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G.O.O.D. Music: Cruel Summer

Kanye West, Various ArtistsAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 18, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ISLAND / DEF-JAM
  • ASIN: B008RLY1OU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,942 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Cruel Summer, the musical companion and inspiration for West's acclaimed 7-Screen cinematic experience, is one of the most hotly anticipated albums of the summer. The Cruel Summer film saw its debut in Cannes in May, and drew ecstatic reactions from those in attendance.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Cruel Summer 3.5 Stars September 18, 2012
Format:Audio CD
It's finally here, G.O.O.D. releases their debut compilation album. If your on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook or Hip Hop sites then you mostly heard some of these joints months ago and you were anticipating the album. Let's get into this track by track review

1. "To the World" (Kanye West and R. Kelly) Kanye & Kells deliver on the opener, R is doing what he wants as he says "The whole world is a couch/ B**** I'm Rick James and I'm not giving a f*** tonight",(Hes referring to the Rick James skit from Dave Chappelles show where he said "F*** yo couch") and Ye drops a dope verse as he takes a swipe at Mitt Romney by saying "I'm just tryna to protect my stacks/ Mitt Romney don't pay tax/ Mitt Romney don't pay no tax". This basically is the not giving a f*** anthem, great track !

2. "Clique" (Kanye West, Jay-Z and Big Sean) These three are just having fun on the Hit-Boy produced track doing their usual boasting, and its a good song nonetheless. Was anybody else surprised when Jay said "I'm talking bossy/ I aint talking Kelis" ? For those who might not of understood the line Kelis had a song out called "Bossy" back in 2006.

3. "Mercy" (Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz) The first single that was released back in April, you all should know this song by now. the hook is very catchy and the production is dope as well.

4. "New God Flow" (Kanye West, Pusha T and Ghostface Killah) This is an updated version, Pusha T and Kanye still have their same verses, which are very good and we get a brand new Ghostface verse which definitely stands out. When you hear that verse from Ghostface you gonna know why people still consider him one of the best still doing it. Kanye West, Boogz & Tapez supplies a great beat on here.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great songs, weird layout October 4, 2012
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Beware: You are about to buy a G.O.O.D. music album, not a Kanye West album. Don't go into this thinking you are going to get a Kanye West album, because while he is behind this...these are not all his songs.

Now that we've got that out of the way, I can talk about the album a bit.

Cruel Summer is a good, but weird listen. I say weird not because any of the songs are bad, but because the way the tracklisting was laid out. The first six songs are set up pretty decent, but it's after those songs that, in my opinion, the tracklisting could have used a little bit of a shake up. It seems like whoever chose the order of the songs after the first six did it by putting their iTunes on shuffle, or throwing all the names of the songs in a hat and picking them one by one til they ran out.

The best example of this is sandwiching a song like Bliss between Creepers and I Don't Like. It doesn't make any sense. None of these songs are bad, but they don't belong next to one another on an album. You go from a love song to a thug song and the feeling of listening to those songs next to each other is just strange. With that being said, if you're just buying this to throw on your iPod, or whatever the mp3 player of your choice is, then that's a problem you will never notice.

As for the album's songs I have to so say there are a lot of great ones and a few okay ones. Cruel Summer serves it's purpose as showing off the talent that Kanye West has signed to his album very well. It is one of the better compilations put out by a rapper that I've bought. If you're a fan of any artist featured on this album then grabbing a copy of this is a no brainer because you will enjoy most, if not all, of it. Overall this album has some really good songs on it, and if you need a new Rap/R&B album to listen to then I suggest you pick this one up because, for the most part, I think you'll be satisfied with your purchase.
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Format:Audio CD
1. To The World - 4/5 It's an awkward auto-tuned R. Kelly dominated song. It almost feels like what Kanye tried to pull off with the first song, "Dark Fantasy", on his latest masterpiece of an album "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy". The production quality is top notch, but it seems almost kind of lazy in terms of originality lyrics wise.

2. Clique - 5/5 Big Sean starts the song off with the chorus, followed by one of the better verses I've heard from him, he performs the chorus, but it seems kind of lazy "Clique, Clique, Clique, Clique, Clique, ain't no one fresher than my clique." Jay-Z follows Sean with a great verse, he seems to feel right at home with this beat. Kanye lays down the last verse, but it seems to go on for a little too long, it's not bad, as it's comparable to Jay's verse, he just got a little carried away.

3. Mercy - 3/5 The lead single off the album comes off a little bittersweet. Kanye's verse stands out as the best, while Big Sean continues off his latest mediocre hit "Dance (A$$)". Pusha T's verse starts out quite well after blending into the background. 2 Chainz's flow doesn't match up with the other three rapper's, and turns out to have the worst verse in the song. The beat is pounding and demand's your attention, but once the chorus hits, you realize how mediocre the song really is. It was actually quite disappointing knowing the potential Kanye has, the song does nothing to stand out as one of the better songs as of late, let alone the album.

4. New God Flow - 5/5 Kanye and Pusha team up to make up for their latest commercially successful "Mercy" with "New God Flow". The hook comes courtesy of Ghostface Killah's "Mighty Healthy". The piano beat fits the two rapper's flows very well.
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This is the digipak version. I was hoping that, by this picture, the digi would be as nice as Watch The Throne. It's not, but it's still a cool package. I saw it at Best Buy today and I almost picked it up but I wanted to hear some of it first. I'm sure it's worth a purchase.
Sep 19, 2012 by Larry A. Holcomb |  See all 2 posts
So does the Audio CD version come with the Cruel Summer DVD? I have been...
i am asking the same question because i want deluxe. i think there will be a deluxe version though. They're probably keeping things really secret so it doesn't leak. but idk
Sep 12, 2012 by Garry Johnson |  See all 3 posts
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