“I Knew Him Before He Was Diddy”: 26 Years After Tupac Shakur’s Death, Mike Tyson Finally Opens Up About His Relationship With Rapper Infamous for Being Accused by Many of Killing Hip Hop Icon

Published 05/23/2023, 6:15 AM EDT

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In the often murky waters of the music industry, secrets lie just below the surface, like hushed whispers swirling in the undercurrent. One of these whispers, persisting for over two decades, concerns Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, infamous for being implicated in the murder of hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur. As various voices, including the likes of Eminem and seasoned detectives, have stoked this controversy, a fresh perspective emerges, that of a formidable figure from the same era – Mike Tyson.

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On a recent episode of the PBD Podcast, the former heavyweight champion unveils a side of Diddy few have glimpsed. He speaks not of a man shrouded in controversy, but of a friend known before the fame, before the accusations, and before he was ‘Diddy’.

Patrick Bet-David and Mike Tyson discuss ‘Diddy’s’ influence and reputation

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In the riveting PBD Podcast episode, host Patrick Bet-David initiated a candid conversation about the notorious Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, sparking a fascinating exchange with Mike Tyson.

Bet-David remarked, “So many people in music and Hollywood feared this guy ‘Diddy’, as if he’s Untouchable…” To which, Mike Tyson humorously interjected, “Oh sugar diddy.”

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Bet-David continued, discussing ‘Diddy’s’ controversial reputation and brought up instances where famous personalities like TI and 50 Cent publicly called out ‘Diddy’. Turning to Tyson, he asked, “What do you know about it, because some people are talking about there’s Diddy’s involvement with Jamie and something happened because he was calling him out for some of the parties he was putting up. Is there anything you have opinions on Diddy? Have you had any experiences with Diddy?”

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In response, Tyson said, “No I just know him for a long time.” When further queried about their relationship, Tyson portrayed ‘Diddy’ as an “awesome guy.” He recalled, “I knew him before he was um Diddy and for a long time. When I first became champ I knew him. I remember him he used to have crates when he’s at my After parties and stuff. Also when they were throwing parties.”

At this juncture, Bet-David confirmed if this was the time ‘Diddy’ was the CEO and founder of ‘Bad Boy Records’. Tyson responded, “Well I don’t think he was a bad boy yet. It was him, Damon Dash, and all those guys. They weren’t on yet. I was like the First Street guy that really got on… I’m the first of all of our generation of that kind of that cruise you know. The street houses that really blew up like that.”

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This dialogue not only sheds light on Tyson’s perception of ‘Diddy’ but also reminisces their shared history before they rose to global prominence. Tyson’s perspective provides a new lens to scrutinize the old controversies surrounding Diddy.

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Mrinal Mishra is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports, who is dedicated to covering live events with a special emphasis on influencer boxing events. With a focus on storytelling, Mishra strives to bring to light the stories of fighters that often go untold. As a big fan of Mike Tyson, Mishra believes that boxing will remain relevant for eternity, and he is committed to covering the sport with the respect and admiration it deserves.
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