Jadakiss recently opened up about how much he “really hated” ghostwriting for Diddy on a new episode of The Personal Party Podcast.
“I really hated it. Puff, after giving him “[It’s All About] The Benjamins,” “Señorita,” “Victory.”… A couple of remixes—I used to feel like it was taking away too much of me,” he explained. “I ain’t know how to morph. It ain’t like he a n***a that I knew my whole life that I can just scribe him how I think he should be.”
He further explained how he didn’t know Diddy well enough to write from his perspective.
“I ain’t feel like I could write the bars for myself and give it to him because I ain’t feel like it fit him,” he continued. “He had too much money. I was still extra grungy. My mind couldn’t think of that much Versace or being on that type of financial level. So it used to conflict with me writing for him. But he just used to tell me, ‘Give me the shit that you would say for you.’ I’m like, ‘It ain’t gon’ fit for you.’ But he used to know how to make it work.”
Neither Jadakiss’ solo album nor his full-length project with The LOX had been released when he wrote for Diddy.
In 1997, he made guest appearances on Diddy’s debut album, “Puff Daddy, No Way Out.” That following year, the LOX released their debut album, Money, Power & Respect.