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