GQ’s Editor-in-Chief Responds to TDE’s Criticism of Kendrick Lamar’s Cover Story

kenrick blog 450 GQs Editor in Chief Responds to TDEs Criticism of Kendrick Lamars Cover Story

Kendrick Lamar was named rapper of the year by GQ Magazine, and after the cover story dropped, Top Dawg Entertainment’s CEO responded, calling the article disrespectful and explaining his decision to pull Kendrick from the scheduled performance at GQ’s party. Now the Editor-in-Chief of GQ has issued a response of his own:

‘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.’ — Jim Nelson, GQ editor-in-chief

  • physiks_VA

    shuttup cracker!

  • John

    racism is alive in Physiks, VA

  • Scott

    That article wasn’t bad at all….maybe Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith is the sensitive rapper that needs to be tucked into some pajamas

  • Birch

    Oh no he said cracker! Look how many white people he disenfranchised!

  • TheBrazilionaire

    Classy response by GQ

  • See from the other perspective

    If you don’t understand how it’s demeaning to say you were surprised by their discipline imagine someone saying to you they’re surprised you’re not stupid or they’re surprised to see you are intelligent. I’m surprised you are not out of control. Why be surprised? What’s surprising about this? Do you think he’d be surprised if he was a doctor? Do you think he’s surprised if he was white? A black rapper or CEO has to be surprisingly disciplined? Why?

  • See from the other perspective

    The editor’s reply is even insensitive. No regard for comparing this man’s business to one with an infamous reputation. Not even a small admission to fault was given as if what he did was perfectly right and Anthony Tiffith is a robot set to defensive and has no premise for his actions. Which is obviously not true because TDE is “surprising disciplined”.

  • It’s a two way street Birch.

  • No. It is completely understandable to be surprised by a rap collectives calmness and discipline, being that rappers, including every rapper in TDE, has rapped multiple times about liquor, weed, women, if not money and clothes, and some even drugs like codeine. So Anthony needs to get off his high horse and take the compliment.

  • see from the other perspective

    I don’t think expecting less of someone is considered a compliment rapper or not. That’s unfair. Being surprised means he didn’t expect them to be disciplined. It was surprising, correct? Yet that, you say, is a compliment. What does it matter what they rap about? This is business. An artist’s life may seem like one big party on TV and in their songs but when the cameras go off and when the studio closes every thing is contracts and meetings. When you meet someone to do business, because this is a legal business agreement, you should respect them as businessmen. It’s some sort of endorsement deal between GQ and TDE or Kendrick so from a more realistic perspective Tiffith’s frustration can be understood. Mind you, I never said the editor wasn’t understandable but what I did say should be clear.

  • see from the other perspective

    I don’t think expecting less of someone is considered a compliment rapper or not. That’s unfair. Being surprised means he didn’t expect them to be disciplined. It was surprising, correct? Yet that, you say, is a compliment. What does it matter what they rap about? This is business. An artist’s life may seem like one big party on TV and in their songs but when the cameras go off and when the studio closes every thing is contracts and meetings. When you meet someone to do business, because this is a legal business agreement, you should respect them as businessmen. It’s some sort of endorsement deal between GQ and TDE or Kendrick so from a more realistic perspective Tiffith’s frustration can be understood. Mind you, I never said the editor wasn’t understandable but what I did say should be clear.

  • Birch

    No, it’s really not …