When you’re a hip hop titan that’s been around for over 20 years, rap takes a backseat sometimes. In Diddy’s case, some could argue that it’s always been at the bottom of his “to do” list. I happen to think Puff has had some golden moments behind the mic. Whether he wrote them or not, is not why we’re here, people. He delivered, you listened, and you fucked with it. There’s been verses you’ve heard from the Bad Boy that were undeniable. I mean as a rapper, lets be honest: he lacks delivery skill, subject matter, and flow. But style and finesse? Plenty of that. Here are Diddy’s golden moments behind the mic.
10) Waka Flocka f/ Rick Ross, Diddy, & Gucci Mane “Oh Let’s Do It”
Leave it to Puff to take stunting levels to new heights. This one took me by surprise, but then again Puff was in his comfort zone.
Got my billions up fuckin with them white folk/now I don’t give a fuck cause I’m richer than them white folk.
9) Future ft/ ScHoolboy Q & Diddy “Shit (remix)”
Last year Future got us to rap (a lot) slower. Diddy plays the part on this one, and fits perfectly with the theme.
Real niggas do it cause they got to/I know some real niggas and they not you
8) Diddy ft/ Black Rob & G-Dep “The Godfather”
Man, something about hearing these three on one track together was always a highlight for me. “The Godfather” just so happens to be a slept on gem, and came about at the wrong time. Puff was trying to work the Godfather image into his takeover. For whatever reason, it didn’t work out.
I been here and i ain’t resigning/come on daddy, I got more than 9 in. It’s the BBE and we still that dynasty, peace to the B.I.G
7) G-Dep f/ Black Rob & Diddy “Let’s Get It”
Son..honestly? Diddy may have the best verse on this track. Fuck it. I’ll say he does. Everything worked out for him around this time; just beat a case (that sent Shyne to prison unfortunately,) and Bad Boy was at new heights thanks to G-Dep and Black Rob. Oh and note that this was the first mainstream video that spotlighted Harlem Shaking in all it’s glory. Sorry, Eve.
Make moves major/hide out in Asia/if your girl keep coming around then I’ma blaze her/I’m the bad boy flavor/like blue gators/ not guilty, and I’m filthy
6) Diddy f/ Jay Z & Biggie “Young G’s”
Okay, on paper? it looks like Puff never stood a chance, but truth be told he held his own amongst rap gods Jay and Big. Maybe they both had a hand on the pen for him, but it fuckin’ worked and he came out shining.
They can’t touch us/why niggas bring the ruckus? because release dates bigger than Mandela’s motherfuckas
5) Biggie f/ Diddy & Ma$e “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems
Best sample of that year unanimously? check. This was one of the first releases after Big’s untimely death in ’97, and Puff showed no signs of slowing down. Wouldn’t be Diddy if he didn’t remind you he wouldn’t stop, right?
Now what you gon’ do with a crew
That got money much longer than yours
And a team much stronger than yours
Violate me, this’ll be your day, we don’t play
Mess around, be D.O.A, be on your way
4) Jermaine Dupri f/ Murphy Lee, Snoop Dogg, & Diddy “Welcome to Atlanta (remix)”
This one may very well be one of the best verses to capture the essence of New York. Sitting atop Madison Square Garden, Diddy exemplified the cocky/aggressive nature of these NY streets effortlessly. If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.
You can spot us outta town by the way that we walk, the way that we talk/cocky the state of New York
3) Diddy ft/ Biggie, The LOX, & Lil’ Kim “All About the Benjamins”
Easily going down as one of the best instrumentals in Hip Hop history, “All About the Benjamins” had a lot of special elements. Everyone brought their A game on this, and Lil’ Kim came out swinging. But when the record comes on, even if you don’t know the raps word for word, you definitely know Puff’s opening lines. No debate.
Now… what y’all wanna do?
Wanna be ballers? Shot-callers?
Brawlers — who be dippin in the Benz wit the spoilers
On the low from the Jake in the Taurus
Tryin to get my hands on some Grants like Horace
2) Diddy f/ Biggie & Busta Rhymes “Victory”
Another stellar opening verse from Puff. “Victory” came out after Big’s death, so it was only right we had a great build up to Frank White’s 16. Leave it to Diddy, (and a stand out chorus from Busta,).
Yo, the sun don’t shine forever
But as long as it’s here then we might as well shine together
Better now than never, business before pleasure
P-Diddy and the Fam, who you know do it better?
1) Diddy ft/ Mark Curry, and Black Rob “Bad Boy For Life”
How could you think any differently? This is the verse that best summarizes Puff’s career as a “rapper.” Besides that unnecessary verse from Mark Curry, this one went hard.
I’m the definition of, half man, half drugs
Ask the clubs, Bad Boy – that’s what’s up
After bucks, crush cruise after us
No gaze, we ain’t laughing much
Nothing but big thangs, check the hitlist
How we twist shit, what change but the name?
We still here, you rocking wit the best
Don’t worry if I write rhymes, I write checks (ahh!)