got his break by freestyling over a Mary J. Blige track for Diddy.

He was one of few Bad Boy Records artists who did not join the huge reunion tour a couple years ago. Craig was already committed to his new life in the South Carolina church by then.

Mack's huge 1994 hit, 'Flava,' earned him a Best Rap Solo Grammy nomination, although he lost to Queen Latifah. No shame in that game.

Craig was 47.

RIP to kicking mad flava in ya ear ... Mack was a brand new flava in ya ear.

Lil Wayne & Birdman Squashing Our Beef But It's a Work in Progress

3/13/2018 12:50 AM PDT

Lil Wayne and Birdman's run-in at LIV Nightclub was nothing out of the ordinary, at least for them, because they've been working on burying the hatchet for months ... TMZ has learned.

Sources connected to the former Cash Money duo tell us the $51 million lawsuit between them is still very much on, but they've managed to separate that from their personal relationship. As our source put it, "They're family and that's bigger than money." 

We're told they've talked several times over the past few months, and although it's no longer the father-son relationship they used to have, they ARE making an attempt to squash the beef. 

As for Sunday night's embrace at LIV -- Wayne had a section reserved downstairs, while Birdman was upstairs. Neither knew the other was there until DJ Stevie J shouted them out. 

Birdman's son, Bryan Jr., came down and said "hello" to Weezy first, before Wayne stopped by Birdman's table where they hugged it out

Kanye West Back to the Mountaintop to Write Songs This Time w/ Travis & Co.

3/12/2018 6:49 PM PDT
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Kanye West probably isn't gonna have to climb a mountain to wrap up his new album, 'cause he's got some friends tagging along with him now to make the hike easier.

Kanye went back to Wyoming this past week with a lot of other people ... we're told to work on his forthcoming album. He brought along his protege, Travis Scott and others. They all seem to be in Jackson Hole -- a valley between a couple mountain ranges in the state. 

Some other creative types that have been in the area recently, and who've been linked to Kanye, include producer Pi'erre Bourne and mogul ASAP Bari

Rapper King Louie and The Dream -- both of whom have collaborated with Kanye -- are also there posing for the camera. Producer Jeff Bhasker and Travis' manager are in town as well.

TMZ broke the story ... Kanye hit the mountaintop retreat at least a couple different times last year to work on new music for his album. We were told he resorted to the retreat to get away and hone his craft. 

Looks like he's recruited some help for the creative process. No word on a release date yet ... but you gotta hope it's nearing an end with this kind of fire power on deck. 

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