The rapper held a listening party Thursday night for a new album which includes a song with these lyrics — “I held Kim Kardashian by the throat, n***a. I made her swallow my kids until she choked, n***a.”
The lyrics are gonna be a big deal — not just because Kim might be pissed, but because Kanye will almost definitely go nuclear. We already know he doesn’t take kindly to other dudes talking about his wife … especially in a sexual manner.
R. Kellymight take a financial hit as more of his hit songs get pulled from streaming services, but he’s more concerned with filing a fat lawsuit against Lifetime over its docuseries … TMZ has learned.
Sources connected to the singer tell us he’s not flipping out about people like Celine Dion, Lady Gaga and Ciara yanking their R. Kelly collabs. We’re told his only reaction has been to dismiss those artists as “phonies” who are trying to salvage their own images on the heels of the “Surviving R. Kelly” allegations.
We’re told he is freaking out about what he considers “lies” put forward in ‘Surviving.’ As we’ve reported, Kelly’s lawyers fired off acease and desist letter to Lifetime ahead of the six-part docuseries airing. Of course, Lifetime didn’t blink and Kelly’s now pressuring his attorneys to follow through with the legal threat.
We’re told he has daily meetings with lawyers where they not only discuss the content of ‘Surviving’ … but also attempt to dig up dirt on Lifetime execs. The way one source describes it, Kelly seems crazed about getting revenge, and will leave no stone unturned until he gets it.
Jack Swagger and CM Punk are former WWE World Heavyweight Champions turned MMA fighters … but that’s where the similarities end, ’cause Swagger tells TMZ Sports when he fights, he ain’t losing.
Big facts … Swagger — real name Jake Hager — was a pro wrestling superstar. But, he was also a stud on the wrestling mats in college — earning All-American honors at Oklahoma in ’06.
That’s precisely why 6’7″, 265 lb Swagger says when he steps into the cage to fight J.W. Kiser at Bellator 214 on January 26 … he’ll look NOTHING like Punk — who got destroyed in both of his UFC fights.
“I’m different for so many reasons,” Swagger told us … “I’ve been wrestling since I was 5 years old, bro.”
“I have over 150 Division 1 college wrestling matches, and I’m gonna rely on that as my amateur MMA and boxing career to help when the anxiety kicks in.”
Punk — who lasted less than 3 minutes before Mickey Gall almost choked the life outta him — had no prior combat experience before signing with the UFC at 36-years-old … no real wrestling, boxing or jiu-jitsu experience to lean on.
“I think the biggest thing that you’re gonna see is the difference between me and him is that I am prepared. I am 100% prepared to take this fight, to go into that Octagon, go in that cage and inflict my will on anybody.”
R. Kelly might have been creepy when Destiny’s Child recorded with him in 1998, but Beyonce‘s dad says no one in the music biz cared about his personal life, because he was killing it professionally.
Mathew Knowles tells TMZ … every artist back then was judged by their talent and NOT their personal misdeeds. In Kelly’s case, that meant giving him a pass for reportedly marrying 15-year-old Aaliyah in 1994 … and settling a lawsuit with a woman claiming he had underage sex with her.
Mathew says creative genius trumped all back then.
If you didn’t know … Destiny’s Child — Bey, Kelly Rowland, LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson at the time — recorded a song with Kelly, but it never made the final cut for a DC album. Bey was 17 at the time, and Mathew makes it clear … he and Tina Knowles never lost sight of the girls during the session.
Despite the #MeToo era, Mathew thinks the music industry hasn’t made much progress when it comes to artists working with dubious characters — because, for many, it’s still just business.
Case in point, Lady Gaga recorded with Kelly in 2013 … something for which she’s now apologizing. She also said she’s pulling their duet from streaming services.