Kendrick Lamar opt to boycott this year’s GQ “Men Of The Year” party and its all over an interview with the mag.
The Compton rapper, who is on the cover of the magazine’s new issue, felt disrespected over some remarks made by writer Steve Marsh.
“Kendrick doesn’t smoke weed or drink booze,” Marsh wrote. “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.”
Kendrick’s camp found some of Marsh’s comments offensive and decided to boycott the party. Speaking with TMZ, Top Dawg Entertainment CEO Anthony Tiffith says the comments were completely disrespectful.
“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.”
GQ Magazine editor-in-chief Jim Nelson since respond to Kendrick Lamar’s camp with the following statement.
“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.”