Kanye West presents Good Music Cruel Summer, a greatly anticipated album, proves that although Kanye can be offensive, his music is immaculate. Kanye said it himself, “I am flawed as a human. I am flawed as a person. As a man I am flawed... BUT MY MUSIC IS PERFECT!”
Kanye West presents Cruel Summer isn’t your typical Kanye West album; it’s an album unveiling his G.O.O.D. Music crew. Kanye played a major part in producing the tracks, and he gave us some mind-blowing verses.
“To The World,” a feel good, I don’t give a f%&k song, gets the album started with R. Kelly singing “let me see you put your middle fingers up to the world.” Teyana Taylor lends her vocals on the outro but I wasn’t overly impressed.
The best track on the album would be “Clique” ft. Big Sean, Jay-Z and Kanye West. Simple way to put it… they kilt it and let us know “ain’t nobody f**kin with my clique.” Big Sean brings the swag, while Jay-Z references Rihanna and superstar wife Beyonce’, “Yeah I’m talkin Rih. Yeah, I’m talking B,” but it’s Kanye’s unforgettable line that will be remembered, “my girl a superstar all from a home movie.” Now who could that possibly be?
Kanye West presents Cruel Summer includes the hit “Mercy,” which features our favorite metaphorical rapper 2 Chainz, who’s also featured on “The One” with Big Sean, Kanye West and Marsha Ambrosius.
An acapella performed at the BET awards ft. Pusha T, “New God Flow,” is what I call real hip-hop, and there’s a fun chant at the end “G.O.O.D. Music G.O.O.D. Music!” Then there’s “The Morning” featuring an all-star team; Pusha T, Common, CyHi Da Prynce, Kid Cudi, D’Banj, Raekwon, 2 Chainz & Kanye West. The reggae/hip-hop song has killer verses all the way through.
Legendary rapper Mase appears on the track “Higher,” bringing his mid 90s sound back while The Dream blesses the hook. The last 45 seconds is a great transition into “Sin City” ft. John Legend, Teyana Taylor, CyHi Da Prynce, Malik Yusef &Travis Scott. The 808s will remind you of Kanye’s “Heartless.”
G.O.O.D. Music artist Kid Cudi’s solo track “Creepers,” didn’t quite fit with the feel of the album. Though it was good, Kanye’s song “Cold” which publicized his love for Kim K, “I’ll admit, I had fell in love with Kim around the same time she had fell in love with him,” was the only solo needed. Teyana Taylor & John Legend’s “Bliss” was complemented the album well.
The popular Anthem “I Don’t Like (Remix)” by Chief Keef ended the album, and it was perfect. This song gets my blood flowing. A grin suddenly appears on my face, I cross my arms and bob my head to the beat while singing “that’s that sh*t I don’t like.”
All around I give this album an 8/10. I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did. Aside from the song Creepers the album flows. Twelve tracks and one Jay-Z feature was a tad bit disappointing. Though this isn’t an album I can listen to constantly I would definitely put it on my “getting ready to party” playlist.