Kanye West Free Tix to Joel Osteen's Service ... Scramble to Avoid Pandemonium

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Kanye West's appearance at Joel Osteen's megachurch this Sunday is expected to draw overflow crowds ... and the folks at Lakewood Church are scrambling to avoid pandemonium.

We've learned the Church has contacted Ticketmaster and will offer tickets Friday for the first 45,000 takers. It will be strictly first come, first served, and the tickets are free.

Here's the catch. Tickets will only be available for the evening service, where Kanye and his choir will perform their already iconic Sunday Service. As we've first reported, there's an earlier service at 11 AM, where Ye will walk up to the pulpit and have a 20- to 30-minute conversation with Osteen. The 11 AM service will not be ticketed ... the first 45,000 who arrive get seated.

As for what Osteen will talk to Kanye about ... we're told the focus is how Ye found and embraced God.


As for Kanye's Sunday night Sunday Service ... our sources say Osteen's church provides top-of-the-line sound and lighting equipment but might need to find a way to make its stage bigger to accommodate the rapper's 100+ choir members. One source says the choir will be 120 strong.

We're also told the church has an overflow room if the crowd's too big ... and it will almost certainly be utilized.

As we've told you ... the service will also be broadcast live on SiriusXM.

Snoop Dogg's Pal Rapper Bad Azz Dies in Jail at 43 ... No Foul Play Suspected

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6:08 AM PT -- 11/13 -- Cops say guards were conducting a security check when they noticed Bad Azz in need of medical assistance. Medical staff attempted to perform lifesaving measures, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Law enforcement sources say there are no signs of foul play, and their investigation remains ongoing. The cause of death will be determined by the coroner.

Rapper Bad Azz -- one of Snoop Dogg's close friends in the game -- has died in jail.

Bad Azz appears to have passed away Monday while being held in custody at a detention center in Riverside, CA on a domestic violence charge. It's unclear how he may have died, but the guy was picked up Friday and had an upcoming court date Tuesday.

His bail was set at just $10,000, and based on jail records ... it doesn't look he'd bailed out.

The west coast MC was an affiliate of Snoop's, Daz Dillinger, Kurupt, Warren G, Nate Dogg and others associated with Tha Dogg Pound Gangsta Crips based out of Long Beach.

He'd collaborated with all of those guys, plus Tupac (when he was alive) as well as MC Eiht, Mistah F.A.B., Bizzy Bone, The Lady of Rage, Ice Cube, Busta Rhymes and others. He put out four solo albums and was featured on at least 2 collaborative albums.

His DPGC buddies posted tons of tributes on social media -- seeming to confirm his death -- including an Instagram post by Snoop who wrote ... "Damn 😥. R. I. P. To my young. D. P. G. L. L. G. L. B. C. Crew original @badazzlbc gone 2 soon."

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One of his most famous tracks was "Wrong Idea," which featured SD. He had well over 70 features credited to his name over the years, dating back to the mid-90s.

Bad Azz was 43.


Originally Published -- 11/12 6:25 AM PT

Nelly Overzealous Fan Pulls Him Off Stage ... Forgive & Forget


One of Nelly's fans tried shooting her shot and pulling him into her orbit -- and she succeeded ... 'cause she yanked him off stage, and then got a pass for doing it.

The rapper was performing Saturday night at the Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage just outside of Palm Springs, CA when he wandered near the front of the stage to touch his adoring fans' hands ... which backfired with a tumble into the front row.

TMZ got video of the incident, and you can see that Nelly gets tugged from the crowd. He topples into the barricades and then has words with the alleged culprit ... a woman. It seems like he was pretty ticked at first -- but quickly changed his attitude to merciful.

Once he got back onstage, he tells the lady ... "You can't pull me, shorty. I appreciate it -- but I'm on the edge of the stage. If you pull me, I ain't got nowhere to go!" Indeed.

Luckily for her, Nelly acknowledged the act seemed to be more out of love rather than malicious. He told security to leave her be, and carried on with the show.

Dilemma averted!!!

Tory Lanez Allegedly Hits 'Love & Hip Hop' Star ... LIV Miami Breaks It Up


Tory Lanez wasn't liking what he was hearing from a guy he swung on shortly before taking the stage at a Florida club this weekend -- a guy who's allegedly on 'Love & Hip Hop.'

The Canadian rapper-singer was LIV Miami Friday night, where he was booked to do a show. Prior to taking the stage, however, he got into a little dust-up with someone who must've said something truly out of pocket ... 'cause Tory tried punching him near the VIP area.

TMZ got a hold of this video in the moments Tory swung -- it's unclear if he connected with the guy cleanly, but the dude fell back and Tory charged after him. Eyewitnesses tell us that the rest of Tory's security team and entourage allegedly joined in on the beat down too.

As for who the alleged victim is, a rep for LIV Mimai tells TMZ it's Prince Michael Harty ... a rapper/promoter on 'L&HH: Miami'. The club tells us, "Last night our security broke up an altercation between Love and Hip Hop’s Prince and Tory Lanez. We have a zero tolerance policy towards violence and both parties were immediately asked to leave the venue."


Either way, it doesn't seem Tory let the fight get to him. We're told after his initial swing and charge, he allegedly let his team handle the rest and went back to his table ... later even performing on stage. As you can see, he also had some cheeky company nearby.

Police were eventually called, but we're told they didn't respond for the fight. We've reached out to Tory's team for comment ... so far, no word back.

Travis Scott Fans Stampede Into Astroworld Fest ... At Least 3 Injured


4:12 PM PT -- At least three people were injured in the stampede into Astroworld's gates, according to local Houston outlets citing the Houston Fire Department.

Per the reports, three people were transported to a hospital with minor leg injuries after being trampled in the chaos. Houston PD had reportedly said in a since-deleted tweet that the event was understaffed, as the promoters didn't plan for such large crowds.

Now, they're saying that everything's going off without a hitch as they work together with Astroworld organizers to ensure public safety.

Travis Scott's Astroworld Festival just opened its gates, and fans literally could not wait to get inside -- stampeding past each other ... which Trav seemed to appreciate.

The rapper posted a wild video Saturday morning showing ticketholders for the Houston-based music event climbing over the barricades and rushing to the entry gates to get in as the doors opened -- with folks of all ages, including what appear to be little kids.

It doesn't look like anyone was harmed by the massive swarm in this clip -- no security in sight, BTW -- but it's still pretty frightening  ... 'cause people could've easily gotten hurt.

For his part, Trav wrote of the chaotic scene ... "DA YOUTH DEM CONTROL THE FREQUENCY. EVERYONE HAVE FUN. RAGERS SET TONE WHEN I COME OUT TONIGHT. BE SAFE RAGE HARD. AHHHHHHHHHHH." From our view, he's kinda sending mixed signals here.

Be safe ... but yeah, act crazy too. That's interesting, considering TS has a history of being accused of inciting riots and encouraging fans to become unruly at his shows. He's been arrested for the former at least twice, and got sued for the latter in 2017.


It should be noted Travis himself didn't directly have a hand in making these fine people to lose their minds -- but he certainly seems to, at least, be half cosigning the pandemonium.

As he says ... be safe, everyone.

Originally Published -- 10:47 AM PT

Gucci Mane Club Says It Didn't Jack Up His Ferrari ... Blame CVS, Bro!!!


Gucci Mane's convinced the nightclub where he performed screwed him over and indirectly got his supercar towed, but the club's calling BS ... and laying the blame squarely on a drug store.

A rep for Mr Jones Miami -- the club where Gucci performed last week -- tells TMZ the rapper's sadly mistaken by pointing a finger at them because they say it's his own security that screwed up parking the Ferrari Superfast.

Here's the deal ... we're being told someone on Gucci's security team parked the $600k ride in a lot behind the club -- a lot that technically belongs to the CVS next door. Gucci's team allegedly even talked to the CVS manager and got the okay to park there.


It seems everything would've been fine, except that manager's shift ended. The folks at Mr Jones tell us a NEW manager came on duty and called for the tow because he had no clue about Gucci's deal with his predecessor.

Classic communication breakdown.

Of course, that's not how Gucci feels about it. In his Instagram video documenting the whole ordeal, he insinuates the club owes him as much as $40k -- to cover damage to his car -- since he thinks their valets misled him.


Mr. Jones denies their valets ever gave Gucci's team the go-ahead to park in CVS' lot ... because their peeps strictly handle parking in front of the club, not in the back.

Problem is, no one knows if Gucci's buying that. We've reached out, but no word back.

T.I. Takes Daughter to Gyno To Make Sure She's Still a Virgin!!!

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T.I. says he still accompanies his now 18-year-old daughter for an annual gynecology check-up ... just to make sure her virginity is intact.

The rapper recently made the revelation on the podcast "Ladies Like Us," saying he's been taking Deyjah Harris to the gyno for years now, and sits in for the results with the intent of confirming her hymen has not been broken.

Tip got into the convo when the hosts -- Nazanin and Nadia -- asked if he's had the sex talk with his daughters. He told them he schedules the doctor's visit each year ... usually right after Deyjah's birthday.

T.I. says he's simply exercising his right as a parent to steer his daughter away from what he considers bad decisions. As he put it to Nadia and Nazanin -- who's singer Miguel's wife, BTW -- "I think that most kids in hindsight, looking back, they always thank their parents for not allowing them to damage themselves as much as they could have."

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Deyjah turned 18 this year, and it's worth noting she put the Internet, and any guys looking to holler at her, on notice. She warned just 'cause she's 18, it doesn't give older guys a right to try to get with her.

21 Savage Career Being Derailed By ICE ... No End Date, Can't Leave


21 Savage is a prisoner of America's immigration system -- he's facing deportation, he can't leave the country, his ability to make a living is severely impaired and he doesn't even have a court date.

As TMZ reported ... Savage was arrested in Atlanta back in February and placed in ICE custody. Turns out he entered the U.S. legally from the UK back in 2005, but his visa expired and he's been here illegally for years.

The rapper wasn't even able to get a work permit for 8 months, which meant he couldn't work domestically. He finally got one last month, so at least now he can work in the U.S. ... but traveling out of the country is out of the question until he gets things cleared up with immigration.

As you know, selling records doesn't cut it anymore, so artists make their money by doing concerts, and every country out of the U.S. is off-limits to him.

Here's the underlying problem ... we're told immigration courts in the ATL are ridiculously overcrowded with hundreds of backlogged cases. There are people who have gotten court dates for 2022. Savage hasn't even gotten a court date, so it could take years to resolve his case.

Little did we know the slow-turning wheels of American bureaucracy have been screwing him over behind the scenes. Kinda opens your eyes, huh?

Famous Dex Suffers Seizure During Show ... Disturbing Video


10:25 AM PT -- A rep for the rapper just got back to us, saying ... "We wish Famous Dex a speedy recovery after his epileptic seizure last night. He is currently in good spirits and hopes to return back to finishing his new album. He thanks all his fans for their prayers and well wishes."

Famous Dex went down in the middle of a club performance, and appeared to suffer a seizure.

The rapper was onstage for a gig at 1 OAK in WeHo in the early morning hours of Friday when we're told he fainted ... and video shows a couple of guys cradling him by his legs and shoulders as he shakes.

The L.A. Country Fire Department tells TMZ ... it received a call about a person who had suffered a seizure at the club a little before 2 AM. They arrived minutes later, but never transported the patient to the hospital.

We're told the people who rushed to Dex's aid carried him backstage, but it's unclear if they had medical training. It's also unclear why he wasn't taken to a hospital. We've also reached out to the rapper's team ... no word back, so far.

Nearly a year ago, Famous Dex fans were worried about his health when he passed out in the middle of a livestream. We were told at the time he was working to kick drugs after the incident.

Originally published -- 10:09 AM PT

John Singleton Estate Settles Old 'Baby Boy' Audit ... For Over $500k!!!


John Singleton's estate and the fortune it claims is aboutta get little more flush -- because the studio that distributed one of his biggest films is ponying up some belated cash.

According to court docs, obtained by TMZ, Sony Pictures has agreed to fork over a little more than half a mil to the late director's film company, New Deal Productions. The money -- $515,472 -- is tied to John's 2001 flick, "Baby Boy." Unleash the behind-the-door Rodney memes!!!

In case you haven't seen it, 'BB' stars Tyrese Gibson, Taraji P. Henson, Ving Rhames ... and, of course, Snoop Dogg playing a gangster who's out to square things with Tyrese's character, Jody, who's got a kid with Taraji's character, but still lives at home with his mom.

It made $29.3 million in the U.S. box office, with a budget of around $16 mil. Sony and its subsidiary, TriStar Pictures, were the primary distributors.

Based on the docs, it appears John had requested a formal audit for money the film made a while back, and now in wake of his death ... Sony is settling up with this dough. The company says the settlement was agreed to prior to John's death in April.

That's definitely a nice bonus to John's net worth, which could reportedly be as high as $35 million. The money's still gotta be divvied up, per the terms of his will, but more money's never a bad thing.

Kanye West 1st Sunday Service Post-'Jesus is King'


Kanye West is going right back to work after dropping his much-anticipated album, "Jesus Is King," this weekend ... following it up with a good old-fashioned Sunday Service.

Ye held his weekly spiritual concert Sunday the Forum in L.A., where he, his choir and even Kenny G were in the building ... performing tracks from the new record -- which just dropped on Friday. From the looks of it, Kanye got things started with his Chick-fil-A song, "Closed on Sunday" ... ironic, considering the Forum's doors were very much open.

Folks had to pay $10 to get in for this Service, but we're told the proceeds are being donated to charity. Not bad for a front-row seat to see Kanye and co. in action.


Speaking of that, Kenny himself took to the stage to help play out "Use This Gospel," on which he had an epic sax solo after Clipse gets through their two verses with Ye on the hook.

BTW, the Forum looks pretty much the same in style and set design from when Kanye held his listening party there last week ... the tall grass meant to resemble a field, etc.

The big question now ... is this the official start of his global 'Jesus' tour, or just a victory lap to celebrate the new album? We know Ye's gonna follow the Sunday Service format for his upcoming tour, and he did say he'd get started on it "right away."


It's unclear ... all we can recommend for folks in L.A. is that ya come and catch him while you can, however you can. Kanye's definitely bound to be on the move soon.

Oh, and good news for fans of the "old Kanye" ... looks like "Jesus Walks" is still in his repertoire. Not too many cuss words in that one, and it goes with his new theme. We'll take it!

Kanye West Haters & Critics Be Damned I'm Not Turning Around!!!


Kanye West is on a mission to God, and a flood of unfavorable album reviews certainly won't get in the way of that ... he's not going back to his old stuff.

Sources close to Kanye tell us he's 100% serious when he says he'll never perform his old music in its original form again. We're told he's hell-bent on his newfound faith -- and will continue to create the music HE wants -- which hasn't been well received so far.

"Jesus is King" dropped Friday, and many complained the project feels incomplete ... like a bunch of song demos all lumped together on one album. The whole thing is 11 songs and runs just 27 minutes.


Our Kanye sources say he's not concerned with the below-average reviews ... he's making music for God and is a changed man.

One thing fans of the "Old Kanye" can hold onto ... while we're told he'll never perform his old tracks in their original form again ... fans can expect to hear familiar beats and rhymes, but with altered and more "G" rated lyrics.

In fact, Kanye said as much when he sat down with Big Boy for a lengthy interview just prior to the album's release.


We got Kanye in NYC Friday who promised a "Jesus is King" tour right away -- his first since his hospitalization in 2016 -- where fans will get a full glimpse of the New Ye.

Nicki Minaj I Flew Out My Pastor ... To Officiate My Wedding


Nicki Minaj wanted a familiar face to help her tie the knot ... so she brought in her pastor from the other side of the U.S. of A. to officiate the ceremony.

Sources close to Nicki tell TMZ ... the singer flew out her pastor, Lydia Woodson-Sloley, from Brooklyn to Los Angeles for her nuptials with Kenneth Petty.

We're told Nicki and Pastor Lydia -- who fancies herself as a poet, author, Christian life coach and music producer -- go way back, so Nicki just had to have her as the wedding minister.

Lydia founded "Life in Its Poetic Form Christian Ministries" way back in 2000, and Nicki's a huge supporter of her work -- even thanking her in front of millions of people at the 2015 VMAs after accepting the award for best hip-hop video.

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Nicki and Pastor Lydia also joined forces in 2017 to rebuild a village in India, making sure people there gained access to clean water.


We broke the story ... Nicki and Kenneth got hitched Monday in L.A. in a low-key ceremony, rushing to the altar because their marriage license was set to expire at month's end.

Nicki and Kenneth are following the blueprint of Justin and Hailey -- no-frills nuptials, followed by a church service and blowout celebration -- so it's a good bet Pastor Lydia will continue to be involved moving forward.

Nicki Minaj Super Low-Key Wedding ... Big One to Follow


Nicki Minaj and Kenneth Petty only got hitched because the clock was ticking on their marriage license ... and they'll have a big bash with friends and family later.

Sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ ... Nicki and Petty got married Monday at a private space in L.A. We're told the only people who attended -- aside from the bride and groom -- was the minister.

As for why the rush ... their marriage license expires at the end of this month, so they had to pull the trigger or start all over again at square one. It's only good for 90 days.

Our sources say Nicki and Kenneth are going the route of Justin and Hailey ... a small, no-frills wedding followed by a church service and massive celebration. As for Nicki and Kenneth ... we're told they're in no rush, but they will plan a big event.


Nicki posted custom bride and groom hats and mugs Monday with the date engraved ... a glimpse into the day's festivities.

Our sources say Nicki and Kenneth were already living as hubby and wife ... even referring to themselves as married, so this isn't a real big change.

Nicki Minaj I'm Married!!! Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty Makes it Official

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Nicki Minaj says she's married to her high school sweetheart -- and we have every reason to believe her, because the handwriting was on the wall weeks ago.

The Queen MC made the big announcement Monday evening, telling her 106 million followers that her new name is "Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty" ... taking the last name of her new boo, Kenneth Petty ... whom she's been with since at least late last year.


Nicki also posted footage from what appears to be the day they tied the knot ... "10.21.19." In the video that she posted, NM shows off custom bride and groom caps and mugs -- it would seem she and Ken had themselves a party ... this might've been the aftermath.

As we've reported ... Nicki and Ken obtained a marriage license back in June, but told her radio audience in mid-August that she'd gotten it renewed that month ... and would be getting hitched about 80 days from then. Looks like she was right on the money.

Nicki seemed to fall for Kenneth quickly, once they went public. The reason, of course, was they were old flames ... who simply rekindled their romance.

We learned about Ken's old rap sheet -- which includes convictions for manslaughter and attempted rape -- but Nicki made it clear she believes that's all in his past.

She'd changed her Twitter name to "Mrs. Petty" a couple of months ago -- another sign of what was coming -- and now they've officially pulled the trigger. Congrats!!!

Migos and Saweetie Drop $45K On Strippers ... In a Matter of Minutes!!!


Offset, Takeoff, Quavo and Saweetie don't make it rain in the strip club, they make it downpour ... because together they dropped a staggering $45,000 on strippers in less than an hour!!!

Saweetie was at VLive Los Angeles last night hosting the strip club's weekly Reign Sundays promotion when Migos showed up and helped her throw around an insane amount of cash ... and we've got it all on video.

Our sources say Migos pulled up to the club around 1:20 AM and by the time the rappers left at 2 AM, they helped Saweetie drop $45k on exotic dancers. Now that's a nice hourly rate for the girls!!!

The money was flowing, and so was the booze ... we're told the club comped bottle service for Migos and Saweetie -- rose, Patron and Hennessy.


So, what's the difference between Migos and Diddy?!? Diddy makes it rain OUTSIDE the club.