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Federal agents are surprised that rappers Drake and Ye, the artist formerly known as Kanye West, held a concert to help free convicted killer Larry Hoover (pictured right).

According to TMZ, the feds are "pissed" that the music icons held a historic concert to advocate for a convict the government considers the "worst of the worst."

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One federal law enforcement source tells TMZ prosecutors are "surprised" to see Drake and Ye throwing so much support behind the #FreeLarryHoover movement, considering the facts of his case.

Hoover was convicted and sentenced to multiple life terms in prison for directing the murder of a Chicago man in 1973.

The man was accused of stealing from Hoover's gang, Chicago's infamous Gangster Disciples. Hoover is credited with founding the Gangster Disciples, aka GD's.

He was already serving 150-200 years in prison for the murder, when the feds indicted and convicted Hoover for drug conspiracy, extortion and engaging in organized crime. In 1997, he began serving 6 life sentences in a federal Supermax prison.

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Hoover will never see the light of day, but his supporters -- including Drake and Ye -- believe his federal sentence is too harsh -- especially considering his federal crimes were related to drug distribution and trafficking.

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The feds acknowledge many low-level drug dealers received draconian prison terms in the '80s and '90s. An example is Alice Marie Johnson, who was serving a life sentence for drug trafficking when she was freed by former President Donald Trump.

Ye asked Trump to pardon Hoover back in 2018, but the former President denied his request.

And just this past summer the federal parole board denied Hoover's request for a compassionate release. The 71-year-old has been in prison for 48 years.

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Federal sources tell TMZ that Ye, Drake and others would be better served helping other inmates besides Hoover.

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Rapper Drake was not impressed when a self-professed "clout chaser" sent him her unsolicited nudes recently.

In an interview with No Jumper, Celina claims Drake immediately changed his number after she sent him her nudes.

"Drake changed his number because of us," she said, referring to herself and IG model Ayyyjae. "All I did was send nudes like every month."

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Celina (right) is a 26-year-old Instagram model from Puerto Rico, who is known for her eye-watering Instagram photos.

Ayyyjae (left) made a name for herself after she allegedly "serviced" 7 NBA players in one night.

Celina claims she had affairs with OG rap legend Snoop Dogg, who is married, and NFL star Odell Beckham Jr, who is expecting a baby with his fiancee.

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Ye, the artist formerly known as Kanye West, ended his decade-long beef with rapper Drake. The two superstars have been feuding for years.

On Tuesday, Ye shared a photo of himself posing with Drake at a party at Drake's Toronto mansion.

Ye captioned the image with an emoji of a dove with a leaf in its beak - typically a symbol of death - to indicate their beef is dead.

"You have reached your destination," Drake wrote in the caption of a video that shows comedian Dave Chappelle speaking at the same party.

According to Yahoo! News, their decade-long beef began when Ye cut Drake's verses from his hit song song, "All Of The Lights" in 2010.

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In 2011, Drake shaded Ye and Jay-Z's joint album Watch The Throne. "I heard some other guys are coming out with an album, too," he said on Westwood.

"There's two other rappers that are coming out with an album together. I don't know where they got that idea."

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Also in 2011, Drake told the Source magazine he wanted to be "better" than Ye.

"when I was a kid trying to figure out what I liked, it was Ye who I related to the most. He was an artist, in every sense, from his cover art to his music. Now, I would say, he is [a] really great competitor... and friend, at the same time... My goal is to surpass everything he's accomplished. I don't want to be as good as Kanye, I want to be better."

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In 2014, Drake dissed Kanye's album Yeezus in an interview with Rolling Stone. "There were some real questionable bars on there," he said.

Ye reportedly responded to the interview during a concert, saying:

"They always be trying to pit ****** against each other and it ain't going down no more. So, tonight, it ain't none of that. We love Drake."

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In 2015, Ye called out Drake's collaboration with Nike in the song "Facts", while Drake mocked Ye about the size of his pool in "Summer Sixteen", with the lyrics, "Ye's pool is nice, mine's just bigger's what I'm saying."

In 2018, rapper Pusha T - who is signed to Ye's record label - released a Drake diss track, "The Story of Adidon", in which he alleges that Drake has a secret son. Drake later confirmed he was a father, with lyrics on his number one album Scorpion in June 2018.

Drake's producer J Prince later hinted that Ye told Pusha about Drake's son -- which Ye has denied.

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Kanye -- a father of 4 -- tweeted: "I did not have any conversations about your child with Pusha. I don't play with the idea of people's children after I spoke to Wiz a few years earlier."

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In September 2018, a fan tweeted a theory that Drake slept with Ye's estranged wife, Kim Kardashian. "Drake's been telling us for months now he slept with Kim K, we just haven't been listening".

Kim denied the rumors and Ye lashed out at Drake on Twitter, posting 18 tweets in a row.

Ye also took to Instagram to slam Drake for not denying the rumors.

"People making rumors or thinking you f****** my wife and you're not saying nothing... that don't sit well with my spirit. You know, if I had a girlfriend from Chicago, her name was Renita, and you was married to Rihanna, I wouldn't make no song called 'Riri.' So when you're like, 'I don't know where it came,' you too smart for that bro."

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In December 2019, Drake told the Rap Radar podcast he had no interest in squashing his beef with Pusha T.

"That's where all of this stems from," he said.

"It's all rooted in that situation, yes. I think that he definitely recruited a guy with a similar dislike for me no matter what he says in interviews... I could never ever ever ever turn my back on the things that I've said about Ye in a positive light, and I still feel all those same things."

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In November 2021, Kanye changed his name to "Ye," -- an apparent nod to Drake who always refers to him by that name.

In a video shared on Twitter, Ye said:

"I'm making this video to address the ongoing back and forth between myself and Drake. Both me and Drake have taken shots at each other and it's time to put it to rest."

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A Drake impersonator -- who looks nothing like him -- earns thousands of dollars for club bookings where he lip-syncs as the Canadian rapper.

The bootleg Drake, who goes by "Izzy", sat down with No Jumper for an in-depth interview. Izzy claims he went to Miami where people told him he looked just like the rap star.

They encouraged Izzy to shave a heart in his head -- and that's when the money started rolling in.

"People DM me, like, 'Do you want to come to my event? We can't pay Drake because he's too expensive," said Izzy. He claims club owners cover his travel expenses and hotel bills.

"I've been doing my thing, you know. That's all I'm gonna say."

One promoter in Las Vegas booked Izzy to perform at a club there, but the promoter didn't want to anger the real Drake. So he put in a call to his management, and got in touch with Drake himself.

Drake reportedly told the promoter, "Let the guy get his bag."

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Curvaceous WNBA star Liz Cambage shows off the hot bod that won rapper Drake's heart.

Drake is so smitten with the 30-year-old Las Vegas Aces center that he is pushing to expand the WNBA to Toronto so she can play near him.

Drake, 35, recently shared an Instagram photo that shows him embracing his new bew. He captioned the photo: "face of the franchise my mini me."

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After secretly dating the 6'-8" bombshell for a few weeks, Drake contacted the WNBA to inquire about expanding the league to his hometown of Toronto.

He wrote in his Instagram Stories, "@WNBA I need a Toronto team."

Drake's post led fans to believe he is desperate to bring Liz to Toronto so she can play near him.

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The Emo rapper faces lawsuits stemming from the tragic Astroworld Festival disaster in Houston last week. 8 people died and hundreds were injured after his surprise appearance on stage sparked a stampede.

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Drake apparently ignored the advice of his counsel and is speaking out about the tragic deaths during Travis Scott's Astroworld Festival.

In a post on his Instagram page on Tuesday, Drake called the stampede that resulted in 8 deaths a "devastating tragedy."

"I hate resorting to this platform to express an emotion as delicate as grief but this is where I find myself. My heart is broken for the families and friends of those who lost their lives and for anyone who is suffering."

The Emo rapper added:

"I will continue to pray for all of them, and will be of service in any way I can. May God be with you all."

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Travis Scott faces lawsuits from injured victims and families of deceased fans. Drake is also named in at least one lawsuit for "inciting the crowd."

Drake was a special guest at the concert and was not a scheduled act.

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Drake's new album Certified Lover Boy topped Kanye West's DONDA in the battle for streaming supremacy.

Drake dropped CLB three days after Universal Music released DONDA without Kanye's permission.

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Word has it that Kanye delayed DONDA's release date because he feared being outshined by Drake's new offering.

The "Hotline Bling" rapper recently traded disses with Kanye as they both prepared to drop their new releases.

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The Canadian superstar pummeled Kanye in lyrics on his track "7am on Bridle Path."

    "I could give a f--k about who designing your sneakers and tees
    Have somebody put you on a Gildan, you play with my seed
    Trust me, there's some sh-t you really gotta come see to believe
    That's why your people not believers, they all leavin' ya
    That's why you buyin' into the hype that the press feedin' ya

    You know the fourth level of jealousy is called media
    Isn't that an ironic revelation?
    Give that address to your driver, make it your destination
    Instead of just a post out of desperation."

Certified Lover Boy is currently number one on the Rolling Stone Top 200 Albums Chart. CLB crushed DONDA's listening figures, according to Alpha Data, the analytics provider behind the Rolling Stone charts.

In just three days, Certified Lover Boy received 430 million on-demand audio streams in the U.S. Meanwhile, DONDA pulled in just under 423 million listens in its first eight days of streaming.

Certified Lover Boy isn't Drake's biggest album to date. 2018's Scorpion, featuring hit single "Sandra's Rose," racked up more than 725 million streams in its first week of release.

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Drake released the first visual off Certified Lover Boy for his track "Way 2 Sexy" featuring Atlanta rappers Young Thug and Future Hendrix.

In the video, directed by Dave Meyers, Drake portrays a plethora of "sexy" characters such as action hero Drambo (pictured above), a swashbuckler, a cologne spokesman, and a workout instructor.

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Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard makes a cameo appearance in one scene with Drake, Thugga and Future wearing all white suits.

Drake released his 6th studio album, Certified Lover Boy, via OVO Sound/Republic Records on Friday, Sept. 3.

Fans immediately took to social media to share their reviews. The album drew comparisons to Kanye West's oft-delayed DONDA album, which dropped Sunday.

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As promised, Drake delivered his new album, Certified Lover Boy, without much fanfare or bizarre stunts.

The 34-year-old rapper dropped his first full length release since Scorpion in 2018 - on Friday - almost a year late due to the pandemic.

Standout collabs on the album include rappers Jay Z and mumble rapper Travis Scott.

CLB also includes features with Giveon, Lil Durk, Kid Cudi, Future, Yebba, Young Thug, Lil Baby and 21 Savage.

On "Fair Trade," Drake and Travis seek loyalty from women in their lives and they don't mind losing friends to achieve loyalty.

    "I don't know who love me, but I know that it ain't everybody
    I can never love her, she a busy body
    Baby, if you want me, can't be turnin' up with everybody, nah

    Can't be f*ckin' on just anybody, yeah
    I got feelings for you, that's the thing about it, yeah
    You know that it's somethin' when I sing about it, yeah."

In a post on his Instagram Stories, the rapper described his sixth album as, "A combination of toxic masculinity and acceptance of truth which is inevitably heartbreaking." He also dedicated the album to late Instagram models Nadia Ntuli and Mercedes Morr who both died this year.

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Ahead of the release of the record, Drake's mom Sandi Graham sent him sweet and encouraging notes.

Her message on Tuesday, Aug, 31, reads:

"To: Lover Boy Three days more we're counting down, for us to hear the best. Everyone's excited, cause you're nothing like the rest. Three more days my pookaroo I couldn't be more proud of you! Loving mom."

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Lil Nas X posed for a photo shoot in PEOPLE magazine with a gut full of his debut album, Montero.

LNX strapped on a prosthetic belly to celebrate the impending delivery of his "baby" on Sept. 17.

He tells PEOPLE exclusively that he decided to do the shoot after YouTuber James Charles pretended to be pregnant after listening to Megan Thee Stallion's verse on his new song "Dolla Sign Slime" for the first time.

"I was like, 'Oh my God, this is amazing,' so I immediately called my stylist," LNX claims.

"She was like, 'Wow, this all comes together. Your album. Your baby.' I was like, 'Yeah, this is my baby, huh?' As a joke, she was like, 'Yeah, you should do a pregnancy shoot.'

"I was like, 'You know what? That's actually brilliant.' So now we have this entire thing coming out, and it's going to be amazing."

Earlier this week, LNX trolled Drake by sharing an album cover of pregnant men emojis. Drake's Certified Lover Boy album, featuring pregnant female emojis on the cover, drops Friday.

"I was like, 'There's no way the universe is lining up this perfect for this to happen," LNX laughed.