Kendrick Lamar Boycotts GQ ‘Men Of The Year’ Party Over Racial Overtones [Photos]
Rucuss staffNovember 16, 2013
Kendrick Lamar was selected as one of the GQ’s ‘Men Of the Year,’ but he was noticeably missing from the celebration party.
Lamar boycotted the magazine’s party because of his “offensive” cover story. According to TMZ, Lamar was supposed to perform at the Los Angeles event earlier this week, but canceled after reading his GQ interview.
In the cover story, writer Steve Marsh expresses his surprise at Kendrick’s discipline by refusing to drink and womanize like many of his rap peers.
“Kendrick doesn’t smoke weed or drink booze,” wrote Marsh. “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.”
Marsh also talks about the gang violence epidemic in Lamar’s hometown of Compton. Lamar record company didn’t like the interview. He thought the writer romanticized a dark time in hip-hop rather than focusing on Lamar’s achievements.
“To say he was ‘surprised at our discipline’ is completely disrespectful,” Top Dawg Entertainment CEO Anthony Tiffith told TMZ. “Kendrick deserved to be accurately documented.”
Tiffith added, “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 and B.I.G.] … As a result of this misrepresentation, I pulled Kendrick from his performance at GQ‘s annual ‘Men of the Year’ party.”
He ended his comments with,”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.”
GQ editor-in-chief Jim Nelson has released a statement in response to Tiffith’s comments about .
“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. The real shame is that people were deprived of the joy of seeing Kendrick perform live. I’m still a huge fan.”
Read Lamar’s interview here.
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