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:
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?