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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. 

Producer Will Packer White Directors Need Not Apply For 'Black Panther' Sequels

3/12/2018 4:00 PM PDT

When the "Black Panther" sequels start filming, a black director MUST call the shots ... according to Will Packer, who cranks out some of the most successful African-American movies. 

We asked Will -- producer of "Straight Outta Compton," "Think Like a Man," "Girls Trip"  and many more hits -- if someone like J.J. Abrams could take the helm for the 'BP' franchise -- which just broke the $1 billion global box office mark.

As accomplished as Abrams is, Will says he wouldn't cut it in Wakanda. He says if Ryan Coogler taps out for any of the inevitable sequels, Disney should only consider another black director.

It's not an issue yet, but seems like Will's putting the Mouse House on notice.

Blac Chyna's BF I've Got Helpful Tips to Slay 'Hoes' On Christian Mingle

3/12/2018 12:29 PM PDT

Tinder and Bumble might have serious competition on their hands thanks to Blac Chyna's new boyfriend, YBN Almighty Jay, who's hyping up Christian Mingle after using it to meet her.

We got the 18-year-old Houston rapper Sunday at the DUB Show Tour at the L.A. Convention Center, and he confirmed the rumor he met Chyna -- who's 11 years older than Jay -- on the religion-centered app. Now, this seems like a serious paradox, but sounds like Jay told a little white lie on his profile.

He's recommending others do the same if they wanna link up with Chyna-types.

BC was at the convention center with her guy -- so, it's hard to argue with his technique when he's got the MILF of his dreams on his arm.

Rapper Juelz Santana Arrested for Gun Possession at Airport

3/12/2018 6:02 AM PDT
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Rapper Juelz Santana belatedly realized he can run but he can't hide, because he surrendered to cops after fleeing from Newark International Airport Friday when TSA security found a gun in his carry-on.

Santana was arrested at 1 AM Monday by Port Authority Newark Airport police and booked for unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a controlled dangerous substance. He was also booked on an unspecified federal warrant.

As TMZ reported, Santana was hoping to breeze through the checkpoint when the screener saw the firearm in the x-ray tunnel. When he realized what was up, he booked it out of the airport.

Rick Ross Big Daddy Is Back in Action!! Takes His Girls Shopping

3/9/2018 2:33 PM PST

Here's photo proof Rick Ross' recovery is in full swing -- 8 days after he was rushed to a hospital, he was kicking it with Elmo ... and his daughters ... during a Miami-area shopping spree.

Rick cradled his baby girl, Berkley, on Friday while he cruised around the Bal Harbour Shops. The baby's mama, Briana Camille, and Rick's older daughter, Toie, were also along for the fun. We gotta say, Rick's looking good after 4 days of being hospitalized.

TMZ broke the story ... Rick was rushed to a hospital after he fell unconscious and woke up "slobbing at the mouth." He was treated in ICU, before getting released on Monday.

As we reported, Toie's 16th birthday is coming up next weekend. The huge party Rick planned had to be postponed due to his health crisis -- but he's definitely making it up to his girls. During the 2-hour shopping adventure, Elmo was there to entertain Berkley, and Toie got a trip to Gucci.

Great to see da Boss back in the mix.

Jermaine Dupri 21 Savage Gets My $eal of Approval ... For Money Smarts!!!

3/9/2018 1:47 PM PST

Jermaine Dupri says the evolution of 21 Savage deserves mad respect, not shade ... ya heard, DJ Akademiks?

We got Jermaine at LAX Friday and wanted to get his take on Nipsey Hussle calling for Akademiks to get his ass whooped for ripping 21 Savage. The rapper's decided to quit blowing his dough on jewelry and start investing.

The way Jermaine sees it ... Savage is just looking out for Numero Uno. But, that's not the only advice Jermaine's dishing to his fellow ATL native. Matter of fact, Jermaine's down to talk biz with the young man.

Your move, 21.

Nipsey Hussle We Need to Beat DJ Akademiks' Ass For Dissing 21 Savage

3/7/2018 11:01 AM PST

Nipsey Hussle is calling for a public ass-whoopin' of hip-hop blogger DJ Akademiks  ... in response to Akademiks ripping into 21 Savage

Nipsey was on New Hip Hop News podcast with Tariq Nasheed Wednesday when he went off about  Akademiks criticizing 21's decision to stop blowing his money on jewelry, and start investing.

Nipsey applauds 21's shift, but he's pissed at Akademiks' reaction -- which seemed to belittle Savage for being off-brand -- and says the blogger needs to get "f***ed up" for saying such things. Especially because Savage's new outlook is nothing but a good influence on his followers.

Unclear if he's speaking hypothetically here, but it's clear Nipsey's sick of Akademiks pushing old stereotypes on rappers.

Migos Sued for Inciting Riot ... Concertgoers Stabbed

3/6/2018 6:04 AM PST
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Migos is being sued for allegedly inciting a riot at one of their concerts where several peopled ended up getting stabbed.

The concert in question went down in 2015 in Albany, New York. According to the lawsuit, Migos showed up hours late, which apparently agitated the crowd. Once there, the lawsuit claims the guys reeked of weed and alcohol. They also refused to honor a meet-and-greet, despite the fact fans paid for it.

The allegations continue ... the trio was "encouraging, cheering and inciting the patrons to fight."

The suit, filed by the venue, claims Migos "caused patrons to be stabbed, robbed, beaten, severely harmed, and injured ..." and during the melee they were "laughing and egging the crowd on as metal gates were ripped from the ground and thrown into the crowd."

The suit also claims the group has a history of bad conduct, gaining a reputation for violence and criminal activity.

Quavo Might Skrt Charges In Alleged Jewelry Beating

3/6/2018 12:30 AM PST

Quavo appears to be nearing a light at the end of the tunnel after he allegedly beat down a famous jeweler ... 'cause we're told the case is going nowhere fast.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the investigation into whether Quavo attacked Eric the Jeweler after the Grammys has stalled because the alleged victim has stopped cooperating with police.

We broke the story ... Eric initially told the NYPD that Quavo and another man jumped him at a Grammys after-party when Eric started talking smack about an alleged $10k debt Quavo owed him for some jewelry he'd provided. He also said his chain went missing afterward.

Can't say we're all that surprised. As we reported ... Quavo and Eric buried the hatchet this weekend, and Quavo apparently paid whatever money was owed. Skrt, skrt ... 

Stevie J To Get Prison Time For Being a Deadbeat Dad

3/5/2018 2:23 PM PST

Stevie J wouldn't put up in his child support case ... so he's getting locked up.

The U.S. Attorney Southern District of NY, tells TMZ ... the 'Love & Hip Hop' star will have to turn himself in to authorities April 10 for failure to pay child support. Stevie owes more than $1.3 MILLION in back child support. These cases are usually handled in state court, but the amount owed, the length of time he was in arrears, and the fact that the people involved are in different states all make it a federal case.

The judge also skewered Stevie for ID'ing his probation officer's name on social media.

TMZ broke the story ... Stevie pled guilty for failure to pay child support back in February 2017. He accepted full responsibility and had been ordered to fork over $1,304,835.86. He was also placed on probation for 3 years ... unless he paid off his tab sooner than that.

At the time, federal prosecutors wanted Stevie to do hard time. They finally got their wish.

Danielle Bregoli Catch Me On Tour, Bitches!!!

3/5/2018 12:50 AM PST

Danielle Bregoli's going international when she kicks off a 25-city tour that -- if all goes well -- could also nab the barely-old-enough-for-a-driver's-permit a whopping ONE MILLION BUCKS.

Production sources tell TMZ ... Danielle -- aka Bhad Bhabie -- starts her Bhanned in the USA tour in Orange County and then hits major cities across North America ... from Dallas, Miami, NYC and Boston to Chicago, 'Frisco, Vancouver and L.A.

We're told Bhabie's tour then goes across the pond -- Germany, Belgium, Paris, London and Amsterdam before closing out in Copenhagen. For what it's worth ... most of the venues slated to host her hold about 1,000 people or less. Baby steps.

Bhabie exploded onto the rap scene (deal with it) since releasing "These Heaux" and "Hi Bich," which have nearly 140 million combined YouTube views. This popularity's fueling expectations of hitting upwards of $1 mil in the 6-week tour run. 

The tour starts April 14 and tickets go on sale Friday. Get it, Bhabie.

Tupac Signed 1994 Thug Life Contract Going Up for Grabs

3/5/2018 12:30 AM PST

Before Tupac Shakur was about "California Love" he was all about Thug Life, and the rapper's early recording contract with the hip-hip group can be yours ... if you're str8 ballin'.

The 58-page contract from July 24, 1994 is signed by 2Pac and fellow Thug Life members Big Syke (Tyruss Himes), Mopreme Shakur (Maurice Harding), Macadoshis (Diron Rivers) and The Rated R (Walter Burns) ... inking their deal for a collab album with Interscope Records -- "Thug Life: Volume 1."

The contract spells out the recording, marketing and financial details of the group's LP, which went gold and sold 500,000 copies in '94 ... but ended up being their only studio album.

Heritage Auctions will put the contract on the block on April 15, and expects it to fetch at least $6,000 ... so anyone interested has some time to save up for a winning bid.

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