Diddy is getting unglued.
The mogul, whose real name is Sean Combs, is facing the fury of an 19-year-old kid who claims he pitched an app idea to Diddy — before Diddy ripped it off to promote his own Black-owned ventures.
Tavon (born Tyrone Taylor) took to Twitter, where he posted screenshots of his meeting with Diddy, including an excerpt of a 35-second meeting where he tells Diddy “we need” a social network that’s a “pure artist platform.”
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The meeting goes on for a while, while Tavon video-chats. Diddy tells him he loved the idea and gives a sweeping outline of how the company needs to improve. He also mentioned that “Heard we got to pump up the D’s.”
Later, Tavon says he got a follow up call from Diddy, which included a video pitch from the mogul about two days later, where Diddy acknowledges he’s had “an idea to create a platform” and that he’s “thought about a few things about it,” including reaching out to two of the rappers mentioned in his meeting. (Tavon says the rapper Diddy supported was Biggie Smalls.)
Tavon tweeted about Diddy’s exchange, and just hours later, he got a barrage of negative responses. He then posted an open letter to Diddy about it, saying he didn’t want to “be the black @TBRUTALSHAW,” but rather wanted to have a “productive convo with Mr. Combs.”
“If you wanna be all behind your support of these young entrepreneurs around you, then know that you’re supporting black [or] any other race you deem worthy,” the letter reads. “But know this—a lot of times artists renege on promises that come out of their mouth at the drop of a hat.”
He also left a message about how Diddy’s video seemed fake, and how “[y]ou can’t make an example out of someone by merely taking advantage of their life experiences because they are one of many….”
Tavon ended the letter by saying that he wants Diddy to understand his words and the mistakes Diddy may have made in the past, and that “this is not the last attempt to work together.”
Diddy responded in a vicious Instagram video directed at Tavon.
“Listen, I appreciate Tray. I appreciate Tray. I commend Tray for talking to me, for telling me some things that he was able to divulge to me after we had met and we went about it some more,” Diddy says. “I didn’t do anything wrong. My friend RCA, I don’t know if y’all know that my boy RCA is my son, I don’t know if y’all know that. You know what my son said he can’t miss any development, so it wasn’t no meeting. I just decided to utilize something that an individual saw in the last meeting and—his word: He was ready. I’m just passing it on to your generation to see how it’s handled…”
Diddy says he is aware that tech companies have their own way of getting to people: “And I don’t mean I got to do it on my Instagram. You know I know the amount of information that have been acquired, I know the amount of information that has been received, from the era where I’m at right now.”
He concludes, “Whoop, don’t rock with that approach to information. I got more programs. I got more empowerment.”