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Album review : Cruel Summer – G.O.O.D Music

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The long awaited compilation from the G.O.O.D music label
Cruel Summer is finally here and from the jump it answers that one burning
question, was the wait worth it? Hell yeah. 
This compilation goes hard straight
out of the get with To the World. This KanyeWest track comes in with an assist
from the chi’s owner R Kelly. This track was one of those that sent the
internet nuts as soon as it leaked and for good reason, this is an awesome
track and is worth all the hype. Those silky vocals from R Kelly pay perfect
complement to the boastful rhymes and flow of the self-appointed god of rap
Yeezy, this is definitely one that will find a ready audience in the Y.O.L.O;
it might even become their new anthem.
Next up on the album is the much hyped about Clique track with
Kanye, Big Sean and Jay Z followed by New God Flow with Pusha T and Kanye. Both
tracks have stellar bars from all those involved but the standout has to be
Pusha T on the latter track. Pusha just goes into beast mode and tears it apart
and the production on the New God Flow just makes it the better of the two
tracks; definitely check out the remix with Iron Man aka Tony Starks aka
Ghostface Killah.  Mercy that
multi-platinum track they dropped is placed between the two above tracks. 
We are then blessed with The Morning a track featuring Pusha
T, Common, CyHi Da Prince, Kid Cudi, D’ banji, Raekwon and 2 Chainz. This track
delivers in every department the beat, bars and delivery. For the me the Chef
Raekwon outshines everybody on this but no truly blows everyone else out of the
water but 2 Chainz kind of let the track down. Cold is another track that’s
been out for a minute now remember that track that came out called Theraflu
well this is it. Higher is brought to us by Pusha T, Mase and the Dream. This is
a nice joint, the bars we get from Pusha T and Mase are justice for this track
as for the Dream’s performance is what kind of hurts the track and prevents
from join the list of stellar tracks on the album. And speaking of stellar we
move into what I hope are the next two singles off this album Sin City and the
One
. They is little to choose between the two because each is great in its own
right and the truth I couldn’t so you are going to have to make up your own
minds.  Creepers by Kid Cudi is the joint
that most people are going to skip and for good reason it’s the poorest track
on the album. Bliss is the RnB joint on the album given to us by John Legend
and Teyana Taylor is pretty good, definitely worth a listen and finally the
album closes with another track that has been on the internet for a while the I
Don’t Like
Remix.
As a whole aside from Creepers the album is stellar and
shows off the best of each of the G.O.O.D music artists and their cohorts who
are featured on the album. In terms of beat selection Kanye shows us why he so
acclaimed because his selections are superb. If Maybach Music’s Self-made
albums have been the standard by which compilation albums are judged in the
modern rap game Cruel Summer has firmly knocked them off their perch and raised
the bar several notches above where it was. So people go out and buy this one
because it’s great and you won’t grow tired of it anytime soon.

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