Album Review | GOOD Music – Cruel Summer

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This album was released on September 14th in 2012. This was obviously a compilation album which featured artists from Kanye West’s GOOD Music label. The label now belongs to Pusha T, who said he wanted to release a sequel to this album. I’ve already heard this album, and I remember really enjoying it when it came out. I can’t remember the last time I listened to any of it tho. I don’t know what the general reception of this album is. People must not have really liked it that much because I never hear anyone talking about it. It had some really popular singles tho. I don’t know. I’m just gonna go ahead and start the review.

Track 1: To The World (Performed by Kanye West) Feat. R. Kelly & Teyana Taylor [Prod. Pop & Oak,  Kanye West, Hudson Mohawke, Ken Lewis, DJ Mano, Travis Scott & Anthony Kilhoffer]

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Goddamn, that’s a lot of producers. The song’s starting now. It’s a little weird that the first person you hear on a GOOD Music album is R. Kelly. He’s not signed to GOOD Music… It’s not necessarily a bad thing for me. Just kinda weird. I’m fine with it tho. This production is fucking incredible. It almost sounds like some shit that would’ve been on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. It sounds even more grandiose than that tho. R. Kelly sounds great on this hook. I really like this hook. I mean, the lyrics kinda suck, but sonically he did a great job. R. Kelly’s on the first verse. His verse was great. I mean, it sounded great. The lyrics were pretty bad tho. I liked that Rick James line tho. “The whole world is a couch / Bitch, I’m Rick James tonight; I don’t give a fuck.” The second verse from Kanye was great. Teyana did her thing singin’ the outro too. This is dope af. The lyrics were a little off at times, but other than that I think this track is great. The production is fantastic. Sonically, this song is really really good. I definitely fuck with this. This is dope af. 5/5

Track 2: Clique (Performed by Big Sean) Feat. Kanye West & JAY-Z [Prod. Kanye West, Hit-Boy, Anthony Kilhoffer & Noah Goldstein]

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This is was the third single for this album. James Fauntleroy sings a short intro as soon as the track starts. It’s pretty dope. Big Sean does the hook. It’s not bad. I don’t know if I’d call it good, but it’s not bad. It gets the job done. This beat is dope af. I actually liked Big Sean’s verse on this song. It wasn’t amazing or anything, but I think it was good. JAY-Z’s verse was dope too. Kanye definitely had the best verse. There’s not really much to say about this one. It’s gotta a real simple structure. Just a standard hook and three verses. The beat was great. The verses were good. The hook was average. It’s a dope song. I fuck with this. 4/5

Track 3: Mercy (Performed by Big Sean) Feat. Pusha T, Kanye West & 2 Chainz [Prod. Lifted, Kanye West, Mike WiLL Made It, Hudson Mohawke & Mike Dean]

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This was the first and most popular single from this album. I’m just gonna start from the beginning. That sample that they used of the Jamaican guy yelling is annoying as fuck. The hook is kinda catchy. I’m not feelin’ the first verse from Big Sean. “Drop it to the floor; make that ass shake / Make the ground move; that’s an ass quake / Built a house up on that ass; that’s an asstate / Roll my weed on it; that’s an ass tray.” Those lines are just stupid as fuck. “Asstate?” Are you fuckin’ shitting me? That’s so dumb… His verse doesn’t get much better after those first four lines. You can’t really argue that any of these lines are good. I mean, some of them may not be horrible, but they definitely aren’t good. “I work them long nights; long nights to get a pay day / Finally got paid, now I need shade and a vacay / And niggas still hatin’, so much hate I need an AK.” These are just super generic lines that anyone could’ve come up with. I’m not impressed. This beat’s kinda cool I guess. I don’t think it’s that far above average. Pusha T’s goin’ in now. His verse was dope. Definitely not his best. It was cool tho. Goddamn this sample is annoying. I don’t really like the way this beat switched up for Kanye’s verse. I guess his verse wasn’t terrible lyrically, but his flow and delivery was really boring to me. 2 Chainz’s verse wasn’t actually that bad. I mean, it was good for a 2 Chainz verse. That really isn’t saying much, but you know what I mean. The song itself just doesn’t do much for me. The sample is annoying as hell, the beat didn’t stand out that much to me, and the majority of the verses were weak. The hook was kinda catchy, but not enough to make me like the song. It’s alright I guess. I don’t think it’s terrible, but I’d never listen to it again. Actually, you know what? This is wack. I’m not feelin’ it. Lemme see this music video… Nah. It’s nothing special. The Cyhi cameo made me wish he had a verse. 2/5

Track 4: New God Flow (Performed by Pusha T) Feat. Kanye West & Ghostface Killah [Prod. Boogz & Tapez, Kanye West & Anthony Kilhoffer]

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This is definitely my favorite single from this album. First of all, that beat is fucking incredible. I remember not really liking the hook when I first heard this song, but it grew on me. I fuck with the hook. Pusha T went in on the first verse. “I think it’s good that Ye got a blow dealer / A hot temper, matched with a cold killer.” That line is so gangsta. I love the way he started his verse too. “I believe there’s a God above me / I’m just the God of everything else.” The first verse from Pusha is great. This song was apparently a diss from Pusha T targeting Birdman. Pusha’s had beef with Birdman for a minute now. It’s cool that he was able to get a diss on this compilation album. “Step on they necks ’til they can’t breathe / Claim they five stars, but sell you dreams.” Hahaha. Yeah, I don’t know what the fuck Birdman was thinkin’ when he got that tattoo on his head. “Fuck ’em, Ye! FUCK ‘EM, YE!” I fuckin’ love how aggressive Pusha T is with this diss. You gotta respect him for being one of the only mainstream rappers with the balls to diss one of the most popular labels in Hip Hop right now. Pusha T killed both of his verses. Kanye’s on the third verse. “The Yeezys jumped over the Jumpman.” Yup. That’s where that line from Facts came from. Thankfully, his verse is much better than that song. He went in. I loved his aggressive delivery, especially during the beat break. Ghostface went the fuck in tho. His verse was dope af. That should come as no surprise I guess. I mean, on one hand you could say that Ye should’ve given the fourth verse to a GOOD Music artist, but on the other hand, they DID sample Ghostface for the hook, so it kinda makes sense that they added him for the album version. He fucking killed it too. If you’re gonna listen to this song, make sure you’re listening to the album version. The single version unfortunately didn’t have Ghostface Killah. It also has that wack ass outro from Kanye. This song is dope af. I definitely fuck with this. 5/5

Track 5: The Morning (Performed by Kanye West) Feat. D’Banj, Raekwon, Common, Pusha T, 2 Chainz, Cyhi The Prynce & Kid Cudi [Prod. Kanye West, !llmind, Jeff Bhasker & Travis Scott]

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This D’Banj guy apparently signed to GOOD Music in 2011, but this is the only song that I’ve ever heard with him. I don’t even really know who this guy is, but he’s apparently been signed for five years. I mean, it’s not like I’m upset about that or anything; I don’t think I would be into his music. It’s just kinda weird… Anyway, his hook is alright. I don’t think it’s really bad. It’s kinda slow tho. Raekwon’s on the first verse. This beat is dope af. Raekwon’s verse was dope. Yeah, I’m definitely not in love with this hook. It really breaks the momentum that the track has going. It’s way too slow. Common had a nice 8 bar verse. Same goes for Pusha T. His delivery was great. Why is 2 Chainz on this album so damn much? He isn’t even signed to GOOD Music… Whatever. I don’t care. He only had four bars anyway. Cyhi’s verse was dope. It was nice of Kanye to pretend that he cared about Cyhi for one song. Well, it looks like Cyhi’s somehow involved in Kanye’s new album, so that’s cool…

All Kid Cudi did was spit the same line three times during the bridge. His feature was completely unnecessary. If I was a bigger Kid Cudi fan, I would be really disappointed. You know what? I’m pretty sure this album came out before Cudi fell off, so I probably was really disappointed by that when I heard this song. I used to love Kid Cudi. Kanye’s verse at the end was kinda cool, but it kinda feels like he wrote it in about 7 minutes. Raekwon actually had the longest verse. This song really could’ve been a lot better. The beat was dope af. The hook shouldn’t even exist. I’m pretty sure they just did it so that they could say D’Banj was a part of this album too. Raekwon didn’t need to be here. He probably had the best verse, but he really didn’t need to be here. It’s a GOOD Music album, not a Wu-Tang album. Raekwon shouldn’t have the longest verse. He shouldn’t be here at all. Same goes for 2 Chainz. It should’ve been Common, Pusha T, and Cyhi. MAYBE you could swap out Common for Kanye. Kanye’s already had a lot of verses on this album tho. I don’t know. I enjoyed the song. I just think it could’ve been a lot better. It’s dope tho. I enjoyed it. 4/5

Track 6: Cold (Performed by Kanye West) Feat. DJ Khaled [Prod. Hit-Boy]

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WOAH HOLD UP! This uh… This has nothing to do with this song in particular, but recently R. Kelly said that he had never heard of Dave Chappelle. SO HOW THE FUCK DID HE KNOW ABOUT THE RICK JAMES COUCH THING IF HE AIN’T KNOW WHO DAVE CHAPPELLE IS? “The whole world is a couch / Bitch, I’m Rick James tonight; I don’t give a fuck.” That is a direct reference to a Dave Chappelle skit. Sorry. I just had to mention that shit. R. Kelly’s fuckin’ up. Anyway, this song was the second single for this album. It was originally called Theraflu, then he changed it to Way Too Cold, then he changed it to Cold. First of all, why the fuck is DJ Khaled here? Seriously, what the fuck is he here for? He literally just yells “KANYE WEST” and then “DJ KHALED.” That’s seriously all he does. There’s absolutely no reason for him to be here. He isn’t a GOOD Music artist. If anything, DJ Pharris should be credited as a feature. I mean, he has a minute long outro where he’s just giving shout outs. That’s way more than anything DJ Khaled did. Neither of them need to be here tho. It should just be Kanye West produced by Hit-Boy. DJ Khaled & DJ Pharris are completely unnecessary here. Anyway, this beat from Hit-Boy is dope af. It’s really simple, but I fuck with it. I really don’t have much to say about this shit. It’s two dope ass verses from Kanye West over a great beat from Hit-Boy. Lyrically, Ye’s just talkin’ a lot of shit. My only gripes are the tags from DJ Khaled & DJ Pharris. Other than that, it’s dope af. 5/5

Track 7: Higher (Performed by Pusha T) Feat. The Dream, Mase & Cocaine 80s [Prod. Kanye West, Hit-Boy & Mike Dean]

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There is literally only one GOOD Music artist on this song, and he only has one short verse. It’s not even a full sixteen bars. This is basically The Dream’s song. The only reason I said that it was performed by Pusha T is because The Dream isn’t signed to GOOD Music. Why is this song on this album? Seriously, this The Dream’s song. He should’ve saved it for his album. Anyway, lemme go ahead and tell y’all what I think of the song itself. The beat is dope af. The Dream’s intro was honestly pretty wack to me. “Baby, baby baby, baby baby, baby, baby baby, baby baby, baby, baby baby, baby baby, baby, baby baby, baby baby.” He seriously says that in the intro. That part’s wack af. His actual verse is dope tho. I fuck with his verse. It’s not that good lyrically, but he sounded really good singin’ that shit. The transition from his verse to the first part of the hook is dope af. I like the first part of the hook, but the second half where he’s just repeating “Higher than a motherfucker” is a little underwhelming, especially compared to the rest of the song. Pusha T’s verse was dope. Mase’s verse tho… It was so bad. It was just so bad. Seriously… I mean, his flow and delivery were fine, but the fucking dumb ass lyrics… “I bumped into Loon he like, ‘Well, as-salamu alaykum‘ / You know I ain’t Muslim my nigga, I’m about my bacon.” That is fucking awful. He thought that was a good line? Yeezy was okay with this being on his album? Why the fuck is Mase even here? He isn’t signed to GOOD Music. Why is Yeezy getting these random ass features from washed up Pop rappers that nobody gives a fuck about instead of showcasing his artists? Where is Cyhi? Where is Q-Tip? Shit, where the fuck is Yasiin Bey? He’s still signed to GOOD Music. Why isn’t he here? This doesn’t make sense. Mase should not be here. Nobody wanted to hear Mase in 2012. His verse is awful. This outro from James Fauntleroy is wack too. I really want to like this song, but it’s just not good. It started out good, but it just fell apart. I’m not feelin’ this. This is wack to me. 2/5

Track 8: Sin City (Performed by Malik Yusef) Feat. Travis Scott, Cyhi The Prynce, John Legend & Teyana Taylor [Prod. Travis Scott]

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Oh. I guess I was wrong about Cyhi only being on one track… Whatever. It doesn’t really matter. I’m not exactly sure what Malik Yusef does. He’s one of the few Hip Hop artists whose name I’d heard before I really got into music, but ever since I really started listening to Hip Hop I haven’t heard any of his shit. This song was apparently in my iTunes library, but I have no idea what it sounds like. I guess I must’ve liked it when I heard it. I’m just gonna start it now. This beat is alright I guess. I’m not really a fan of the bass loop, but it’s not bad. Once the other elements start to come in it sounds a lot better. Travis Scott’s on the first verse. It’s not good. It’s not terrible, but it’s not good. Teyana Taylor did a good job with the hook. Apparently Malik Yusef is a Spoken Word artist. Oh shit, I remember this guy. He did that long winded outro on the title track of Nobody’s Smiling by Common. I don’t know. I guess he kinda did his thing on here. I just don’t really like it when artists try to mesh Spoken Word over Hip Hop songs. It’s almost like they’re using the label of “Spoken Word” as an excuse to not flow properly over the beat. Cyhi’s verse was cool. I don’t know. This song just doesn’t stand out that much. The shit they were rapping about wasn’t that interesting. The beat wasn’t that good. Travis Scott’s always been kind of a weak producer… Sonically, this song does nothing for me. Malik Yusef’s outro was kinda dope, and Cyhi did his thing. The hook from Teyana Taylor wasn’t bad. It’s just not a good song. I can’t get into it. It’s alright I guess. Nothing about it is really that bad. It’s just not good. 3/5

Track 9: The One (Performed by Kanye West) Feat. Big Sean, 2 Chainz & Marsha Ambrosius [Prod. Kanye West, Hudson Mohawke, The Twilite Tone, Anthony Kilhoffer, Mannie Fresh & Lifted]

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Why the hell is 2 Chainz on this album so damn much? It just doesn’t make sense… Marsha Ambrosius isn’t signed to GOOD Music either. Whatever. It doesn’t matter. Well, it kinda does… Fuck it tho. She did her thing on the hook. The drums that come in right before the beat drops sound really out of place. They’re way too loud. It’s pretty jarring. I guess it’s not that big of a deal… Kanye’s on the first verse. This beat is dope af. Kanye’s verse was dope. The line at the end was pretty corny, but other than that it was cool. Big Sean’s up next. His verse wasn’t that bad I guess. There were some pretty generic lines in there. It was tolerable tho. 2 Chainz sounds really out of place of this smooth production. “Snake ass niggas in my fuckin’ face / Bring your girl here nigga so I could fuck her face.” …Yeah… I wasn’t really feelin’ his verse. I liked Marsha Ambrosius & Kanye’s parts. The rest of it wasn’t that good tho. I don’t know. I’m not really feelin’ this one. I don’t think it’s really a bad track tho. It’s just not good. It’s alright. I guess. 3/5

Track 10: Creepers (Performed by Kid Cudi) [Prod. Dan Black]

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This is the only solo track on the album, and it’s also the only one where Kid Cudi really does anything important. This beat is dope af. I don’t really think there’s anything for me to say about this song. It was pretty much the last good Cudi song before he fell off. The hook is dope af. His verse was great too. The lyrics aren’t amazing or anything, but the delivery was pretty great. There’s only one verse, and two recitals of the hook. It’s the shortest song on the album. It’s one of the best songs on here tho. The way he sings in the background during the second recital of the hook was dope af. I definitely fuck with this song. It’s dope af. Kid Cudi, please stop making wack music. This is the kinda shit people want from you. 5/5

Track 11: Bliss (Performed by Teyana Taylor) Feat. John Legend [Prod. Hudson Mohawke]

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This production is dope af. I’m not really into love songs. I think Teyana sounded pretty good singing tho. This is an R&B song if you couldn’t already tell from who the song is by. Teyana’s hook is pretty good. John Legend sounds really fuckin’ good. This is a good R&B track. It’s not something that I would listen to again tho. This just isn’t for me. I don’t really listen to a lot of shit like this. It’s R&B, but not the kind that you put on in the background when you’re smashin’ your girl. I like the production, and I think both artists did a good job singing, but this isn’t for me. It’s not a bad track. I’m just not into it personally. 3/5

Track 12: Don’t Like (Performed by Kanye West) Feat. Pusha T, Chief Keef, Big Sean & Jadakiss [Prod. Young Chop, Kanye West, The Twilite Tone & Noah Goldstein]

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This is the infamous GOOD Music remix to Chief Keef’s breakout single, I Don’t Like. If I’m not mistaken, this song caused kind of a beef between Young Chop & Kanye because Young Chop was upset about him altering the beat. I don’t really know the details. Honestly, I’m not even sure why I brought that up because I don’t give a fuck about that shit. It’s starting now. Pusha T’s on the first verse. This beat is fucking crazy. I definitely prefer this version of the beat to the original. Push’s verse was short, but I fuck with it. I think he started the song of pretty well. Chief Keef’s hook is fucking great. This hook is classic. Even people who have never heard this song or have nothing to do with Drill music reference this hook sometimes. “A snitch nigga, that’s that shit I don’t like / A bitch nigga, that’s that shit I don’t like.” Kanye did his thing on his verse. I guess… I mean, it kinda sucked, but I didn’t really mind it… This song obviously isn’t supposed to be listened to for the lyrics. Pusha T still managed to do a good job tho. I guess that could have something to do with him only spitting like 8 bars, but still. Chief Keef’s verse was generic af in terms of lyrics. I enjoyed it tho. His delivery was dope. He was on beat, which is unfortunately rare for him. I wasn’t feelin’ Big Sean’s verse. His flow was kinda cool on the first part tho. Jadakiss’ verse was alright I guess. I fuck with this song. This is a classic Drill song. The original version is at least. I’m not really sure what the streets’ reception of this remix was like. I fuck with it tho. It’s dope af to me. 5/5

Final Thoughts:

That was dope, but I have some pretty bad problems with this album. This album didn’t do its job. Yes, it had a handful of dope tracks, but it still didn’t do its job. You’re probably thinking, “OG, what the fuck are you talking about? Just get to the point and tell us why you hate the album.” I don’t hate the album just so you know… I’ve been mentioning this problem throughout the whole review. This project was supposed to be GOOD MUSIC COMPILATION. So where the fuck did all these random ass musicians come from? Why do the first and last verses on this album come from artists who have nothing to do with GOOD Music? The only good music artists that this album did justice were Kanye West & Pusha T. I guess you could also say Big Sean… I don’t like Big Sean, but that’s admittedly a personal problem. Seriously tho, this is supposed to be the album on which we hear from people we’ve been missing. We only got two verses from Cyhi. He’d been signed to GOOD Music for two years already and we hadn’t gotten an album. Shit, we still haven’t gotten an album from him and it’s been six years now. Why did 2 Chainz have more verses than Common, Q-Tip, Mos Def, and Kid Cudi put together? 2 Chainz was never signed to GOOD Music, so why the fuck is he on here so much? I guess at the time of this album’s release, Common had already left GOOD Music, but still. Why the fuck is Mase on here? Why are Jadakiss & Chief Keef on here? Why are Marsha Ambrosius, The Dream, James Fauntleroy, DJ Khaled, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah & R. Kelly here? I mean, I like some of those artists, but they aren’t GOOD Music. It just doesn’t make sense. Cyhi, Mos Def, and Q-Tip definitely should’ve contributed more. Same goes for Kid Cudi. I don’t think Kanye was trying to make a GOOD Music album. It really just feels like he was trying to make a very mainstream album with a lot of features. It doesn’t make any sense for 2 Chainz to be on here this damn much. It sure as fuck doesn’t make sense for Mase to be here. Seriously, why is Mase on this album? Ain’t nobody givin’ a shit about Mase. It’s a good album tho. Haha. I mean, if you don’t look at it from a music fan’s standpoint, it’s a very good album. It’s just the fact that this album didn’t do what it was supposed to do that kinda fucks it up for me. I did enjoy a lot of the music here tho. The production was pretty solid for the most part with only a few exceptions. The features are really hit or miss. If you are a mainstream Hip Hop fan, then there’s really no reason for you to dislike this. If you like 2 Chainz & Big Sean, you’ll probably love this album. I’m not really a mainstream Hip Hop fan, but I still enjoyed this, so I think you should check it out. There’s got to be at least one song on here that you fuck with. I don’t know. Fuck it. All I know is that I enjoyed it. It kinda pissed me off tho. It was good tho…

Favorite Song: New God Flow

Least Favorite Song: Mercy

Verdict:

76%

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