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Dave East Celebrates His Birthday Weekend In Miami With Trina, Paloma Ford & More (Photos)

Dave East brought his birthday festivities down to Miami for his 29th birthday. 

At the strike of midnight on June 3rd, Dave East officially turned 29 in a room filled with friends and loved ones. Hours later, the Def Jam rapper hit the road and entered a South Florida state of mind to continue his birthday celebration in Miami. #EastWeekend officially klcked off on a two-story yacht in Downtown Miami with a slew of exclusive guests and his familia.

East partnered with 99 JAMZ, The NOUS Agency, Deleon Tequila, Ciroc and more to put on the perfect pre-game for the Harlem rapper's weekend of sleepless nights. With Poe Boy Music Group's DJ Smokey and DJ Amanda Blaze holding down the DJ booth, East got all the way live with Trina, singers like Paloma Ford and Emjay, 'Love & Hip-Hop' stars Shay Johnson and Ariane Davis, 99 JAMZ' on-air personalities like Supa Cindy and Big Mack plus many more.

READ: Dave East Puts His “Party Monster” Lifestyle on Front Street (Video)

The New York rapper is no stranger to Dade County. During Art Basel 2016, the Kairi Chanel rapper was up in the club with Diddy and Nas at Rockwell. Since then, he has hosted for other major clubs like STORY, but he had to go all out for his birthday weekend.

After his sea voyage around Downtown, East took his talents over the bridge to South Beach where the party raged on at Cameo nightclub. #EastWeekend lasted all weekend with events at other clubs like IVY in South Beach on Sunday and, of course, King Of Diamonds on Monday with Jadakiss and Lil Cease.

Check out a few exclusive snapshots from the kick off of #EastWeekend here.

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Chapman is accusing Minaj of unlawfully sampling her song “Baby Can I Hold You” for the track “Sorry.” Minaj reportedly confirmed in court documents that the song never made it to her album because Chapman didn't approve the sample, The Blast reports.

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Chapman sued Minaj in the fall of 2018. Months earlier, Minaj revealed that Queen's release date hinged on Chapman. “So there’s a record on #Queen that features 1of the greatest rappers of all time,” she tweeted at the time. “Had no clue it sampled the legend #TracyChapman - do I keep my date & lose the record? Or do I lose the record & keep my date?” Minaj also pleaded for Chapman to get in contact with her.

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T.I.'s apparent moment of candor didn't sit well with Iggy Azalea. The Aussie called her former Grand Hustle boss a “huge misogynists” in response to him saying that she stained his legacy.

“Imagine thinking I was his biggest blunder lmaoooooooooooooo. Tip. Sweetie. We have a whole list for you,” she reportedly wrote in a series of tweets that were later deleted.

“The tea I could spill on what bulls**t this is but at the end of the day I think people can see it’s clear he’s salty,” she continued. “He’s a huge misogynist and has never been able to have a conversation with any woman in which he doesn’t speak like a fortune cookie.”

Earlier in the week, T.I. told The Root  that he was “actively looking for another female rapper who can undo the blunder of Iggy Azalea.”

“That is the tarnish of my legacy as far as [being] a [music] executive is concerned," said the Atlanta native. “To me, this is like when Michael Jordan went to play baseball.”

Azalea signed to Grand Hustle in 2011, but severed ties with the imprint around 2015. In 2017, Azalea left Def Jam for neighboring Island Records, before going independent. The “Sally Walker” rapper released her sophomore studio album, In My Defense, over the summer.

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“People live their life for this, and lose their life because of it,” Wale said while discussing the perils of fame. “All of your failures are magnified by 100 because everybody’s watching you.”

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