Why Marilyn Manson Was Afraid That Puff Diddy Was Going To Kill Him

A few years ago, Marilyn Manson revealed to Consequence that Puff Diddy once wanted to kill him because of his comments on the rapper’s music.

The story goes back to 1998. That year, Puff Diddy and Jimmy Page teamed up to rework Led Zeppelin’s ‘Kashmir’ under the tile ‘Come With Me.’ Despite being a hit, the song didn’t impress Manson, as he openly criticized it on TRL, leading to a confrontation with the rapper:

“And later, when I went on there to perform another time, I was in the Kennedy car, the assassination car, promoting ‘Holy Wood,’ and apparently, I had said something back when I was on for the ‘Year In Rock’ about how Puff Daddy potentially could have damaged music by sampling Led Zeppelin. Kids might grow up to not think of Led Zeppelin when they hear that song, ‘Come with Me’ or whatever. And after that, Puff wanted to, apparently, kill me.”

Explaining how what happened at the time made him scared for his life, the singer went on:

“And you can’t say I wasn’t asking for it in a way because I’m in the Kennedy assassination car in Times Square, and these 4 SUVs pull up right when MTV is like, ‘Okay, you’re going on in five minutes.’ These SUVs sort of circle us, and Puff Daddy gets out, and he’s yelling at me, but I can’t hear what anyone’s saying because I have a headset on, but he’s yelling at me. Fortunately, my bodyguard knew his bodyguard, but it was a bunch of guys that looked like they wanted to kill me at the moment, and I think he genuinely did.”

‘Come With Me’ Remained As A Controversial Song

After this incident, things eventually calmed down between Manson and Puff Diddy. But the debate about the ‘Come With Me’ track, especially its sampling of ‘Kashmir,’ continued in the music world, as the original is considered one of the best in Zeppelin’s catalog.

In 2012, Chuck D from Public Enemy shared his dislike for the song with Rolling Stone, calling it ‘a f**king travesty’ and saying:

“I like Jimmy Page and P. Diddy, but what they did to ‘Kashmir’ was a debacle.”

Before D’s comment, it turned out that Page agreed to work with Diddy for his relationship with his son. In his 2009 book ‘Jimmy Page: Magnus, Musician, Man: An Unauthorized Biography,’ George Case wrote:

“It tickled him to think his twelve-year-old son, James, who lived in New Orleans with his mother Patricia Ecker, could now connect his dad with someone as current as Puff Daddy.”

Still, ‘Come With Me’ became a hit, reaching number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, and the two even performed the track on ‘Saturday Night Live’ in 1998 with a 40-piece orchestra.