Backstage footage of Bad Bad Records CEO Diddy and rap veteran Ma$e at Drake’s OVO Fest concert earlier in the week has surfaced and shows the two former labelmates embracing one another.
In the footage, titled “9 Years,” Diddy and Mase are shown kicking it backstage preparing for their first performance together in nine years.
“Yo man, ain’t you happy to see me, n*gga?,” Diddy asks Ma$e in the footage. “What the f*ck? What’s up, n*gga? [laughs] Well you had me totally thrown off. Totally strange, n*gga. Welcome back.” (“9 Years”)
Toward the latter part of Drizzy’s star-studded event, Puff and Ma$e shared the stage to perform hits like “Feel So Good” and “Mo Money Mo’ Problems.”
J. Cole and Miguel (the latter co-headlining a fall tour with Drake) swooned female fans with radio hits “Power Trip” and “Adorn” before the rapper-singer went into an acoustic cover of “I Get Lonely Too.” The moment lead into an appearance from TLC, who did a medley of “Fanmail,” “Waterfalls” (with Lil’ Mama), and “Scrubs.” After taking fans back to his early hits such as “Successful,” “Best I Ever Had,” “Forever,” and “Over,” it was time for a rare reunion as Diddy and Ma$e joined together on stage for the first time in years. The duo showed their chemistry of the 90s as they ran through No. 1 hits “Victory,” “Feel So Good,” “Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems,” and “All About the Benjamins.” (Miss Info TV)
The Toronto native also turned things up a notch by ending last night’s show with an unexpected performance by Kanye West.
Drake’s annual OVO Fest is tonight in Toronto, and naturally he’s brought some special guests. Though some have inferred from Drake’s recent lyrics about “your new sh*t,” that some subliminal shots are being thrown at the one and only Kanye West. Whether or not such is the case, the pair of superstar rappers make a move tonight that will silence all speculation, if at least only for a moment, taking the same stage in Toronto. After bringing a number of other stars, including The Weeknd, Big Sean, French Montana, TLC and Wale, Drake brought out Kanye West. (Complex)
Late last year, Mase talked about his pre-fame days at Bad Boy Records and helping Diddy become a global hip-hop star.
“We just put our heads together and Puff said he was gonna be the artist,” Ma$e explained to Sway. “I stayed in the studio, helped write and he came up with the records. He wanted to do the records that I wrote and he just started rapping on ‘em and then he said ‘I’ma put you on the record with me,’ so that’s how it happened. Everything I had for myself that was like my demo, that became his album. Then I was thinking, well, ‘how can I do it again?’ He worked with me to become the artist that I became, doing Harlem World, so it was just a collective effort.” (MTV)
Check out the backstage footage: