Left Eye To Sign With Death Row As NINA

The New York Post reports Suge Knight is close to signing TLC’s Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes to a recording contract as the singer is eager to ditch Arista Records. Lopes’ solo debut, “Supernova,” wasn’t released in the U.S. by Arista which made the singer furious. The singer will drop “Left Eye” for a new character called “NINA,” an acronym for a yet-to-be-disclosed phrase.

Eminem & Kim Basinger An Item?

The Sun is reporting Eminem and his film co-star Kim Basinger have been spotted kissing on the set of their new film. An insider revealed, “Everyone’s talking about them. Every time they stroll off together the tongues start wagging. They’ve been coming and going from the set together, holding hands, walking arm-in-arm and had hands all over each other for weeks now.” Read more.

Jay-Z Afterparty Tough Ticket For Men

The Sun reports rapper Jay Z held his MTV Europe Music Awards aftershow party at the VIP room of the Opium nightclub in Frankfurt — and would only let women in… Big pimpin’ eh?

P. Diddy Makes Play For Jennifer Lopez

The New York Daily News reports Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs tried to check himself into the same hotel Jennifer Lopez and new husband Cris Judd were celebrating the couple’s honeymoon in. With J.Lo and Benny Medina occupying two of the Tides Hotel in South Beach penthouses, Puffy was trying to book the third.

Medina threatened to have all of them bolt if the hotel offered the room to Combs so they declined the rapper’s request. Puffy’s rep said of the incident, “He never would have wanted to stay at the Tides. He usually prefers the Delano, but he wound up at the Shore Club because they gave him the entire hotel.”

Eminem And Brittany Murphy Close Off Screen Too

E! Online’s Ted Casablanca reports he hears Eminem and his Untitled Detroit Project co-star Brittany Murphy are devloping some off screen chemistry as Eminem is making his move and Brittany isn’t upset over his advances, to which Eminem’s mouthpiece devulged, “I’m sure they’re close.”

No Game Tix… Even for Puffy & Jay-Z

The New York Daily News reports Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs and Jay-Z wanted to catch the New York Knicks playing Michael Jordan and the Washington Wizards on Tuesday but staffers at Madison Square Garden told them no courtside tickets were available, so they decided not to show without the primo tickets.

Puffy Dining for Dates

MSNBC’s Jeannette Walls reports Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs was dining at Cipriani in Manhattan where he ordered a member of his entourage to “Go get me a girl.” One of Puffy’s ‘workers’ came back with “absolutely stunning African-American woman” according to a witness. During the same restaurant visit, Puffy’s ear began to bleed causing several of his entourage to give him a hand in the bathroom.

Jay-Z Opens Mint

The New York Post reports Jay-Z and pal Ice-T were spotted drinking a bottle of Cristal at the grand opening of Mint, which used to be home to Chaos and The Bank.

Eminem Talks Drugs

Eminem talked to News of the World’s Rav Singh about his Vicodin addiction telling him, “Yeah, I’ve been hooked on them but life is hard, you know. One minute you’re drinking and the next you’re taking pills. I’ve done most things but these are hard. They’re so addictive but I’m trying to stay sane and do my thing.” Slim also denied dating his movie co-star Brittany Murphy saying, “We have fun but we’re not dating. I don’t know if I can trust anyone in a relationship.”