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Cruel Summer
G.O.O.D. Music - Cruel Summer
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2012 Ratings: #676 / 929
User Score
Based on 61 ratings
2012 Ratings: #163
September 18, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
G.O.O.D. / Def Jam / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

75
Beats Per Minute

Cruel Summer might be the worst thing in Kanye West’s discography thus far, but it’s a success as mainstream rap cabal compilation albums go.

70
No Ripcord

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good album. I just expect masterpieces from Kanye West and his friends.

70
HipHopDX

G.O.O.D. Music’s first outing successfully showcases the collective’s talents, but it’s ultimately an underachieving and uneven effort.

70
NME

After the twin peaks of ‘Watch The Throne’ and ‘My Beautiful Twisted Dark Fantasy’’s rap-pop grandeur, ‘Cruel Summer’ feels slight in comparison. 

67
Pretty Much Amazing

The artists featured all have something to offer on their own, but as they scramble a top one another a sense of any group dynamic is lost in the fray.

65
Pitchfork

Kanye's career has been built on maniacal quality control, but Cruel Summer feels uncharacteristically disposable. 

60
Consequence of Sound

More often, the songs become too jammed-up with so many moving parts that it sounds like they’re actually immobile

60
The 405

The compilation's high points mainly encircle West, and given the chance to be independence, his understudies go off track.

60
PopMatters

Every track on this album has a flaw worth pointing out, but they all make an argument why they’re worth listening to as well. 

58
A.V. Club

With Cruel Summer, Kanye’s corralled an impressive roster of allies and contemporaries to make a sleek, state-of-the-art album that’s not half as good as one of those more modest old offerings.

Jul 28, 2016
CxAylward
60
a selection of great and awful tracks with like no intermediate
Apr 25, 2016
Z.Younk
78
Heavy Reggae & Dancehall influences and samples. Excellent work from all parties.
Nov 4, 2014
dyelir
72
It's one thing to make a rap album.
It's another to make a Kanye West album.
And it's even another to make an compilation album meant for the exposure of rappers involved.
Kanye West was trying to do the latter. However, he couldn't really sacrifice any of the former two in order to successfully do the latter the best he could. This album isn't filled with many sonic standouts, and some songs seem discombobulated and even out-of-place at times but a good chunk of these ... read more
Apr 25, 2014
Ntando
70
Best Track: Clique & New God Flow
Worse Track: Higher
Should U Get It?: Up To You
Sep 18, 2013
Creator R-Zita
67
GEnerally is good ! love the Mercy and Clique! Not the best album by Kanye! maybe because there are too many collaborations that don't fit perfectly!
END OF YEAR LISTS
#15/Gigwise
#24/Rolling Stone
#31/NME
Track List
  1. Kanye West and R. Kelly: "To the World" 
  2. Kanye West, Jay-Z and Big Sean: "Clique" 
  3. Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha-T and 2 Chainz: "Mercy" 
  4. Kanye West, Pusha-T and Ghostface Killah: "New God Flow" 
  5. Raekwon, Pusha-T, Common, 2 Chainz, Cyhi the Prynce, Kid Cudi, D'Banj: "The Morning" 
  6. DJ Khaled: "Cold" 
  7. The-Dream, Pusha-T and Ma$e: "Higher" 
  8. John Legend, Travi$ Scott, Teyana Taylor, Cyhi the Prynce and Malik Yusef: "Sin City" 
  9. Kanye West, Big Sean, 2 Chainz and Marsha Ambrosius: "The One" 
  10. Kid Cudi: "Creepers" 
  11. John Legend and Teyana Taylor: "Bliss" 
  12. Kanye West, Chief Keef, Pusha-T, Big Sean and Jadakiss: "Don't Like"
Contributions By
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Added on: July 23, 2012