J. Cole’s Manager Says Diddy Altercation Happened in Front of Jay-Z & Beyonce


J. Cole’s latest album, The Off-Season, is set to debut at number one after earning 282,000 equivalent units sold in its first week. One of the album’s standouts is “Let Go My Hand,” which is where J. Cole confirmed the long-rumored altercation between him and Diddy.

“My last scrap was with Puff Daddy, who would’ve thought it?” Cole rapped on the track. “I bought that n**** album in seventh grade and played it so much / You would’ve thought my favorite rapper was Puff.”

During an appearance on the “Say Less” podcast, J. Cole’s manager and Dreamville Records co-founder Ibrahim “IB” Hamad offered more details on the 2013 encounter. About 12 minutes into the lengthy interview, IB dispelled the rumor that the altercation was a result of J. Cole defending Kendrick Lamar over his “Control” verse.

“It was definitely not like he was defending Kendrick or something,” IB said. “It wasn’t like, ‘Don’t talk to Kendrick like that!’ Kendrick was there, Top 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***** ’bout to fight.’ And then just being like, ‘Oh no this is ’bout to happen.’ I’ll leave it at that.”

Without detailing what caused the issue between J. Cole and Diddy, IB expressed his shock in no one exposing the altercation or having their phone out during the VMA party.

“You wanna know the funny part? That was a VMA party, everyone was there,” IB continued. “Angela Yee was literally at the table. I f*** with Yee, but she got ‘Rumor Report’ and s***. Walking out of there I’m like, ‘Oh this about to be baaad.’ But for some reason no one had a camera out, a couple people was talking about it, but you know.”

IB added that there was never a real issue between the rapper and Bad Boy founder. He also revealed that J. Cole and Diddy squashed the potential beef the next day.


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