TDE CEO Attacks GQ Story on Kendrick Lamar as Having "Racial Overtones," Pulls Lamar From GQ Party

Top Dawg is none too pleased with GQ.

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The CEO of TDE—the label home of superstar rapper Kendrick Lamar—Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith, has released a statement regarding the apparently indelicate matter of Kendrick Lamar's recent GQ Man of the Year issue cover story. Short version: He's not happy. At all.

While Tiffith noted that he and the Compton rapper are honored by the nod, he claims the Steve Marsh-penned article incorrectly displays who and what their company stands for. He even goes as far as to say that there are "racial overtones" within the story, and went so far as to have pulled Kendrick Lamar from performing at GQ's November 12 'Man of the Year' party. 

The release:

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.

Steve Marsh and editors for GQ did not immediately respond to a request for comment; neither did a publicity contact for the magazine. We'll update here if they do. 

UPDATE: GQ's editor-in-chief Jim Nelson has released the following statement in response to Top Dawg's decision to pull Kendrick Lamar from his performance at the Man Of The Year party:


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