It’s considered a great honor to appear on the cover of GQ Magazine’s “Men of the Year” issue but Kendrick Lamar’s crew isn’t entirely pleased with the distinction. The CEO of Kendrick Lamar’s label, TDE, Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith released a statement claiming the GQ Magazine cover story had racial overtones.

It reads:

“The story, written by Steve Marsh, put myself and my company in a negative light. Marsh’s story was more focused on what most people would see as drama or bs. To say he was ‘surprised at our discipline’ is completely disrespectful. 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.

Furthermore, 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. We would expect more from a publication with the stature and reputation that GQ has.”

Tiffith then pulled Kendrick from GQ’s annual Man of the Year party on November 12th. Backhanded compliments aimed at successful black people are the norm in mainstream media (you may recall that several outlets were impressed by how “articulate” Barack Obama was during his campaign). Tiffith has balls for calling GQ out on it. The magazine has yet to respond publicly.

Do you think he made the right call?

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  • I don’t care what anyone says about K. Lamar I love him. Yes, he used the common words that other rappers use. But at least most of his raps have a message, while other rappers will say anything as long as they’re making money. People can drag rappers like K. Lamar but yet some of them like Drake. I didn’t read the article in GQ but if he feels he was being disrespected I believe him.

  • lea

    i love you K.dot! buck the trends! Made conscious efforts to put black women in his videos, death of molly and now this? All I can say is don’t turn all Jay-Z on us when you’re 40.

  • I’m not familiar with his music, but kudos to him for valuing his pride and dignity as a black man above this racist, back handed “praise” from white media people. Jay-Z, take note.

  • Yes, definitely kudos to all involved for pointing out the passive racism black people have to deal with in this country.

  • Anthony

    I’m glad they called GQ on their stereotypical thinking. This story reminds me of the time Bill O’Reilly was surprised that people weren’t loud and obscene at a black restaurant in Harlem.