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Jimmy Page Let Diddy Have Creative Control on ‘Come With Me,’ and the Rapper’s ‘Fantastic Imagination’ Led to a Huge Hit

Jimmy Page rarely let outsiders enter Led Zeppelin’s creative inner circle. The guitarist said he had a split personality in the band, and both kept nonmembers at bay. Partly out of necessity, the Led Zeppelin founder freely collaborated with many notable musicians after the band folded. One unlikely mashup was Page’s single with Diddy, “Come With Me.” The trained musician said the rapper knew nothing about music, but he still praised the rapper’s “fantastic imagination.”

Jimmy Page (left) wearing a black suit as he arrives at an award show in 2005; Diddy wearing a black suit and chains at a 1999 event.
(l-r) Jimmy Page; Diddy | Dave M. Benett/Getty Images; Neil Munns – PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images

Jimmy Page said Diddy knew nothing about music, but the rapper had a ‘fantastic imagination’

Page was the creative center of Led Zeppelin. Outside of cover tunes, he, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham wrote and performed all the songs (with “The Battle of Evermore” being the one exception to the rule).