Kendrick Lamar’s GQ Story Sparks Social Debate Over Racial Overtones

By Sean Lynch

Earlier this week it seemed that Kendrick Lamar had taken another a big step in his career, snagging GQ Magazine’s coveted “Rapper Of The Year” title, and even landing on the cover of the men’s fashion publication. The cover story didn’t sit too well within Kendrick’s camp though, which led to the rapper being pulled from the GQ Man of the Year party, which took place this past Tuesday (Nov. 12). The decision came from Top Dawg Entertainment’s CEO, Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith, who pulled Kendrick from the performance citing “racial overtones.” The statement spread across the web and ignited various debates on social media.

“This week, Kendrick Lamar was named one of GQ’s 2013 Men Of The Year, an honor that should have been celebrated as a milestone in his career and for the company,” explained Tiffith. The founder and CEO of the label claims the story which was penned by Steve Marsh put his company in a negative light. “Marsh’s story was more focused on what most people would see as drama or bs… To say he was “surprised at our discipline” is completely disrespectful,” explained Tiffth in the press release. It was not just Kendrick that Top Dawg felt was negatively portrayed, but Hip-Hop as a whole. “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,” referencing the deaths of Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G.

This part of the statement became the focal point of many industry conversations between writers and fans alike.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Towards the end of the lengthy statement, the TDE CEO took aim at the publication. “We would expect more from a publication with the stature and reputation that GQ has,” denounced Tiffth. “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. Our reputation, work ethic, and product is something that we guard with our lives.”

Kendrick Lamar’s GQ cover story is on stands now. The Compton MC returns to the touring circuit tomorrow as the Yeezus tour, headlined by Kanye West, gets back on track in Philadelphia.

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adidas Originals by Jeremy Scott ‘Holiday Bears’ 2013 Sneakers


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Jeremy Scott brings us the latest update of his adidas Originals by Jeremy Scott bear-themed sneakers with this metallic edition specially for the Holiday 2013 season. Eschewing convention, Scott adorns these adidas kicks with metallic silver and gold bears, finishing the upper to give the appearance of fur and anchoring the look with a glitter-infused outsole. Look for these limited-edition JS Holiday Bears when they drop on November 15 at select adidas Originals outlets.

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Neil Barrett Riders Jacket

The wave of leather jackets hitting the market can only signal that we’re in the full thick of things for winter. Neil Barrett — much like other  of his high fashion peers — takes on the classic Riders jacket and offers an impressive mixed-material iteration. Tonal blue in nature, the jacket features the use of Italian cowhide, snakeskin and nylon through a chunky asymmetrical blocking. Available now at Restir.

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What Happened To NY Hip-Hop? New Documentary Attempts To Answer Controversial Question

By Rob Markman

With so much attention on New York City and it’s positioning in the rap game, it seems like the perfect time for DJ S. Whit’s upcoming documentary “The New York Rap Revival.” Whit, who is a DJ and on-air personality for SIRIUSXM’s Hip-Hop Nation, recently launched a Kickstarter for the film which analyzes the Big Apple’s current role in hip-hop.

The independent film features commentary from MTV News correspondent and Shade 45 host Sway Calloway, Rap Radar content director Brian “B.Dot” Miller as well as NYC rapper’s Troy Ave, Emilio Rojas, Vinny Chase and veteran spitter AZ.

The doc comes at an interesting time. On Tuesday, Atlanta rapper Trinidad James riled the city up after he made expressed his views on the NY Hip-Hop. “I remember when New York rap was the sh– and us ‘bamas,’ us from the South was like, ‘What the f—?’ And we just did our own thing, but now we run y’all musically. That’s crazy,” he said, much to the crowd’s shock.
Since then, a number of New York MC have spoken out against James, most notably Maino, who went on Hot 97 and demanded an apology from Trinidad on behalf of the city.

On Wednesday Bun B came up to “RapFix Live” and downplayed all of the drama. “Hip-hop and the actual art of rapping started here in New York, so if you’re an MC by due product you’re already trying to be like New York. So it don’t make no sense for nobody to act like New York trying to be like them,” he reasoned.

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Ace Hotel x Converse Pro Leather Hi


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Ace Hotel and Converse team up for the upcoming Holiday season to rework their famed Pro Leather Hi sneaker silhouette. The high-top sneaker gets a more boot-like appearance; outfitted in suede and leather both in muted tones for a more subdued seasonal look. The collaborative sneaker will be available in limited quantities for $ 120 USD beginning Friday, November 15 exclusively at Ace Hotel locations in North America, Ace Hotel London and select Converse First String retailers in Europe and Asia.

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KRISVANASSCHE 2013 Fall/Winter Collection

Known for his keen eye for detail and innovative aesthetic, Belgian designer Kris Van Assche’s eponymous label KRISVANASSCHE has released the fall/winter extension of its apparel lineup. Composed of sleek lines and a muted color palette that is reflective of his time as a Dior Homme and Saint Laurent designer, the collection includes a fresh series of sweaters and T-shirts, and features a selection of Hybrid pieces that combine Shirt panels with Sweatshirts and Jacket panels with Shirts. Collection highlights include the Mulit Multilayered Hybrid Shirt with five patterned shirt panels contrasted upon a sleek grey sweater hem. Check out the collection above and head to the HYPEBEAST Store for more.

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