Kendrick Lamar and Team are Pissed with GQ

(AllHipHop News) Kendrick Lamar and GQ are clashing over a cover story in the magazine’s coveted “Men of the Year” issue.

Kendrick and the TDE crew took exception to language in the article that seemed to suggest that African Americans rappers were generally lazy womanizing drug abusers. Additionally, the piece talked at length about the violence in Compton, where Kendrick was reared.

Jim Nelson, GQ editor-in-chief, spoke his peace over the disagreement.

“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.”

Earlier in the week, Kendrick skipped a performance at GQ’s Men of the Year party in apparent protest.

Top Dawg Entertainment’s Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith told TMZ, the images portrayed in the story were not accurate and felt biased.

“The interview portrayed him and his company in a negative light and he won’t stand for it. 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 and B.I.G.] … As a result of this misrepresentation, I pulled Kendrick from his performance at GQ’s annual Man 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.”

  • Charter

    “spoke his peace”

    • johnblacksad

      Piece god!

      • SBRon


  • brotha_man

    dont worry GQ has jay-z

  • ItGoesDownINtheDM

    i dont know this might be a bad move …. sometimes you gotta pick ya battles ….. and not take them all on ….

    • Freebe Jackson

      I think he did the right thing and if more people of color would take this stance they will either stop writing articles that seem to have racial overtones or they will have no people of color in their magazine or supporting the magazine. It won’t be a bad move on TDE’s part, its a bad move on any person of color that allows it to happen to them.

      Black people have to stop having the attitude that we gone accept what they willing to offer. If we get it together and we can take what we want.

      • brotha_man

        well all GQ has to do is hire Jayz, to oversee any discrimination, and this issue is resolved.

      • ItGoesDownINtheDM


      • Freebe Jackson

        lol hahaha Jay would do the same shit a racist white person would do for the right $$$$

      • Nemo hos

        You know it

      • johnblacksad


      • ItGoesDownINtheDM

        i hear that but were they lieing in any form or fashion ?? was it really racial overtones or was it the hard truths that many blacks have a problem hearing from outside sources ?? ….. sometimes i feel we are too defensive …. and i see it all the time and that mentality holds alot of brothers back more than it has ever helped !! ….. the bible has told us anything can be flipped and bounce to be GOOD or EVIL … especially TEXT … i have braids and many of my white co-workers always ask me to wear it out so they can see how long my hair is ….. now i could easily take that as a RACIAL UNDERTONE or i can take it for what it is curious individuals …. simply cause these people im talking about i known for years and they are not my superiors … a few of them i am superior to them as far as our corporate structure goes …. but that comes with actually knowing someone … vs just ASSUMING !!!! especially when you dont know or have history with that entity or PERSON ……………… just openning up the mind a little more on this discusion ……

      • R.I.P Ultimate Warrior

        Real talk.

      • Og

        Calm down bro I dont mean he will in anyway live up to tupac name I mean his demise will unfortunately be at the hands of a gun

      • coach jenkins

        you saying kendrick the good kid has enemies like pac did?

        thats a stretch #justmyopinion

      • Og

        I didnt say that either

      • Freezamon

        These “outside sources” are also exploiters of our culture and existence. They always use us against us wether it’s positive or negative and profit from it but we never do. That has to stop and many African Americans are now seeing that…And now know that we don’t need them for acceptance. The internet brought us the independence from music labels & radio…and soon film and television. We can be our own masters.

      • Freebe Jackson

        Thats how you feel and you have every right to feel that way. The same way TDE felt some type of way. To say some one is being to sensitive or to defensive is an opinion. He is entitled to feel that way he wants. This is why you have people like TDE that pulled Kendrick and a person like Jay would have had no problem

  • Og

    Kendrick is next tupac

    • atle fjeldstad

      and why exactly is he the next pac?

      • Og

        Because he is the next west coast rapper saying stuff about NY thats gonna get killed

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  • wickedjones

    Im glad youngblood have the balls to stand up for himself,.

  • cromthelaughinggod7

    Kendrick I get but homie School Boy doesn’t fit with the image so yeah I could see that drop him and ab and you good. Only humble people chill with humble people. Didn’t he say he was a crip and Kendrick said he refused the gang life you only associate with the people you have sh*t in common. I see more problems in the future with TDE. Just wait.

    • Dubz

      Kendrick doesn’t run TDE

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  • Sean Taylor

    “Kendrick and the TDE crew took exception to language in the article that
    seemed to suggest that African Americans rappers were generally lazy
    womanizing drug abusers.”

    Can’t silence the truth….

    • Sean Lee Walthour

      And THAT truth is WHAT?

      • that rappers are generally lazy womanizing drug abusers.

      • Sean Lee Walthour

        I wonder w where u got that “fact” from (1) and (2) I’d love to know what kind of music YOU support.. #ImWaiting

      • Myleage

        sounds like Clinton and Ozzy to me….

      • dem too

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  • DesignatedH8R

    First AB Soul bitches about the XXL Cover and now this outrage at GQ? I’m starting to detect some jealousy.

  • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Congrats AHH, you finally realized the first 2 days of this article being released that it had NO TITLE. DUmb asssss niccas.

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  • “took exception to language in the article that seemed to suggest that African Americans rappers were generally lazy womanizing drug abusers”

    k dot no listen to radio… or any rappers?? LOL…

    • Sean Lee Walthour

      Or could it be radio doesn’t c cover the full scope of rap music (or any genre for that matter) and YOU have tunnel vision? I wonder all the work they put in day in and day out, while u are so busy u have time to hang around and shit on music u hate… ur a real genius lol

      • its said generally.. and its true. im not haiting you over sensitive bitch, just speaking the truth. have you EVER been to a club before??/ if so did you listen to the music? ahahahaha man the truth is hard for some people to get

      • Sean Lee Walthour

        I know what it said Shithead, that’s why I questioned ur stupid ass. and repeating urself is not proof. get ur head out ur ass. I NEVER said u were hating, I asked a question, its obvious ur a douche bag with a guilty conscience. Clubs, just like radio, don’t showcase the full spectrum of music either. they play WHAT FITS the club vibe, u intellectual preemy. yeah, u got tunnel vision. btw, I just so happen to be a RAPPER myself (I just opened up recently for CAPPADONNA of the legendary WU TANG CLAN) SO YEAH I know a lil more than sum faggot online tryin to be tough. sensitive bitch was cute, that’s what I call ur mother when she is eating my excrement. poor baby, gettin all defensive since he can’t have his uniformed opinion labeled a fact, nor show the kind of musicians he/she listens to… See me face to face, I bet that slick tongue disappear in a hurry.

      • no one on eartnbshpows trhe full specture of music. NOBODY!!! infact not one form of medium shows the entire spectrum OF ANYTHING!!!


      • Sean Lee Walthour

        That comment just exposed how retarded YOU are. if for example, there was 52, 000 rap artists in EXISTENCE, that would be the FULL SPECTRUM of rap music. Same rules apply across the board, jackass. the full spectrum of many things are ARE KNOWN, U ARE JUST STUPID BEYOND BELIEF.. ONLY AN IDIOT would say NOBODY knows this or that, while claimin the opposite.. #YouGotShitForBrains

      • ok so you really think 52.000 rappers will be played on the radio?? yeah.. NO! therefore its not the full spectrum. and is there 52,000 rappers? NO!!! how many are there?? YOU DONT KNOW!!! lol thanks for proving ME CORRECT!!! DUMBASS

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  • water_ur_seeds

    Any excerpts from the GQ article?

    • Jonathan Cephas


    • Freebe Jackson

      We don’t need to see the article if the CEO of TDE had a problem with the article. Some people may read the article and see nothing wrong with it but if Kendrick and his camp have a problem with the article they can move how ever they chose.

      • water_ur_seeds

        fck are you onabout, i wanna know what they said, im not disputing that there is an issue with it…

  • atle fjeldstad

    I think it`s funny that gq think they got vote on who is king of rap.. haha

  • Obi Won

    I’ll have to read the article, but if they felt a certain way and pulled away from it, that’s a good look. Now a days a lot of Uncle Toms will shake and bake for a peace of change even if they are being disrespected.
    Glad TDE took a stand and didn’t give in to the non sense. A lot of people will read the article and wonder why a kid from Compton is on the cover. At least he could be represented the right way. Same with XXL.

  • Julio

    GQ is the one to blame

  • Arrie Mental Woodard

    On the real everytime they mention TDE is always Kendricks name first. I understand why but that in and of itself can cause a divide. If you refer to everyone then just say TDE. they are not some old azz r&b group, lol