P. Diddy has dipped his toe in the ongoing word war between fellow rapper Pusha T and Drake, and has declared a winner.
The "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down" rapper is currently promoting the new season of the music competition The Four, but he just cannot pass up the opportunity to air his opinion about the much-publicized beef.
P. Diddy Declares Pusha T As The Winner
"It's part of hip-hop, man," the 48-year-old told The Breakfast Club (via Billboard). "If you're trying to be the best MC, I mean, there's gonna be battles. At this juncture in time, it's kinda safe."
He even recalled and compared his own previous dramas back in his heyday. The MC, whose real name is Sean Combs, said that the rap wars increasingly became unsafe during his time.
He also gave praises to Pusha T, who recently released his new album Daytona produced by Kanye West.
"I think this is the most skillful artist that Drake has come up against and, you know, Drake likes the smoke, he loves the smoke," Diddy added. "He took the L."
However, he also said that he understands Drake who decided not to respond to King Push's "The Story of Adidon," a track that exposed the Canadian rapper's alleged secret kid. Diddy recalled the time when he, too, was involved in the beef between rap icons Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G.
He said that he had to advise B.I.G. to stand down after Tupac's "Hit 'Em Up" to avoid taking the rap beef to dangerous levels.
To recall, the word war between Pusha T and Drake started last month following the release of Daytona. In the seven-track album, the New York-born rapper included a track titled "Infrared" in which he accused Drake of using a ghostwriter to pen some of his verses.
A day later, the Toronto-based chart-topper fired back with "Duppy Freestyle," calling out Pusha T's drug-dealing past. He also dragged West who had to ask for help to write tracks for a previous album.
However, the drama escalated with "The Story of Adidon" and the inclusion of a photo of Drake in blackface makeup.
Please stop referring to this picture as "artwork"...I'm not an internet baby, I don't edit images...this is a REAL picture...these are his truths, see for yourself https://t.co/gd6vRS3HM8 pic.twitter.com/2el58HEZ8F — King Push (@PUSHA_T) May 30, 2018
J. Prince, a record executive, said that he discouraged Drake from further releasing a response to the diss.
Pusha T Declares That War With Drake Is Over
However, the G.O.O.D. Music talent does not agree that either party won the infamous word war. While the drama was able to create enough conversation surrounding Daytona, he said he is not sure what he got from the experience.
"These conversations have been had and, to my knowledge, it's all over," he told Vanity Fair. "I don't know what was lost or what was gained."