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Kendrick Lamar boycotted GQ Men of the Year over 'offensive' article


Rapper Kendrick Lamar refused to attend the GQ Men of the Year party and pick up his top rapper honor last week over an "offensive" article. The hip-hop star was scheduled to attend the event on Tuesday to celebrate being named Rapper of the Year, but canceled his plans at the last minute over the way he was portrayed in a magazine piece.

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In the article, a reporter admitted he was surprised how "disciplined" Lamar and his team are, writing, "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 (joint), nor did I see Kendrick so much as glance at the many, many girls around him."

Lamar and executives at his record label, Top Dawg Entertainment, did not take the observation as a compliment. CEO Anthony Tiffith told, "To say he was 'surprised at our discipline' is completely disrespectful ... 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 (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."

A statement from GQ Editor-in-Chief Jim Nelson 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."

Nov 18, 2013 11:15AM
BigTexas1.. I agree with you 100%. He should be honored that it was pointed out that he doesn't fit the "usual stereotype" He should be proud that he is where he is and he is a gentleman and in the right mind. Why is it so bad that he was called out for being so put together.
Nov 18, 2013 9:40AM
MSN is deleting real comments.  Again - This guy should be thankful someone noticed he isn't the same as his degenerate peers.  In general rappers are not true musicians, the vast majority can't read music, can't play an instrument and can't sing.  Jay-z has a terrible voice even when he talks and that POS kanye sounds like a mouse.  No, rappers are still the ones you don't want around your children, the ones that lower education standards and home values - deal drugs and shoot each other.  Wonder if the need any ammo??
Nov 18, 2013 8:59AM
Nov 18, 2013 7:56AM
All country singers are alcoholics and uneducated. We are surprised that there was no six pack drunk while interviewing and they could understand big words.  All rock singers are cocaine addicts and we are surprised no one was snorting during the interview.  All these are just as offensive as categorizing all rappers as weed heads and womanizers.  Stop the stereotypes! Good writers can praise without having to compare to something negative.
Nov 18, 2013 7:23AM
Don't worry, Jay Z will fix it after he is done with Barney's.
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