The fact that David Bowie's upcoming album Blackstar will be eclectic was probably implied from the get-go -- but, as revealed in a new Rolling Stone preview, Bowie's most recent influences will likely surprise even the most unquestioning fans.
"We were listening to a lot of Kendrick Lamar," Tony Visconti, Bowie's longtime producer, told the magazine. "We wound up with nothing like that, but we loved the fact Kendrick was so open-minded and he didn't do a straight-up hip-hop record. He threw everything on there, and that's exactly what we wanted to do. The goal, in many, many ways, was to avoid rock & roll."