After much anticipation, J. Cole dropped his new album, The Off Season, today and he’s letting us in a 2013 altercation between him and Diddy that took place at an MTV Video Music Awards after-party.
Cole raps about the incident on “Let Go My Hand”:
“I kept a tough demeanor on the surface but was mostly just pretendin’/And luckily my bluff was workin’ way more often than not,” Cole raps on the song. “But sometimes a nigga pulled my card, tryna expose me for a fraud/And with my reputation at stake, I was scufflin’ just to save face/Couple wins, couple losses/Some broken up too quick to call it/My last scrap was with Puff Daddy, who would’ve thought it?/I bought that nigga 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.”
Cole was said to have intervened after a heavily intoxicated Diddy attempted to spill a drink on Kendrick Lamar because he was upset about the Compton rapper’s verse on “Control.” Diddy allegedly took issue with Kendrick’s “King of New York” line in particular. An argument is said to have ensued, with a scuffle between Diddy, Cole, and both of their crews.