Top of the Morning: Rihanna’s ‘Elle’ Shoot, a Potential Devo Theme Park and More

Lindsay Hood

By Lindsay Hood

on 11.04.14 in News

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.

Over the weekend, Rihanna returned to Instagram and now the singer is gracing the pages and cover of Elle in a high fashion editorial spread for their December issue. Amongst her gems of wisdom? The mantra, “Fuck bitches, get money,” and her recommendation to listen to KoL’s Only By the Night, Buju Banton’s ’Til Shiloh and Michael Bolton’s Greatest Hits (1985–1995), in addition to the Waiting to Exhale soundtrack. There’s been a lot of rumors circulating about RiRi lately; including that she’s working on a new album, she’s been cast as a Bond Girl and she’s collaborating with Beyoncé. Unfortunately, one of those rumors proved to be false this morning, so let’s hope the Elle spread indicates the others are true.

Have you read Puja Patel’s piece “Why Do So Many New Music Videos Look Like Commercials?” Well, Dev Hynes is about to add to your general confusion. The singer appears in a video for “It Is What It Is” off Cupid Deluxe, his release as Blood Orange. Hynes dances one of his usual choreographed routines before it’s revealed that the two and a half minute video is part of a new GAP campaign called “Play Your Stripes.” So that explains the striped shirt, but not Hynes’ continuous choice of weird props.

Kendrick Lamar stopped by Hot 97′s Morning Show to discuss his new single “i” and the potential of an upcoming album. Lamar confirmed that Scott Vener had heard some of the new music, but would not discuss the specific track title. Lamar also said, “I wrote ["i"] for my homies in the penitentiary and these kids coming up to me with their wrists slashed. It’s serious… What are you saying to uplift, what are you saying to grab some inspiration.” He’s been working with Thundercat, Pharrell, Dr. Dre, Rahki and Tae Beast, but Lamar would not commit to anything resembling a release date, claiming he is just going through his process and he wants to keep that “organic.” (Also, he never smashed Lady Gaga.)

The contention between Tyga and Drake continues. It all started with Tyga’s interview in VIBE where he claimed not to get along with Drake, and quickly devolved into a mess of altercations and subtweeting that extended over Halloween weekend. Tyga and Drake went back and forth trading insults over Kylie Jenner, Drake liked a bunch of Instagrams on Blac Chyna’s, Tyga’s ex-girlfriend, Instagram account and then Chyna tagged Drake with several intimate messages. Tyga supposedly hacked Chyna’s Twitter… are you keeping up with all of this? Check out Complex for all the details and lock down your social media accounts.

While that nonsense goes on, footage has been released of Suge Knight physically and verbally threatening a female photographer. Knight and comedian Katt Williams were arrested over the incident and now Knight faces up to 30 years in prison for violating his parole. He also is still recovering from the injuries sustained during Chris Brown’s pre-VMAs party, where Knight was shot six times. He recently fell in prison and was placed under observation to make sure that there was a not a blood clot in his lungs.

Wes Anderson has a longstanding relationship with Mark Mothersbaugh. The Devo frontman has scored Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou for the filmmaker. But now Anderson claims that he also wants to create a theme park designed by the singer. Anderson makes this statement in the foreword to Mothersbaugh’s new book Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia and while we’re not against the idea, it also sounds like it could be a far-reaching fantasy. (Although, don’t get us wrong. We’d definitely buy tickets.)

Now check out this sweet version of Wilco’s “I’m the Man Who Loves You” that they played while they were crammed into a tiny back room at The Tonight Show. Happy Tuesday.