J. Cole’s manager is providing more insight into Cole’s now infamous run-in with Diddy.
The Dreamville boss raps about his “scrap” with the Bad Boy mogul that happened nearly eight years ago on “Let Go My Hand” off his chart-topping album The-Off Season.
“My last scrap was with Puff Daddy, who would’ve thought it?” raps Cole. “I bought that ni**a album in seventh grade and played it so much / You would’ve thought my favorite rapper was Puff / Back then I ain’t know shit, now I know too much.”
Speaking with the “Say Less” podcast, Cole’s manager Ibrahim “IB” Hamad recalled what happened between the two at Diddy’s MTV Video Music Awards after-party in August 2013.
“The Puff story… I mean remember hearing it and just laughing ’cause I was there,” said Hamad, according to Complex. “I’m not gonna go into detail, but it’s definitely not what people are saying.”
Rumor has it that Cole was dancing too close to Diddy’s ex-girlfriend, Cassie, while others say Cole intervened when Puff tried to throw a drink on Kendrick Lamar after hearing his controversial “King of New York” line on Big Sean’s “Control.” After the scuffle, Cole was allegedly kicked out of the party.
“It was definitely not like he was defending Kendrick or something,” explained Hamad. “It wasn’t like, ‘Don’t talk to Kendrick like that!’ Kendrick was there, Top [Dawg] was there, Jay was there, Beyoncé was there. Me and Cole. You know, grown men… Got a little heated. All I remember is, me and Jay looking at each other like, ‘Oh, these n***as ’bout to fight.’ And then just being like, ‘Oh no, this is ’bout to happen.’ I’ll just leave it at that.”
At the time, Hamad, Cole, and Diddy shot down rumors surrounding the confrontation. “People will believe anything,” Cole tweeted, while Diddy added, “I usually don’t address rumors but I got too much respect for my bro @JColeNC. We are friends The rumors are not true. We had a great party.”