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J. Cole, Travis Scott & Kendrick Headlining New Festival in Vegas

6/24/2019 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

J. Cole, Travis Scott and Kendrick Lamar are giving you yet another reason to hit up Sin City ... because they're headlining the insane opening lineup for a new music festival!!!

Our industry sources tell us, the hip-hop titans have been tabbed to kick off the inaugural 3-day festival dubbed Day N Vegas ... and it's all going down this November in America's Playground!

The new festival is gonna be the place to be this fall because it's being produced by Goldenvoice ... ya know, the people who put on the biggest festivals in the country, like Coachella! 

We're told most of the acts will be of the hip-hop variety, with a few R&B stars sprinkled in. Other acts slated to perform are Tyler the Creator, Lil Uzi, Migos, Juice Wrld, School Boy Q, Miguel, Brock Hampton, 6lack, Kali Uchis, Summer Walker, and more.

J. Cole gets the party started Friday, Nov. 1 ... with Travis Scott taking the stage Saturday night and Kendrick sending Day N Vegas out in style with his Sunday set.

Pretty baller lineup if you ask us ... and we can't wait to see who gets added. Safe to say it's gonna be lit!!!

Lil Durk Attempted Murder Curfew Is Killing My Wallet!!!

6/24/2019 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Curfews suck when you're 26 years old ... just ask Lil Durk who's having HUGE problems cashing checks for high-paying, late-night gigs thanks to a court-ordered bedtime in his attempted murder case. 

Durk was released from jail Thursday night after posting $250k bail -- but under the terms of his release, he's not allowed to be out in public from 11 PM to 7 AM. 

The issue for Durk ... the late-night hours are MASSIVE for rap stars -- who get paid a ton of money for late-night shows, after-parties, club appearances and more. 

Durk -- who's had hits with guys like Snoop, Fetty Wap and more -- is getting calls and offers to collect some big paychecks over the next few weeks ... but he's had to turn most of them down. 

He's also had other shows that were booked before the attempted murder drama -- but those shows have had to be rescheduled too. 

We're told Durk usually charges about $30k per late-night show -- so calling off multiple gigs (we're told 6 have been canceled, so far) ... is costing Durk a serious coin. 

Oh, and Durk is rocking a GPS-tracking ankle bracelet ... so it's not like he can sneak out and do the shows on the sneak tip. 

In the meantime, we're told Durk is trying to book earlier shows at daytime festivals -- but those are harder to come by ... and he's still losing out on the after-party money. 

Durk ain't exactly poor (far from it) but his legal bills are mounting up -- and it's not like this case is about to wrap up any time soon.

As we previously reported, Durk's legal problems stem from a February shooting in Atlanta -- and officials believe Durk was directly involved ... a claim he adamantly denies

Janet Jackson Michael's Legacy 'Will Continue'

6/23/2019 11:47 AM PDT

Janet Jackson has broken her silence amid new allegations against her brother, Michael Jackson, in "Leaving Neverland" -- and her message is simple ... his rep will be just fine. 

Michael's younger sister spoke with The Sunday Times, and addressed what she thought would happen to the King of Pop's legacy going forward ... saying, "It will continue." Janet went on to say that she still sees Michael's influence in the world today ... a reassuring sign.

Janet says, "I love it when I see kids emulating him, when adults still listen to his music. It just lets you know the impact that my family has had on the world." She added, "I hope I'm not sounding arrogant in any way -- I'm just stating what it is. It's really all God's doing, and I'm just thankful for that."

In the interview, Janet did not speak on Wade Robson and James Safechuck's specific allegations head-on ... but it's pretty clear where she stands on the issue. According to Billboard, Janet has been playing Michael's tunes during her concerts without hesitation.

She's also defended him in the past, specifically when Jordy Chandler accused Michael of sexual abuse in '93. At the time, Janet called it a money grab. 

Other members of Michael's family have gone to bat for him in the wake of "Leaving Neverland," calling Wade and James' claims full-blown lies. His estate is even taking HBO to court for airing the explosive documentary ... saying the network violated a decades-old contract they signed with him back in the day, in which it agreed not to disparage MJ.

Janet's latest comments come just days ahead of Michael's 10-year death anniversary. TMZ broke the story ... MJ died on June 25, 2009. He was 50 years old. 

YG Swarmed by Cops and Cuffed ... In Tense Traffic Stop

6/23/2019 7:28 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

YG was swarmed by cops early Sunday morning and handcuffed for reckless driving, and the situation became tense.

The rapper was on his way to appear at 1 OAK during BET weekend at around 1:45 AM and cops claim he was speeding and weaving in and out of lanes on the Sunset Strip when cops lit him up.

This is where the situation became tense. L.A. County Sheriff's deputies claim YG became "upset and uncooperative and used profanities toward the deputies." They also claim he was "riling up the crowd," so they handcuffed him.

Cops began yelling at bystanders who were upset over the police response, telling some to "shut up."

Sheriff's deputies administered a sobriety test with a field breathalyzer and determined YG was not under the influence.

He was cited for reckless driving and released.

BET Experience Cardi B, Migos, Lil Yachty Rock the House

6/23/2019 7:50 AM PDT

The 7th Annual BET Experience Saturday night did not disappoint ... not by a long shot.

The big event celebrating BET Weekend in L.A. went down at Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and featured the likes of Cardi B, Migos, G-Eazy, Yung Miami, Lil Yachty, Lil Baby, and Trippie Redd.

Staples was also where Meek Mill and YG performed Friday night, with a tribute to Nipsey Hussle.  

The concerts are all a lead-up to Sunday night's 19th Annual BET Awards, which will go down at L.A.'s Microsoft Theater. Cardi leads the nominations with 7, followed by Drake with 5.

Regina Hall is hosting the ceremony. 

Soulja Boy Dodges Huge Bullet ... Kidnapping Case Rejected

6/23/2019 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Soulja Boy won't be charged for allegedly kidnapping a woman and tying her to a chair in his garage ... because prosecutors have rejected the case. 

The Ventura County District Attorney tells TMZ ... they're declining to file charges against the rapper due to insufficient evidence. The alleged victim accused Soulja Boy of holding her captive for 6 hours, but our law enforcement sources say a police investigation didn't prove it. 

TMZ broke the story ... a woman went to police back in February claiming Soulja kidnapped her, held her captive in his garage and tied her to a chair with an extension cord. Soulja denied the allegations, and his team said the woman was flat-out lying

The Ventura County Sherriff's Department served a search warrant at Soulja's home and looked for evidence of a kidnapping ... and that turned out to be a huge problem for Soulja, for entirely different reasons.

Sheriffs say they found ammo on the property, which is a violation of Soulja's probation for a weapons case in L.A. County dating back to 2014 ... so he was later arrested for that.

Soulja's in the middle of a 240-day jail sentence for the probation violation ... but he just dodged a huge bullet with the kidnapping case being rejected.

49ers Safety Dropping 'Officer Kaepernick' Rap ... 'No Fear' of Backlash

6/23/2019 12:35 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

San Francisco 49ers player is releasing a new rap song in support of Colin Kaepernick ... and says he has "no fear" of any possible negative repercussions. 

The player is Antone Exum -- a 6th year NFL safety who writes and produces rap music when he's not playing in the league. 

Exum says the song he's most excited about releasing is titled, "Officer Kaepernick" -- which addresses police brutality and "injustices in the police force."

As Exum puts it, "I feel like if [Kaepernick's] whole movement had a score, it would be this song."

The 28-year-old says he understands there are "good cops that we have" -- and appreciates them -- but says it's important to call out the bad cops who operate out of a place of fear and hate.

When asked about a possible backlash from NFL owners, teammates and fans -- Exum told us he is drawing strength from the former 49ers quarterback ... who he considers an inspiration. 

"Kaepernick didn't have any fear when he first took a knee," Exum said ... "I think I'll be okay no matter what happens."

Exum says he plans on releasing the track any day now -- so stay tuned. 

'L&HH' Star Teairra Mari Arrested for DWI ... Sparks Fly in NYC

6/22/2019 4:46 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Love & Hip Hop" star Teairra Mari was arrested in New York for driving while intoxicated -- and it sounds like her vehicle was an early Fourth of July show on the road.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... cops pulled Teairra over early Saturday morning after they saw her coming out of the Midtown Tunnel into Queens in a red Dodge Charger, which we're told had sparks shooting up from the front of the vehicle. 

As cops pursued, our sources say officers noticed that the front right wheel was gone and that the bumper was making contact with the ground ... creating the sparks. Eventually, we're told Teairra came to a full stop and cops performed field sobriety tests.

It's unclear if she blew into a breathalyzer, but we're told police did note she had trouble maintaining her balance when she exited the vehicle ... and that she allegedly reeked of booze. She was ultimately arrested and booked for DWI and driving without a license. 

DMV records show that Teairra's license is either suspended or revoked at the moment. She's currently in custody awaiting arraignment. 

Teairra made headlines last year after she sued 50 Cent and her ex-BF, claiming they'd leaked a sex tape in which she was featured, as revenge porn.

A court ultimately ruled in 50's favor -- dismissing all the claims against the rapper -- and ordered Teairra to pay him up to $30k in legal fees, which he's been hounding her for ever since. 

Tough break.

The Rolling Stones Mick Back in the Game ... After Heart Surgery

6/22/2019 6:57 AM PDT

Mick Jagger is unreal, and for that matter, so are all of The Rolling Stones. They performed for the first time since Mick's heart surgery and looked incredible ... but there's something even more shocking.

The Stones entertained 60,000 fans Friday night in Chicago at a sold-out Soldier Field concert, and if you closed your eyes it would be hard to hear the difference between circa 1965 and today.

Mick pranced up and down the stage was in top form ... this after undergoing heart valve replacement surgery in March.

The group was forced to postpone the first 14 days on its No Filter tour, but check out the video ... it was worth the wait.

This was not Mick and co. going through the motions. The concert was as much of a statement as anything ... the heart surgery was a bump in the road, but not a deal breaker.

They played a ton of hits -- 20 songs in all -- including "Sympathy for the Devil," "Honky Tonk Women,"  "Paint it Black," "Jumpin' Jack Flash," and "Start Me Up."  Oh, and of course, "Gimme Shelter" and 'Satisfaction.'

In all, the concert lasted about 3 hours, and there was no sign of fatigue.  

It's actually the first Stones concert since July 2018. Think of this ... The Beatles lasted a decade ... The Stones have been together for half a century.

#everlasting. 

Tupac Estate, Hole, Petty Sue Universal Music ... Over Destruction of Epic Songs

6/22/2019 7:29 AM PDT

The Tupac Estate, Tom Petty's ex-wife, Hole and countless others involved in the most epic songs in history are suing Universal Music Group, claiming UMG screwed them out of more than $100 million by secretly pocketing money it got after a fire destroyed hundreds of thousands of master recordings.

It's a class action lawsuit and could include the likes of Elton John and many others.  

Here's the backstory ... a fire destroyed as many as 500,000 master recordings in UMG's archive vaults on the Universal Studios backlot warehouse.  

The suit alleges there was a deal where UMG and the artists split profits from master recordings 50/50.

UMG told Billboard shortly after the fire, "We had no loss, thankfully. We moved most of what was formerly stored there earlier this year to our other facilities." The suit claims that was a big, fat lie.

According to the lawsuit, UMG filed insurance claims of at least $150 MILLION based on the fact the master recordings were destroyed ... and they did not share a penny of that with the artists. The suit claims UMG intentionally tried to deceive the artists by concealing the payments.

The suit asks for more than $100 mil. No word on other artists who may join the class action.

UMG reportedly had no comment on the lawsuit. 

Amber Rose Looks Amazin' ... Hits Up Concert with BF During BET Weekend

6/22/2019 7:47 AM PDT

Amber Rose is incapable of looking anything but great ... in all shapes and sizes!!!

Amber and her BF, Alexander "AE" Edwards, hit up Staples Center Friday night, where they took in a concert with the likes of  Meek Mill, YG, A-Boogie Wit da Hoodie, and Blueface.

Amber announced on April 3 that she's pregnant, and she showed off the work in progress in spectacular fashion.

There's an interesting connection with AE. He's Tyga's best friend. As you know, Tyga and Blac Chyna had a kid together and Chyna is Amber's best friend.

Hollywood ... it's just a small village. 

The Game 40 Acres and a Lambo ... Sounds about Right for Reparations

6/22/2019 7:34 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The Game says reparations are the only just way acknowledge the U.S. was built on the backs of slaves ... as for what that looks like, well Game's got ideas.

We got the rap legend Friday night at The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, where he hosted a listening party for his new album.

Game played off "40 acres and a mule," with an updated version. 

Check out his reaction when our photog asks who he's gonna vote for in 2020. He starts to answer, and then recalls he can't vote at all because he's a felon, and then he launches into a solid point ... why can't felons who served their time cast ballots?

And, finally, he has strong feelings about Nicki Minaj showcasing her now fiance in her new music video, "MEGATRON." Game says it's nobody's f***n' business but hers. 

Nicki Minaj and Boyfriend We Got Our License To Get Hitched!!!

6/21/2019 6:16 PM PDT

Nicki Minaj and her bad boy boyfriend are taking a big step towards tying the knot ... the rapper says the couple got a marriage license. 

Nicki made the announcement Friday on her "Queen Radio" show ... saying, "I think I have what I was striving for, just happiness. It was hard to get to a happy place. Now that I'm here I don't want to compromise that for anyone or anything."

The timing is interesting ... Nicki released a music video for "MEGATRON" earlier Friday, and it heavily featured her ex-con boyfriend, Kenneth Petty, and was met with immediate backlash, which she brushed off. 

Nicki and Kenneth started dating last year after rekindling their flame ... and she says she's convinced he's matured from a checkered past that includes convictions for attempted rape and manslaughter. 

It will be Nicki's first marriage. 

Congrats!!!

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