The Chicago rap mogul recalled the incident, which he said took place at his Yeezy Season 1 fashion show in New York City in February 2015, during an appearance on the Lex Fridman Podcast on Monday (October 24).
While reflecting on the star-studded names who attended the show, Ye casually revealed Hov was forced to play peacemaker when tensions between the OVO hitmaker and Bad Boy boss boiled over backstage.
“This fashion show was so popular that Justin Bieber had to sit in the second row,” he said. “This thing had every name you could think of — it had Kim Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Kendall Jenner, it was Kylie’s first fashion show … You had JAY-Z in the audience, Rihanna in the audience, Beyoncé in the audience, sitting next to Anna Wintour.”
He added: “You had Puff Daddy. At that time, Puff Daddy had beef with Drake. Drake still came to the show and JAY-Z had to break up the fight backstage.” Kanye didn’t divulge any more details on the alleged scuffle, though.
While news of Drake and Diddy fighting at Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 1 show was previously unknown, the pair’s rocky relationship has been well documented.
In December 2014, Drizzy and Puff reportedly got into a physical altercation at DJ Khaled’s birthday party in Miami, resulting in the Toronto rapper allegedly being hospitalized with an injured shoulder.
The feud stemmed from a major dispute over the song “0 to 100 / The Catch Up,” which its producer, Boi-1da, had given to both Drake and Diddy months earlier.
“We’re told Diddy sat on the song, which frustrated Drake because he wanted to record it,” TMZ reported at the time. “So recently Drake recorded the song on his own and it did well, which pissed Diddy off.”
Diddy is said to have confronted Drake during Khaled’s birthday bash at Club LIV and told him: “You’ll never disrespect me again,” before punching him. The pair eventually buried the hatchet over the phone in May 2015, three months after Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 1 show.
Puff addressed his spat with Drake on The Breakfast Club later that year, claiming reports of their beef were overblown and confirming he originally sent Drizzy the “0 to 100” beat for him to ghostwrite.
“‘0-100’ was initially a record that was my record and somehow it became a misunderstanding because he was working with the same producers,” he said. “Honestly, it was a misunderstanding … Drake is actually my favorite rapper as far as songwriting and albums. It’s been like that for a couple years.”
Diddy also denied physically assaulting Drake, saying: “I did not put hands on Drake, and I do not want any problems with Drake. I didn’t do nothing to Drake. Drake is my friend.”
The following year, the pair cemented their friendship when Diddy accepted Drake’s Best Hip Hop Video award for “Hotline Bling” at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards on his behalf after the rapper got “stuck in traffic.”