This week Kendrick Lamar was honored with one of the covers of GQ's annual Men of The Year issue, given the award for Rapper of The Year. However, TDE CEO Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith was less than pleased with the magazine's cover story on Kendrick. He even pulled the Compton rapper from the list of performers at the annual Men of The Year GQ party last Tuesday in Los Angeles. Anthony Tiffith's statement regarding his decision to pull Kendrick Lamar from the list of performers at GQ's Men of The Year party can be read below. "In 2004, I founded Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) with the goal of providing a home for west coast artists and a platform for these artists to express themselves freely and to give their music to the world. From our beginning in 2005 with Jay Rock, to developing Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, and Ab-Soul, to most recently singing Isaiah Rashad and SZA. We, as TDE, have always prided ourselves in doing everything with heart, honor, and respect. This week, Kendrick Lamar was named one of GQ’s 2013 Men Of The Year, an honor that should have been celebrated as a milestone in his career and for the company. Instead, 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. As a result of this misrepresentation, I pulled Kendrick from his performance at GQ’s annual Man Of The Year party Tuesday, November 12th. 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. Our reputation, work ethic, and product is something that we guard with our lives." UPDATE: GQ's Editor-in-Chief Jim Smelson has responded to Top Dawg Entertainment's statement regarding Kendrick Lamar's GQ cover story. “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.”
News | November 15, 2013
TDE CEO Says Kendrick Lamar’s GQ Men of The Year Cover Story Was Disrespectful

Kendrick Lamar MaskedGorilla.com

This week Kendrick Lamar was honored with one of the covers of GQ's annual Men of The Year issue, given the award for Rapper of The Year. However, TDE CEO Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith was less than pleased with the magazine's cover story on Kendrick. He even pulled the Compton rapper from the list of performers at the annual Men of The Year GQ party last Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Anthony Tiffith's statement regarding his decision to pull Kendrick Lamar from the list of performers at GQ's Men of The Year party can be read below.

"In 2004, I founded Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) with the goal of providing a home for west coast artists and a platform for these artists to express themselves freely and to give their music to the world. From our beginning in 2005 with Jay Rock, to developing Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, and Ab-Soul, to most recently singing Isaiah Rashad and SZA. We, as TDE, have always prided ourselves in doing everything with heart, honor, and respect.

This week, Kendrick Lamar was named one of GQ’s 2013 Men Of The Year, an honor that should have been celebrated as a milestone in his career and for the company. Instead, 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. As a result of this misrepresentation, I pulled Kendrick from his performance at GQ’s annual Man Of The Year party Tuesday, November 12th.

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. Our reputation, work ethic, and product is something that we guard with our lives."

UPDATE: GQ's Editor-in-Chief Jim Smelson has responded to Top Dawg Entertainment's statement regarding Kendrick Lamar's GQ cover story.

“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.”


latest
Video | October 5, 2021
HIVEMIND Interview – Masked Gorilla Podcast

On the 44th episode of the Masked Gorilla Podcast, host Roger Gengo interviews emerging YouTube music and comedian savants about Read more ›

Video | October 5, 2021
Lil Lotus Interview – Masked Gorilla Podcast

On the 42nd episode of the Masked Gorilla Podcast, host Roger Gengo interviews emo rapper Lil Lotus to talk about Read more ›

Video | October 5, 2021
OnlyBino Interview – Masked Gorilla Podcast

On the 41st episode of the Masked Gorilla Podcast, host Roger Gengo interviews emerging Florida artist OnlyBino to talk about Read more ›

Video | September 8, 2021
SSGKobe Interview – Masked Gorilla Podcast

On the 43rd episode of the Masked Gorilla Podcast, host Roger Gengo interviews emerging rapper SSGKobe to talk about growing Read more ›

Video | June 16, 2021
WHOKILLEDXIX Interview – Masked Gorilla Podcast

On the 40th episode of the Masked Gorilla Podcast, host Roger Gengo interviews Masked Records’ artists WHOKILLEDXIX live from the Read more ›

Video | May 13, 2021
Danny Towers Interview – Masked Gorilla Podcast

On the 39th episode of the Masked Gorilla Podcast, host Roger Gengo interviews Danny Tower live from the Half Evil Read more ›

LOAD MORE
© 2016 MASKED GORILLA