The G.O.O.D. Music Cruel Summer ship has landed.
This album had the world on the edge waiting for it's release, making it one of the most anticipated albums of the year.
So where do we start with this Cruel Summer album? I guess we should do singles first.
“Mercy” (Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz)
This is single that set everything off, this was first preceded by 2 Chainz having allot of hype around him after releasing a successful mixtape that brought us a slew of singles, followed by features with every single artist you can think of, even Justin Bieber.
Then rumors started circulating that he was joining G.O.O.D. Music, which made things even more exciting.
Then Mercy hits the web and it was an instant hit, the fans just gravitated towards it.
Shortly after it started to climb the charts, which eventually lead to the single selling over 1 million copies, making it the first certified platinum single from the album.
It was a great way to start the album run.
“Cold” (Kanye West and DJ Khaled)
This single went through a few transformations, it was originally called “Theraflu,” and then “Way Too Cold” before it finally became “Cold” featuring DJ Khaled with some ad-lib assistance.
This one wasn't without it's share of controversy, the first thing that sparked discussion on Twitter, Facebook and the web was when Kanye mentioned his current girlfriend Kim Kardashian, his ex Amber Rose and her man Wiz Khalifa (Now a baby father) all in the same bar:
“And the whole industry want to f**k your old chick
Only n***a I got respect for is Wiz
And I'll admit, I had fell in love with Kim
Around the same time she had fell in love with him”
Many thought that was a shot at Wiz at first, to which Wiz responded:
“I've gone a long time without anybody actually saying my name out loud like that. It wasn't a bad thing. It was just the fact that it was my name. That's my name. it was wild, it was wild, but nothing negative. Everybody got positive from it, so it's positive.”
That was the end of that.
The single also became the topic of discussion on a episode of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”
The track also had a partial music video at the end of DJ Khaled's “I Wish You Would” music video.
“New God Flow” (Kanye West, Pusha T and Ghostface Killah)
Maaaaan, this track right here n*gga, this track right here is called def n*gga. Without a doubt one of my favorite records from the Cruel Summer album. This “New God Flow” record is very much a Pusha T track that features Kanye West.
This track comes after 2 very hot releases from Pusha T that created allot of excitement for him and his solo project. The first track was “Exodus 23:1” (Exodus 23:1 music video) which was alledgely a diss record going at Drake to which Lil Wayne responded with Ghoulish (very weak), and the second track was In The Ho (Lambo) (feat. Swizz Beatz), and that one is a banger.
By the time “New God Flow” was released, fans had already had a new found interest in Pusha T's music and Pusha had new found energy to make music which really came across on this track, it started off epic.
“I believe there’s a god above me, I’m just the god of everything else, I put holes in everything else, New God Flow, f**k everything else!”
The original release didn't feature the Ghostface Killah verse, but it was a great addition to an already good song. All in all this is a very dope record which is in my opinion one of the best tracks on the album.
“Clique” (Kanye West, Jay-Z and Big Sean)
This was one of the most highly anticipated collaborations from album, though it wasn't as epic as previous releases it was a solid record and another one that will live on the radio.
It's yet another Hit-Boy produced record alongside Kanye West with the Co-producer credit.
The verse from Jay was decent but Kaye and Big Sean held it down more on this one I think.
The most standout lyrics from this track was when Kanye West once again decided to name drop his girlfriend Kim Kardashian:
“Break records at Louie, ate breakfast at Gucci
My girl a superstar all from a home movie”
Other Tracks From The Album
“To the World” (Kanye West and R. Kelly)
Could have done without R. Kelly on this one, the track is OK but nothing special, feels like a filler and definitely shouldn't have been the intro track.
“The Morning” (Raekwon, Pusha T, Common, 2 Chainz, Cyhi the Prynce, Kid Cudi and D'banj)
This record is dope, legit rider music. I like the fact the track before this one “New God Flow” ended with Ghostface Killah and then this one started off with Raekwon, keeping the Wu-Tang theme going.
All the verses on this one were solid, I was mostly impressed by Cyhi the Prynce's verse though.
“Higher” (The-Dream, Pusha T, Mase and Cocaine 80s)
With a line-up like this you'd think you would be getting something interesting but it was a bit of a underachiever. With the exception of Pusha's verse, gonna have to file this one under filler as well.
“Sin City” (John Legend, Travis Scott, Teyana Taylor, Cyhi the Prynce and Malik Yusef)
Not necessarily a hot record but I like this one and the beat bangs. It's acceptable, enjoyed Teyana Taylor and John Legend on this one.
“The One” (Kanye West, Big Sean, 2 Chainz and Marsha Ambrosius)
Didn't know how I felt about this record at first but after hearing a few times, it's pretty tough, and I love Marsha Ambrosius on this one, her style was so raw on the chorus.
This one is play worthy.
“Creepers” (Kid Cudi)
I know Cudi is a alternative style Hip Hop artist and even though I don't really fux with most of his music too much, I do understand why his fans like him and think he's dope. That aside I felt like this track doesn't belong on the album.
Yeah I know, it's a G.O.O.D. Music album and each of them deserve air time.
It's not a filler, but it just doesn't belong.
Cool beat though.
“Bliss” (John Legend and Teyana Taylor)
I love Teyana Taylor and if this is the only way I'm going to get new music from her at the moment, I'll take it. This is a good R&B joint from John Legend and Teyana Taylor for adding some balance to the album.
“Don't Like” (Kanye West, Chief Keef, Pusha T, Big Sean and Jadakiss)
This is not a filler but it sure is a addon, if this Chief Keef record didn't become anything special, this remix would've never made the album since it wouldn't exist.
In the context of Cruel Summer I can't even rate this record since it's not really their record.
Beyond that it's a good remix but I've had with this beat, and If I never see another “Don't Like” freestyle, it will be too soon.
Big Sean and Pusha T had the best verses…..Nope sorry Jadakiss verse was the hardest.
Group albums are always iffy, I'm not talking about albums released by groups that are actually groups like a Mobb Deep, Wu-Tang, Slaughterhouse etc. I'm talking a major artist like Kanye West releasing an album presenting all the artists on his label, the same way Lil Wayne did with Young Money, or 50 Cent with G-Unit (that first G-Unit album was fire).
Separately allot of these artists are great and already established and are great by themselves but when you put them together it actually diminishes their individual value.
This is what usually happens, and unfortunately this Kanye West presented Cruel Summer project doesn't break the cycle.
Even though they're some special moments on this project, overall it's a OK album.
I give it a 3.5 out of 5.
Thoughts on this album.