Kendrick Lamar has had one helluva year, and is capped off with one of five covers for GQ’s “Men Of The Year” issue.

To celebrate, the Compton rapper was set to appear and perform at the mag’s release on Tuesday (Nov. 12), but blew if off completely… because he and his label TDE were upset with the way he was portrayed in the cover story, reports TMZ.com.

In the GQ interview, as noted by TMZ, writer Steve Marsh expressed his surprise over Kendrick’s discipline, specifically that he doesn’t drink excessively or womanize like other rappers. And also, wrote about the gang violence Kendrick’s hometown of Compton is known for.

TDE CEO, Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith, told TMZ that the interview portrayed his artist and company in a negative light… and had hoped that the writer would’ve celebrated Kendrick’s successes instead.

“To say he was ‘surprised at our discipline’ is completely disrespectful … Kendrick deserved to be accurately documented,” he said.

“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,” he continued. “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.”

Did you read Kendrick’s GQ cover story? What are your thoughts?


Update: GQ’s editor-in-chief Jim Nelson responded to TDE’s claims, saying Kendrick’s feature in the magazine was “incredibly positive”, and is confused that it was seen in any sort of negative light. Furthermore, he asks that people read the piece to see for themselves (see GQ’s “Men Of The Year” piece on Kendrick at GQ.com).

“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,” Nelson stated. “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.”

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