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Kanye West Recovery in Progress ... Creating New Music

12/8/2016 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1129-kanye-west-tmz-03Kanye West's bounce back from the mental breakdown could come sooner than expected -- the recovery process has his creativity flowing again, and a new album could be in the offing.

Sources close to Kanye tell TMZ ... since he got home, he's been more relaxed and focused. We're told Kanye's built a temporary studio in their Bel-Air mansion so he can have the privacy he needs to get healthy, while also making new music as ideas come to him.

Our sources say Kanye's comparing the breakdown, and 8 day hospital stay, to his near-fatal car crash and his mother's death. We're told he feels he created some of his best work -- "Through The Wire" and '808s' -- after those crises.

As we reported, Kanye started melting down when he stopped taking prescribed doses of his usual meds for psychological issues. We're told he's kept that under control since leaving the hospital, and he's in such a creative space ... an album's worth of material is a real possibility.

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1D's Niall Horan The Pink Slip?

12/8/2016 8:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Niall Horan looked like he knew he had just let a giant cat out of the bag leaving one of L.A.'s most expensive baby stores with a basket of pink stuff. 

Niall's old 1D bandmate, Liam Payne, and his partner, Cheryl Cole, are reportedly expecting in early 2017, but haven't revealed the sex of their baby. Naturally 1D fans jumped to the conclusion the girly stuff Niall's toting is for the couple. 

Of course, it's possible the basket is for someone else ... after all, it is the holidays and Liam and Cheryl are hunkered down in London. 

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Rick Caruso Trump Ban Over at the Grove ... Let's Give Him a Shot!

12/8/2016 7:39 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Donald Trump is free to do his Christmas shopping at L.A. hot spot, The Grove ... because its owner, Rick Caruso, believes in second chances.

We got billionaire developer as he was leaving The Grove, and even though he was totally down on Trump a couple months ago ... he explained why he's giving him a chance.

Remember, Caruso referred to Trump as a "pretty angry human being" when he put the then-candidate on the same banned list as Manny Pacquiao. So, someone's definitely in the holiday spirit. 

#ComeOneComeAll

Matt Barnes Photos Of Nightclub Wounds ... I'm the Real Victim

12/8/2016 7:13 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1208_matt_barnes_injuries_launchTMZ Sports has obtained photos of the injuries Matt Barnes claims he sustained in the NYC nightclub brawl early Monday morning ... injuries he claims prove he was NOT the aggressor. 

The photos were literally taken minutes after Barnes left Avenue Nightclub around 3:30 AM -- and show scratches and minor cuts to the front and back of his neck. 

Barnes also took pics of his fists -- which don't appear to show any injuries. The idea is that if Barnes was swinging and connecting, he'd have swelling or bruising around his knuckles. He does not. 

Barnes and his Sacramento Kings teammate, DeMarcus Cousins, are being sued by the other two people involved in the fight -- a man and a woman who claim the NBA stars went off in an unprovoked violent rage. 

Barnes and Cousins claim the allegations are BS -- insisting they were attacked first and did what they had to do to protect themselves. 

Casper Smart Smashes into Tree DESTROYS Luxury Whip!

12/8/2016 7:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1208-casper-smart-car-accident-INSTAGRAM-01Just when Casper Smart thought 2016 couldn't get worse -- he totaled his Mercedes sports car, but on the positive side ... he was able to walk away from the nasty wreck.

Casper smashed into a guardrail and a tree in Woodland Hills, CA around midnight ... according to cops. The collision smashed in the driver's side of the car and deployed his airbags. Police say there were no other vehicles involved ... it appears he just lost control, and alcohol was not a factor.

Jennifer Lopez's ex was not injured -- kudos to Mercedes -- and actually posted a pic of his baby with "#wasntmyfault." 

'Cause losing J Lo wasn't enough.

Greg Lake Emerson, Lake and Palmer Singer Dead at 69

12/8/2016 8:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1208-greg-lake-GETTY-01Greg Lake, who co-founded the popular progressive rock band Emerson, Lake and Palmer ... died Wednesday.

Greg's agent said he died after "a long and stubborn battle with cancer." Greg is the second member from the '70s band to die in 2016 -- founding member and keyboardist Keith Emerson died back in March.

ELP burst onto the scene in 1970 at the Isle of Wight Festival ... where Jimi Hendrix and The Who also famously headlined. The band broke up off and on and reunited for a tour as recently as 2010.

Greg also had a successful solo career that included the 1975 classic, "I Believe in Father Christmas."

He was 69.

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Soulja Boy to Shia LaBeouf I'll Squash Our Beef If You Make Me a Movie Star

12/8/2016 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Soulja Boy's negotiating a cease-fire with Shia LaBeouf ... terms and conditions apply.

The rapper tells TMZ he's willing to give Shia a hall pass to return to the ATL if the actor can help him cross over into movies -- and a particular big budget one too.

Soulja's response to Shia's third diss track, which dropped Monday ... isn't all olive branches though.

In fact, it's filled with more threats than anything else.

John Leguizamo I've Got One Word for Trump's Ex-WWE Cabinet Pick

12/8/2016 7:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

John Leguizamo had one word locked and loaded to describe Prez-elect Trump's choice of Linda McMahon for a Cabinet position, and no ... it was NOT positive.

Leguizamo's never been confused for a Donald Trump fan, so his reaction to the ex-WWE exec being named head of the Small Business Administration might not be all that shocking.

The actor's strong insinuation/allegation on his way into Madison Square Garden Wednesday night ... was that America's non-politician President is quickly learning the ropes on being political.

It might be an oversimplified view -- proponents would point out McMahon's business world qualifications -- but it's John's and he's standing by it. 

George Jung Back in the Can After 2 Years of Freedom

12/8/2016 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1207_George-Jung_TMZGeorge Jung, the guy Johnny Depp played in "Blow," is back in jail for violating his parole, but he's blaming it all on his manager.

Sources close to the infamous cocaine smuggler tell us George took a trip to San Diego to make a little cash for appearing at an event. We're told he couldn't get a hold of his parole officer, but Jung says his manager insisted it'd be okay ... since it was only a 4 hour work trip.

That wasn't the case. He was arrested Tuesday when he got home to Sacramento.

According to jail records ... George, who was released in 2014 after serving 20 years for running drugs, was booked in Sacramento County jail on Dec. 6. He's not eligible for bail, given his record, so he's still behind bars until his next court date.

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Ronda Rousey I Heard The Critics ... WATCH ME PROVE YOU WRONG!

12/7/2016 5:58 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Here's Ronda Rousey's badass comeback "Rocky" style montage -- complete with grueling workout sessions, full-speed wind sprints ... and a sick look at her mansion in the hills. 

It's all part of the new promo for UFC 207 on Dec. 30 in Vegas -- and the message is clear ... Ronda has heard all the doubters and haters and CAN'T WAIT to prove 'em all wrong.

She's your problem now, Amanda Nunes

(BTW, yeah that's G-Eazy on the track)

Young Thug Goes Off On Airline Staff Y'all Are Some 'Nappy' Peasants

12/7/2016 5:17 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_bar6:35 PM -- Young Thug's Seattle fans just got screwed ... he says he didn't make his backup flight, so he's postponing Wednesday night's show to Dec. 12.update_grey_gray_barYoung Thug gave two female Alaska Airlines employees the business for trying to make him miss his flight and his show ... at least that's the way he saw it.

The rapper went in on the women pretty hard -- calling them "peasants" and "ants" with "nappy" hair. You can tell they're pissed as he tried to offer them $15k to quit their jobs.

A rep for the airline tells TMZ ... Thug was supposed to be on a flight from ATL to Seattle, but he arrived after their 45 minute cutoff period. We're told they still offered him a seat on a partner flight, but he declined..

It's unclear if he's going to make it in time for his 7 PM gig in Seattle.

We don't know what was said before Thug started recording, but the way he treats the women here ... makes him seem like a complete tool.

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