Cruel Summer ~ Kanye’s West
Kanye West just released his latest album Cruel Summer on September 18, 2012. And although September 18th is my birthday, I am by no means showing favoritism towards this G.O.O.D. Music Compilation release when I say that IT’s SIMPLY THE BEST!!!! I love it.
From the opening song To The World, with R.Kelly on the hook. I love a little Kells, so I’m enjoying every single word he’s saying.
Here’s a little snippet:
Let me see you put your middle fingers up
To the world, I made up in my mind
I’m doin’ things my way, I’m burnin’ shit down tonight
I’m doin’ things my way, it’s my way or the highway
Let me say it one more time
And then Kanye steps in spittin’ fire, saying a multitude of things, amongst them is the following:
“R. Kelly and the god of rap. Sh*ttin’ on you. Holy Crap…”
Next up is CLIQUE. I must say that this song has a significant meaning to me as I told you, earlier this week, that I find inspiration for my life in all places. Big Sean opens the hook up with Ain’t Nobody f*ckin with my CLIQUE. CLIQUE. CLIQUE. CLIQUE. The song goes into the details of surrounding oneself with a tight crew of folks who will support you, as well as, provide a contribution and add significance to your life. The beat is a forceful as Kanye’s arrogant in your face personality and I LOVE it!!! Big Sean’s lyrics and delivery are consistent with what we’ve heard before, and you know Jay-Z kills it! He starts with a bit of a roll call , naming some key members of his CLIQUE. Kanye’s verse starts by telling you his girl got popular from a home movie and boasts about being neighbors with T.C., you know Tom Cruise.
Check out the video below…
Mercy features Big Sean, Pusha-T and 2 Chainz. It has one of the dopest beats of 2012. It’s gritty enough to blast while driving down any block, but its smooth enough to rock a crowd in any club. I’m sure you’ve heard it, so it’s everything you’ve heard and more. Check the video out below…
New God Flow features Pusha T and Ghostface Killah. This beat is a Klassic Kanye Koncept, it puts me in the mind of So Appalled on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Lyrics on point. Tight flow. It’s a good song. Check it out below…
Then there’s the Morning with Raekwon, Pusha-T, Common, 2 Chainz, Cyhi the Prynce, Kid Cudi, D’Banj. I perked up when I heard Common’s voice, followed by Pusha –T!!! Love those two.
Cold with DJ Khaled on the beat and Kanye spittin’ fire, this song is definitely a banger!!! Love, Love, LOVE this track. Classic energy and adlibs by Khaled hyping the song, but the lyrical content excites me with the bodacious bragging and Kanye’s mudslinging and insults are both humorous and buzzworthy!
See the video below…
Higher features The-Dream lightly crooning on the hook. Pusha-T and Ma$e, both have verses. Pusha-T delivers a consistent flow, which I can’t get enough of. But MA$E surprised me. His flow was 90’s tight, and that would be before his Bad Boy “Jack and Jill went up the hill” raps…
Sin City was feature heavy with John Legend, Travi$ Scott, Teyana Taylor, Cyhi the Prynce and Malik Yusef. It was ok. I’m going to leave it there.
The One features Big Sean, 2 Chainz and Marsha Ambrosius. For some reason, I began thinking of Heavy D’s Don’t You Know while listening to this song. It’s like I zoned out… I like this song, but I don’t think I’ll fully appreciate it, until I listen to it a 100 more times!!!
Creepers featured Kid Cudi, whom I adore, was ok. The same for Bliss, which features John Legend and Teyana Taylor is was also just ok.
Kanye closes the album with I Don’t Like, which features Chief Keef, Pusha-T, Big Sean and Jadakiss. Jadakiss saves this one for me. The rest of the song is more of an extension of the music in constant rotation on the radio. You know that new rap sound? Listen for yourself below…