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Kendrick Lamar passed on going to GQ’s “Men of the Year” party on Tuesday even though the magazine named him, “Rapper of the Year.”And at the last minute he skipped performing at the event and it all because he felt his GQ profile was disrespectful after the reporter said he was amazed that “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, nor did I see Kendrick so much as glance at the many, many girls around him.”
Talk about stereotyping!!! Sooooo….. Lamar did not take the reporters amazement as a compliment and decided to boycott the entire event. The CEO of Lamar’s Top Dawg Entertainment record label Anthony Tiffith told TMZ, “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.”
GQ’s Editor-in-Chief Jim Nelson responded, “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.”
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