Rubi Rose Cops to ONLY Using Ghostwriters ... Budden Pod Applauds!!! 👏🏽

Rubi Rose has no shame in her game ... she's openly admitting all her raps are ghostwritten and she doesn't plan on changing the operation!!!

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The former XXL Freshman made the blunt admission on the latest Joe Budden Podcast episode, and her brutal honesty earned her a healthy round of applause.

It's a strange scenario -- 'JBP' banter typically revolves around upholding standards in rap music ... where ghostwriting is never condoned.

Bay Swag Method Passed Summer Jam Torch ... Cash & I Will Keep It Lit🔥!!!

NEW ALBUM COMING SOON
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Bay Swag's summer is scorching like the desert -- "Fisherrr," his hit with Cash Cobain, is one of the hottest songs, and had the Summer Jam crowd rockin' with their performance!!!

TMZ Hip Hop recently linked with Bay in NYC, and got his reaction to Method Man leaving the stage to the new generation of fans.

Meth kissed SJ goodbye for good after realizing the younger crowd -- which got jiggy with Bay, Cash and Ice Spice -- had taken over for good.

Lil Wayne Double-Duty Vegas Residency ... 2 Shows Announced, More to Come!!!

Lil Wayne can call Las Vegas his 2nd home this summer ... 'cause the legendary rap star has been nabbed for not one but TWO residencies this year!!!

Weezy will perform his first show on June 29 -- as he's scheduled to rock the house at Drai’s Nightclub -- followed by a performance at Zouk Las Vegas on July 12. While that might sound like a short "residency" for Vegas ... we've been assured there are more to come.

BTW ... this is Wayne's first dual residency -- Dustin Drai, President of Drai’s Management Group, says he's the most dynamic artist he can think of to pull it off and is eager to continue their longstanding relationship thriving.

Blueface's Mom Chrisean Wished Me Dead ... But I'll Never Wish Jail On Her!!!

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Blueface's mom Karlissa Saffold hates to see her family crumbling under the weight of the legal system -- but says she's going to hold it down until everyone is free!!!

TMZ Hip Hop caught up with Karlissa in Hollywood on the heels of Chrisean Rock's surprising arrest earlier this week at Blueface's court hearing -- a move Karlissa calls "bad timing" on the part of the authorities.

She says the entire world knew Chrisean had a warrant, but for cops to act on it while Chrisean was purely in court to support Blueface was a low blow.

Shaq 'Memba My Classic Biggie Collab?!? Brings 'Reign' to Streaming

Shaquille O'Neal is updating his past hip hop hits for the digital era -- his 1996 Biggie collab "You Can't Stop the Reign" is on streaming for the first time!!!

Such will be the case for Shaq's 3rd album of the same name ... he and his Jersey Legends Productions are planning to re-release the full 'Reign' album on June 28 ... the tracks with Jay-Z, Mobb Deep, DJ Quik, Peter Gunz and Lord Tariq will also get a fresh drop on the public.

Not many artists can brag about having a Biggie feature ... especially one with impact.

Bad Bunny Feds Thwart Attempt at Race Shooting ... ATL Concert Was Target

An Arizona man allegedly tried to spark a race war ahead of the 2024 election by carrying out a mass shooting at a Bad Bunny concert ... so claim the feds, who stopped it.

A new indictment alleges 58-year-old Mark Adams Prieto -- who's white -- hatched his plan to gun down Black people and other minorities at a hip hop show in Atlanta in mid-May ... and based on the dates the feds mention in their just-unsealed indictment, it lines up with BB's concert dates.

The FBI says it caught wind of Prieto's alleged heinous intentions from a confidential informant and dispatched an undercover agent to get close to him during their probe.

Rob Kardashian Says He 'Can't C** Anymore' ... After Khloe Asks for Sperm for Pal

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Khloe Kardashian offering up brother Rob Kardashian as a sperm donor for BFF Malika Haqq resulted in one helluva weird convo ... 'cause the dude says he's shooting blanks.

During Thursday's episode of "The Kardashians," Malika expressed her desire to expand her family ... noting she was considering using a sperm donor since she was no longer with ex O.T. Genasis -- with whom she welcomed son Ace with in March 2020.

Khloe was initially hesitant about Malika's plan to go to a sperm bank ... instead, she suggested her little brother, RK, as someone she could go to for some baby DNA.

Tyla No 'Coloured' Talk on 'Breakfast Club' ... Tries to Clarify Afterward

Grammy Award-winning, South African-born singer, Tyla finds herself at the crossroads of a bubbling race controversy -- it all came to a head on "The Breakfast Club," but she opted to plead the 5th.

All the chatter about her race and ethnicity started when fans discovered a TikTok Tyla made years ago -- before her "Water" song became an internationally known, double platinum smash -- where she celebrated her mixed heritage, and labeled herself a "proud coloured South African woman."

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Charlemagne Tha God gave Tyla the floor to clarify the remark -- but she bottled up and her publicist requested the question be struck from the record.

Wu-Tang Clan $1 Previews For Mystery 'Shaolin' Album!!! RZA, Rae, GFK, Redman ... 'Rainy Dayz 2!!!'

Wu-Tang Clan's highly controversial time capsule album "Once Upon A Time In Shaolin" is now being pushed for release in this lifetime -- a surprise expedition of its OG release date by almost 80 years!!!

PleasrDAO, the crypto company that spent $4.75 million to buy the secret Wu-Tang project from "pharma-bro" Martin Shkreli, is now letting the public slap a down payment on a digitized and encrypted version of the album for only $1!!!

The album is currently being hosted at the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) in Tasmania. They also had Cali artist Hassan Rahim update the artwork after the first cover was subject to legal scrutiny.

Tinashe Got My 1st Solo Hit After Going Indie ... My Ex-Label's Gaggin' 😜

HARD WORK, GOOD FANS
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Tinashe is in virgin territory -- her new song "Nasty" is her first Billboard Hot 100 hit, and she's celebrating the accomplishment ... especially because she made it off her independent grind!!!

TMZ Hip Hop spoke with Tinashe Wednesday in between "Nasty" rehearsals at "Jimmy Kimmel Live," and the R&B singer was popping her ish.

Tinashe's been vocal in interviews about her uphill battle, career-wise, since leaving behind RCA's major label machine a couple years ago -- but she tells us it was her fans and hard work that got her on the charts as a solo act.

Drake Ready for Apocalypse ... Cops $200K Armored Super Truck!!!

Drake will be making his presence felt while roaming around his new Texas neighborhood ... 'cause the OVO captain just dropped $200K on a truck built for doomsday, TMZ has learned.

Apocalypse Manufacturing -- the company that did this monster of a vehicle for Drizzy -- tells us ... Drake's custom slab is state of the art and built for the long haul ... with a Hemi Hellcat V8 6.2L engine that's got 870 horsepower upgrades, full-time four-wheel drive, and armored and riveted doors.

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Drake had the suped-up truck delivered this week and posted several pics with it that showed off its Siberian Tiger interior ... showing off the whip at his recently-purchased $15 million ranch in Fayette County, Texas.

Kanye West & Bianca Flying Economy Can Be Comfy!!! 💺 Ye Snoozing in Bathrobe

Kanye West and Bianca Censori are passing on the fabulous life -- at least for one day -- as they jumped on a commercial flight heading to Japan, and someone spotted them snuggled up in economy seats!!!

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The surprised passenger snapped a quick TikTok of the couple seated in a bulkhead row ... Ye was out stone cold while wearing a bathrobe with "Ye" embroidered on the chest -- just in case the coach commoners didn't recognize him.

Bianca was scrolling through her phone in the same flowy gown she traveled in at the beginning of what appeared to be a trip to celebrate Kanye's 47th birthday.

Chris Brown Loses His Cool ... After Getting Stuck in Air

Chris Brown's Tuesday night show in New Jersey experienced some technical difficulties, causing the R&B singer to get stuck while suspended in the air, which triggered him.

CB hit the stage at the Prudential Center in Newark and, while performing "Under The Influence," he was hanging by suspension wires that seemed to malfunction above a group of oblivious dancers.

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Check out the vid ... Chris was dangling but still singing, You can tell something's wrong because he turns to someone offscreen and signals with hand gestures he needs help.

KANYE WEST & BIANCA SWANKY DATE NIGHT IN ITALY ... Still Mostly Naked!!!

Kanye West and Bianca Censori are trading up from Cheesecake Factory (no offense) date nights ... opting for a much fancier evening out in Florence, Italy, and TMZ has the pics.

They were dining at a restaurant called Il Palagio, and just to highlight how much they stepped up their culinary game here ... this spot earned a coveted Michelin star.

One of the couple's fellow diners tells us -- despite Kanye being glued to his phone during their date last week -- they still seemed to be having a blast together throughout the night.

'Soak City' Rapper 310babii Goes Platinum 💿 ... At High School Graduation!!!

PLATINUM CITY
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L.A. rapper 310babii has 2 coveted items in hand, one of which is his high school diploma, but we're guessing that's getting overshadowed ... by the platinum plaque he got on the same day!!!

We got video of the moment Grant High School principal Rebecca McMurrin presented 310babii with the award for his hit single "Soak City (Do It)" ... his fellow graduates went wild during Tuesday's graduation ceremony and, just like the song suggests, his eyes got a little wet.

The tears of joy were well deserved -- the club-commanding track has more than 100 million streams since dropping last year, it got revamped with a remix and is posed to have a summer takeover all over again!!!

Black Thought Roots Picnics Evolve with Rap Fans ... Method Man, Sexyy Red, Everyone Wins!!!

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
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Black Thought says attempting to please everyone when it comes to The Roots Picnic lineups has become an impossible task, but pulling it off for 17 years and runnin', must mean he's doing something right!

TMZ Hip Hop caught up with the lyricist outside Rockefeller Plaza, and talked to him about fellow MC Method Man, who not only played The Picnic this year, but also Hot 97's Summer Jam ... which became a whole thing.

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Meth got busy on the Roots Picnic stage after acknowledging the lukewarm reception he received at Hot 97's annual event.

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