- Summary: This studio compilation album features artists from the G.O.O.D. Music label and guest appearances from others including: Kanye West, Jay Z, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Push T, R. Kelly, Common, Kid Cudi, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, DJ Khaled, Ma$e, and Teyana Taylor.
- Record Label: Mercury
- Genre(s): Rap, Pop/Rock
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Sep 20, 2012Severely mis-appreciated - that would be the perfect way to describe Cruel Summer. The reason why the album will have a low score is not because it is bad - in fact, it's a great album. However, most reviewers (professional or not) are judging this album based of "what they expected". This is wrong; sure, considering GOOD Music's roster, the album may have been much, much better, but you have to be objective and take the album for what it is - a compilation showcasing GOOD's main artists. If you can do so, you will realize, that this is a great release. None of the other labels pay as much attention to detail as GOOD. If you listen to this album along with all the other label compilations out there, you will realize - GOOD is the best (mainstream) group out there, at the moment.… Expand
Sep 27, 2012One of the greatest hip hop released of the year. Even though it only has 12 tracks the money was really worth it. The top songs were probably, Higher, New God Flow, The Morning, Clique & Mercy. Those tracks mad this album fantastic. I recommend buying this album or atleast giving this album a listen… Expand
Dec 10, 2012If we consider tracks like "Mercy" or "Cold", we can say that Cruel Summer is one of the best Hip-Hop albums in recent years, but after listening the other songs, you realize that this "Compilation" does not reach even the slightest previous work of the artists who compose it. For too many of these collaborations, Cruel Summer looks more like a party failed.… Expand
Jun 11, 2013My expectations for Cruel Summer were incredibly high, and I can say it did not meet these expectations. Cruel Summer is a disappointment, especially after the success of Good Fridays, (more on that later).
The first song "To the World", I really liked. R. Kelly worked on this song and Kanye had a good enough verse. The thing that I enjoyed most about this song is that the production sounded like it came from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (I love that album). This song is followed by "Clique" which has a good hook from Big Sean, but his verse... eh. Once he started rapping faster it sounded better, but he still got destroyed by Jay-Z and Kanye. You then have the big hit "Mercy". This song has great production and good changes throughout the song. Big Sean's verse once again didn't blow me away. Pusha T had the best verse and I loved his line about "The Exorcist". Kanye West did good enough, and 2 Chainz was a great way to finish of the song. "New God Flow" doesn't focus on production, but the beat is still good. This song is all about the lyricism. Pusha T's first verse was great, but I could have done without his second verse. Kanye and Ghostface both destroy their verses.
I got to touch on my main problem with Cruel Summer. There are too many of some artists and not enough of other ones. I'm not a Kid Cudi fan, but him just being on one song is ridiculous. I know Kanye is on a lot of songs, but I would actually like him to be on more songs, because the songs that he is featured on are exponentially greater than the remaining songs. Pusha T is on too many songs. I liked his verses on pretty much everything, but the song "Higher" should be removed. It is painfully bad. If they wanted another Pusha T song in place of "Higher", they should have put "Exodus 23:1" in its place. Mos Def not being on Cruel Summer is ridiculous. There is also too much of Big Sean on this album. His best verse was easily on "The One".
The Good Friday weekly music series was fantastic, and a compilation of those songs is probably better than this album. Cruel Summer is just a huge disappointment and I expected better from Kanye and company.… Expand
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