The Beef Between Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs And Drake, Explained

Advertisement

Long before Drake’s feud with Kendrick Lamar, the Toronto rapper had a notable conflict with Sean “Diddy” Combs. This tension surprised many, as the two had been friends before their fallout. In August 2013, during Drake’s OVO Fest in Toronto, the “Started From the Bottom” artist reunited Diddy with his former Bad Boy partner, Ma$e. “This is history. Thanks, Drake for bringing us together,” Diddy remarked, according to MTV News. The following year, Drake and Diddy attended NBA All-Star Weekend together, going viral for a video in which Drake playfully snatched the mic from Diddy’s hand while they performed. However, their friendship soon soured.

The rift became public when Diddy reportedly punched Drake in the face at Miami’s LIV Nightclub on December 8, 2014. According to TMZ, Diddy confronted Drake, feeling disrespected after being blown off. “You’ll never disrespect me again,” Diddy allegedly said before hitting Drake. The altercation reportedly stemmed from a dispute over the beat for Drake’s hit “0 to 100 / The Catch Up.” The track, produced by Boi-1da, was initially given to Diddy, but Drake used it to create a chart-topping single.

In the days following the incident, Drake took to Instagram to send subliminal messages. “They’re either talking s*** about you or stealing the s*** you’re talking,” he wrote on December 10, 2014 (via Vibe). It took some time for the two to reconcile.

 

Making Amends: Drake and Diddy Patch Things Up

By April 2015, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Drake had settled their differences over the phone. TMZ reported that both rappers recognized they couldn’t avoid each other forever and preferred to focus on making money rather than fueling their feud.

In August 2015, Diddy addressed the altercation with Drake during an appearance on “The Breakfast Club.” “I did not put hands on Drake. And I don’t want any problems with Drake,” Diddy clarified. He expressed nothing but goodwill towards Drake, emphasizing their friendship. Diddy explained that the misunderstanding stemmed from the beat for “0 to 100 / The Catch Up,” which he had asked Drake to ghostwrite for him.

A year later, the rappers demonstrated their renewed friendship at the MTV Video Music Awards in August 2016. Diddy accepted an award on behalf of Drake, who won a Moonman for best hip hop video for “Hotline Bling,” claiming that Drake was “stuck in traffic,” per BET.

 

The Role of French Montana and Kanye West’s Anecdote

French Montana played a crucial role in mediating the truce between Drake and Diddy. During an appearance on “The Breakfast Club” in June 2022, Montana recounted how he facilitated their reconciliation at one of his birthday parties. “They both like my best friends, so I’m like, ‘Y’all need to dead that,'” Montana said. “When they came, they just spent the whole night talking to each other.”

Kanye West also shared insights into the feud during a 2022 appearance on “The Lex Fridman” podcast. West revealed that Diddy and Drake attended one of his Yeezy fashion shows while still at odds, resulting in a backstage confrontation that Jay-Z had to break up.

 

Renewed Scrutiny and Allegations

The friendship between Diddy and Drake faced renewed scrutiny after allegations against Diddy surfaced in March 2024. Fans revisited a 2012 tweet from Drake: “From this n***a Diddy view I think I see his vision too.” Amid Diddy’s legal troubles, fans mocked Drake on social media, with one user posting a photoshopped image of Diddy resembling Jeffrey Epstein. The situation worsened in May 2024 when Kendrick Lamar made serious allegations about Drake and underage girls.

Despite the ups and downs, the saga of Drake and Diddy’s relationship highlights the complex dynamics and potential for reconciliation within the music industry.