TDE attacks GQ story on Kendrick Lamar, GQ defends story

Posted Nov 16, 2013 by Layne Weiss
The CEO of rapper Kendrik Lamar's, Top Dawg Entertainment is not happy with GQ's recent Man of The Year cover story on Kendrick Lamar.
Kendrick Lamar  is an American hip hop recording artist
Kendrick Lamar, is an American hip hop recording artist
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Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith has issued a statement on the matter:
"This week, Kendrick Lamar was named one of GQ's 2013 Men Of The Year, an honor that should have been celebrated as a milestone in his career and for the company," TDE CEO Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith said in a written statement issued to MTV News on Friday. "Instead, the story, written by Steve Marsh, put myself and my company in a negative light."
Tiffith went on to charge that Marsh's story was focused on what most people would consider "drama or BS." He also said Marsh completely disrespected Kendrick by saying "He was surprised at our discipline."
"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," Tiffith added.
"Furthermore, Kendrick deserved to be accurately documented," Tiffith's statement read. "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."
Tiffith did more than write a statement about the article. He was so mad, he pulled Kendrick from his performance at GQ's annual "Man of the Year" party in Los Angeles on Tuesday, November 12, Complex reports.
"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," Tiffith wrote according to MTV News.
GQ's editor-in-chief, Jim Nelson, has responded to Tiffith's statement.
"Kendrick Lamar is one of the most talented new musicians to arrive on the scene in years," Nelson says in a statement posted on "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."
Nelson also said that the decision to pull Kendrick from his performance at GQ's "Man of the Year" party "mystified" and "disappointed" GQ, HipHopDX reports.
In spite of everything, however, Nelson said in his statement that he's "still a huge fan" of Kendrick Lamar.
In addition to Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Will Ferrell, Matthew McConaughey, Will Ferrell, and James Gandolfini have their own individual Men of The Year covers, which will hit newsstands November 19, the Huff Post reports.