Before this happy little man was traveling the world as a famous musician he was just another cool kid hamming it up for the camera in London, England. Can you guess who he is?!
Music Execs Made Him
Feel Bruce Jenner's Pain
4/26/2015 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kanye West was set up to play the hero -- helping Kim Kardashian better understand Bruce Jenner's transition -- thanks to a bunch of crap he himself had to take on while coming up in the music biz.
As Jenner told Diane Sawyer ... Kanye lead Kim to a breakthrough by telling her everyone has to be true to themselves. Sources tell us Kanye was referring to how music execs made him feel about his identity in the rap game.
We're told Kanye felt like he stood out when his career was taking off -- he was a rapper who also had strong interests in other fields, such as fashion. But he felt like the honchos ignored his true identity, and were constantly trying to mold him into someone they could market better.
Sources say Kanye explained to Kim that standing up to those execs was the only thing that eventually brought him true happiness.
Pretty savvy on Kanye's part ... to recognize Bruce going through the same thing he did, and then convey that to Kim.
Welcome to the Good Life.
Drops Blonde Bombshell
After Cancer Surgery
4/26/2015 11:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Big Ang is out and about and flaunting new blonde locks ... just a few weeks after undergoing a lifesaving operation to remove a cancerous tumor from her neck.
The "Mob Wives" star was looking good Saturday outside Teak restaurant in Red Bank, NJ, and even stopped to pose with a fan. We're guessing the neckerchief is there to cover any surgery scars -- in the most stylish way possible.
Sources close to Ang tell us she lightened up before the surgery ... because she felt like she just needed a change after getting the cancer diagnosis.
Work it, Ang.
Takes a Licking ...
4/26/2015 12:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Brad Pitt's face is indestructible -- a fact whoever (or whatever) hit Brad should have known before attempting to disfigure our national treasure.
Brad showed up for a charity event in Hollywood Saturday night with a big bruise that starts under his left eye, and trails under his nose.
Most people would've stayed home with that kind of scarring, but most people don't have BP's genes. No clue what's behind this crime against beauty -- we've got a call in to his rep.
Even battered ... you know you'd do him.
Cool Down, Native Americans ...
Sandler's No Kevin Costner
4/26/2015 10:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Here comes the cavalry ... lead by Vanilla Ice, who's defending Adam Sandler against the Native American actors who quit his movie -- even though Ice says he's part Choctaw.
Vanilla Ice co-stars in Sandler's flick, "Ridiculous Six" .. and spoke to us at LAX about the actors who walked out last week, claiming the script is offensive to Native culture.
Ice says he's trying to see it from both sides -- because of his roots -- but added, "This movie isn't 'Dancing with Wolves' ... it's comedy"
He also talks about his role in the movie, which makes it crystal clear this IS 100% spoof.
Classic lit fans ... cover your ears.
'SNL' Star Cecily Strong
Cracks Racist Cops Joke on Obama ...
As Baltimore Riots Raged
4/26/2015 8:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Cecily Strong went in HARD on President Obama and the Secret Service with an envelope-pushing joke about cops killing black men -- and she did it just miles from the Baltimore riots over that very issue.
Cecily hosted the White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday night, and got the biggest reaction from the room when she said the Secret Service is "the only law enforcement agency in the country that will get in trouble if a black man gets shot."
The crowd was still gasping when she unleashed another racially charged follow-up.
Around the same time -- 30 miles outside the Beltway -- the Baltimore riots over Freddie Gray's death in police custody turned so violent police told Orioles fans to stay inside the stadium after the game.
We're guessing Cecily's jokes were written long before Baltimore erupted -- still, it was front page news all day leading up to the WHCD. So, we gotta ask ...
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Down to Drop Her Bikini Top ...
On L.A. Beaches [TMZ TV]
4/26/2015 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tour Bus Shot Up in Atlanta
4/26/2015 3:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lil Wayne's tour bus took on gunfire in Atlanta early Sunday morning ... TMZ has learned.
Wayne performed at Compound nightclub on Saturday night ... and sources tell us the shooting went down shortly after 3:30 AM -- minutes after Wayne's 2 tour buses pulled away from the club.
We're told Weezy and a few other Young Money execs and artists -- including Lil Twist and Hood -- were on board at least one of the buses at the time of the shooting. It appears no one was injured, and it's still unclear if Wayne was on board the bus that was hit.
Law enforcement sources tell us immediately after the shooting the bus was driven to a nearby hotel, and that's when someone in Wayne's entourage called cops.
We're told witnesses on the buses didn't see much -- their only description of the suspects is that they were in 2 white vehicles ... a sports car (possibly a Corvette) and an SUV.
Bruce Jenner's Ex-Playmate Friend
Breaks Down in Tears ...
He Doesn't Realize His Own Power
4/26/2015 7:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
One of Bruce Jenner's friends -- a former Playboy Playmate -- couldn't hold back her emotions about his transition ... and the impact he's having on society.
Deborah Driggs -- Miss March 1990 -- told us she's known Bruce for years, and admitted outside Spago Saturday night ... she couldn't hold back the water works when we asked her about the ABC special.
Watch ... Deborah's explanation about why she thinks Bruce is saving lives is pretty moving. She's also, we suspect, echoing the feelings of countless people.
By the way, Deborah has a golden connection to Bruce. They became friends though her ex-husband Mitch Gaylord -- the first male American gymnast to score a perfect 10 ... which earned him Gold in the '84 Olympics.
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Tyga's Been After My Ass FOR MONTHS
4/26/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sources connected with Blac Chyna tell TMZ ... the text -- in which he said "I want to be with u" -- was the last in a flurry of texts, conversations and private face-to-face meetings in which he made his play to reconcile their relationship.
Sources close to Chyna says she never believed he was physically with Kylie Jenner -- partly because she's 17, and partly because they were all neighbors and close to the Kardashian family. She says she believed Tyga when he called out the media for suggesting he was dating Kylie, but doesn't believe it anymore.
Blac Chyna posted Tyga's texts out of anger, but she claims she wants nothing to do with him anymore. It's complicated by the fact that they have a kid together.
Upstaged by 'Angry' Key & Peele Star
4/26/2015 7:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Barack Obama made, arguably, the best decision of his presidency when he jacked a "Key & Peele" skit for his standout moment at the White House Correspondents Dinner.
If you missed it -- 'cause like most Americans, you don't watch CNN or C-Span on Saturday nights -- the prez brought out 'K&P' star Keegan-Michael Key to play his "anger translator" ... who says what POTUS is really thinking during speeches.
The bit always killed ... like it always does. Check out the pot shots at the media (including the W.H. Correspondents), Ted Cruz, and even Hillary Clinton.
Good move, B.O. ... leave the comedy to comedians.
Alleged Crash Victim ...
His Insurance Co. Is Screwing Me
4/26/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Night Court" star John Larroquette was involved in a brutal car accident that severely injured a reality TV star, who claims he can't get no satisfaction ... from John or his insurance company.
The alleged victim is Joe Meinwieser -- a tattoo artist on Oxygen's "Tattoos After Dark" -- and his list of injuries are horrific: broken ribs, fractured spine, fractured hand, and loss of half his kidney.
Meinwieser claims Larroquette made an illegal turn out of a Venice, CA parking lot in December -- smashing into him and his motorcycle.
Police investigated, and law enforcement sources tell us it's unlikely JL will face criminal charges.
That's not sitting well with Joe -- who claims Larroquette promised to cover his medical expenses ... but the actor's insurance company won't pay up. He says he can't work, and his unpaid medical bills are mounting.
Unclear if Larroquette is aware of Meinwieser's situation. We've made multiple attempts to contact him, but his people aren't responding. Joe says his next move will be a lawsuit.
I Checked Myself Into Rehab
4/25/2015 4:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kim Richards had an ah-ha moment a few days ago ... she needed help, so she made the decision on her own to check into rehab.
Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ, Kim is in a live-in facility in Malibu which specializes in substance abuse. We're told she made the decision after consulting with family.
As we reported ... the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star was arrested 9 days ago at the Beverly Hills Hotel after allegedly causing a scene while heavily intoxicated. She was booked for trespass, resisting arrest, battery on a police officer, and public drunkenness.
We're told she will stay at the rehab facility "as long as it takes."