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

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


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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/18/2012
Label: G.O.O.D. Music
UPC: 0602537118694
catalogNumber: 001729102

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mike Dean   Keyboards
Andrea Martin   Vocals
Anthony Kilhoffer   Keyboards,Musician
Marsha Ambrosius   Vocals
John Legend   Background Vocals
James Fauntleroy   Vocals
Noah Goldstein   Keyboards,Vocals
Hudson Mohawke   Musician
DJ Pharris   Vocals

Technical Credits

R. Kelly   Composer,Engineer
Mike Dean   Additional Production
Mannie Fresh   Producer
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,Additional Production
Che Pope   Programming,Executive Producer
Chris Atlas   Marketing
Ian Mereness   Engineer
Bart Schoudel   Engineer
Ken Lewis   Engineer,Additional Production
Montez Roberts   Engineer
Daniel Betancourt   Engineer
Bill Sullivan   Engineer
Izvor Zivkovic   Management
Rob Kinelski   Engineer
Hit Boy   Producer
Noah Goldstein   Engineer
Hudson Mohawke   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
Travis Scott   Producer
Tommy Brown   Producer
Joe Perez   Graphic Design

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