Tekashi 6ix9ine Gym Attack Was 'Cowardly'

Tekashi 6ix9ine is addressing his gym beatdown for the first time ... ripping his attackers as "nothing but cowardly."

The rainbow-haired rapper broke his silence Friday with a social media post saying, "what happen here was nothing but cowardly."


Tekashi says he's not mad about being jumped at an LA Fitness in South Florida, explaining ... "In the street there's no rules so I can't say they were wrong." Still, he says it wasn't a fair fight.

6ix9ine took some more shots at the three men arrested over the attack -- Rafael Medina Jr., Octavious Medina and Anthony Maldonado -- saying ... "Just imagine having nothing to do with a situation and feel obligated to make it your business. (Very weird)."

Tekashi also claims he's been walking around without security for the last two years and says people see him out in public all the time. He says, "I really never hid from anything."

The beatdown sent Tekashi to the hospital but he says he's "happy to be here still."


In his P.S. he takes a parting shot at his attackers -- one of whom law enforcement says is a known gang member -- saying ... "I never knew we respected jumping people. When did that ever become a W???"

Ever the promoter, Tekashi posted video of his attack along with the audio of his new song.

Tekashi 6ix9ine Gym Attack Has Me Feeling Generous ... Drops Video Giving Away Tons of $$$

Tekashi 6ix9ine is wasting no time seizing the moment now that his attackers are behind bars ... with the rollout of a new music video and dishing out a ton of cash.

The rainbow-haired rapper dropped "Bori" Friday, along with a music video -- shot in Cuba -- which features images of 6ix9ine receiving medical treatment and giving away $50k in American dollars to the locals.

The brunt of 6ix9ine's injuries appears to be severe during the time of filming. In one scene, he brandishes a bloodshot right eye, and shows him getting an MRI in the hospital.

"Bori" features Cuban singer Lenier and while the track doesn't address the gym attack, it does speak on his love/hate dynamic while also speaking on his love for philanthropy.

Law enforcement personnel in Miami are still probing into the last week's attack but feel they nabbed the responsible culprits -- Rafael Medina Jr., Octavious Medina and Anthony Maldonado -- and claim to have significant evidence that Rafael is a notorious chief within the Latin Kings criminal org.

Revenge is a dish served best on the Billboard charts!!!

Fivio Foreign Getting Sea Legs Back ... Live Gig for Benny Da Jeweler!!!

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Fivio Foreign's reentry into the world of live performances is going rather smoothly ... although on a much smaller scale than the festival set he recently missed.

The Brooklyn rapper rocked the mic for Benny Da Jeweler's birthday Thursday inside the Da Mikele Illagio in Queens, NY ... his first time back onstage since his Rolling Loud health scare cancelation.

Fivio performed his hits "Say My Name" and "City of Gods" and also clowned around at the party with the kids, a great sign ... given everything he told us the last time we spoke to him.


He blamed a body shutdown on missing the festival circuit but credited nothing but plain ol' water for snapping him back into shape.

Benny's beloved by many rappers ... having hooked up Diddy, Ice Spice and Lil Tjay with bling within the past year.

Casanova 2x also sent Benny a hilarious bday shoutout joking how he gave him his start, evidence Casanova still hasn't lost his sense of humor despite facing 60 years in prison for racketeering conspiracy.

50 Cent to Vivica A. Fox You Got Your 'BMF' Facts Wrong!!!

50 Cent has no qualms about calling out his ex-flame Vivica A. Fox for what he feels is her encroaching on his "BMF" territory!!!

Vivica is currently promoting the "The First Lady of BMF: The Tonesa Welch Story" ... an upcoming BET+ biopic, which she's directing.

According to 50's expertise and (close connections), Tonesa was never a part of Detroit's infamous BMF enterprise, and says she's more accurately linked to the Detroit 263 Crew ... which her ex-husband Terry "Southwest T" Flenory commanded.

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50 tagged Southwest in his IG post -- perhaps to get a second opinion on the facts -- and also slandered Judge Mathis' inclusion as executive producer. But, Vivica sees the entire ordeal as promotion and happily reposted her former flame's rant!!!

The series was greenlit several weeks ago and begins filming in April in Washington, D.C.


If you remember, Tonesa lashed out against Lala Anthony's "BMF" character "MarKaisha Taylor" and claimed the role depicted her as a pedophile -- so accuracy is definitely her thing.

Kash Doll later defended the role and the show, reminding viewers the show is only loosely based on real life.

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Tonesa appears to be cool with the BET+ biopic as of now ... and, TBH, 50 just gave the competition a great plug!!!


One of the men arrested in Tekashi 6ix9ine's gym beatdown is a high-ranking member of the Latin Kings gang ... at least according to the deputies who busted him.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff says Rafael Medina Jr., the oldest of the three men arrested for assaulting and robbing Tekashi, is a documented Latin Kings gang member who, for several years, has held a high-ranking position within the gang.

The sheriff says their Gang Unit Detectives have evidence Medina Jr. is an "Inca" within the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Latin Kings ... meaning he's the chapter's president.

And, get this, the sheriff says the Latin Kings have a rich history of being allies with the Bloods Gang ... which is notable because Tekashi famously flipped on Blood gang members in federal court.

What's more, the sheriff says Medina Jr. was convicted on felony charges in the mid-2000s as part of a federal gang RICO case regarding the Latin Kings.


TMZ broke the story ... three men beat the crap out of the New York rapper earlier this month while he was in the sauna at an LA Fitness in South Florida. Surveillance video from the gym shows the trio making a beeline for Tekashi as soon as they enter the facility.

According to the arrest affidavit, the guys on video beating 6ix9ine are Medina Jr, his son, Octavious Medina, and a third man, Anthony Maldonado.


The sheriff says Maldonado is a member at LA Fitness and got Octavious into the gym as a guest, Octavious then let his father into the gym.

As for the robbery charges ... the men are accused of taking Tekashi's $3,000 Balenciaga shoes, an iPhone, and the $1,200 key fob to his Lamborghini. They were booked Thursday evening and processed into county jail.

For his part, Tekashi says he won't beef up his security despite the gym attack ... viewing the incident as a fluke.

Rae Sremmurd Setting Off Smoke Alarms!!! New Album Too 🔥


Rae Sremmurd previewed their new “Sremm 4 Life” album in West Hollywood last night … and effectively turned up the heat -- maybe a little too much, because smoke alarms were blaring through the party.

TMZ Hip Hop got video inside the SremmLife shindig, which went down at Melrose PL … with both Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi commanding the hosting duties and DJ Carisma on the turntables.

Swae thanked both Eminem and Young Thug for clearing their samples that helped complete the album, which also features Future and Sonny Digital.

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Billows of smoke clouded the venue throughout the night, as did the sparklers held by the bottle girls ... but neither ever triggered the smoke alarm!

RS hopped on the mic to take credit for the errant alarm when the air was noticeably clear, with no objection from the crowd, which also included Diplo and Jeremih!!!

The album drops on April 7, which ends a nearly five-year album drought from the platinum-selling brothers.


The last time we spoke to Swae, he was adamant he deserved a spot on the all-time best rappers list. He’ll get another chance to show and prove it next week!!!

Tekashi 6ix9ine Gym Attack Suspects Arrested


6:00 AM PT -- 3/31 -- TMZ has obtained the mug shots of the three suspects arrested for allegedly beating and robbing Tekashi 6ix9ine.


Tekashi 6ix9ine should be sleeping a little easier tonight 'cause cops say they have the three men who beat the crap out of him in custody!

A rep for the Palm Beach Sheriff Office tells TMZ ... detectives rounded up Rafael Medina, Jr., Octavious Medina and Anthony Maldonado for assaulting and robbing the New York rapper. The suspects were being booked Thursday evening and processed into county jail.

TMZ broke the story ... three men assaulted the rapper earlier this month while he was in the sauna at an LA Fitness in South Florida. Surveillance video showed them make a beeline for him as soon as they entered the gym.


It's unclear if the suspects have any connection with the gang members Tekashi flipped on in federal court.


Despite the threat of retaliation after he testified, 6ix9ine hardly went into hiding once he finished his abbreviated prison sentence. He returned to making music and trolling his enemies on social media.

Even after the gym attack, he claimed he wouldn't increase his security because he saw the incident as a fluke.


It will be interesting to see if he returns to his regular gym routine now that his alleged attackers are behind bars.

Originally Published -- 3/30 7:51 PM PT

Kanye West Sued By Former Yeezy Staffer, Over $275K Breach of Contract

Kanye West and his Yeezy brand now have to contend with a lawsuit from a former employee, who claims the megastar rapper/designer owes her a cool $275K.

According to court docs obtained by TMZ Hip Hop ... Dora Szilagyi was hired to be Yeezy's "Director of Product Innovation" in June 2021, but only after Kanye convinced her to quit her role at Adidas and work for him full-time.

Dora claims she was promised a $275,000 severance payment if she was fired without cause after September 1, 2021 -- but she claims it was never paid to her when she was let go in mid-December 2021.

In the suit, Dora says she doesn't believe Kanye or his company ever intended to follow through on the severance package, and only dangled it to lure her from Adidas.

The $275K is a drop in the bucket when you consider what else Ye is going through with his broken business marriage with Adidas which reportedly cost the German shoe giant more than a billion dollars.

Yo Gotti Restaurant Shooting Video ... Massive Brawl Inside, Gunfire in Parking Lot


TMZ Hip Hop has obtained new video inside Yo Gotti's Memphis restaurant, and it shows the all-out brawl that prompted the deadly mass shooting that left 2 dead and 5 injured.

In the footage, a crowded corridor inside Prive restaurant sets the scene for Wednesday night's melee which seems to center around one man in a red jacket, and another in a blue one. There's a tense standoff between 5 to 8 people when the guy in red slams into the whole group, and someone tosses a drink ... and then it's total chaos.

The guy in the blue jacket was actually on crutches, but hands them to a woman and then joins the fight … repeatedly throwing punch after punch and dunking a chair on the man in red’s head after he'd been knocked to the floor.

It looks like security attempts to separate people, and the fight spills outside in the parking lot … where the video starts with one man already gunned down, and the guy in blue hopping on one foot yelling at onlookers. He then opens fire with what appears to be a semi-automatic weapon hitting a man in black several times.

The footage shows him hobbling away from the scene as 2 bodies lay on the pavement.

As we reported, 2 people were pronounced dead and law enforcement officials tell us they’re still looking for suspects. We know Yo Gotti was not at the restaurant ... in fact, we're told he wasn't even in Memphis at the time.

We've reached out to his team for comment, and some clarity about what sparked the fight.

Rihanna Baby Boy Comes to Work Work Work!!! For Mommy's Photo Shoot


Rihanna's doing it all ... embracing motherhood while also working overtime on her career -- no easy feat when you consider the hours she's putting in, but her son's along for the ride.

Mama Rih was cradling her baby boy Thursday morning, fresh out of a photo shoot that lasted from 7 PM to 7 AM ... according to a photo agency. We're told she arrived the exact same way she left, with her sleeping child in her arms.

We don't know what the shoot was for, but it's possible the baby was included.

RiRi, who is expecting her second child, was also accompanied by another pal and her bestie Melissa ... so, looks like she might have some childcare assistance while on set.

TMZ broke the story ... Rihanna and A$AP Rocky welcomed their first child in May of 2022.

You'll recall, she made a surprising reveal for baby #2 during her Super Bowl Halftime Show performance.

She's had a busy year, professionally ... in addition to the Super Bowl, she recently performed her Oscar-nominated song from 'Wakanda Forever' during the 95th Academy Award.

From the looks of it, she's not slowing down now ... even with a baby on her shoulder, AND one in the oven!

Wiz Khalifa & George Clinton 💨💨 So Hard, We Fumbled the Pass!!! Funkin' Around Onstage


Wiz Khalifa stars as George Clinton in the film "Spinning Gold" and the "Black and Yellow" rapper got to put his P-funk skills to the test performing alongside the man himself in Hollywood!!!

Both Wiz and George were front and center Wednesday night at Avalon for the "Spinning Gold" release party, jamming "Mothership Connection" tracks live for fans ... before they blasted off 4/20 style.

As the band was wrapping up the show, Wiz passed his joint to George, who happily indulged ... maybe a little too much. The legend started coughing, and when he tried to pass the J back to Wiz they dropped it. That KK must be mighty potent!!!

No flags on the party foul, though -- Wiz just brushed the dirt off of George's shoulder and saluted him for the performance.

TMZ Hip Hop recently spoke to George about Wiz's portrayal of him and gave it the classic movie critique of "two thumbs up," while noting how cool the rap star made him look to his younger family members.


We're thinking last night's performance also has him looking mighty wavy with his kinfolk!!!

"Spinning Gold" hits theaters Friday, so fans can see if Wiz really does tear the roof of the mother, sucker!!!

Flo Rida Son In ICU, Fell From Window ... Flo Addresses Incident


3:09 PM PT -- Flo Rida just addressed the incident on social media, saying "Great day, thank you to everyone who reached out with their concerns and prayers for my son."


"He is getting the best medical care and miraculously survived a tragic fall. I ask for your continued prayers as he undergoes rehabilitation but I would appreciate that this remain a private matter."


8:11 AM PT -- Steven Haddad, Alexis' lawyer, tells TMZ Zohar fell at least 50 feet and doctors say it's a miracle he survived. He said Zohar is going to have to learn how to walk again. He's still in a full-body cast and can barely move, which is tough for a 6-year-old.


Haddad says doctors don't know when Zohar will be headed home, but his mom Alexis has been by his side every day at the hospital.

Flo Rida's son Zohar was rushed to the ICU after falling out of a window 5 stories up, and the kid's mother is taking the building owners to court over it ... TMZ has learned.

According to legal docs, obtained by TMZ, the 6-year-old's mom Alexis Adams filed a lawsuit Monday against various entities she claims are responsible for her son's fall from the Jersey City, NJ building. The defendants include a construction company and a window installation company.

Flo Rida is not a plaintiff in the suit ... and DailyMail reported, back in 2018, that Flo hadn't even met Zohar. The current status of the relationship is unclear.

In docs, Alexis says the incident happened at the beginning of March ... and she claims the defendants' negligence led to Zohar's fall from the 5th-story window to the concrete pavement below, leaving him with serious injuries. The little boy reportedly suffered a lacerated liver, collapsed lungs, fractures to his feet and pelvis, and internal bleeding.

She points the finger specifically at "incorrect sized guards" on the windows, and told News12 New Jersey she was completely heartbroken by what happened, adding ... "This feels like a nightmare."

Alexis is now seeking damages, including money to cover Zohar's medical bills. We've reached out to Flo Rida for comment ... so far, no word back.

Originally Published -- 6:59 AM PT

Kim Burrell Beyonce Jammed My 🎶 for 11 Hours During Rough Patch with Jay-Z!!!

Gospel music vet Kim Burrell is claiming her music is therapy to Beyonce's ears ... or at least it was when her marriage with Jay-Z was on shaky ground.

Kim's confessional came in an interview with "We Sound Crazy!" back in October, but for some reason, this particular clip started making the rounds Thursday.

KB rolled the calendar back to 2017 when Jay recorded his last album "4:44," a project riddled with apologies to Bey for his infidelities.

Kim provided background vocals for the highly emotional title track -- a feature personally requested by Jay, as he came to align Bey's bad moods with Kim's music blaring through their house.

According to Kim's convo ... Bey even locked herself in a room for 11 hours while playing nothing but Kim's music, but came out refreshed and ready to resume the marriage.

Jay allegedly said he just had to meet the woman who lifted his wife's spirits and hence, the "4:44" collab was immaculately conceived!!!

Fans on social media grew upset with Kim for spilling the Carter family secrets, but she did note she and Jay spoke for "4 hours" ... and there were certain details from the convo she would never share!!!

Bey having your discography on repeat isn't a secret Kim wanted bottled up, it seems!!!

Juicy J Honoring Gangsta Boo ... Only the Realness For 'Mental Trillness'


6:57 AM PT -- 3/31 -- The Juiceman has officially dropped his "Mental Trillness" project ... packed with mental health messages to motivate fans from the dark place. Check it below.


Juicy J is turning his pain from losing his fallen Three 6 Mafia comrade Gangsta Boo into new music ... TMZ Hip Hop has learned.

The Memphis rap legend is preparing to release his latest mixtape "Mental Trillness" on Friday ... and fans will be delighted to know it samples the late GB's classic track “Where Dem Dollas At” on the Finesse2Tymes-featured "Work Out."

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GB's voice pops again on the track “Follow Home Robbers,” where her verse from her 2014 song "Come Off Dat" song is used to complete the record.

Juicy, DJ Paul, Crunchy Black, and the rest of the Three 6 crew have been in mourning since GB's death on New Year's Day -- due to a purported drug overdose -- and he's now using his music to prevent fans from experiencing their own downfalls.


Juicy created the “Mental Trillness" mantra for listeners who are fighting "frustration, depression, confusion, drug abuse, relationship problems" etc. in an effort to get them closer to the healing stage.

He's already dropped off the single "No Rapper" alongside newcomers Aleza, Slimeroni, K Carbon and there's 17 more tracks to follow ... with contributions from the likes of La Chat, Hittkidd, Gilbere Forté, Xavier Wulf and more!!!

Originally Published -- 3/30 6:57 AM PT

Metro Boomin Playing Voice-Over 'HERO' For MLB Opening Day!!!

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Young Metro Boomin is fired up to play ball -- he's partnered with MLB Network to be its voice of Opening Day!!!

The diamond-selling superproducer dropped off a video Thursday morning ... detailing the grueling 162-game regular season with shots of MLB stars like the NY Mets' Justin Verlander, NY Yankees' Aaron Judge, Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani, Miami Marlins' Jazz Chisholm Jr. and more.

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Metro's airtime makes good use of his hit songs "On Time" and "Trance" from his Billboard chart-topping "Heroes & Villains" album ... and also doesn't shy away from his allegiance to his hometown St. Louis Cardinals, rocking their ballcap in a recording studio.

MLB Network tells TMZ it's "thrilled to partner with Metro Boomin for Opening Day, and we’ll continue to explore opportunities to work with him throughout the season."

“You can’t beat this time of year," Metro quips in the vid. "Everybody’s staring at 162. 162 chances to make that beautiful music you can’t get anywhere else. Play ball.”

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Opening Day 2K23 has a savage mode schedule today ... kicking off with 15 games before the sun sets!!!

Yo Gotti Mass Shooting at His Memphis Restaurant ... 2 Dead, 5 Injured

A Tennessee restaurant owned by hip hop star Yo Gotti is the site of a mass shooting that's killed 2 people, and left at least 5 others injured.

Law enforcement officials tell TMZ ... cops were called to Prive restaurant in Memphis around 11:30 PM Wednesday after a barrage of gunfire erupted in the parking lot, following a confrontation inside the restaurant that eventually spilled outside.

We're told one man was found dead in the parking lot, and the other passed away at a hospital.

Police say 4 other men and one woman were also sprayed with bullets. All of them were driven in private vehicles to hospitals for treatment. Their conditions were not released.

While Gotti does own Prive, a source tells us he was not in Memphis last night ... and none of his family members are among the victims.

The assailant or assailants fled and are still at large. Police have not said what triggered the initial altercation.

Images surfaced online showing officers investigating the scene with crime tape around the perimeter of the restaurant and patrol cars parked in front.

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You might recall, Prive was temporarily closed in November 2021 for fear of retaliation violence after rapper Young Dolph was murdered about 10 miles away in Memphis. Police officers stood guard outside the establishment, but nothing happened.

We've reached out to Gotti's reps for clarity on what happened inside the restaurant prior to last night's shooting ... so far no word back.

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