Posted in hiphop | music on September 13, 2012

by Andrew Sacher

Cruel Summer

After much delay, rumors proved true and false, and some uncertain info, Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music compilation album, Cruel Summer, is fully confirmed and will be out this Tuesday (9/18). Many of its tracks -- "Clique," "Mercy," "New God Flow," "Cold" (previously titled "Theraflu"), and his guest-filled remix of Chief Keef's "I Don't Like" -- have been floating around the internet for some time now. You can stream all of those and snippets of every album track below.

Though Kanye only actually raps on about half the album, his presence is felt throughout and Cruel Summer succeeds at playing from start to finish with an album flow, despite it technically being a compilation. It opens as huge as you expect any Kanye related release to open, addressing the album not just to his fans, friends or family, but of course, "To The World." The track brings together beat master Hudson Mohawke (who's been having a great year as one half of TNGHT) with R. Kelly and Ye. It immediately follows with the album's strongest track, "Clique," which features one of the best Jay-Z verses in recent years and a towering beat from Hit-Boy, who is also behind Cruel Summer tracks "Cold," "Higher," and of course you may know him as the guy behind "Niggas In Paris."

After it continues colossally with previously released singles "Mercy" and "New God Flow," we get the first track on the album without Kanye's voice, "The Morning." However, there's no lack of all-star rappers on the track. We get killer verses from vets Pusha T, Common, and Raekwon, and if guys like Kid Cudi and 2 Chainz are your thing, well they're there too. Cudi, though not the strongest of Kanye associates, does have a shining moment on the album though. Over a clattering beat in "Creepers," he delivers a solo vocal performance making for a rare standout personal moment from not-Kanye in the midst of Ye's encapsulating ego. That's followed by "Bliss," which sees the return of Hudson Mohawke to the boards and is the album's sole track with all singing, no rapping. A distinct contrast to the hanging out and freestyling feel of the closing "I Don't Like" remix.

Streams and tracklist are below.

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

Kanye West - New God Flow ft. Pusha T

Kanye West - Clique ft. Big Sean & Jay-Z

Kanye West - I Don't Like ft. Pusha T, Chief Keef, Jadakiss & Big Sean

G.O.O.D. Music - Cruel Summer (Album Preview)

DJ Khaled and Kanye West - "I Wish You Would/Cold" Video

Cruel Summer Tracklist: (via Fake Shore Drive)
01 - "To The World" - Kanye West feat. R. Kelly & Teyana Taylor [Prod. by Pop & Oak. Co: Hudson Mohawke, Million $ Mano, Ken Lewis, Travi$ Scott & Anthony Kilhoffer]
02 - "Clique" - Kanye West & Big Sean feat. Jay-Z & Cocaine 80s [Prod. by Hit-Boy. Co: Kanye West, Anthony Kilhoffer & Noah Goldstein]
03 - "Mercy" - Kanye West, Big Sean & Pusha T feat. 2 Chainz [Prod. by Lifted & Kanye West]
04 - "New God Flow" - Kanye West & Pusha T feat. Ghostface Killah [Prod. by Boogz, Tapez & Kanye West]
05 - "The Morning" - Pusha T, Common, CyHi The Prynce, Kid Cudi & D'banj feat. Raekwon and 2 Chainz [Prod. by IllMind & Kanye West. Co: Jeff Bhasker & Travi$ Scott]
06 - "Cold" - Kanye West feat. DJ Khaled & DJ Pharris [Prod. by Hit-Boy]
07 - "Higher" - Pusha T feat. The-Dream, Ma$e & Cocaine 80s [Prod. by Hit-Boy. Co: Kanye West & Mike Dean]
08 - "Sin City" - John Legend, Teyana Taylor, CyHi The Prynce & Malik Yusef feat. Travi$ Scott [Prod. by Tommy Brown & Travi$ Scott]
09 - "The One" - Kanye West & Big Sean feat. 2 Chainz, Marsha Ambrosius & Cocaine 80s [Prod. by Kanye West. Co: Hudson Mohawke, The Twilite Tone, Mannie Fresh & Lifted]
10 - "Creepers" - Kid Cudi [Prod. by Dan Black]
11 - "Bliss" - John Legend & Teyana Taylor [Prod. by Hudson Mohawke]
12 - "Don't Like (Remix)" - Pusha T, Kanye West & Big Sean feat. Chief Keef & Jadakiss [Prod. by Young Chop. Co: Kanye West, The Twilite Tone & Noah Goldstein]

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Comments (34)

creeper/to the world are also streaming in full

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2012 2:03 PM

CANT WAIT

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2012 2:26 PM

So how much did Unuversal pay you to run this review, BV?

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2012 3:04 PM

@304 the album leaked last night, and literally every music-related site/blog has been posting reviews, since it is arguably one of the most hyped albums of the year. if you didn't listen to it, you aren't musically curious. you are naive.

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2012 3:07 PM

Where the Link to stream it, I can't p2p at the office.

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2012 3:41 PM

@3:07 - or I actually have good taste in music. :)

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2012 4:03 PM

I'm guessing five figures.

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2012 4:08 PM

bv sponsored post for $350,000

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2012 4:11 PM

he's trying to pull a Radiohead with sudden announcement

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2012 4:14 PM

Next week - a detailed analysis of Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe followed by a recap of last nights Keeping up with the Kardashians.

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2012 4:15 PM

4:14 - this album was announced months ago

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2012 4:17 PM

Kanye is an overhyped blipster with little talent.

Done.

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2012 5:31 PM

@403

like what tuneyards? god forbid BV runs a positive review

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2012 6:02 PM

@531

actually he's one of the best producer/beat-makers working today. so yeah you obviously know what you're talking about.

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2012 6:03 PM

^ Amd Katy Perry is also the biggest selling artist worldwide.

So your logic fails.

Kanyes beats suck, his flow sucks, his style sucks, and in time he will be forgotten.

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2012 6:08 PM

6:08, I doubt he will be forgotten at this point. I can tell you that I survived the 80's, thinking that crappy hair metal will be forgotten. Unfortunately stupid kids are still singing along to Pour Some Sugar on Me in crappy bars. So yes, crappy music doesn't necessarily get forgotten.

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2012 6:27 PM

$300,000 is my best guess. Nice to have that kind of money.

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2012 6:27 PM

6:08 the leap in 'logic' that you just made, from quality to quantity, is hilarious.

kanye is talented. anyone arguing against that will be very upset over the next ~40 years when his catalog becomes 'oldies' and you are just writhing wondering what happened to tuneyards.

you will tell your kids that kanye west is not talented and that these random hipster bands like chairlift were the only thing worth listening to at the time, and your kids will look at you like you are completely retarded (rightfully so).

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2012 6:49 PM

If you really think BV has ever been paid over $100,000 (over $40,000, really) for posting anything on this site, you are beyond naive.

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2012 6:50 PM

white morons listening to this shit

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2012 6:50 PM

Agreed 6:40. But making 20 posts a day at $20,000 to $40,000 a pop is not bad money . . . around $150 million a year. Sure buys a lot of vegetarian food.

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2012 7:00 PM

Kanye is just more "bottle service rap" for image based youth.
The music is disposable... It's really boring and truly without any girth.

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2012 7:11 PM

Anyone remember Kurtis blow? He had the first certified gold hip hop record. how about Sisqo? On the success of "Thong Song" his debut solo album sold four million records. Lots of white people bought those. How about Ja Rule? He's sold 30 million records worldwide and got plenty of great reviews. Everyone still listens to Ja Rule, right? His catalog became "oldies" right? These are still highly respected and successful artists, right?

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2012 7:14 PM

"I walk wit jesus, like kathie lee and regis." - the voice of a generation

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2012 7:15 PM

7:14 again, talking about quantity rather than quality. you do realize that kanye west has created good albums, right? y'all just hate rich black people.

this is mainly why everyone will remember kanye west:
http://i50.tinypic.com/157fbbl.png


also everyone remembers sisqo.

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2012 7:25 PM

Yes we will remember both sisqo and kanye sucking.

Thanks.

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2012 7:53 PM

Kanye west reminds me off the type of guy that everyone would give wedgies to in junior high.

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2012 9:00 PM

Kanye west reminds me off the type of guy that everyone would give wedgies to in junior high, and then became a egocentric millionaire.

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2012 9:38 PM

I would be shocked -- SHOCKED -- if the guy who runs Brooklyn Vegan made anywhere near $150 million a year, even before the costs of web design, photographers, etc (i.e., net profits). I bet this site makes less than $50 million net and $10 million profits. Not a bad pay day, by any means, but he is definitely not making in the 8 digits.

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2012 10:07 PM

kanye is great. get real.

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2012 10:15 PM

Who gives a Fuck who Ye was in highschool. He obviously did something different and better than any of the haters on here. If you dont like him or his music then why are you looking up his new album days before it even drops? To say he isn't musically gifted, and heads above ANY other rapper/producer in the game right now, only proves how uninformed and educated you actually are when it comes to music.

Posted by anonymous | September 15, 2012 4:53 PM

^ your comment proves how uninformed and uneducated you are.

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2012 7:33 PM

jesus how can you people not tell everyone is kidding about sponsored posts for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2012 8:06 PM

wicked cool.

Posted by jordon | July 22, 2013 1:42 PM

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