Cruel Summer

G.O.O.D. Music - Cruel Summer
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2012 Ratings: #636 / 944
User Score
Based on 114 ratings
2012 Ratings: #220
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. 

Benny
70
At the end of the day no one can be Wu Tang
MinatoArisato
55
To the date I'm writing this review I do feel that this is the only weak album in Kanye's discography. Kanye does pull his own weight here and ths production is good, the albums fatal flaw is the other members of G.O.O.D. Music. Aside from Pusha T and the features from some of the Wu-Tang members everyone is quite mediocre. The amount of artists and ideas here make this thing feel really unfocused and inconsistent quality wise. There are some absolute bangers here alongside extremely cringy pop ... read more
CRAPREVIEWS
30
This is boring as shit period.
Juan23
74
The start of this album is great, the end of the album isn’t so great
KayRocky
78
Unlike other Kanye infused albums this isn't a beautiful project however the flows and production on this are tip top. The GOOD Music crew show what they have with a 12 song throwback album.
Top artist performance has got to be from Pusha T with his pure confidence on the 5 songs he shows up on.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#15/Gigwise
#24/Complex
#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"
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