Kendrick Lamar refused to attend GQ‘s ‘Men of The Year’ party on Tuesday despite being honored with ‘Rapper of the Year’ because he did not like the way he was portrayed in the interview he did with the mag.
The reporter wrote in Lamar’s GQ profile the he was ‘surprised’ at the rapper’s and team’s ‘discipline’, noting, ‘Kendrick doesn’t smoke weed or drink booze. In the time I spent with him, I never witnessed anyone roll even the thinnest spider leg of a jay, nor did I see Kendrick so much as glance at the many, many girls around him.’
But Lamar and his team didn’t find anything complimentary in the statement … and were not happy with the reporter’s focus on the gang violence in his hometown of Compton.
‘To say he was “surprised at our discipline” is completely disrespectful… Kendrick deserved to be accurately documented,’ Anthony Tiffith, CEO of Lamar’s label Top Dawg Entertainment told TMZ. ‘The racial overtones immediately reminded everyone of a time in hip-hop that was destroyed by violence, resulting in the loss of two of our biggest stars [Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G.]… As a result of this misrepresentation, I pulled Kendrick from his performance at GQ’s annual Men Of The Year party.’
‘While we think it’s a tremendous honor to be named as one of the Men Of The Year, these lazy comparisons and offensive suggestions are something we won’t tolerate,’ Tiffith concluded.
In response, GQ Editor-in-Chief Jim Nelson issued a statement on its website:
Kendrick Lamar is one of the most talented new musicians to arrive on the scene in years. That’s the reason we chose to celebrate him, wrote an incredibly positive article declaring him the next King of Rap, and gave him our highest honor: putting him on the cover of our Men of the Year issue. I’m not sure how you can spin that into a bad thing, and I encourage anyone interested to read the story and see for themselves.
We were mystified and sorely disappointed by Top Dawg’s decision to pull him at the last minute from the performance he had promised to give.