STAND FOR SOMETHING: kendrick lamar boycotts GQ

The Life As Shay Report:
This time last week Kendrick Lamar was to take the stage at the 2013 GQ Man of the Year Party, of which Kendrick Lamar was honored as Man of the Year | Best Rapper.
Unfortunately, a moment that would be a namely momentous recognition in any artist’s career was
smudge by Kendrick’s GQ article that his team deems “offensive.”
Of course, I had to read the article for myself. And I found it to be….OFFENSIVE. It appears to have been written by someone ignorant to the Hip Hop culture, more over, diverse communities in general. You have to handle uncharted waters with caution and this article was written without care…it feels like the journalist was striving to make associations and pull in the readers’ attention with unorthodox methods of ultimately unsavory comments.
Let me point out a few excerpts that likely rubbed the TDE camp the wrong way:
  •  Kendrick was going to give me a guided, cue-the-G-funk-synth Star Maps tour of his neighborhood…
  • Top Dawg Entertainment, the baby Death Row Records that originally signed him…
  • Much of Kendrick’s music now is an attempt to transcend his ravaged world without separating himself from it in judgment, about somehow gaining control over his household’s chaos—some of his uncles were Crips, and his father was reportedly a Gangster Disciple in Chicago before moving to Compton—and over his neighborhood’s warped commitment to adolescent pride.
  • 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...I was surprised by their discipline. “You guys seem so calm,” I said.
  •  Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith, basically TDE’s Suge Knight… 
  • Hip-Hop illuminati—Jay, Bey
  •  There is something demonic about the scene: Kendrick recounting his fever dreams about the grim consequences of decadence while presiding over a decadent Fashion Week party.
TDE CEO, Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith, made the following statement to 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.”
Read the posted article and tell me what you think. Will you be purchasing the magazine when it hits the stands?

1 thought on “STAND FOR SOMETHING: kendrick lamar boycotts GQ

  1. […] The article heard around the world- Forbes labeled rapper,Iggy Azalea, as “Running Hip-Hip” and so conveniently included the fact that she is blonde, white and Australian—mmh interesting combination. If you want Iggy to Run Hip-Hop you better qualify it and contain that overarching assumption with some qualification and limits. Introducing her hair color and race makes for a sweet mockery. We encountered a similar mishap of journalists attempting to reach into the Hip-Hop culture with little tact, and then having to retreat with the Kendrick Lamar/QC article issue. Read More here […]

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