August 7, 2012


8 Things We Know About Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music Release "Cruel Summer"

Kevin Mazur
Kevin Mazur

Kanye West is taking great lengths to make sure the details of G.O.O.D. Music's debut album, Cruel Summer, don't get into the wrong hands. (More on that later.) With the album's September 4 release date less than a month away, specifics are still scarce—it's looking like we might not hear Cruel Summer until it's actually out.

But thankfully, we have the internet, and it's allowed us to compile a list of the every detail we do know. So while you're X-ing off the days on your calendar until the release, check out eight things we know about G.O.O.D. Music's Cruel Summer:

1.) This is what the cover looks like:

2.) The release date: September 4, 2012

3.) Key players: Kanye West, Pusha T, Kid Cudi, Big Sean, CyHi, Common, Q-Tip, John Legend and 2 Chainz

4.) Possible tracks: Shout out to Pitchfork for help on this. 

Kanye West and Pusha T, "New God Flow"

Kanye West featuring Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz, “Mercy”

Kanye West featuring DJ Khaled, "Cold"

Big Sean and Meek Mill, "Burn"
Chief Keef featuring Kanye West, Pusha T, Jadakiss and Big Sean, "I Don't Like (Remix)"
"Perfect B*tch"
Previous G.O.O.D. Friday one-offs: "Lord Lord Lord," "G.O.O.D Friday" and "Don't Look Down"

5.) Kim Kardashian was a source of inspiration: When Yeezy previewed a few Cruel Summer tracks at a recent party in NYC, he accidentally sent my invitation to Leonardo DiCaprio. So I wasn't there, but attendees reported that one of the tracks, which sampled Carl Orff’s 1937 composition "Carmina Burana," contained the repetitive chorus "my perfect b*tch." After much internet speculation, West confirmed via Twitter that the track is about his current girlfriend, Kim Kardashian.

6.) It's an accompaniment to West's film of the same name: Not much is known about the Cruel Summer seven-screen film Kanye debuted at Cannes earlier this year, but reports are claiming the album is the inspiration behind the film.

7.) It was recorded entirely in hotel rooms: To keep leaks from hitting the internet, Kanye demanded Cruel Summer be recorded in various hotel rooms. Also, no files were emailed to anyone—as Pusha T recently told Rolling Stone, his manager had to fly to Yeezy to pick up a beat. (Is he hiring?)

8.) Only Kanye West knows what the final product sounds like: "It wouldn't be right if the element of surprise wasn't there for everybody involved except Kanye," Pusha T told Rolling Stone. "That's his magic, man."

Are you guys excited for G.O.O.D. Music's Cruel Summer? Any thoughts as to what fans are in for? Let us know in the comments.