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Law enforcement sources confirm… Mac was found Friday at around noon at his San Fernando Valley home and was pronounced dead at the scene.

We’re told authorities were alerted by a male friend who placed a 911 call from Mac’s home.

And there’s this … in a doc made a few years ago, Mac said, “I’d rather be the corny white rapper than the drugged-out mess who can’t even get out of his house. Overdosing is just not cool. You don’t go down in history because you overdose. You just die.”

Miller has battled substance abuse issues for years … something that came up again in the wake of his breakup with Ariana Grande. The rapper wrecked his G-Wagon by wrapping it around a utility pole back in May and was arrested for DUI and hit and run. He fled the scene but cops say he later confessed at his home. He blew 2 times the legal limit.

After his arrest Ariana tweeted, “Pls take care of yourself” and was clearly concerned about substance abuse.

A profile of Mac was just published Thursday by Vulture — among other things, Mac said he had enormous pressure growing up in the public eye … “A lot of times in my life I’ve put this pressure to hold myself to the standard of whatever I thought I was supposed to be, or how I was supposed to be perceived. And it creates pressure.”

Thursday night Mac posted video of a record player and you hear his song, “So it Goes,” which includes lyrics, “Nine lives, never, die, f*** a heaven, I’m still gettin’ high.”

Mac was supposed to start a tour next month.

Story developing …


Released in October 2012, Kendrick Lamar’s classic studio debut album good kid, m.A.A.d. city put the Compton native on his current trajectory to be on the receiving end of Pulitzer Prizes, among countless other accolades.

In the original album review, HipHopDX called the album “a shot at history,” which has turned out to be a prophecy fulfilled.

Billboard recently discovered that the soon-to-be six-year-old album (which currently — and astonishingly — sits at No. 116 on the Billboard 200) spent its 300th week on the chart. It’s only the fourth Hip Hop album to do so, with the other three belonging to none other than Eminem. (2010’s Recovery (now at 312 weeks), 2002’s The Eminem Show (now at 354 weeks) and 2005’s Curtain Call: The Hits (now at 403 weeks.)

Overall, 22 albums have hit the 300-week mark, with the frontrunner being Pink Floyd’s iconic The Dark Side of the Moon (937 weeks) and second place finisher Bob Marley and the Wailers’ Legend: The Best Of… a.k.a. the most ubiquitous reggae project of all time.

It should also be noted that Kendrick had a near consecutive run throughout those 300 weeks; it only fell off the Billboard 200 during the Dec. 6, 2014-dated chart.

Relive the magic of good kid, m.A.A.d. city down below.


Atlanta, GA – Time-tested MC Ludacris isn’t a stranger to giving back to those in need (his Ludacris Foundation stays highly active with each passing year) and his latest act of southern hospitality has one Georgia woman singing his praises.

Like thousands of fellow Americans, Therra Gwyn-Jaramillo had recently fallen onto hard times. The self-admitted social media oversharer revealed on Facebook she had recently cut back the posts after her husband died of brain cancer in 2014, was left to take care of her disabled brother, several rescue animals, $4,000 in home repairs and a delayed freelance check put her under the gun. (“There wasn’t a part of my life that wasn’t destroyed – emotional, physical, financial,” she told CBS News regarding this story.)

So when a friend blessed her with a $250 Whole Foods gift card, Gwyn-Jaramillo took full advantage until she realized she had gone over budget at the checkout register. That’s when a “nice-looking man” stepped in to foot the entire bill.

“I had zero interaction with him before he decided to buy my groceries,” a then tearful Gwyn-Jaramillo recalled. “I tried to put things back and he said, ‘I said I got this. All of this. Don’t put anything back!’ He started putting the stuff I was going to put back onto the conveyor belt. I was stunned.”

Naturally, the cashier and several other customers recognized the hometown Hip Hop hero but the understandably frazzled woman was clueless to his identity.

“I finally managed to say ‘What is your name?’ and introduce myself. He said, simply, ‘Chris,’ and shook my hand,” she recounted. “I talked to him through my tears and finally asked, ‘Who ARE you?’ she asked. “He looked at me and said ‘Just a person. Just a guy.’ I kept thinking, ‘Does he know? Does he know he’s an angel?’”

After the cashier informed her of the ID to her angelic donor, Gwyn-Jaramillo said she belted out a “WHAT?” and proceeded to launch into a “white-woman’s rendition” of his 2001 hit, “Rollout (My Business)” while jokingly saying it undid any sympathy from the onlooking black people.


James was interviewed by CNN’s Don Lemon on Monday, after his LeBron James Family Foundation and the Akron (Ohio) Public Schools launched a new elementary school for at-risk children in his hometown.

In the interview, James discussed the impact of sports and how it brings people together. He said he felt Trump was “using sports to kinda divide us.”

“Sports has never been something that divides people,” James told Lemon. “It’s always been something that brings someone together.”

Trump’s tweet came four days after the CNN interview originally aired. In the tweet, Trump also appeared to take sides in the LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan debate, saying, “I like Mike!”

James has publicly criticized Trump before. In September 2017, he called Trump a “bum” for rescinding his invitation to the Golden State Warriors to celebrate their championship with a visit to the White House.

“Going to the White House was a great honor until you showed up!” James tweeted then.

Also that month, after Trump suggested that NFL players should be “fired” for “disrespecting the flag” when they take a knee or otherwise choose not to participate in the national anthem, James said Trump’s conduct was unbecoming of someone in his position.

“He doesn’t understand the power that he has for being the leader of this beautiful country,” James said then. “He doesn’t understand how many kids, no matter the race, look up to the president of the United States for guidance, for leadership, for words of encouragement. He doesn’t understand that, and that’s what makes me more sick than anything, that we have someone that’s … this is the most, this is the No. 1 position in the world.”

James has continued to be critical of the president and his policies, and in June, while still a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, James said neither his team nor the rival Warriors would accept an invitation to the White House after winning the NBA championship. Trump subsequently said neither team would be invited.

James made similar remarks regarding Trump and sports on Monday in an interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, adding that he has no regrets about criticizing the president.

“For someone to try to divide us by using our platform of sport?” he told Nichols. “Sport has given me everything I could ever ask for. I couldn’t let that happen.”

As of late Friday night, James had not responded to the president’s tweet.


R. Kelly might want to get some fresh legal advice. The R&B singer released 19-minute track “I Admit” on Monday — the song, which includes chorus “I admit it/I did it,” covers the accusations that Kelly kidnapped women and held them as sex slaves and that he slept with underage girls.

“Today is the day you’ve been waiting for,” Kelly wrote on Instagram, directing followers to the same SoundCloud link you can find towards the bottom of this post.

Before even that, you can read some of the more explosive lyrics below.

“I admit I f— wit all the ladies,” he sings at one point. “That’s both older and young ladies/But tell me how they call it ‘pedophile’ because of that s—/that’s crazy/You may have your opinions/Entitled to your opinions/But really am I supposed to go to jail or lose my career because of your opinion?”

“I admit I am not perfect,” Kelly says later. “I never said I was perfect/Say I’m abusing these women/What the f—?/That’s some absurd s—/They brainwashed?/Really?/Kidnapped?/Really?/Can’t eat?/ Really?/Real talk/that s— sound silly.”

And then there’s this: “What’s the definition of a ‘cult’?/What’s the definition of a ‘sex slave’?/Go to the dictionary/look it up/Let me know/I’ll be here waiting.”


Tekashi 6ix9ine has been hospitalized after reportedly being attacked and kidnapped on Sunday (July 22), according to TMZ. The assailants allegedly robbed him of $750,000 in jewelry and $15,000 to $20,000 in cash.

Sources told TMZ that 6ix9ine was driving home after working on a video in Brooklyn on Sunday morning. A car allegedly blocked his path and three gunmen hopped out of the vehicle to confront the rapper. The attackers reportedly pistol-whipped 6ix9ine, knocking him out before kidnapping him.

According to the sources, 6ix9ine regained consciousness inside his kidnappers’ vehicle. The gunmen allegedly threatened to kill him before making their way to 6ix9ne’s home. There, two of his attackers went inside to rob the place of thousands of dollars. 6ix9ine’s baby mama and child were inside the residence but not harmed.

The incident didn’t end there. TMZ reports the gunmen fled with 6ix9ine still in the car, but he was somehow able to get out of the vehicle. His attackers allegedly didn’t chase after him, and 6ix9ine was able to hop in a stranger’s ride.

The stranger called 911 and an ambulance arrived to take 6ix9ine to the hospital. He remains at an unidentified medical facility.

UPDATE: TMZ has received additional details in which 6ix9ine reportedly told cops a slightly different version of the event. According to his story, 6ix9ine was the passenger in a vehicle when another car bumped into them at a red light.

Two men with guns allegedly hopped out, stole the driver’s iPhone and kidnapped 6ix9ine. After driving to 6ix9ine’s house, he called someone inside the residence. The person was reportedly instructed to bring out jewelry to the kidnappers.

According to TMZ’s sources, 6ix9ine told cops he was able to escape. Since then, he’s allegedly become uncooperative with officers.

6ix9ine’s baby mama has publicly addressed the situation on Instagram, asking for people to respect her family’s privacy.


Chris Brown was arrested on Thursday night, moments after wrapping up his concert in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The 29-year-old singer was taken into police custody by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office for an out-of-county warrant, according to online court records.

Police waited for Brown to finish his set at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre before immediately escorting him into a cruiser, #TMZ reported.

He was booked at 11:00 p.m. local time and placed on $2,000 bond. Brown posted the bond and was released just before midnight, according to records.

The warrant was for felony battery and was issued in April 2017 by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office, a spokesperson for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office told #PEOPLE.

Police said Brown allegedly “sucker punched” a 29-year-old club photographer in Tampa during a paid appearance at AJA Channelside around 1 a.m. local time on April 17. The alleged victim claimed that Brown attacked him because he was taking photos after Brown arrived at the venue for an afterparty “showing.”

Brown had left by the time officers arrived on the scene and the victim declined medical attention, though he suffered a “minor” cut to his lip, according to police. The victim said he intended to prosecute.

In a statement on Facebook at the time, the club wrote, “Incidents like the ones caused by Chris Brown and his team are very sad to see. As everyone witnessed he showed up to the club at around 1:30am. After only a few minutes of being there, Chris Brown himself and his team assaulted our club photographer and proceeded to walk out of the venue.”

“AJA Channelside and our employees apologize for the inconvenience,” the statement continued. “Assault charges were pressed and we are dealing with the proper authorities accordingly. We appreciate your constant support!”


#Nas is one who never has to worry about money…. He’s hit the jackpot once again. This time with his latest investment. #PillPack was just bought by #Amazon for $1 Billion… as if he’s not rich enough!

The artist picks the right kinds of business ventures. A recent announcement revealed Amazon’s acquisition of an online pharmacy called PillPack. The startup offers a door-to-door service, enabling their customers to stock up by ordering online and having their products delivered directly to their homes.

PillPack was backed by Nas’ Queensbridge Venture Partners as an early investor in 2014. The fund is said to have raised $8.8 million. Since then, a total of $118 million was amassed in private capital investments before Amazon’s involvement. The deal is set to be finalized this fall. TJ Parker and Elliot Cohen, the owners of the online pharmacy, are each making $100 million from the deal. Nas and his crew are more than like to have hefty cheques coming in too.

Nas has been winning big in business on the low. This is the second time Amazon buys out one of his investments. In March, the retail giant shelled out $1 billion to purchase Ring, a smart doorbell company. Nas came out of that deal with a cool $40M. Queensbridge Venture Partners also had a hand in Lyft, Genius (FKA Rap Genius) and more. It seems like the New York City native moves in silence for the most part. Folks should not be fooled by his humble demeanor. #maybachradio


Dover, DE – Eminem isn’t backing down following criticism for his use of a “gunshot sound effect” at the 2018 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

Slim Shady used the pyrotechnic concussion once again during his performance at the 2018 Firefly Music Festival on Saturday (June 16). But this time around, he had a warning message for fans.

“If you are easily frightened by loud noises or offended by explicit lyrics, you shouldn’t be here,” the message reads.

Eminem was criticized on social media last week for using the pyrotechnic concussion at the Bonnaroo Festival. Some attendees said they were scared by the “gunshot sound” due to the regularity of mass shootings in the U.S.

Paul Rosenberg, the longtime manager of Eminem, later responded to the controversy by clarifying what the noise was and noted its frequent use in Slim Shady’s live shows.

“Contrary to inaccurate reports, @Eminem does not use gunshot sound effects during his live show,” Rosenberg wrote on Instagram. “The effect used by Eminem in his set at @bonnaroo was a pyrotechnic concussion which creates a loud boom. He has used this effect — as have hundreds other artists — in his live show for over 10 years, including previous US festival dates in 2018 without complaint.”

Eminem has seemingly been unphased by it all, even having some fun with another polarizing part of his performances ahead of the Firefly Festival gig.

In an Instagram post shared on Saturday, the rap superstar joked about performing his entire set in the accents that frustrate some of his listeners.