What up guys, Frazier here for Complex News. At this point, Drake vs Pusha is bigger than just the two of them and their respective camps—it’s a full-on hip-hop event, one that’ll define a portion of this year in the history books. And so at this point, everybody’s being asked to weigh in and give their thoughts on it, even artists who have virtually nothing to do with the beef let alone pick sides. The latest to give his comments on it, is none other than Puff Daddy.
Puff called into The Breakfast Club this morning to promote his music competition show The Four that he hosted with DJ KHaled. But of course the convo circled around to Drake and Push.
QUOTE CARD PUFF DADDY VIA THE BREAKFAST CLUB
""If you're trying to be the best MC, there's gonna be battles. At this juncture in time, it's kinda safe. When we was having battles, it was getting unsafe. I think that this is the most skillful artist that Drake has come up against and, you know, Drake likes the smoke. He loves the smoke."
Ultimately, Diddy said, Drake "took the L" for not responding. However, Puff believes Drake made the right move by taking J. Prince's alleged advice.
QUOTE CARD PUFF DADDY VIA THE BREAKFAST CLUb
He should listen to J. Prince because I was in that same position,I was in that same position with [2Pac's Biggie diss 'Hit 'Em Up'] and I told Big not to respond, so I can understand."
Prince, during his own Breakfast Club interview earlier this week, claimed that Drake had a quote "career-ending" Pusha and Kanye diss "cocked and loaded." In addition to apparently convincing Drake not to release the alleged track, Prince spoke with Ye, saying "This could have been a career-ending situation where he's concerned and it also could have damaged, I think, a whole lot of livelihoods.”
Puff is an interesting person to ask, not just because of his involvement in arguably rap’s most classic beef where as he said, the stakes were much higher. But also, his relationship with both artists. As Charlamagne noted, Puff was literally in the club with Drake the day after Daytona dropped. Daytona, an album which he hailed as a classic.
Puff has worked with Push before. He has a fire verse on “Everyday” off Puff’s underrated MMM album. Diddy returned the favor by producing Push’s “Crutches Crosses Caskets,” a song wherein he makes fun of “old niggas slapping young niggas”... ie. that time Diddy allegedly but let’s be honest definitely two-pieced Drake outside a club in Miami. It was apparently over Drake keeping the 0=100 beat for himself when it was originally given to him by Puff to write on. Clearly they eventually buried the hatchet but Like I said. INTERESTING.
Anyway even if the beef is dead it will definitely continue to be talked about in the coming weeks. Especially since, with his own album Scorpion due, Drake is gonna have to do press himself eventually. When more updates come thru, you’re gonna want to be subscribed to Complex News on YouTube. For Complex, I’m Frazier.