Greetings! Top of the Morning is your daily AM news round-up. We paid attention overnight and gathered relevant tidbits to share over that first cup of coffee.
Kendrick Lamar stopped by K104′s Dede in the Morning where the DJ mentioned that she’d heard him singing Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” and invited him to freestyle over the song’s beat. The rapper proceeded to drop several minutes worth of verses where he complimented both Dede and Lady Jade.
Just remember, there are still some people out there who refuse to dance to the new Taylor Swift. (Check out the side-eye.)
Meanwhile, Hot 97′s Peter Rosenberg claims to have heard four songs off the new Kendrick Lamar album after their interview earlier this week; including the song “King Kunta” that music supervisor Scott Vener discussed via Twitter. Rosenberg said that, “There’s social commentary, there’s all kinds of deep thoughts,” which is obviously very… descriptive. But Rosenberg claims that the follow-up to good kid, m.A.A.d city will be released in early 2015. Since Lamar has been dead set on heavily promoting “i” and already released the video, could we see something as early as January?
Rihanna’s not the only one who’s been indulging in glamorous photo shoots recently. Nicki Minaj recently shared snaps from her spread in V Magazine, shot by Mario Testino, to promote the upcoming release of The Pinkprint. She’ll also be hosting MTV’s Europe Music Awards on Sunday night, which is sure to be eventful. (Let’s hope no one gets bitten by a snake this time.)
The Guardian has reported that AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was arrested in Tauranga, New Zealand on charges of attempting to procure murder, threatening to kill and possession of drugs. The musician allegedly tried to hire a hitman in September to arrange the deaths of two people, in addition to threatening to kill another. He was also in possession of methamphetamine and marijuana. Rudd was released on bail after appearing in court without shoes. While AC/DC is set to release their new album Rock or Bust on December 2, Rudd has been left off of any promotional material. It’s also been said that he missed two video shoots.
I don’t like it when a band’s tour is just to play one past record. I fucking hate that. I don’t like it when bands do that. It’s presumptuous. It’s lazy. But going in and re-recording an album, just to piss everyone off? I think that’s a shitty idea! I don’t get why people do that. We’ve already written that one off. I mean, I don’t mind playing a lot of those old songs just to revisit. But the best way to celebrate our 20th anniversary isn’t to focus on 20 years ago, but to focus on the last 20 years, meaning two years ago and six years ago and eight years ago.
Other bands have allegedly responded by turning their TVs to another channel when the Foo Fighters’ rock documentary comes on, laughing at the surplus of terrible cover art and choosing not to purchase an album called Sonic Highways.
It looks as though Jay Z bought himself an expensive new company. The New York Times reported that he has acquired Armand de Brignac Champagne from Sovereign Brands. The champagne is often referred to as “Ace of Spades” for its label design and appeared in the rapper’s video for “Show Me What You Got.” Jay Z has also previously referenced the brand in “Light Up,” “Maybach Music” and “Success.” How much would it cost if you wanted to pop your own bottle? That’ll run you about $300.
While Hov got himself a champagne brand, pop star Robyn got herself a postage stamp. The Swedish government is putting her image, along with those of First Aid Kit, Avicii, Seinabo Sey and producer Max Martin, on the mail as of January 15, 2015.
The opening sentence of Spencer Tweedy’s review of Run the Jewels 2 for The Talkhouse is, “Neil Young is an out-of-touch motherfucker.” When the little smartypants isn’t touring to support Sukierae, he’s apparently venturing into the world of music criticism. He goes on to say, “Run the Jewels is our antidote. They’re the gangster rappers who actually give a shit. They make enlightenment look cool, and make all the other guys who glamorize ignorance look like fuckboys.” And while it might be easy to dismiss some of the passages as mere teenage rambling, Tweedy closes with, “I’d rather be on Mike and El’s side than the ignorant white majority’s,” and gives a thorough rundown of “Love Again.” Not too shabby for an 18-year-old.