The CEO of Top Dawg Entertainment, Anthony Tiffith prevented Kendrick Lamar from performing at GQ's "Man of The Year" party on (Nov 12) because of the offensive article about the label. Mr. Tiffith didn't feel that the cover story on Kendrick Lamar accurately depicted his artist or the company.
Anthony Tiffith's statement in regard to his decision to pull Kendrick from the "Man of The Year party"...
"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 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."
The edtior-in-chief of GQ, Jim Nelson didn't take back any of what was written in the cover story. In fact, his statement maintains that the story spoke positively of Kendrick.
"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."