Kanye West Presents Good Music Cruel Summer
Label: Getting Out Our Dreams Inc. (G.O.O.D.) Music / IDJ
Not even Kanye West is immune to the rap comp jinx. Despite great singles such as "Mercy" and "New God Flow," Cruel Summer isn't as vacuously fun as, say, Rick Ross and MMG's Self Made. He clearly wants to do more than just talk sh*t with G.O.O.D. Music folks like Pusha T and Big Sean, but his pop-operatic pretensions about fame and fortune result in overwrought songs like "Sin City" and "Creepers." Meanwhile, his inclusion of a decent remix for Chicago rapper Chief Keef's regional hit "Don't Like" is bad timing in light of the Windy City's tragic gang violence epidemic.