Written by Rana Sankar, CNN
Diddy’s partying past may appear to be a dead giveaway.
In 1990, the rapper-turned-multimillionaire was found with two quaaludes, an appetite suppressant, and “a blunt with burnt marijuana,” leading to his early admission to Cedars-Sinai hospital. But his age isn’t the only thing that doesn’t match up.
In a relentless stream of social media posts, Diddy, 46, has insinuated that he is a Los Angeles native and resident and used to work in L.A. before he moved to New York.
The latest information in this racially charged back-and-forth comes from 20-year-old Jasiri X , a rising rapper who met Diddy several years ago. In the 2016 documentary “Swagger Like Us,” Jasiri claims that the superstar rapper brokered meetings with Diddy’s managers to get him his own record deal. That same year, according to audio obtained by TMZ, Diddy agreed to host a private party to help launch Drexel University’s media-marketing graduate school in exchange for use of his name.
The song “King Never Rests,” released in 2016 by the rap group the Last Real Men, features Jasiri rapping about being on his way to tour. The song’s chorus claims the group caught Diddy’s attention. He then connected Drexel to the Last Real Men, a collective of rappers and filmmakers that includes Jasiri. Jasiri claims that Diddy wanted to lend his name and money for the students to promote their urban marketing classes — but the rapper says Diddy didn’t like the “King Never Rests” song.
Following the release of the song, Diddy later went on his Instagram page to tell the story of meeting and speaking with Jasiri. The caption reads: “We need to touch more people than music and explore the business side of life.”
In response, Jasiri released a statement, alleging that Diddy had never planned to be the face of the black-owned music program. The statement continues: “There was no racial slur or hint at any kind of ill will towards me when I met and talked with him.” He said he did not receive any money for the success of the song or even meeting with Diddy.
Jasiri said he was shocked when he read “The Last Real Men” music video that featured clips of the rapper performing the song. In addition, The Last Real Men — a Brooklyn-based collective — have denied having anything to do with Diddy, and Jasiri said his group has not made any money from the song.
Diddy hasn’t commented on Jasiri’s accusations, but did issue a warning to The Last Real Men: “I do not f*** with black people and if you or any of you plan on doing anything disrespectful to black people, I will leave you alone. Don’t ever put me and my team in a position where I have to leave people alone.”