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Kendrick Lamar, TDE Angry Over ‘Disrespectful’ GQ Cover Story

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Kendrick Lamar was crowned ‘Man of the Year’ by GQ magazine, but the Compton MC and his label, Top Dawg Entertainment, are not happy with the men’s fashion bible. TDE CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith released a statement expressing his disappointment with the mag’s cover story on K.Dot, which he deemed was “disrespectful” to his company.

“The story, written by Steve Marsh, put myself and my company in a negative light,” says Tiffith in the statement (via You Heard That New). “Marsh’s story was more focused on what most people would see as drama or bs. To say he was “surprised at our discipline” is completely disrespectful. Instead of putting emphasis on the good that TDE has done for west coast music, and for hip hop as a whole, he spoke on what most people would consider whats wrong with Hip Hop music.”

The rest of his statement reads in part:

Furthermore, Kendrick deserved to be accurately documented. 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. We would expect more from a publication with the stature and reputation that GQ has. As a result of this misrepresentation, I pulled Kendrick from his performance at GQ’s annual Man Of The Year party Tuesday, November 12th.

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. Our reputation, work ethic, and product is something that we guard with our lives.”

GQ magazine’s editor-in-chief Jim Nelson has responded to TDE defending the writer and story. The statement (in full) reads:

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.” — Jim Nelson, GQ editor-in-chief

What are your thoughts? Did GQ magazine do a hatchet job on covering the success of Kendrick Lamar and TDE? Tell us in the comments below.

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