G.O.O.D. Music - Cruel Summer

G.O.O.D. Music - Cruel Summer
CRITIC SCORE
66
Based on 19 reviews
2012 Rank: #562 / 795
USER SCORE
72
Based on
32 ratings

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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.

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User Reviews
uralberk
33
one good song, few good moments, lots of trap, chief keef remix, cruel album
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
Ntando
70
Best Track: Clique & New God Flow
Worse Track: Higher
Should U Get It?: Up To You
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!
DefSky
75
Maybe a let down because of the grandeur of Ye last two album. '' If you ever held a title belt you would know how Michael felt '' Kanye West
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DETAILS

September 18, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
G.O.O.D. / Def Jam / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 15 - Gigwise
# 31 - NME
# 24 - Rolling Stone
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"
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