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Charles Manson Follower I’m a Legit Artist … Lady Gaga Film Used My Music!!!

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Bobby Beausoleil — one of Charles Manson‘s followers who’s been in prison for murder for almost 49 years — is on the verge of getting out, and he might have a Lady Gaga documentary to thank for helping his case.

If you don’t know, Beausoleil’s not considered part of the Manson “family,” but he was an associate and was convicted of first-degree murder in 1970. Despite an initial life sentence, he was recommended for parole by a California parole panel earlier this month … after being rejected 18 times before.

According to transcripts from his parole hearing, Beausoleil was asked several questions about his music and art in relation to his connection to Manson, and he made it clear … his art stands alone.

To prove his point … Beausoleil pointed out the soundtrack he provided for the 1972 short film “Lucifer Rising” was sampled in the 2017 documentary about Lady Gaga, “Gaga: Five Foot Two.”

Beausoleil told the parole board … “The Lady Gaga documentary used a portion of it … and it has been used in other films.” He added … “It is respected on its own merits as art … I think it is important to try to see it as something that is not representative of something that is related to Manson.”

We looked into it, and his story checks out … 2 tracks from “Lucifer Rising” were used in the Gaga doc, and Bobby is credited as the writer.

It’s unclear if Lady Gaga had any input about the musical selections for the doc — which was directed by Chris Moukarbel — but we reached out to her rep … no word back so far.

Either way, Beausoleil’s overall pitch to the panel worked on the 19th try, because they found him suitable for parole. Next up … the Board of Parole Hearings will review the case and if it approves, the case will go to recently elected Gov. Gavin Newsom, who can decide to approve or block his release.

112’s Slim Kanye’s In A Great Place Spiritually … Gospel Music Collab?!?

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Kanye West could soon be dropping some new music with a totally different vibe … this according to 112 crooner Slim.

Slim came on “TMZ Live” Monday and strongly hinted at a Christian music collab between 112 and Yeezy … telling us Kanye is in a good place spiritually and suggesting new tunes could be on the way from the “musical genius.” 

As you know, Kanye surprised Kim Kardashian Saturday night with a serenade from 112 … and it sounds like the musicians did more than just rehash old hits. 

Slim says he and Mike chopped it up with Kanye about religion, spirituality and music … adding they were playing around with different songs to make them sound “Christian.”

Watch … Slim says there’s a definite connection between 112 and Ye, and he explains why their collab could bring more kids into church.

R. Kelly Label Puts His Music on Hold … Amid ‘Surviving’ Heat

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R. Kelly might as well be record label-less right now — because his current one has frozen him out … putting new music on ice until the dust settles in his latest scandal … TMZ has learned.

Sources familiar with R. Kelly’s contract and dealings with RCA/Sony tell us … the label will not produce any of the singer’s new music, it will not put money behind any of his projects, and it will not release any additional music until the criminal investigations in Georgia and Atlanta and other fallout resolve one way or the other.  

We’re told R. Kelly is pissed because he’s been in the studio recording new music to fulfill the obligations under his RCA contract … which requires 2 new albums.  

Our sources say he’s especially annoyed RCA/Sony won’t provide money for music videos.

RCA/Sony is in a tough spot — they can read the tea leaves and know they will have hell to pay in terms of PR if they release R. Kelly’s songs in the wake of the growing #muteRkelly movement.

On the other hand, the label has a deal with R. Kelly, and if they formally walk away from him now without any criminal charges to justify ending the contract … they could be sued.  We don’t know if there’s a “morals clause” in R. Kelly’s contract … which would allow the label to give him the boot for crossing the line.

It sounds like they could mutually agree to end things because we’re told R. Kelly is very unhappy and if the label doesn’t embrace him he wants out.  The problem … where to go? On top of that, our sources say other artists are now turning him down for possible collabs.

In case you haven’t noticed, Kelly has been releasing new music via social media and SoundCloud for a minute. Yes, R. Kelly is a SoundCloud singer … at least, for now. 

We’ve reached out to RCA/Sony for comment … so far, no word back. 

Mystikal Close to Getting Outta Prison on Bail … If New Music Deal’s a Go

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Mystikal is THIS close to getting the money he needs to post bail and get out of prison while he waits for his rape case trial to begin … thanks to friends and a record deal.

You may recall the rapper was booked in 2017 for first-degree rape and second-degree kidnapping after he turned himself in following a Louisiana woman who came forward.

He’s been behind bars ever since (almost a year and a half), but people around him have recently rallied and he could be set free soon, pending his trial in May.

Mystikal’s attorney, Joel Pearce, tells TMZ … his client’s friends and family have been raising money to help post the $ 3 million bail. But, what really helped is a new music deal.

Tim Yazbeck, another attorney for the rapper, tells TMZ … Mystikal has a new record deal for 3 unreleased albums and he’s hoping to get an advance within days.

Mystikal’s legal team tells us they’re confident he’ll be out on bail by the end of next week. 

Grandmaster Flash R. Kelly’s My Friend But I Will NOT Play His Music!!!

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Even R. Kelly‘s longtime friends are turning on him, like hip-hop icon Grandmaster Flash, who says you won’t hear him play a single Kelly hit song from now on.

We got Flash Thursday at LAX and asked him if DJs, in general, should join the #MuteRKelly movement. Little did we know that Kelly and Flash are pals. The Bronx legend told us, “I’ve been knowing him for a very long time.”

Still, he didn’t hesitate to say, “I can’t play his music.” Now, the question Flash really wrestled with was … what happens the next time he sees his “friend?”

Despite his stance on Kelly’s music, Flash says he wouldn’t turn his back on him, personally. He has some thoughts on what kinda help Kelly needs.

Now, taking a photo with Kelly??? Grandmaster Flash says that’s a different story.

Watch … as he puts it, “It’s looking kinda bleak for Robert.”

Arian Foster Says 2Pac’s Music Wasn’t That Deep … Internet Goes Beserk

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Former NFL All-Pro Arian Foster is facing a force more devastating than any defense he ever ran through … ANGRY TUPAC FANS … who are all over Arian, for giving a controversial Pac take.

FULL DISCLOSURE … Arian is a rapper himself (he’s really good) and a HUGE 2Pac fan, so much so that the name of his debut album is “Flamingo & Koval” the intersection where Shakur was fatally shot.

Arian says he named the album that because of how deeply Pac’s music has affected him, but when he sat down on “Van Lathan’s The Red Pill” podcast, he offered something most 2Pac fans don’t, a critique.

“Pac is my favorite artist of all-time, but to pretend his music was just out of this world intellectually deep …”

Arian’s point was that rap has evolved since Pac was around, and when compared to some of the artists dealing with super cerebral topics now, Shakur’s topics were more simple. 

Welp, that’s not how the WORLD saw it, and now Foster has been taking major heat from fans who still have a ton of California love for Pac.

Here are some of the best responses …

“55 seconds of Arian Foster proving why NFL needs better helmets. Lmao. STFU dude.”

“Yeah, I’m cancelling him before I even hear his music. I’m petty when it comes to Pac.”

“Arianfoster your comment about Tupac is Kanye West-level crazy wrong.”

BTW … we should say, there were also A LOT of people who agreed with Foster, and a debate is happening. But, they were much more polite in their comments.

So, right now, it seems like it’s just Arian against the world. Listen to the full episode of “Van Lathan’s The Red Pill”

R. Kelly Cops Patrol Alleged ‘Sex Cult’ Music Studio

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Cops paid a visit to R. Kelly‘s recording studio in Chicago, which has been featured on Lifetime’s docuseries as an alleged “sex cult” base where the singer held girls captive.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … officers dropped by Kelly’s westside music studio Tuesday evening, but it appeared to be vacant.

We’re told there was no call to police that triggered the visit … cops went to check out the spot because it’s gotten so much publicity from “Surviving R. Kelly.” The docuseries portrayed the location as a hub for Kelly’s alleged sexual abuse of women.

Interestingly, there was reportedly a party there Tuesday night, on what was Kelly’s 52nd birthday. Our sources say cops had no knowledge of the event. We’re told officers will continue to patrol the area.

On ‘Surviving’ … the parents of one of Kelly’s alleged victims, Azriel Clary, go to the R&B singer’s studio and throw rocks at it, trying to get her to come outside. The studio is currently listed for sale.

As we reported … Chicago prosecutors are urging R. Kelly victims to come forward, and we’re told at least one victim and the families of 2 others are doing just that … and believe they have sufficient evidence to prosecute him.

State Attorney Kim Foxx says all witnesses or alleged victims can call (773) 674-6492.

Kanye West Recording New Music in Miami … Weezy, Migos & Timbaland in the House!!!

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Kanye West is swinging for the fences as he works on his new album in Miami … because we’ve learned the music mogul is bringing together a hip-hop dream team to deliver huge hits.

Ye’s lineup of talent is insane — we’re talking Lil Wayne, Migos, Timbaland and 2Chainz. He’s also working with rising stars Tee Grizzley and YNW Melly.

After working on 5 albums last year … Yeezy’s keeping his foot on the pedal in 2019, and the roster of heavy hitters makes it clear lots of people are dying to collab with Mr. West.

We’re told the Miami recording sessions are a big reason Ye surprised Kim Kardashian with their new $ 14 million condo on South Beach.

The superstar couple looked over the moon Friday on their new balcony, as Kanye took a break from producing beats with Timbaland and Weezy to lock lips with wifey. 

Our sources say Kanye and Kim plan to split their time between L.A. and Miami. The new South Beach pad is in a super exclusive building dubbed “Billionaire Beach Bunker” — so, that should effectively remove any potential sting from coast-to-coast travel.

No word on a release date for Kanye’s new album. 

Marquette King Gunning For Music Career … I Could Be Bigger Than Chris Brown!!!

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Marquette King says his music career is about to take off … tellin’ TMZ Sports if he hadn’t been an amazing punter — he’d already be bigger than Chris Brown!!

The former Raiders and Broncos punter began making beats back in high school … but says tinkering with music on long flights during his NFL career made him a master musician.

So much so … Marquette says he feels like if he had picked music over punting a long time ago — he’d already be a superstar in the entertainment world.

“If I woulda started my music before I started my punting career, I woulda been Chris Brown. Chris Brown and Justin Bieber, they wouldn’t even want to see me, dawg!”

King says his music style is more house or EDM — “something you’ll hear in Vegas” — but he tells us his vocals are “legendary” too.

Marquette is still lookin’ to get back into punting in 2019 — the guy says he still LOVES the art of it — but he tells us all about how he wouldn’t mind kickin’ it with Calvin Harris in the studio in the meantime!!!

Tekashi69 Freaks Out After Music Video Shooting Tell Cops I’m Not Here!!!

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Tekashi69 was scared outta his mind after a shooting on the set of his music video … but it had nothing to do with getting hit by bullets and everything to do with legal ramifications.

TMZ’s obtained footage taken moments after 2 gunmen opened fire on the Beverly Hills mansion last November where Tekashi and Kanye West were set to film a music video. It’s hard to see, but pay close attention to what you hear — Tekashi desperately wanting to leave … fearing his mere presence at the scene would put his then-newfound freedom in serious jeopardy.

You hear cops explain they found a 9mm and rifle rounds in the alley. They also explain how the house was intentionally targeted before saying they need to ID everyone. That’s when you hear Tekashi — sitting inside an SUV — say, “ID me? I can’t … I’m on probation … tell [the cops] I’m not here.”

Tekashi’s handler is also heard assuring Tekashi, word will NOT get out he was there. Remember … the shooting went down just 2 weeks AFTER the rapper caught a huge break, when he was sentenced to 4 years probation in his child sex case.

As part of the deal, Tekashi was ordered to avoid all gang activity. The shooting, coupled with Tekashi at the scene, was a terrible look.

As it turned out, Tekashi’s real problems started 9 days after the shooting … when he was arrested by the feds on racketeering charges. He now faces life in prison.