Hip Hop’s little big man Kendrick Lamar is GQ’s newly crowned Rapper of the Year.
The Compton-born lyricist has been on a tear as of late, collecting numerous awards for his music, while ruffling feathers and making headlines in the process.
According to a report by TMZ, Lamar has taken issue with his portrayal in the magazine’s upcoming issue–causing him to skip out on GQ’s recent “Men of The Year” Party.
In a feature story, writer Steve Marsh lays it on thick with his description of the violent history surrounding Kendrick’s hometown—Compton, C.A.
Marsh also makes note of the 26-year-old rapper’s aversion to drugs, alcohol and promiscuity—a decision that flies in the face of traditional rap culture.
Marsh dimwittedly admits shock and “surprise” after learning of Lamar’s commitment to clean living.
The CEO of Kendrick’s label Top Dawg Entertainment Anthony Tiffith believes the interview portrayed his star player in a negative light.
“To say he was ‘surprised at our discipline’ is completely disrespectful … Kendrick deserved to be accurately documented,” Tiffith explained during an interview.
“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.],” Tiffith added. “As a result of this misrepresentation, I pulled Kendrick from his performance at GQ’s annual Man Of The Year party.”
Tiffith 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.”