Sound Judgement: Kanye West - Cruel Summer
4 out of 5 on the blank hand side
Published: Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 14:09
Kanye West. Enough said. This man is a genius.
“Cruel Summer,” a compilation of songs from various artists signed to West’s G.O.O.D. Music label, is definitely a very interesting album.
The first track, “To the World,” sets the mood of the album. R. Kelly is featured on this track. His first line is “Let me see you put your middle fingers up to the world.” His powerful vocals, the thundering beat and West’s hard hitting bars make for an impressive intro to this album.
West incorporates various samples throughout this 12 track masterpiece. The beginning of the track “Clique” (featuring Big Sean and Jay Z) uses a slow sample and leads into a bass filled beat that makes the 15s in my trunk rattle my car. As usual, Big Sean dominates the hook and kills his verse. Jay Z lends a nice 16 as well. West does a decent job with his verse, but the line “my girl a superstar all from a home movie” raises eyebrows. Does he mean Kim Kardashian’s sex tape with Ray J? Hmmm.
Other G.O.O.D. Music artists who make an appearance on the album are Pusha T, Kid Cudi, Teyana Taylor, 2Chainz and Common. Pusha T delivers an amazing verse on the track “New God Flow” that is full of energy. Kid Cudi’s appearance on “Creepers” is fascinating. His raspy singing/rapping definitely captured my attention.
However, I wasn’t a fan of Teyana Taylor’s vocals and I don’t think 2Chainz is compatible with the rest of G.O.O.D. Music. His verse on “The One” was decent, but it didn’t blend well with Marsha Ambrosius’ vocals or the vibe of the song in general.
I felt that Common should have been on more songs. He’s a hip-hop veteran. He should have gotten a little more shine.
Overall, the production of this album is incredible. Regardless of his attitude and antics, Kanye West is one of the best producers/rappers in the industry right now. G.O.O.D. Music is definitely a force to be reckoned with.