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Billionaire New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft celebrated his 80th birthday with close friends at his Hamptons mansion over the weekend.

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Jay Z and Meek Mill, who reportedly received loans from their pal in the past, repaid their friend's loyalty by gifting him with a brand new Bentley.

Business mogul Michael Rubin, who owns a $50 million bungalow nearby, pitched in to pay for the luxury vehicle.

Hollywood mogul Ari Emanuel and his fiancee presented the octogenarian with a pedigree puppy.

After petting the puppy, Kraft was led out to his driveway where the blue Bentley was parked.

Kraft raised his hands over his head in surprise. Then he kissed Rubin on the cheek and embraced him. "How did you get it?" he asked Rubin.

"We have resources," Rubin responded.

Meek Mill posted a video of the special moment on his social media. He captioned the video, "Drop top bent for Kraft awwwwww lol hbd robert." Meek included 6 trophy emojis to represent the number of Super Bowls Kraft has won.

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After the intimate party, Kraft spent a quiet evening with his 47-year-old girlfriend Dana Blumberg, an Ophthalmologist from New York.
 

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Rap fans groaned when reports spread that hip-hop star Black Rob was hospitalized with an unknown illness last week.

The rapper, born Robert Ross, trended on Twitter.com after a video showed him in the hospital a day after rap legend DMX died.

Rob, 51, is best known for his hit song "Whoah!", which peaked at number 43 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart in 2000.

Fans were concerned for Rob's health because he looked frail and weak.

Rob said: "What's goin' on. I don't know what the pain is, the pain is crazy man. It's helping me out though, but it's making me realize I got a lot to go on."

A day later, another video surfaced in which Rob said he is homeless and living from pillar to post.

Atlanta author Patrick "Big Cheez" Goines offered Rob a place to stay until he gets back on his feet.

Industry veteran Mark Curry gave an update:

"Black Rob just got discharged from the hospital," he said. "It's overwhelming to see how many people care about our legends... I don't know who put it out there... but, he's good!"

A GoFundMe account raised $10,000 of a $50,000 goal for medical expenses.

On Saturday, Rob updated his Instagram account with a message about clout chasing bloggers.

"Don’t always believe what the media post with out true context! Cats always wants to spread negativity for a come up!"
 

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Rapper Bobby Shmurda is a free man. The "Hot N*gga" rap star was released from prison on Tuesday, Feb. 23, after serving six years on weapons possession charges.

The 26-year-old Miami native, real name Acquille Pollard, will serve 5 years probation on felony criminal weapons possession and conspiracy to murder.

Shmurda's fans see his release as symbolic of criminal justice reform. Particularly during Black History Month.

Shmurda was under investigation by the feds who claimed he is the ringleader of a violent street gang called "GS9" that was responsible for murders and drug trafficking in the Brooklyn area.

He gained overnight fame as an independent artist when he dropped "Hot N*gga" on YouTube in 2014. His signature "Shmoney dance" inspired dozens of Vine videos, and was included on Beyonce and Jay Z's On the Run Tour.
 

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The hip-hop world is mourning the loss of popular rapper Baby CEO who died exactly three years after the death of his mentor, Fredo Santana.

The baby faced Memphis rapper was 20 at the time of his death, which was first reported by Twitter user @Mymixtapes.

According to reports, Baby CEO, real name Jonathan Brown, died Tuesday, Jan. 19, from a drug overdose.

Brown is best known for his 2016 rap debut "Youngest in Charge" and a series of controversial social media posts in 2013 when he rapped amid a backdrop of guns, cash and drugs.

According to reports, Brown's social media posts drew the attention of authorities due to his age. He had a lengthy criminal record and was arrested in 2015 for violating the terms of his probation.

In a social media post on Wednesday, Brown's brother noted the rapper had recently witnessed the birth of his son. He also asked fans to stop spreading rumors about his brother's death.

"He wasn't shot or killed by anyone... please stop spreading false rumors and pray for our family," he wrote.

Brown was the protege of Chicago drill rapper Fredo Santana, who died on January 19, 2018 after suffering a seizure.

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After months of blaming white cops for killing Black men with impunity, rapper Tip "T.I." Harris agrees that rappers are more likely to be killed by other rappers.

Aspiring New York rapper Fivio Foreign tweeted about the rash of shootings that has taken the lives of several underground rappers including King Von, Mo3 and Dr. Rose, who were all shot to death in a 2 week span.

"Rappers are da most targeted people on planet earth. Target by police, by otha Rappers, by Media, By civilians & everybody else dat feel like we shouldnt have all da things we have!" Fivio tweeted.

T.I. shared the post on Instagram, and captioned it with the emojis for "No cap," meaning no lies.

Louisiana rapper Boosie Badazz, 38, nearly lost his life when he was shot after attending a vigil for his artist Mo3, rap name Melvin Noble, 28, who was killed on a Dallas freeway on Nov. 11.

In a recent interview, Boosie shared his opinion that rapping is dangerous work.

"We got the [most] dangerous job as rappers. Nobody has a more dangerous job."

Boosie is scheduled to undergo surgery to amputate one of his feet after suffering a gunshot wound to the lower leg.
 

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Rapper Mulatto, aka Big Latto, first made a name for herself as a kiddie rapper selling her mixtapes out of the trunk of her mom's car.

After releasing a series of mixtapes and collaborating with other well-known rappers, she dropped out of Lovejoy High School in Clayton County, Ga. to pursue a recording career.

Mulatto is best known for winning the inaugural season of the Lifetime reality series The Rap Game. She signed to RCA Records after dropping her hit single "B*tch From Da Souf," which peaked at number 5 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.

Mulatto was offered a recording contract from Jermaine Dupri on his So So Def Records imprint, but she turned it down to go independent.
 

The shapely rapper boasts a huge following on social media (4.3 million followers on IG alone).

Her debut album, Queen of Da Souf, is set to drop next week, Aug. 21. She will celebrate with a private album release party on Aug. 20 at Atlanta's #1 gentlemen's club. (Visit queenofdasouf.com to RSVP).
 

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Rapper Lil Baby is dismayed that no one told him Kanye West wanted to work with him on a song. The Atlanta rapper took to Twitter.com to respond after Kanye dropped his name in one of his rambling tweets the week.

"Lil Baby my favorite rapper but won't do a song wit me," Kanye tweeted.

Lil Baby responded, "Nobody told me ye was trying to get me on a song that's fucced up."

In a follow-up tweet, Baby tagged Kanye and wrote, "kanyewest no disrespect nobody told me."

Maybe no one told Baby because no one in his camp knew until Kanye tweeted about it this week.

The 25-year-old rapper caused a firestorm on social media after he got into a heated debate with Rolling Stone writer Charles Holmes, when the journalist insisted, "Black people can't be racist."

But Lil Baby disagreed: "Just 'cause you work in a racist system doesn't mean you racist."

"Damn near every system that got a job is a racist system. You know what I mean?" said the rapper, real name Dominique Armani Jones.

"CEOs be like old white people. You never know, they got to be some kind of racist 'cause at some certain age... that was the way of life almost. So I almost feel like all these corporations or whatnot may be racist. And black people are racist too."

"Black people can't be racist," the writer said in disagreement, prompting Baby to respond, "Why? Racist means to be just to your race."

Holmes explained: "Well, the thing about racism is you would have to have some type of power, and Black people, historically speaking, don't have any power to be racist. We can be prejudiced."

"To me, a racist is someone who treats a different race than theirs a different way than they would treat theirs," the "Drip Too Hard" rapper said.

Lil Baby's second album My Turn debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. It also went platinum.

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NYPD investigators are trying to determine wether the shooting deaths of two rappers were in retaliation for the drive-by shooting of Anthony Robinson, 29, on Sunday in the Bronx.

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U.S.-based Ghanian rapper Jay Gunz (pictured) was among 3 males shot by two gunmen in the hallway of an apartment building in the Bronx over the weekend.

Graphic surveillance video captured two unidentified Black males shooting at the three terrified victims as they crouched down outside a locked apartment door around 8 p.m.

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Gunz, real name Joel Baba, 22, and another Ghanian rapper, Eghosa "Eno" Imafidon, 23, were pronounced dead. A third man, Mohammed Baba, 29, is recovering from gunshot wounds at a Bronx hospital.

The shooting occurred at 306 East 171 street on Sunday, not far from where Robinson was killed as he crossed a street while holding his 6-year-old daughter's hand.

Robinson was gunned down at the corner of Sheridan Avenue and East 170th Street - four blocks from the building where Baba and Imafadon were killed just 2 hours later.

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Robinson and the three victims were reportedly members of African gangs in the Bronx.

According to Ghanaweb.com, Jay Gunz's mother, who is from Sekondi, owns a popular store in the Bronx, and provided a good living for her children.

49 people were shot and 8 killed in New York City's deadliest 4th of July weekend in decades.

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Boosie Badazz claims he declined a meeting with rap mogul Jay-Z who tried to entice him to apologize to retired NBA star Dwyane Wade.

In an interview with The Breakfast Club radio show, Boosie claims Jay-Z tried to arrange for him to apologize to Wade over comments the rapper made about Wade's gender confused child, Zaya Wade.

Zaya, who was born Zion, is a 12-year-old boy who suffers from the mental disorder Gender Dysphoria and prefers to use feminine pronouns.

Boosie, whose real name is Torrence Hatch, said Wade went too far by announcing his child's sexual and gender preference.

"Nah, they already tried to do that. They was trying to hook up some shit with a meeting," said Boosie. "They say Jay-Z was gonna get him on the phone and all that shit. I need to apologize to save this and save that."

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Boosie's 16-year-old son (pictured left) supported his father in an Instagram stories post, writing:

"F*ck Dwayne [sic] and his son, [I don't care if] he gay. My pops said what he said. Stop sending me that. I bet you won't say it to our face. I know this girl that will do sum thangs to DWade son that will make that boy back str8."

 

Boosie went on to say he declined to speak with Jay-Z because he didn't think he said anything wrong.

"I'm not apologizing for shit. I don't give a f*ck if Jesus calling to get me to apologize. I said what I said, man. I felt that was right."
 

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French Montana is facing a sexual battery lawsuit from a woman who alleges he was one of several men who sexually assaulted her at his California home.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, an unnamed woman, who filed the suit as a Jane Doe, is suing the hip-hop star, real name, Karim Kharbouch, a member of his entourage, Mansour Bennouna, and bosses at his label Coke Boy Records.

The lawsuit accuses French and his employee of assault and battery, sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and label chiefs of negligent hiring, supervision and retention, and negligence.

The woman claims she was invited back to the "No Stylist" hitmaker's home after they met at a recording studio in the early hours of March 28, 2018. She claimed she was plied with drinks, including a shot that caused her to black out.

She alleges French's employee "sexually assaulted, sexually harassed, and raped" her, and the rapper, "sexually assaulted, sexually harassed" her.

Doe states the rapper and his entourage gang raped her. She remembers "several men coming in and out of the bedroom" and attacking her while she was incapacitated and that she believes French "was one of the men" who sexually assaulted her.

The alleged victim states she "regained consciousness" around 1:30 p.m with Bennouna "spooning" her and that she "felt a pain in her pelvis, lower back and vagina."

The lawsuit states that after leaving the rapper's home, she had a rape kit administered that reportedly showed the presence of semen, after which she reported the rape to the police.

She is seeking unspecified damages for "extreme emotional distress, anxiety, flashbacks and depression" she allegedly experienced and claims the trauma ended her burgeoning career as a model.

WENN has contacted French's representatives regarding the allegations.

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