This past week, Kendrick Lamar appeared on the cover of GQ magazine as one of 2013′s “Men Of The Year,” while also being crowned “Rapper Of The Year.” However, it wasn’t all fun and games; as The Chief Executive officer of Top Dawg Entertainment, Anthony Tiffith released a statement in which he addresses the GQ “Man Of The Year” story that Kendrick was featured in. Below, you can read what the CEO had to say:
In 2004, I founded Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) with the goal of providing a home for west coast artists and a platform for these artists to express themselves freely and to give their music to the world. From our beginning in 2005 with Jay Rock, to developing Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, and Ab-Soul, to most recently singing Isaiah Rashad and SZA. We, as TDE, have always prided ourselves in doing everything with heart, honor, and respect.
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. Instead, the story, written by Steve Marsh, put myself and my 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. Instead of putting emphasis on the good that TDE has done for west coast music, and for hip hop as a whole, he spoke on what most people would consider whats wrong with Hip Hop music. Furthermore, 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. We would expect more from a publication with the stature and reputation that GQ has. As a result of this misrepresentation, I pulled Kendrick from his performance at GQ’s annual Man Of The Year party Tuesday, November 12th.
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.
Update: GQ’s Editor-in-Chief has issued a response of his own:
‘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
Today, J. Cole announced that he will be adding more dates to his “What Dreams May Come” tour. The Roc Nation MC is currently on tour in Europe for What Dreams May Come, but he will be coming back to North America for the second edition of shows, although this time he’ll be without Wale. The second leg of his tour will commence on January 14th in Vancouver, BC ending on February 1st in Mashantucket, CT. Stops along the way include Edmonton, Saskatoon, London, New York, and more. If you’re interested in purchasing tickets, they will be available Friday, November 15, 2013 at 10:00am on JColeMusic.com. Take a look at the full dates below.
J. Cole What Dreams May Come Tour Dates:
Jan. 14 — Vancouver, BC, Canada (PNE Forum)
Jan. 16 — Edmonton, AB, Canada (Shaw Event Centre)
Jan. 17 — Calgary, AB, Canada (The Big 4)
Jan. 18 — Saskatoon, SK, Canada (The Odeon Events Centre)
Jan. 19 — Winnipeg, MB, Canada (Burton Cummings Theatre)
Jan. 22 — London, ON, Canada (London Music Hall)
Jan. 23 — Montreal, QC, Canada (Metropolis)
Jan. 28 — New York, NY (The Theater @ Madison Square Garden)
Jan. 30 — Washington, DC (DAR Constituion Hall)
Feb. 1 — Mashantucket, CT (Foxwoods Casino)
Last week, tragedy struck when a truck carrying The Yeezus Tour’s custom-made video truss and 60-ft circular LED screen was in an accident, resulting in damaged gear which couldn’t be repaired. The gear was essential to the staging of The Yeezus Tour and the creative vision put forth by Kanye West and his design team at DONDA. If you had purchased tickets to see Kanye West’s “Yeezus” Tour, you’re in luck. Yesterday, Kanye and his crew confirmed that the remainder of the “Yeezus” Tour will begin again on Saturday, November 16th in Philadelphia, PA and end on Monday, December 23rd in Toronto, ON. Although some dates have been rescheduled (Chicago, Toronto, and Detroit), it’s not all good news. Sadly, due to routing logistics, dates for Vancouver, Denver, Columbus, Montreal, Minneapolis, and St. Louis have been cancelled altogether. Take a look at the statement and rescheduled dates below.
From Martin Bauman aka M-Bomb as a Music Blogger.
When I joined The Come Up Show, I didn’t care what role I had on the team; I just knew that I wanted to be involved. I knew it would open doors for me, but never could I have imagined how soon those opportunities would start knocking, or how often. Within the first month of my internship, I had opportunities to interview Iron Solomon and David Banner. From then on, the interview opportunities only continued. In the past 8 months alone, I’ve interviewed over 20 artists, including Brother Ali, Phonte, Skyzoo, Fashawn, Soul Khan, Kayo, SonReal, and many others. I’ve developed relationships with artists and their management, and discovered more hip-hop this past year than I have in the rest of my lifetime. Believe me when I say the opportunities at The Come Up Show are limitless. It’s up to you to see the potential and make the most of it.
Why should you intern with The Come Up Show?
An Internship is the best way to get an inside glimpse of an industry and a particular occupation; it can help you discover if this is the right field for you. It also significantly increases your networking opportunities by connecting you with contacts in the chosen field, in our case, artists, publicists, label contacts, our audience, promoters, etc. By interning with The Come Up Show, you will learn the latest and best ways to perform your role, receive feedback, and contribute to the culture in a meaningful way. Whether you want to blog, take photos, or write concert reviews, you’ll be immersing yourself in Hip-Hop culture and expressing yourself through The Come Up Show. If you love music, especially Hip-Hop, then apply now to turn your passion into something tangible.
Positions we are looking for
Music Writer- Blogger.
Concert and Events Reviewer.
Instructions: Head over to the intern page and apply for the position that you are interested in. If you have any questions please email intern(at)thecomeupshow(dot)com and I’ll be happy to help you. Deadline to Apply: November 12, 2013. Only those qualified will be contacted thanks for your application. Good luck!
Aristo Music Group In Association with UTVMG, Lowertown Ent, Jammin Wit Jay and The Come Up Show Presents the Live In Concert Tour. The tour will feature St. Catharine’s own Sese, alongside Toronto’s Luu Breeze and G Milla. There will also be special guests in each city. The tour will be making stops in cities including St. Catharine’s, Ottawa, Hamilton, Niagara Falls, and London with additional dates to be announced. The trio will embark on the road beginning November 8th in St. Catherines at Mikados. The tour will be hosted by Ceaza Leon and DJ 2Nice. The shows will be a party/performance concept and will be 19+ events with ID requirement. Sponsored by HipHopCanada, DVPMT, and A&R Report. With many Free giveaways for the fans, this tour is intended to touch the supporters first hand. Which city you going to see them live in?
I’m really excited to announce that TONIGHT 8pm ET we got the homie Sha Prince for a live interview on The Come Up Show TV. It’s our first time streaming live on our youtube channel for an interview and I invite you to tune in and participate by asking questions or just watching the discussion. If you don’t already know Sha Prince latest mixtape Latex and Perfume is out this Thursday for free download you can catch up and watch his videos from the project Stirred Echoes, Bird On A Wire, and make sure you also listen to Exploit My Life featuring Skyzoo & Flex The Antihero. This is really going to be exciting! If for some reason you can’t watch the live interview it will be archived and shared on The Come Up Show TV so make sure you subscribe to the channel. If you have any questions you would like to ask right now comment on this post or tweet them to thecomeupshow with the hashtag #latexandperfume.
What: Sha Prince live interview on The Come Up Show TV.
Where: Interview will stream live on our website thecomeupshow.com and our youtube channel.
When: TONIGHT 8pm EST.
How you can help?: Share this post on twitter, facebook, and any social media account you have. Watch the interview live at 8pm and share the youtube video, tweet us questions, and participate. Thank you.
Chicago’s Rockie Fresh and Montreal producer Lunice will be teaming up this fall as they announce their North American tour. The two artists are no strangers when it comes to one another’s music, having collaborated this year on both Electric Highway and The Birthday Tape projects. The tour will begin in Boston, MA on November 5th, making stops in cities including Brooklyn, Montreal, Toronto, and Portland before concluding in Honolulu, HI on November 23rd. Also joining them will be B-Bravo on select dates. Check out the full tour dates below.
11/05 Boston, MA – Middle East
11/07 Philadelphia, PA – Barbary
11/08 Brooklyn, NY – Williamsburg Music Hall (Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival)
11/09 Montreal, QC – 3643 St. Laurent
11/10 Ottawa, ON – Ritual
11/11 Toronto, ON – Tattoo
11/20 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge *
11/21 Portland, OR – Branx *
11/22 Seattle, WA – Nectar Lounge *
11/23 Honolulu, HI – Next Door *
* with B-Bravo
It’s not my channel, it’s your channel.- Diddy
Today is a big day not only for Hip-Hop but for music, according to P.Diddy. You’ve probably seen a few youtube videos on the Revolt TV channel from covering festivals like OVO, A3C, and securing exclusive in depth interviews with Timbaland who opened up about the rocky phase him and Jay Z had. Diddy spent over 18 months hiring an all star team and made a deal with Comcast and Time Warner Cable in the U.S. which will reach 20-30 million people on launch day which is today at 8pm EST. For those of us who live outside the United States there will be a live stream on the Revolt TV website. I’m really excited to see what this means for our culture and music in general since the channel will be home to Electronic Dance Music, Pop, and Rock ‘n Roll. We know that TV isn’t the first place to watch your music videos and Diddy has made it his mission to have at least 80% of the programming music videos that share the background story. With the connections that he has and when most channels like MTV are increasing reality TV I would say Diddy has an open lane.
What do you think? What do you hope to see on Revolt TV? What do you feel is missing from music television? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below.
Canadian hip hop artist SonReal will be hitting the road for an 8-city North American tour. The Vancouver native will kick things off in Victoria, BC on November 15th including stops in Calgary, AB, Kelowna BC, and London, ON before coming to end on December 7th in Burlington, ON. SonReal has continued to achieve success throughout his career, most notably being nominated for a Juno and MMVA award this year as well. He’s also released a string of successful mixtapes including last year’s collaborative EP with Rich Kidd titled, The Closers. Check out the full tour dates below and make sure to purchase your ticket when SonReal comes to a city near you.
11-15 Victoria, BC – Lucky Bar
11-21 Edmonton, AB – Brixx
11-22 Calgary, AB – The Gateway Sait
11-28 Whistler, BC – Garfinkels
11-30 Kelowna. BC – Habitiat
12-5 Toronto, ON – Rivoli
12-6 London, ON – Rum Runners
12-7 Burlongton, ON – Joe Dog’s