Diddy Claims He Confronted Suge Knight After Infamous 1995 Source Awards Speech
The 1995 Source Awards could be described as the moment tensions between the East Coast and the West Coast began to crystallize. It was former Death Row boss Suge Knight's incendiary speech directed at Puff Daddy--and his legendary penchant for dancing in the videos of his artists--that ultimately laid the groundwork for a good portion of the oft-publicized East Coast/West Coast war.
Not known for being a confrontational, gun-toting gangster, Puff Daddy tried to make peace by showing love to Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. However, no one should think the Bad Boy CEO went out like a chump. In a recent stop on Revolt TV's Drink Champs, Puff Daddy--now known as Diddy--explained why he chose not to add fuel to the flames of coastal rap war. He also says he stepped to Suge, who at the time was one of the most notorious figures in the rap game. Diddy sets up the story by describing his power and influence in New York, and hinting that only Suge would have been in danger during any confrontation.
"So I ran up and I asked him [about Suge's speech being about Diddy] and he said 'Nah, I was talking about Jermaine Dupri." Understandably, the Drink Champs had themselves a good laugh, and it's easy to see why. Diddy's story essentially makes him come off as the cool, confident gangster who isn't interested in flexing to make his presence known. On the other hand, Suge looks like the out-of-towner that doesn't know what he's gotten himself into.
But alas, Diddy himself says that he wasn't interested in anything but promoting good vibes in the rap game, but that Suge's comments made the "wolves" he knew pretty angry. Diddy goes on to say that the Source Awards afterparty could have been a a very dangerous situation, and that he was actually scared of his own influence.
"It was honestly the scariest situation of my life," Diddy says toward the end of the interview. "The level of power that we had..."
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