Good Music Cruel Summer(Explicit Version) CD (2012)

Artist: Various

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Label Universal Music Group
SKU 240399263
UPC 602537118694
UPC 14 00602537118694
Format CD
Release Date 9/18/2012
Author Various
Technical Info
CatalogID 001729102
Lable Name GOOD
Released 09/17/2012
Original Release 2012
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 54m : 31s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602537118694
Album Notes and Credits
Photographer: Fabien Montique.
Kicking off with R. Kelly doing vocal gymnastics over the most polished and professional of Pop Wansel beats, Cruel Summer is a mistitled fireworks show from Kanye West and his G.O.O.D. Music label/roster/empire, one that comes off as mixtape-minded follow-up to his flossy Jay-Z team-up Watch the Throne. Big difference here is that the arrogance canon isn't aimed at anything particular, as West and company put their middle finger up "To the World," because those shoes are just so damn stylish you don't need a reason to tolerate anyone, anywhere, anytime. When Kanye mentions strolling into the Def Jam office and asking for another fifty million because he woke up on the wrong side of the bed, it isn't a connectable moment in the least, and as "Mercy.1" steals the listener's girlfriend for a hand job in the Lamborghini, it's hard not classify this as baller party for the "We Are the 1%" set, but anyone who can look past the vapid and still dream wetly about Kardashians or Giuseppe Zanotti shoes can latch onto this hypebeast and ride. "Mercy.1"'s ridiculously good hook, plus its thrill-ride construction from producer Lifted, is reason enough to forgive all the bling and its glare, and as new folks like Big Sean, 2 Chainz, and Chief Keef mix with vets like Ghostface Killah, Common, Raekwon, and returning champ Jay-Z, the album has something for every thug all while West supplies the wicked laughs ("Mitt Romney don't pay no taxes," "MDMA party starts melting like Dali," and so on). Detractors have all the ammo they need as Chief Keef's homegrown hit "Don't Like.1" closes the album like a tacked-on bonus track, getting picked up off the streets and taught how to talk like a boss by West, Jadakiss, and friends. Still, it's a killer single both before and after the G.O.O.D. Music treatment, and one that caps off an album that's like the best bottle service you ever had. Anyone who thought Watch the Throne just wasn't Rick Ross-y enough will agree. ~ David Jeffries
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (p.71) - "CRUEL SUMMER is a posse album struck in West's image, full of the same idiosyncratic bombast that has fueled his biggest hits." -- Grade: A-
Disc 1
1 To the World - Kanye West/R. Kelly
2 Clique - Big Sean/Jay-Z/Kanye West
3 Mercy.1 - Big Sean/Kanye West/2 Chainz/Pusha T
4 New God Flow.1 - Ghostface Killah/Kanye West/Pusha T
5 Morning, The - Common/Kid Cudi/D'Banj/Cyhi Da Prynce/2 Chainz/Pusha T/Raekwon
6 Cold.1
7 Higher - The-Dream/Mase/Pusha T
8 Sin City - Teyana Taylor/Cyhi Da Prynce/John Legend/Travi$ Scott/Malik Yusef
9 One, The - Marsha Ambrosius/Big Sean/Kanye West/2 Chainz
10 Creepers - Kid Cudi
11 Bliss - Teyana Taylor/John Legend
12 Don't Like.1 - Jadakiss/Kanye West/Chief Keef/Pusha T

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