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Drake Not Upset at New Album Party

6/30/2018 10:25 AM PDT
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Drake looked happy as hell celebrating the release of 'Scorpion' at the club -- partying, rapping and singing along to his songs ... all while cash rained down from the sky. Pretty fitting.

Drizzy and a crew of about 50 people from OVO hit up E11EVEN in Miami Friday night -- along with Party Next Door and Murda Beatz -- and enjoyed the tracks from his new album from their VIP section.

We're told Drake's DJ hopped up in the booth to play both the A and B sides from "Scorpion," along with some past Drake tunes ... like "Yes Indeed" with Lil Baby.

As we reported ... the rapper's new album has already made a big splash -- both because it features a song with Michael Jackson, and it admits Drake has a son. It also sparked rumors he's banging Bella Hadid.

A lot to celebrate, indeed.

XXXTentacion Will Declares No Children ... Everything Goes to Mom, Brothers

6/29/2018 6:16 AM PDT
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XXXTentacion was only 20 when he was murdered earlier this month, but he left behind a will ... which underscores what appears to have been some sort of premonition he was going to die.

According to the will, filed with the court, XXX left all of his property in trust, with his mom as trustee. She filed docs saying the beneficiaries in the trust are her and XXX's 2 brothers. The will states XXX has no children. It's interesting ... his mother claims a prior girlfriend of XXX's is currently pregnant. It appears the will was drafted before she became pregnant. It was signed in November 2017.

As we reported, at the time of his death he was facing multiple domestic violence charges involving alleged brutality against another girlfriend.

As for the premonition of death ... XXX had talked about dying in the last months of his life ... which may explain why he had taken the time to have a will drafted.

The will does not state his net worth at the time of death.

According to the death certificate, also obtained by TMZ, he died in the hospital and was later entombed.

YG My Skippa!!! Listening Party on a Yacht

6/28/2018 11:01 AM PDT
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YG's gonna be a modern-day Jack Sparrow ... now that's he's commandeered a yacht for his new album listening party, and there's only one way fans can climb aboard.

The rapper's teaming with Postmates delivery service for his yacht party presented by WAV ... fans will vie for 400 spots on the boat by competing in a tech treasure hunt.

It starts by entering "Stay Dangerous" -- the title of YG's album -- on the Postmates app. That unlocks the exact location and time for the yacht pop-up party. The first 400 get a ticket. All we know is the party goes down Thursday, somewhere in the San Francisco area. Oh, and it's 21 and over.

Ben Trinh, head of entertainment and influencer marketing for Postmates, tells TMZ no artist has ever thrown an album listening pop up on a yacht before, so they brought the idea to YG and created an intimate experience that is exclusive to the postmates audience. 

YG's album doesn't drop 'til August 3, and features artists like 2 Chainz, Big Sean, and Nicki Minaj, so those that do get a lucky spot aboard YG's yacht party are getting a helluva preview. 

Ridiculously awesome listening parties ... it's a rap thing.

Meek Mill Appeals Judge Brinkley's Decision ... to PA Supreme Court

6/28/2018 8:00 AM PDT
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Meek Mill's legal team just filed new legal docs asking Pennsylvania's highest court to remove Judge Genece Brinkley from his case ... on the heels of her denying him a new trial.

The appeal to the PA Supreme Court comes just 3 days after Brinkley ruled Meek's side failed to meet its burden of proof. It was a shocking decision given even the D.A. had repeatedly stated Meek deserved a new trial, considering his arresting officer -- the only witness in Meek's 2008 trial -- is a key figure in a massive Philadelphia police corruption scandal.

In legal docs, obtained by TMZ, Meek's lawyers are adamant Brinkley had made up her mind before Meek's hearing concluded earlier this week. Lawyers cite the transcript which they claim shows Brinkley lacking impartiality because "she acted like a prosecutor, not a judge." Interesting ... even the real prosecutor thinks Meek deserves a new trial.

As we reported ... Meek's team accused Brinkley of laughing at one of their key witnesses, but they also point to another fiery exchange triggered after Brinkley said, "... because obviously we know that it's going to go to another court after here." Meek's lawyer, Brian McMonagle, asked if she's implying she'd already made up her mind and realized her decision would be appealed to a higher court. She denied it.

Meek's lawyer, Joe Tacopina, called Brinkley's ruling a "miscarriage of justice."

Post Malone Hollywood Bowl Show ... Filled With Surprise Guests

6/28/2018 6:45 AM PDT

Post Malone kicked off the first of two shows at the Hollywood Bowl and brought out a ton of other talent in the process.

Malone played to a sold-out crowd Wednesday night -- 21 Savage opened the show -- and Malone surprised fans through the night by bringing out guest after guest.

Rae Sremmurd's Swae Lee performed "Spoil My Night" with Post then took the stage for his own hit, "Powerglide." YG came out for "Same Bitches" and Miguel also made an appearance, singing "Sky Walker." 

Post welcomed 21 Savage back at the end of the show to perform their hit, "rockstar" before Quavo came out to perform "Congratulations" with Malone -- the last song of the night.

Post Malone is back at the bowl Thursday for another sold-out -- and what's expected to be a star-studded -- show.

XXXTentacion 2nd P.O.I. Has Long Rap Sheet ... Charges from Weapons, Drugs & Stolen IDs

6/27/2018 11:59 AM PDT
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The man named as a new person of interest in XXXTentacion's murder case has had a lot of run-ins with the law, much like the arrested murder suspect ... TMZ has learned.

22-year-old Robert Allen's rap sheet in Broward County, FL dates back to early 2015, when he was hit with 3 felony charges after being pulled over for riding without a seat belt. He was charged with trafficking cocaine, carrying a concealed firearm and grand theft of a firearm. 

Later that year, two warrants for his arrest were issued for allegedly carrying PVP (a synthetic party drug) and carrying a concealed firearm. He was charged with the 2 felonies.

Allen was also hit with 22 felonies in 2016 (yes, you read right) ... all of which pertained to IDs and credit card info he was accused of stealing. He was just placed on probation for 45 months this past December. You'll recall ... the lone murder suspect in custody so far, Dedrick D. Williams, had quite the criminal record himself, with a number of gun, drug and DV charges

As we reported ... cops want to talk to Allen in connection to XXX's murder over a week ago. We don't know why police believe he might be a person of interest.

While it's unclear if Allen is one of the 2 other murder suspects on the loose -- we do know the feds are hot on their trail

03 Greedo Proposes to Girlfriend Before 20-Year Prison Stint

6/26/2018 10:51 AM PDT
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Rapper 03 Greedo ain't waiting 20 years to propose to his longtime girlfriend -- he popped the question at his concert Monday night ... right before starting a 20-year prison sentence. 

Greedo gave his final performance, for now, to a packed house at L.A.'s Belasco Theater and got down on bended knee while performing his hit, "If I." Great moment -- his gf, Kei Bradley, said "yes," and the crowd had a pretty epic reaction.

Travis Barker, DJ Carisma and Asian Doll were all there supporting Greedo at the event held by Mike Rebel and Praying Man Productions. The feel-good vibes almost made you forget Greedo starts his prison bid in less than 48 hours. 

It's really the ultimate bittersweet moment -- he pled guilty to possession of more than 400 grams of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a firearm this year. Greedo plans to continue releasing music from the slammer.

Side note: Kei seems pretty ride or die. Mazel to the happy couple! 

Pusha T & Manager Go All In on Salt & Pepper Ferraris

6/26/2018 9:52 AM PDT
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Pusha T and his manager went with a salt and pepper theme -- or maybe ebony and ivory -- for their brand new whips ... but either way, they're looking dope.

The rapper bought a white 2018 488 Spider at Ferrari of Central New Jersey Monday, while his manager, Steven Victor, opted for a black 2018 488 Coupe. We're told Pusha paid about $320k for his and Steven plunked down $300k.

The fellas took their Ferraris to get tinted afterward at The Art of Tint in Brooklyn.

We're told the new car purchases were made to celebrate Pusha's smash hit album, Daytona, and his upcoming tour.

Meek Mill No New Trial!!! Judge Brinkley Slams Door Again

6/26/2018 6:55 AM PDT
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7:43 AM PT -- Meek's attorney, Joe Tacopina, tells TMZ, "Judge Brinkley made clear during the hearing on June 18th that she had already decided the matter. We continue to believe that this miscarriage of justice will be corrected upon further review, and that the public’s confidence in the impartiality of the judicial system in Pennsylvania will be restored."

Meek Mill will NOT get a new trial -- Judge Genece Brinkley shut down his motion, despite prosecutors acknowledging he should get one.

Brinkley made her stunning ruling Monday, saying, "After an in-depth review of the record, court history, notes of testimony, and evidence submitted at the evidentiary hearing, this court hereby denies defendant's petition for PCRA relief as defendant failed to meet his burden of proof."

It's shocking because even the D.A. repeatedly stated Meek deserved a new trial due to the fact his arresting officer -- the sole witness in Meek's 2008 trial -- is at the center of a massive Philadelphia police corruption scandal.

In her ruling, the judge basically dismisses the notion the cop who arrested Meek, Officer Graham, is really dirty because the fellow officer who fingered him isn't credible. In other words, Graham can't be dirty because another dirty cop said he is. She also dismisses the fact Graham failed a polygraph test about pocketing money.

Judge Brinkley added ... even IF you believe Graham was a dirty cop, she believes it would NOT have changed the jury's guilty verdict in 2008. 

You'll recall ... the PA Supreme Court released Meek on bail back in April, from his 2-4 year prison sentence, pending the hearing for a new trial.  

If nothing else, Brinkley's been consistent, but it's a no-brainer -- Meek's team will appeal this latest ruling.

James Harden Parties with Meek Mill ... After MVP Win

6/26/2018 6:04 AM PDT
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James Harden celebrated like a boss after winning league MVP at the NBA awards in L.A. on Monday -- hanging out with Meek Mill ... and TMZ Sports has the video.

The Houston Rockets star hit up Avenue nightclub where everyone wanted to rub elbows with HIM -- including Meek.

Of course, the catch is that Meek is still on probation stemming from his old drugs and guns case (pending a decision about getting a new trial) and can't travel outside of Pennsylvania without alerting his probation officer.

Under the terms of his probation, Meek IS allowed to leave the state for work purposes -- and, since he performed at the BET Awards in L.A. on Sunday night, we're guessing it was easy approval process.

Meek is a huge Philadelphia 76ers fan -- especially since he's tight with the owner who essentially sprung him from prison -- but there's no harm in hanging with the MVP, right?

DJ Paul Hip-Hop's Gonna Die Thanks to Young Rappers

6/25/2018 5:07 PM PDT
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DJ Paul's convinced -- today's young rappers are going to drive the genre right into the ground -- and he says it's all because they lack any originality. 

We talked to the Three 6 Mafia co-founder after he fired off a series of tweets directing his frustration at rappers for being straight-up lazy. 

Paul didn't name any names but, as you know, there have been PLENTY of artists whose songs have piggybacked off Three 6 Mafia family beats -- Rae Sremmurd's "Powerglide," J. Cole's "No Role Modelz," Cardi B's "Bickenhead" and G-Eazy's "No Limit" ... just to name a few.

The Memphis rapper doesn't mince words ... he says this is the worst state hip-hop's been in since he can remember. But, check it out ... he does tip his hat to 1 particular rapper. 

BET Awards 2018 Big Winners, Tributes & More ... Go Behind the Scenes

6/24/2018 7:53 PM PDT

The 18th BET Awards got off to a winning start Sunday night with host Jamie Foxx hyped up on "Black Panther" pride ... and the high energy keeps flowing as the show goes on.

DJ Khaled was the night's first winner for his "Wild Thoughts" collab with Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, along with being the top nominee. He brought his cute son, Asahd, on stage to accept his award.

Other highlights from the BET Awards so far include performances by Best Group winner Migos, a sexy Nicki Minaj number, big wins for SZATiffany Haddish and Cardi B ... and a touching tribute and lifetime achievement award presented to legendary R&B singer, Anita Baker.

John Legend also took a moment to honor some real-life heroes in 2018 with Humanitarian Awards, like James Shaw Jr. and hero 'Spiderman' Mamoudou Gassama.

But perhaps the biggest star of the show was Meek Mill, who took the stage and pulled off a powerful performance of his new track "Stay Woke" ... while wearing a hoodie honoring XXXTentacion, who shot and killed last week.

Quavo Mama Knows Best Now, Take Her Picture!!!

6/25/2018 6:37 AM PDT

Quavo was all about fam after the BET Awards ... with Mama in tow.

We got the Migos rapper with his family Sunday night at Catch in WeHo celebrating the group's big win at the BET Awards. Migos -- for the second consecutive year -- brought home the Best Group trophy.

The group gave their family a shout-out after winning the award and, clearly, it was no lip service 'cause Quavo showed off his fam bam when paps started snapping ... and he wanted 'em to get a good look at his proud mama.

We also tell him about Dave Matthews covering one of the group's songs ... his reaction's great.

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