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Kendrick Lamar

Boycotted GQ Party

Over 'Offensive' Interview

11/15/2013 2:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1115-kendrick-lamar-tmzDespite being named GQ's Rapper of the Year, Kendrick Lamar completely BLEW OFF the mag's Men of the Year Party on Tuesday ... all because he hated the way he was portrayed in his big interview.

In the interview, which GQ released this week, writer Steve Marsh expresses surprise at Kendrick's discipline -- refusing to drink excessively and womanize like other rappers, especially because the over-the-top lifestyle is so prevalent in the game these days.

The writer also spends a lot of time talking about the gang violence endemic in Kendrick's hometown of Compton, which marred rap's history.

And Kendrick and his camp are PISSED, insisting Marsh focused on the wrong details, senselessly romanticizing a dark time in hip hop, when the article should have been a celebration of Kendrick's successes.

The CEO of Kendrick's label Top Dawg Entertainment Anthony Tiffith tells us 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."

Tiffith says, "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."

Tiffith adds, "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."


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Im sorry but when rappers always rap about bit ches money drugs and sex why act suprised when he says his surprised.... and calling it racial overtone that made me giggle absolutely nothing racist about it!! move along tjere is absolutely nothing to be getting your panties in a twist over

306 days ago


Kendrick lamar is one of the most popular rappers in the music industry today. To comment as if he must not be anyone, or is beneath you simply because you choose to not listen to his music is small minded. Why comment then? Why not look him up, listen to a song or 2. It is great he took a stance, this interview was very disrespectful as he does not make music degrading women, promote violence, excessive drinking, etc. He stands against those negative images. To invite someone for an interview and choose him for a cover and focus on stereotypical images without even focusing at the person at hand, their work, why you chose him as the cover, how he feels, etc they focused on how they feel african american rappers are, or once were... SOME... Not all CLEARLY. kendrick has a mixture of supporters. That is like choosing Beyoncè for a cover, and during the interview, refusing to ask or focus on any of her music, tours, films, awards, community service, etc and asking her why she doesn't twerk, if she likes fried chicken and watermelon, because all black people as they see if love fried chicken, watermelon, and twerking. Completely ignoring the purpose as to why the artist is there. Where were the questions asking him about his rising fame? His hit songs? Collaborations? Where he sees himself progressing in the future/within his career? Oh no, they assumed, he must be an alcoholic, rap about b***hes and who*es, drugs, stri*pers, gangs, etc when his music is about progressing, and staying away from these situations, his videos are re-enactments of what used to happen and how things have changed, or need to, but they didn't do that. Which as a reporter is unprofessional, the first thing you learn is to research that person and focus on them, clearly this person didn't and let their prejudice show with these ignorant questions... THAT is why kendrick boycotted. Shame on how rude and blatantly racist some of these comments are.

306 days ago

HRH Prince Michael    

Before you can be real with others, chumpsters
need to be real with themselves:
"WE won't let another Mutha-F***** Elvis Happen!"

True Justice, Divine Justice is SERVED:
The 2013 Sentence

306 days ago


Sensitive much? Pretty lame!

306 days ago


Why was he even on the cover of GQ ? Overrated much??

305 days ago


There are a bunch of stupid comments here GQ didn't make Kendrick and Jimmy Iovine loves Kendrick and Top Dawg. Looks like a bunch of you ignorant fools don't like black men who don't kiss a$$ to get ahead and want to be respected for the right reasons. talk all you want there are many rappers who have built wealth and live great rappers are not the only ones who have problems dealing with fame. And some fool said fire that manager he is not the manager he is the CEO pay attention. someone said who is Kendrick or he is not that successful yet your wrong he is 1 of the few artist selling music in the millions he is rich and not spending, he is a smart young man period. GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT IDIOTS

301 days ago


Between this and the Duck Dynasty article I will be canceling my membership that I have had for over 5 years.

264 days ago
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