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G.O.O.D. Music – Cruel Summer Album Review

September 19, 2012 · Posted in reviews · 27 Comments 

Finally, one of the albums I’ve been anticipating all year is finally here. With a roster consisting of artists I thoroughly enjoy, I was interested to see what Yeezy and company could muster up. For the most part, I wasn’t disappointed. One of the things that did disappoint me though was the fact that with this much talent on one project, it should contain more than twelve tracks. Still keeping my fingers crossed on the hopes that there will be a deluxe version, but it doesn’t seem likely. The phrase “never judge a book by it’s cover” also comes into play here. Not because Kanye kept up his streak of odd album art, but because I was not very impressed by the thirty second snippets. In fact, I was extremely disappointed. The beauty of Kanye’s music is that you have to listen to a project from start to finish to truly soak it all in. It’s kind of like when you get your haircut. You look in the mirror during it and you’re like, “whoa, what’s he doing?!” Then when it’s all done you feel as if somebody shot some confidence boosters into you and you’re read to kill the weekend. Or maybe that’s just me? Anyways, a track by track review after the jump.

 

1. To the World – Kanye West (Feat. R. Kelly)

Such a feel good song to start the album. Vintage R. Kelly right here. The beat is uplifting, the words are inspiring, and the chorus is downright motivational.  “I’m doing things my way, I’m burning shit down tonight.” The song is about conquering the uphill battle we call life, letting loose, and taking control. “Let me see you put your middle fingers up.” This is the song you put on full blast in your car after a night with your friends, before a night with your friends, or anytime you just want to say F the world, I’m doing me. Yeezy contributes a solid verse, and an A+ for finding the perfect fit in R. Kelly on this track. One of my favorite parts of the song though comes from Kell’s himself with the line, “The whole world is a couch, bitch I’m Rick James tonight.” Hilarious. Shout out to Dave Chappelle.

Funny how they wait until you’re gone just to miss you.

 

2. Clique – Kanye West & Big Sean (Feat. Jay-Z)

So you know how Big Sean always goes around saying “finally famous” on basically every song, mixtape, and album ever? Well when you find yourself collaborating with “The Throne” you’re not bullshitting. Message of the song? Plain and simple. “Ain’t nobody f**kin’ with my clique.” The progression of Big Sean and the confidence he shows to stand toe-to-toe with these two rap giants continues to grow. Hov turning in a high quality verse to rebound from a subpar verse on “3 Kings.” Kanye anchoring the song doesn’t disappoint either contributing the songs funniest line, “My girl a superstar all from a home movie.” Wait, Kim K was in a home movie? When?

 

3. Mercy – Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T &  2-Chainz

So we’ve had plenty of time to soak this one all in, right? I’m pretty sure Chainz verse on this was when I really started to give him a chance. Anybody that Kanye co-signs I give a chance to check out, and 2 Chainz is one of those artists that had to grow on me. Considering if you wanted a hot song in 2012, you had to go through him, it wasn’t that hard. I do really enjoy the song though, and is great to rap along with. You get the “hash tag rap” style of Big Sean, the “I need to get to the kitchen NOW” rap of Pusha T, the “braggadocious “style of Ye, and surprisingly my favorite verse of the song by 2 Chainz. Now, after all this time I’m still trying to figure out that Jamaican gibberish on the hook and before Kanye’s verse.

 


4. New God Flow – Pusha T & Kanye West

When I first heard Kanye perform this acapella at the BET awards I knew it was going to be great. There is no better Kanye, than a passionate one. These two together are pure gold ten times out of ten. Kanye’s verse on this is probably my favorite verse on the album though. “Hold up, I ain’t tryna stunt man. But the Yeezy’s jumped over the jumpman.” That is just pure swag. Favorite part of the song though? Yeezy’s chant at the end. G.O.O.D. MUSIC!

5. The Morning – Pusha T, Common, CyHi Da Prynce, Kid Cudi, D’Banj, Raekwon, 2 Chainz & Kanye West

Talk about a superstar cast huh? Everyone contributing a solid verse (even 2 Chainz three bar verse.) “Cruel Summer” was one of my most anticipated albums in a long time. Not just because I enjoy every artist on G.O.O.D. Music, but also because the production. This is one of those songs where the production stands out. I enjoy how it starts with a low key, reggae feel. But as soon as D’Banj finishes the hook, a beat similar to “Cold” kicks in with Raekwon rapping over it. My favorite part of the song is when Cudi comes in doing his best “Lion King” impression and the beat changes up leading way for Kanye. “G.O.O.D. would have been God, but I added more O’s.” This team just fits so well together.

6. Cold – Kanye West (Feat. DJ Khaled)

Still can’t skip this song. At 2:36 long, it’s like adding a turbo shot to your coffee. Just one of those songs that is short, gets your blood flowing, and your swag on. It also is now infamous for introducing us to the now very public relationship between him and Kimmy. I remember having this and “Mercy” on constant rotation when they first dropped. Still gets a pregame/party going any time you put it on though.

Lucky I ain’t have Jay drop him from the team.

7. Higher – Pusha T (Feat. The Dream & Ma$e)

A song that definitely sounds better with high quality speakers/headphones. It allows you to hear the quality in production, and how clean the bass hits. Being a huge fan of The Dream I was excited to see him make an appearance on the album. The surprise guest appearance of the whole album (even more so than R. Kelly’s appearance) has got to be Murda Ma$e himself. Still has that mono-tone, mid 90’s, vintage sound that we’re used to. This song definitely doesn’t stand out at first listen, but the more you soak it in, the better it gets. Worth listening all the way through as well, because the last 45 seconds or so sets up nicely for the next song.

8. Sin City – John Legend, Teyana Taylor, CyHi Da Prynce (Feat. Malik Yusef & Travis Scott)

The overall feel of this song is amazing. The 808’s (I think) at the beginning of this song set the tone right away. The star of the show, though? Malik Yusef. When the beat changes and Malik starts speaking I can’t help but think that it gives it a “Thriller” feel. The way his voice gets deeper, slower, and more terrifying is genius. Especially at the end of the song when his voice has gone completely Wolf Hailey. Great touch, especially for this time of the year. Not to be forgotten though, the often underrated CyHi delivers yet another solid verse. The song is deep, eerie, and speaks on a ton of negative, but it is a quality song. I must say, given that none of the artists featured on it were any of the major artists, it held it’s own and is up there as one of my favorites on the album.

9. The One – Kanye West, Big Sean, & 2 Chainz (Feat. Marsha Ambrosius)

Triumphant. First word that comes to mind when trying to describe this song. The chorus is extremely inspiring and fun to sing along with. I can definitely relate at some points in my life. When things get tough and you feel as if nobody understands. This song reminds us that we just have to convince ourselves to stand by it to the end, no matter what it may be. My only vice is 2 Chainz ignorance kind of doesn’t fit here. Tity Boi is my homie, but could have done without him on this track.

If you want it then bring it on.  

10. Creepers – Kid Cudi

I understand Kid Cudi is the most unique artist on G.O.O.D. Music, but this song doesn’t seem to make much sense to me. Not that I don’t enjoy it, but it just doesn’t seem to really fit on this album. What would make more sense to me would be if it was a bridge into another song, but it doesn’t even seem to do that. Not to mention I’d also much rather have another posse cut track, or even another Common verse. Especially with the album only being twelve tracks long, one song featuring only one artist was enough in “Cold.” I still can’t skip it though. Vintage Cudder.

11. Bliss – John Legend & Teyana Taylor

John Legend kills it, per usual. I could have done without Teyana Taylor on this song. Would have much rather heard Common on this song with John Legend. I feel as if that would have been a great combination. I do understand Ye’s intentions in showing off his voices of the label, but I feel as if the Rap/R&B combo would have been much better.  Probably my least favorite song on the album, and most likely the one that gets skipped later on.

 

12. I Don’t Like (Remix) – Chief Keef (Feat. Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, Jadakiss)

I’m actually really surprised that Kanye kept Chief Keef’s verse on this song. I would have just paid him and said, “Thanks buddy, but your services aren’t needed here.” I don’t even know if I have heard Chief Keef’s verse since the first time I heard the song. I actually make a point to skip through it on my phone, iPod, and computer. Regardless, can’t go a day without seeing a #ThatsThatShitIDontLike tweet on my timeline. Guess he made an impact somehow. All I know is as soon as I here Pusha T’s voice fade in to this song my mean mug comes on. This song still bangs, no matter how many times I’ve heard it.

 

Overall, a solid album. I give it a 8.5/10 simply because we got a taste, but still really disappointed on the length of the album. I did find that I wasn’t skipping even some of the older songs, because the album flows so smoothly all the way through. Now let’s just keep our fingers crossed for some more solo work from each other these artists in the near future.

What’d you think of the album? Feel free to leave a comment here.

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Comments

27 Responses to “G.O.O.D. Music – Cruel Summer Album Review”

  1. dija on September 19th, 2012 6:57 am

    by that line ‘my girl’s a superstar from a home movie’ he meant kim’s sex tape. dummass.

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    Johndoeh Reply:

    @dija, He was being sarcastic haha dumbass

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  2. TheMikeDaSilva on September 19th, 2012 7:02 am

    @dija, I’m not sure what’s dumber here: The fact that you spelled dumb ass, “dummass” or the fact that apparently you haven’t learned sarcasm. Thanks for reading.

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    Carlos Hernandez Reply:

    @TheMikeDaSilva,

    i can’t help but notice that you didn’t say anything about Ghostface Killah’s verse on New God Flow!

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  3. MosDef on September 19th, 2012 7:46 am

    Overall I liked the album. To rated a 8.5 idk about that but its your review. I do agree on the number of songs on the album which was to little for the amount of talent. Also the production on the album was to commercial IMO. I expected way better beats so was disappointed. Agree with carlos how do you not mention ghostface killa??lol overall I’d say its alil above average album. Control system shits on this.

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  4. hgfj on September 19th, 2012 7:51 am

    I don’t understand how 2 Chainz keeps getting on songs. I see him in the same group as Wocka Flocka and Soulja Boy.

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    Michael Reply:

    same bro i just dont know how TF he got signed on GOOD Music. he’s just wack!! Kanye should sign Childish Gambino instead

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    Peesazy Reply:

    @Michael, He is not on G.O.O.D music, he is signed on Def Jam

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  5. Btys on September 19th, 2012 8:37 am

    This album is a solid 7 out of 10
    When I think if a Good Music album I’m thinking I’m about to hear some music ahead of my time. I was disappointed with the roster, beats, and number of tracks. And then at that we’ve heard 5 out the 12 songs before the album dropped.
    Honestly it sounds like Kanye just threw this together… At the end of the day fans waited too long to for this C- quality
    And @dija you’re retarded

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  6. The Royal One on September 19th, 2012 9:43 am

    The album was a 7.5/10. Kanye didn’t seemed focus. Too busy keeping up with the Kardashians.

    Loved hearing from GhostFace Killa & Raekwon. Wu-Tang ! The production was inconsistant. Some beats were amazing then other’s were very bland.

    Songs I really liked were Sin City, The Morning, New God Flow & To The World.

    Didn’t like Bliss, Cold, Higher, I don’t like remix, or The One.

    The stars of Good Music on the album were Cyhi, Malik Yusef, Travis Scott, & Big Sean.

    Kanye, Pusha T, Common, John Legend were inconsistant. Teyanna Taylor wasn’t needed at all for this album. I took points off for her being on here.

    I wouldn’t go to stores or Itunes to buy this album. It’s not a classic.

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  7. sampz on September 19th, 2012 10:21 am

    @The royal one its takes more than a day for an album to become a classic.

    I actually enjoy the album. I can sit back and relax whilst the bass bangs. People just don’t appriciate music these days or would rather say what’s negative then positive. The 12 songs don’t bother me either, the way I see it the more quicker the album finishes; the more quicker its taken in and enjoyed. Haha.

    Kanye will always be in my top 5 ALIVE rappers list. My fav songs are to the world, clique, the one and sin city. I enjoy the others but as they was heard before album release they lost their shine a little bit. Overall 7.5 out of 10.

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  8. Jorge on September 19th, 2012 11:21 am

    TBH, how is this commercial in any way? I dont hear this on the radio nor the majority of popular music. I gave it a 4.5/5. Loved every bit of it. You got new level shit(Sin City), street bangers(Dont Like), radio hits but with a unique sound(Mercy), some singing(Bliss) and so much more. The thing that was dissapointed was no Hudson, Yasiin, and Q-Tip. Also I wanted more songs. But I sat and listened and I enjoyed it. It is entertaining. But did you guys really listen to the real MASTERED album or the leak version? And the songs matched the movie as well. In GOOD we trust!

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    Tee Reply:

    @Jorge couldn’t have agreed with you more, this album is amazing and maybe TBH has a different definition of what commercial is because this is just NOT commercial. What makes it even stand out is the fact that everyone has a very different flavour to the next person.

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  9. no on September 19th, 2012 11:53 am

    the album is good, could have been longer but hey
    Creepers is the best song on the album, or at least the most original one.

    the production(New god flow=amazing) is on point but (except for some witty punchlines) Kanye’s rapping did not impress me at all,
    I’ve heard him rap the line ‘made something from nothing’ 3 times on the album.

    Overall I think Pusha was the most present & charasmatic rapper on this album.
    I understand why they made the song Bliss, but at least give us some more tracks then.

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  10. justme on September 19th, 2012 12:49 pm

    Pfff when you read this review it’s sound like it’s the best album of the year or the decade. You got to be objective when you write a review not as subjective as you are, near of dickriding (yeah i know that word hearts some of you). Well i’m not disrepecting on Ye’ team but 8.5!? No. Mercy is not amazing, clique is a little annoying, Cold and I Don’t Like remix are easy songs, i don’t listen to the other songs.
    AND SERIOUSLY “Let me see you put your middle fingers up.” AHAHAH the same guy who said “Middle fingers in the air if you aint really care IT’S LIKE THAT SOMETIMES THAT SHIT’S RIDICOULOUS. #enoughsaid

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  11. AfricaRising on September 19th, 2012 1:45 pm

    I like to listen to albums over and over to really get into it and I had to constantly remind myself that this isn’t a Kanye album lol.
    With that being said I think content wise the album does fall short of what it could hav been. But production wise the beats have that over-opulent over-reaching feel that WTT and MBDTF bring and I really enjoy that! 4 me the producers shine abit more than the actual artists. Hudson Mohawke, Hit-Boy, Dan Black, Twilite Tone, Kanye, Mike Dean, Lifted, etc, manage to craft these amazin beats that are out of reach to the ‘normal musician’

    With that being said though, I feel like the G.O.O.D. Musicians drown in them. They not really memorable. They don’t utilize whats been handed to ‘em. A song like Higher is saved by James Faultenroy(excuse me spelling) at the end. Clique is too much 4 Sean. 2Chainz says nothing on The One. Its just that inconsistancy in my opinion that stalls the albums progress.

    My favourite tracks:
    New God Flow
    The Morning
    Clique
    Sin City
    Creepers

    AfricaRisingAlbumRating: 6.4/10

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  12. Rotterdam on September 19th, 2012 2:43 pm

    I got to agree with the 2 dudes above.. a review should be objective. I kinda miss that in the whole review. I mean ”Hov turning in a high quality verse” come on, who are you kidding?

    My expectations were already very low on this album, I knew it would be commercial from the beginning till the end. I like Pusha T, John Legend and the features from GFK and Raekwon but further than that, it’s nothing special. Big Sean is a party rapper imo, same class as Mac Miller, Im really not feeling Kid Cudi either, Chief Keef is a joke and I cant take 2 Chainz seriously (like someone stated above, he is in the same class as Waka Flocka). Kanye should perhaps just only focus on production from now on, the quality of his rhymes drop with every track he brings out

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  13. stupid on September 19th, 2012 2:45 pm

    “My girl a superstar all from a home movie”
    Lol kim must be mad

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  14. Chris on September 19th, 2012 4:47 pm

    i like it alot

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  15. AZ on September 19th, 2012 6:40 pm

    No one cares how all of you rate the album. Everyone has an opinion and mine is to shut up and enjoy the music and if you don’t then go listen to something else.

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  16. Gstaino on September 19th, 2012 7:30 pm

    Best review I’ve read yet!!!

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  17. Sven on September 20th, 2012 12:24 am

    9. The One – Kanye West, Big Sean, & 2 Chainz (Feat. Marsha Ambrosius)

    “My only vice is 2 Chainz ignorance kind of doesn’t fit here. Tity Boi is my homie, but could have done without him on this track.”

    – I do completely agree with that !!

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  18. joe on September 20th, 2012 2:50 am

    I thought the album was good, especially one considering “stable” albums, are always garbage IMO. I wish there was more Kanye on the album honestly.

    My only complaint about this review was where you said “Hov turns in a good verse to rebound from 3 kings” Is that sarcasm? When that song dropped, Hot 97 Was looping it over and over endlessly b/c its absolutely ridiculous. This very site when it was posted was going insane how good it was, the song itself was garbage sure, but he destroyed Dre and Ross lol.

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  19. B.J on September 20th, 2012 4:18 am

    Great album. Higher is my fav track.

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  20. Tee on September 20th, 2012 9:13 am

    This Album is very good. Obviously there are a few shortcomings. Kanye West is one of the best producers of all times and I think he really proved that once more. 2 Chainz do kinda lose it at time, i really don’t think he should have been on The one. Some of ya’ll are just making noise pointing out the negatives that do not exist coz u think we will think you know music better. If you dont like it, simple go listen to your Soulja boy and Wacka Flocka making the same noise. Young Money can learn a lot from this Album and a whole lot of other Cliques

    Rating:8/10 (thats an A+ )

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  21. Zaree7214 on September 20th, 2012 9:57 pm

    remove 2 chainz from the tracks and ill give it a listen.

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  22. Sammy on September 23rd, 2012 1:57 pm

    my only complaints with the album is the fact that (like everyone else) it was only 12 songs, 5 already heard. Atleast kanye should’ve made “Dont like’ a bonus track, and made the closing song a straight up posse cut that we havent heard with an epic beat, that would’ve been a pleasant surprise. another FAIL/ dissappointment was 2 chainz on “The One” he totally sabotaged the whole song, plus Big sean with his corny wit didnt help, Sean could’ve came much better than that i’ve heard him rap at his best and that verse was trash. i liked Kanye’s verse and they should’ve added Common or Pusha instead.

    best songs: To the world, Clique, Mercy, New God flow, The morning, if “Higher” wasn’t so over produced it could’ve been a R&B banger

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