(AllHipHop News) Sean "Diddy/Puff Daddy" Combs has been involved in his share of rap feuds. The Bad Boy Records head was right in the middle of the infamous beef between The Notorious B.I.G. and 2Pac in the mid-1990s.
Diddy called into The Breakfast Club to promote the season two debut of Fox's singing competition series The Four: Battle for Stardom. While on the line, the Hip Hop mogul was asked about the recent Pusha T vs Drake battle.
"Battling is apart of Hip Hop. If you're trying to be the best emcee, there's going to be battles," said Combs. "At this junction in time, it's kind of safe. When we were having battles, it was getting unsafe. I think this is the most skillful artist that Drake has come up against. Drake likes the smoke, he loves the smoke."
Both Pac and Biggie were killed in the middle of the so-called East Coast/West Coast rivalry. While there's speculation that the two Hip Hop icon's deaths were gang related, some Hip Hop historians believe the lyrical conflict and media frenzy around it helped lead to the bloodshed. Rap-A-Lot Records CEO J. Prince stated publicly he felt the Pusha-Drake situation was on the verge of going beyond bars.
"If he felt that things were going to get to a point of negativity and violence, I think you gotta listen to your OGs that have been through certain things. It ain't worth it," Diddy suggested. "But as far as in a battle, if [Drake] didn't respond then he took an L."
The New York native added, "I said he took the L because he didn't respond, and I say he should listen to J. Prince. Because I was in that same position with [2Pac's] 'Hit 'Em Up.' I told B.I.G. not to respond. Because what B.I.G. had written for them, it was going to get as bad as it got."
Combs has had his own issues with Drake and J. Prince. Back in 2014, Diddy and Drizzy reportedly got into an altercation in Miami over the "0 to 100" beat, and a few months later Prince released the "Courtesy Call" warning track directed at Puff.