G.O.O.D. Music: Cruel Summer [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
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
oster/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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
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
oster/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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2012
  • Label: G.O.O.D. Music
  • UPC: 602537118694
  • Catalog Number: 001729102
  • Sales rank: 33,822

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 To the World - Kanye West (3:51)
  2. 2 Clique - Big Sean (4:53)
  3. 3 Mercy.1 - 2 Chainz (5:26)
  4. 4 New God Flow.1 - Pusha T (5:57)
  5. 5 The Morning - 2 Chainz (4:35)
  6. 6 Cold.1 - DJ Khaled (3:36)
  7. 7 Higher - The-Dream (4:34)
  8. 8 Sin City - Travi$ Scott (4:28)
  9. 9 The One - 2 Chainz (5:44)
  10. 10 Creepers - Kid Cudi (3:14)
  11. 11 Bliss - Teyana Taylor (3:30)
  12. 12 Don't Like.1 - Chief Keef (4:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mike Dean Keyboards
Andrea Martin Vocals
Anthony Kilhoffer Keyboards, Musician
Marsha Ambrosius Vocals
John Legend Background Vocals
Noah Goldstein Keyboards, Vocals
Hudson Mohawke Musician
DJ Pharris Vocals
James Fauntleroy II Vocals
Technical Credits
R. Kelly Composer, Engineer
Joe Perez Graphic Design
Mike Dean Additional Production
Mannie Fresh Producer
The Twilite Tone Producer, Additional Production
Jim Caruana Engineer
Doug Joswick Package Production
Dan Black Producer
Kanye West Producer, Executive Producer, Additional Production
Anthony Kilhoffer Sound Effects, Producer, Engineer, Mastering, Additional Production
Che Pope Programming, Executive Producer
Chris Atlas Marketing
Ian Mereness Engineer
Bart Schoudel Engineer
Tommy Brown Producer
Ken Lewis Engineer, Additional Production
Montez Roberts Engineer
Daniel Betancourt Engineer
Bill Sullivan Engineer
Izvor Zivkovic Management
Rob Kinelski Engineer
Noah Goldstein Engineer, Mastering
Hudson Mohawke Producer
Hit-Boy Producer
Nael Shehade Engineer
Andrew "Pop" Wansel Producer
Oakwud Producer
Craig Balmoris Producer
Young Chop Producer
Guido Callarelli Art Direction
G.I. Townsend Composer
Julian Nixon Producer
Travi$ Scott Producer
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