Greetings! Top of the Morning is your daily AM news round-up. We paid attention overnight while you were sleeping and gathered relevant tidbits to share over that first cup of coffee.
When Run the Jewels announced their second album RTJ2, they tossed a bunch of interesting preorder packages into the mix including Meow the Jewels; an option where they would recreate their new record using only cat sounds for the low price of $40,000. Cue the Kickstarter fund. What likely started as a fan’s silly prank has turned into an actual venture. El-P started off by backing the campaign with his full support and promising to donate the money to charity. Recently he said:
if meow the jewels happens i intend to donate the money somewhere that will directly benefit the families of Eric Garner and Mike Brown.
— el-p (@therealelp) September 17, 2014
sorry I meant HERE are your meow the jewels producers.
They’ve currently received over $28,000 so it looks like this might actually happen. Surprisingly, Killer Mike has stayed rather quiet about the whole campaign. He has retweeted a few mentions of the producers, but it’s really El-P pushing the project. You know what this means, right? Killer Mike prefers dogs. (Also, this whole thing is still ridiculous. Who are these people donating money without a named charity?)
It seems as though Harvest Records may just have a sense of humor. While it’s still unclear what exactly happened with the former Smiths frontman (Did they drop him? Does he owe them another album?), Morrissey made his feelings abundantly clear when he showed up in Lisbon a few days ago with a backing band that all wore “Fuck Harvest” T-shirts. However, the very same T-shirts are now available for sale on the record label’s website. So, who even knows what’s going on? Between this and the whole Kozelek thing, who can even keep up with these feuds anymore? One thing is for sure: Life has definitely been very up and down for Morrissey lately. The singer has alluded to cancer treatments, but then today The Smiths earned a nomination to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Is there actually a person in the word who doesn’t know who Beyoncé and Jay Z are? On a recent trip to Paris, the couple went to take a private tour of the Louvre with baby Blue Ivy. Although the guards asked the patrons outside not to film or take pictures, one inquisitive tourist kept his camera out and repeatedly asked the couple to identify themselves. As the tourist shouted, “Who is he?” Jay Z finally got annoyed and snapped back, “Who are you?” The anonymous fellow must have done the quickest Google search of all time afterward and figured it out.
Thurns out, Tinashe’s album Aquarius could have featured another track — J.Lo’s “I Luh Ya Papi.” Apparently during an album session with producer Detail, he and Tinashe worked on the track together with every intention of putting it on her debut album. But Detail played the single for Jennifer Lopez, and Jenny from the Block decided she had to have it. Lo and behold, the track listing for Aquarius no longer included the song. Tinashe doesn’t seem too displeased though. In an interview with Fader, she said, “I wasn’t tripping on it too much. I really roll with the punches. A lot of things happen for a reason. Timing always is perfect, even when you don’t think it is. I clearly wasn’t meant to have that song. Who knows, “2 On” might not have existed if I had it.” Now “2 On” is the better single without a doubt, but still. That’s just some rude behavior on J.Lo’s part.
Now let’s all watch Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter rap over the “beatbox machine” that comes in the Vanilla Ice Electronic Rap game.