Cruel summer is a collaborative studio album by the members of record label G.O.O.D Music, which feature the likes of Kanye West, Pusha T, Kid Cudi, John Legend and many more. Guests on the album also include Jay-Z and R. Kelly just to name a few.
The first 6 songs of the album that include the hits ‘Mercy’, ‘New God Flow’ and ‘Cold’ (also known as ‘TheraFlu’, ‘Way Too Cold’ or the song about Kim) are of an amazing standard. The album up to this point feels like it has a great sense of continuity with that royal and luxury rap approach.
From this point the next 6 songs don’t feel like they are a part of the same album and at times don’t feel like they were intended for this album. Kid Cudi’s only appearance on this album is with the track ‘Creepers’. If you’re a Kid Cudi fan your understand the phrase, “Typical Cudi” as the song has everything a “Typical Cudi” track has, a deep connection with his audience, a spacey sound and exceptional flow. However this track doesn’t feel right on this album and reports say this song was actually attended for his album ‘Man On The Moon II – The Legend Of Mr Rager’ instead. This is the feeling you get with the last half of the album even with the song ‘I Don’t Like Remix’; a huge track in it’s own right but doesn’t sound right as the last track of the album.
This to a lot of fans might sound harsh, but the expectation levels were so high, after the huge album ‘Watch The Throne’ by Jay-Z and Kanye West and it was felt that ‘Cruel Summer’ would at least match the quality or better it. The singles released before the album ‘Mercy’, ‘New Gold Flow’, ‘Clique’, ‘I Don’t Like’ and ‘Cold’, again gave this impression.
In defense to G.O.O.D Music, artists like 2 Chainz and Big Sean have just been working on projects such as ‘Based On A T.R.U. Story’, 2 Chainz debut solo album, and Detroit, Big Sean’s Mixtape, so not everyone’s full focus could have been on this album although the outstanding quality of the production was there as always with G.O.O.D Music.
With that in mind this album will receive 3.5/5 as it feels rushed but the big hits luckily save the reputation of the album.
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Reviewer: Josh Pratt