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Kendrick Lamar recently received GQ Magazine’s highest honors when they named him ‘Man Of The Year’. While many can only dream of that honor, Kendrick Lamar and his label, TDE, aren’t take that accomplishment with strides. Instead of celebrating his recent cover, the TDE camp is upset over the bad light that they have placed the Compton rapper in.

In a statement released to MTV, K.Dot’s manager, Anthony Tiffith, felt that the magazine had racial undertones in the interview.

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. 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.”

Editor In Chief for GQ Magazine, Jim Nelson, had released a statement.

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.”

Kendrick was also supposed to attend and perform the ‘Man Of The Year’ party, but was a no-show.

Were there racial undertones in Kendrick’s ‘Man Of The Year’ feature? Read the interview for yourself, here.

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