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Prodigy Famous Friends Raise a Glass After BET Awards

6/26/2017 8:10 AM PDT

Prodigy's close friends, including his Mobb Deep partner, Havoc, Lil Kim and Busta Rhymes got together to pay their respects at a post-BET Awards event.

Fat Joe and Remy Ma were also out Sunday night at the Palm Restaurant ... where they all signed a photo of Prodigy, and shared stories about their pal.

Lil Kim didn't seem the least bit concerned about being a "person of interest" in an armed robbery

She and Havoc presented during the awards and paid homage to Prodigy.

#RIP

Kanye West Bros Down at Khloe's Birthday Bash

6/26/2017 6:44 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kanye West was super pumped after the BET Awards Sunday, holding court outside a WeHo club.

Kanye joined the Kardashian klan to celebrate Khloe's 33rd birthday at the Blind Dragon. Tristan Thompson and Khloe arrived together to the club.

Before joining the group inside, Kanye chatted up one of his friends on the phone, and then met up with some guys on the street.

He was oblivious to the paparazzi ... if anything, they were clowning the photogs.

A good night was had by all.

BET Awards Backstage Photos

6/26/2017 6:21 AM PDT

It was mostly love at the BET Awards Sunday night ... mostly.

Aside from a few fights, everyone got along swimmingly at the Microsoft Theater in L.A.  Among those front and center ... French Montana, Diddy, Gucci Mane, Chance the Rapper, DJ Khaled and Migos.

The pics were snapped backstage during the big performances and awards ceremony.

Check out the duds and the bling ... and the hot chicks, of course.

There were also some touching speeches about the state of the nation and the world.

UFC's Justine Kish Craps Pants During Big Fight 'S**t Happens'

6/26/2017 5:56 AM PDT

A UFC fighter got the literal crap beat out of her Sunday night -- and left the proof INSIDE THE OCTAGON!!

The fighter is Justine Kish -- who was trying to wriggle her way out of a killer rear naked choke courtesy of Felice Herrig during "UFC Fight Night" in Oklahoma last night ... when her bowels betrayed her. 

Kish lost the fight ... and the contents of her colon.

Afterward, Kish joked about the situation -- saying, "I am a warrior, and I will never quit #ShitHappens haha be back soon."

Bill Cosby Prison or Not ... I've Got Fat Albert Money to Make!!!

6/26/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Bill Cosby could still find himself locked up for the rest of his life ... but that's not going to stop him from making bank on the show that helped his rise to fame.

The comedian and creator of "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids" filed paperwork in May -- about a month before his sexual assault trial began -- to renew the rights to the title of his animated series ... and the terms "Fat Albert" and "Hey hey hey" specifically.

Cosby wants to churn out t-shirts and DVDs featuring the cartoon ... whether he's a free man or not. Prosecutors vowed to retry him.

This also might explain why Cosby -- to the dismay of many -- shouted Fat Albert's catchphrase as he was leaving the courthouse during his trial. It was just marketing.

DeMario Jackson Wants to Hash it Out with Corinne ... But the Ball's in Her Court

6/26/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

DeMario Jackson is looking for answers, and thinks a 1-on-1 with Corinne Olympios could help him finally get some peace of mind ... but she's gotta make the first move.

Sources close to the "Bachelor in Paradise" outcast tell TMZ ... he wants to chat with Corinne about her sexual assault claim. DeMario's telling friends he doesn't hold a grudge -- after being cleared by Warner Bros. -- especially since he's bound to see Corinne again with other 'Bachelor' alums.

We're told DeMario was "blindsided and confused" when he heard she claimed to be a victim, because when they got sent home producers told him it was because a third party had a problem with their pool sexcapade -- not Corinne.

DeMario assumed he and Corinne would move on and be friends since they got along so well the first day filming -- laughing, chatting and hooking up -- so he doesn't understand what changed.

There's a catch -- we're also told DeMario's not going to reach out to Corinne. He feels the ball's in her court since she played the victim card ... but he'll drop everything to meet with her if she calls.

As we reported ... DeMario says he's done with 'BiP' and Corinne is unlikely to return, so their reunion will most likely have to be off camera.

LaVar Ball's Dad LaVar Woulda Destroyed Jordan ... I'm 100% Sure

6/26/2017 12:35 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

LaVar Ball isn't the only one in the world who thinks he could've beaten Michael Jordan 1-on-1 ... his father agrees ... telling TMZ Sports he's CERTAIN his Big Baller son would've dominated His Airness.

Click here... it's not over yet

Wynn Hotel Sues DC Club ... Your X is Marking Our Spot!

6/26/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The Wynn Hotel's pissed its X is being whored around Washington, DC -- totally disrespecting their 21-year relationship together ... according to the hotel's new lawsuit.

The Wynn -- which owns XS Nightclub at Encore -- is suing XS Nightclub DC for using a similar logo. According to docs, the Wynn says it's had the XS rights since at least 1996 to market its restaurants, bars and nightclubs ... in this case a club at Encore.

The Wynn says the DC club is misleading customers into falsely believing its club is connected to the Vegas resort -- and, despite a warning back in May, it's still using the logo.

By the way, for its grand opening, the DC joint used the exact logo from the Vegas XS.

X's ... can't live with 'em, can't trust 'em not to hook up cross-country.

Guess Who This Cat Lover Turned Into!

6/26/2017 12:20 AM PDT

Before this sugary sweet kid was singing about candy, she was just another feline-loving little girl growing up in Nashua, New Hampshire. Can you guess who she is?

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Kendrick Lamar, Lil Kim & Havoc All Honor Prodigy at BET Awards

6/25/2017 8:48 PM PDT

Prodigy got the honoring he deserved at the BET Awards ... and it came courtesy of his partner in rhyme, Havoc, Lil Kim and a surprise mention from Kendrick Lamar.

We broke the story ... Havoc and Kim followed through on plans to give a special shout out to Mobb Deep's Prodigy Sunday while presenting the Best Male Hip Hop Artist Award to Kendrick. 

Even Kung Fu Kenny -- in what appeared to be an impromptu nod -- paid his respects to the fallen rap legend ... saying he inspired his first mixtape at age 16. 

As we reported ... Prodigy's cause of death has been delayed pending toxicology results. His camp suggested he died after a lifelong battle with sickle cell anemia, and our sources tell us he also choked on an egg in the hospital shortly before he died.

RIP 

Chance the Rapper at BET Awards Calls for Justice in Black Community ... Thanks Michelle Obama

6/25/2017 7:56 PM PDT

Chance the Rapper had everyone at the BET Awards on their feet and cheering after he gave one HELL of an acceptance speech demanding justice in the black community ... and Michelle Obama even gave him a shout out.

Chance took home the BET Humanitarian Award Sunday in L.A. for all his work helping out the Chicago public school system and its students -- with money, shows and engagement in his hometown.

During his acceptance speech, Chance made an impassioned plea to the federal government, juries and courts and a number of other institutions to deliver justice to black people ... those locked up for minor drug offenses; those killed by police; and schools getting screwed by higher-ups. 

Like we said ... the crowd loved it. And if that wasn't enough ... Michelle had some kind words for Chance before he stole the show himself.

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'Cake Boss' Star Dies After Tough Battle With Major Illness

Our Hearts Go Out To The Entire 'Cake Boss' Family #RIP

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'L&HH' Star Tammy Rivera More Pub for Safaree, But He Shoulda Swung at Meek's Goons!

6/25/2017 6:37 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Safaree Samuels shoulda stood his ground against Meek Mill's good squad when they tried jumping him ... according to a fellow "Love & Hip Hop" costar. 

We got Tammy Rivera -- Waka Flaka's lady from 'L&HH: Atlanta' -- as she was heading to the Microsoft Theater in L.A. for the BET Awards ... and she opened up about Safaree getting jumping this weekend

She says the fight will probably work out in Safaree's favor -- as they say, there's no such thing as bad publicity.

As far as how he handled the hands ... welp, Tammy's got some thoughts on that too.

A$AP Rocky Involved in Huge Scuffle At BET Awards Party

6/25/2017 2:24 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

3:40 PM PT -- Sources at 1 OAK tell TMZ that A$AP Rocky was not targeted in Sunday morning's scuffle ... he simply got sucked in as a result of proximity. We're told a fight erupted at a table near the main stage, and as A$AP was exiting ... the commotion spilled over into his area. We're also told no arrests were made, and no injuries were reported.A$AP Rocky is the latest celeb to deal with a would-be assault that ended in chaos over BET Awards weekend. 

Rocky was attacked early Sunday morning while doing a gig at 1 OAK in L.A., where Kendrick Lamar also headlined and got treated to a birthday shout out. 

Eyewitnesses tell TMZ that A$AP was jumped on by one man after the birthday song, which resulted in a massive scuffle near the main stage ... one that A$AP himself got mixed up in with security trying to break things up.

Law enforcement sources tell us they responded to an incident at 1 OAK around 1:57 AM from a club-goer who said security had struck him. By the time cops showed, the guy was gone ... and security said it was only a verbal exchange. 

As we reported ... this is the 2nd altercation this weekend. Safaree had the misfortune of being jumped, allegedly at the hands of Meek Mill's crew

We've reached out to 1 OAK and Rocky's reps for further comment ... so far, no word back.

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