Music Review: G.O.O.D. Music's Cruel Summer

By Vanessa Butler

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G.O.O.D.’s first full-length group album, Cruel Summer, is ready to be played while you drive around town in expensive cars with your crew and will no doubt trickle down to your girlfriend’s Zumba classes in the next few months or so.


It has been a cruel summer waiting for this album to come out, but holy crap, it’s finally here! G.O.O.D.’s first full-length group album, Cruel Summer, is ready to be played while you drive around town in expensive cars with your boys and will no doubt trickle down to your girlfriend’s Zumba classes in the next few months or so.

Five of the 12 songs on the album have already been released as singles, but unlike many other critics, it makes us feel like we're rolling tight with one of the biggest cliques in the world right now. We already know almost half the hooks on the album!

Tracks that have been previously released do jump out to listeners as the best, but “The Morning,” which features 2 Chainz, Common, Cyhi the Prynce, D'banj, Kid Cudi, Pusha T and Raekwon, is a solid track proving that this crew is a force to be reckoned with once they put their excessiveness aside and work cohesively. Kid Cudi’s “Creepers,” despite its slightly confusing placement or purpose on the album, is a track worthy of a slot on Cruel Summer even if it’s just for fans of the alt hip-hop artist.

Cruel Summer has had its difficulties (using this word lightly here), since the group includes some of the biggest names/egos in the music industry right now, and the odds were against them to make Cruel Summer an instant classic like Watch the Throne, which Kanye recorded with Jay-Z.

Despite this, Cruel Summer turned out to be a pretty decent album. It starts with a rap between Kanye and R. Kelly, for Christ’s sake. We're not saying that it’s Wu-Tang or Hit Squad material, but we're happy to see the return of a good old-fashioned hip-hop crew. We definitely see some great stuff happening in the minds of the G.O.O.D. music squad and anxiously await new material.

Oh, and the best Kanye line goes to the last track, “I Don’t Like,” where Kanye rhymes, “We hanging out the windows, about to make this a Suge night.” That line is straight-up lyrical genius.

Listen to: "Clique," "I Don't Like," "Creepers"

Skip these: "The One," "Cold"


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