Kanye West launched a public feud with his friend Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs on Friday, fighting with him over text and posting the screen-grabs to Instagram.
The two were locked in a dispute over Kanye’s White Lives Matter t-shirts, which he debuted at Paris Fashion Week last month to a storm of controversy.
Over the course of their fiery exchange, Kanye, 45, goaded Diddy, 52, to ‘come do something illegal to me’ and vowed to ‘use you as an example to show the Jewish people who told you to call me that no one can threaten or influence me.’
A devout Christian, he also declared in one of his Instagram captions: ‘Jesus is Jew.’
Diddy was previously one of Kanye’s only famous friends to leap to his defense, calling him a ‘free thinker’ and saying his message was ‘misconstrued’ while expressing disagreement with the White Lives Matter slogan.
Spat: Kanye West (left) launched a public feud with his friend Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs (right) on Friday, fighting with him over text and posting the screen-grabs to Instagram
It would appear Diddy got in touch with Kanye directly and shared his misgivings about the shirts, prompting an argument over text.
‘I didn’t like our convo,’ Kanye wrote. ‘I’m selling these tees. Nobody gets in between me and my money. This is my grandfather texting you now.’
The Power rapper told Diddy: ‘Never call me with no bulls*** like that again unless you ready to green light me. Cause anybody who got on that tee is me.’
Presumably referring to his late friend and fashion collaborator Virgil Abloh, Kanye wrote: ‘Out of respect for everything you’ve meant to me I’ll be quiet as Virgil. But now I know how I’ve hurt people I love with threats.’
Feint: Kanye taunted his friend: ‘Come do something illegal to me noooow pleeeeeeeeease,’ then said he had made Diddy his ‘security’ as ‘anything happen to me yall the top suspects’
In a follow-up text Kanye taunted his friend: ‘Come do something illegal to me noooow pleeeeeeeeease.’
He then posted a screen-grab of these texts to his Instagram page and wrote in the caption: ‘God is Love My brother misspoke to me but I still love him.’
In a follow-up Instagram post he declared that Diddy had now become his ‘SECURITY’ because ‘ANYTHING HAPPEN TO ME YALL THE TOP SUSPECTS.’
His text feud thundered ahead as Diddy fired back: ‘As soon as I land we’ll meet face to face!!! Send me a address.’
‘Jesus is Jew’: Kanye declared: ‘Ima use you as an example to show the Jewish people that told you to call me that no one can threaten or influence me’
Kanye responded by cursing Diddy out and calling him a ‘FED,’ posting the exchange to Instagram and declaring in the caption: ‘Jesus is king’ – a phrase that is also the title of one of Kanye’s gospel albums. Diddy commented: ‘see you soon!’
‘N***a send me a address,’ Diddy insisted over text. ‘Let’s stop playing these internet games. And don’t feel threatened. You’ll be fine. Just love.’
‘This ain’t a game,’ Kanye retorted. ‘Ima use you as an example to show the Jewish people that told you to call me that no one can threaten or influence me. I told you this was war. Now gone get you some business.’
When he posted the screen-grab to Instagram he wrote in the caption: ‘Jesus is Jew.’
‘Stop’: ‘I’m just trying to talk to you as a black man,’ Diddy pleaded, adding: ‘And I’m talking to you because this is hurting our people’
‘I’m just trying to talk to you as a black man,’ Diddy pleaded. ‘And I’m talking to you because this is hurting our people. Stop.’
Kanye, undeterred, replied: ‘Anything you text I will post. I love you. And you guys are breaking my heart. I accept your apology in advance.’
By ‘you guys,’ he appeared to be referring to both Diddy and Boosie Badazz, who has also criticized the White Lives Matter shirts.
Posting these texts to Instagram, he wrote: ‘GOD IS LOVE.’
The way they were: Kanye and Diddy are pictured at a more convivial stage of their friendship attending the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden
Diddy previously said ‘My boy is a super, super, super free thinker’ in an interview on The Breakfast Club on Wednesday.
‘And a lot of times, what he means is, like, misconstrued, you know what I’m saying?’ the record executive added.
When host Charlamagne, 44, interjected to say, ‘You gotta stop making excuses for him’ he replied, ‘No, no, I’m not making excuses, I’m just sayin’ if he did it, that’s the way he thinks.’
Shocking the fans: Ye, 45, first wore the ‘White Lives Matter’ design at his surprise Yeezy fashion show in Paris on Monday
Free thinker: One of the only famous friends coming to the defense of Kim Kardashian’s ex-husband is Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, who called the musician a ‘free thinker’ and says his message was ‘misconstrued’
The rapper also stated that people ‘don’t have to condemn Kanye or cancel him,’ but that he understands that the shirts are ‘very tone-deaf.’
‘I understand white lives do matter, but it’s not that,’ Diddy went on.
‘[Black Lives Matter] was our slogan. That wasn’t our slogan to go share with nobody else… Because right now, we’re the ones that are dying, that are incarcerated, that are left in poverty.’
In defense: Diddy, 52, said ‘My boy is a super, super, super free thinker’ in an interview on ‘The Breakfast Club on Wednesday
Misconstrued: ‘And a lot of times, what he means is, like, misconstrued, you know what I’m saying?’ the record executive added, but noted that the shirts are ‘very tone-deaf’
‘You have to be unapologetically black and love your people and love your tribe first,’ he added.
Diddy also revealed that he had previously planned to release his own T-shirt to support West, but now ‘[needs] a couple of days to get over’ the ‘White Lives Matter’ design.
On Wednesday evening, Diddy took to Instagram to again make it clear he didn’t support Kanye’s message.
He said: ‘I’m not about to be addressing every last thing that is going on in the world on the internet, but the thing I do have to address is this White Lives Matter shirt.
‘I’ve always been there and I’ll always support my brother Kanye as a free thinker.
‘But the White Lives Matter T-shirt, I don’t rock with it, I’m not with it. And what the press and what fashion is doing, thinking this is a joke, but right now, all America has planned for us is poverty, incarceration and death.
‘So before I can get to any other lives matter – which all lives matter, you know what I’m saying – that Black Lives Matter… don’t play with it. Don’t wear the shirt, don’t buy the shirt, don’t play with the shirt. It’s not a joke.’
Your tribe: ‘You have to be unapologetically black and love your people and love your tribe first,’ he added
In a post earlier this week Kanye praised DailyMail.com for being ‘really fair and positive.’
He added, ‘GOD IS GOOD I’M USED TO ATTACKS FROM HOLLYWOOD ACTORS SO TO GET SUPPORT FOR STANDING MY GROUND IS AMAZING WE BROKE THE MIND CONTROL NOBODY IS TRAUMA DRUNK NO MORE GOD IS FIGHTING THIS BATTLE FOR US.’
He also shared a screenshot of an article from Dailymail.com where professor Tatishe M. Nteta stated West is ‘not alone’ in his skepticism at the Black Lives Matter movement.
He continued his posting spree, sharing a screenshot from Hollywood Unlocked detailing Diddy’s support for him. ‘God is love,’ he captioned the post.
Fair: In another post he praised DailyMail.com for being ‘really fair and positive’
God is love: He continued his posting spree, sharing a screenshot from Hollywood Unlocked detailing Diddy’s support for him. ‘God is love,’ he captioned the post
Not alone: He also shared a screenshot of an article from Dailymail.com where professor Tatishe M. Nteta stated West is ‘not alone’ in his skepticism at the Black Lives Matter movement
He also shared a snap of Bella Hadid getting a spray on white dress during fashion week with the photoshopped ‘White Lives Matter’ slogan.
Ye shocked fans when he debuted the design, and even had fashion models in the show wearing the clothing with the message written across it, a response to the Black Lives Matter movement that was founded in 2013 following the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman.
The front of West’s ‘White Lives Matter’ shirt appeared to show a collage of photos of Pope Saint John Paul II, with the bottom caption referring to him in Spanish as ‘Juan Pablo II.’
Also posing with West was right-wing commentator Candace Owens, who wore a complementary version of the shirt, and Kanye’s daughter North West, nine.
Among those who modeled West’s new design in Paris was Bob Marley’s granddaughter, Selah Marley. Selah is the daughter of Lauryn Hill and Rohan Marley.
Palling around: Also posing with West at Monday’s show was right-wing commentator Candace Owens, who wore a complementary version of the ‘White Lives Matter’ shirt
Bob Marley’s granddaughter was among those who modeled West’s new design in Paris as well
It is not the first time that Ye has stoked controversy surrounding race, after saying in 2018 that he thought 400 years of slavery ‘sounds like a choice.’
Kanye has aligned himself with right-wing figures such as Candace Owens, and at one point he supported former President Donald Trump, before deciding to run against him in the 2020 election.
During a May 2018 interview regarding his support of Trump, West said: ‘Racism isn’t the deal-breaker for me. If that was the case, I wouldn’t live in America.’