Dropped almost a month ago, G.O.O.D. Music’s compilation album has now been reviewed and the verdict is in from Concrete Hearts. Read below for a full review.

There are many challenges when making a label based group album, finding the right sound  between an array of artists on the label as well as timing on the album. Cruel Summer definitely sets the bar of label based albums. Some of the songs don’t necessarily tie in to a set theme of the album but they are only 1 or 2 songs like that so it doesn’t really affect the scheme of the rest of the 10 songs.

The album has many bangers, etched with production from Hit-Boy & Kanye among others. The 5 singles that have dropped earlier on (I Don’t Like, Mercy, Cold, New God Flow & Clique) all are songs with great energy and a gritty, wised up sound. The sound of confidence and stamina that Kanye often portrays as an artist and assumes the G.O.O.D. Music Clique does as well. The expectations have risen after hearing just those 5 songs and all the rest don’t amaze me but at the same time don’t disappoint.

The remainder of the songs on this album are something quite triumphant sounding and leaves you decently satisfied. Common, Q-Tip, Mos Def, Big Sean, Kid Cudi and mostly all of the roster make appearances as well as M A $ E [Yes, Mason Betha] from the Bad Boy Era. I must say that this feature has got to be the most interesting and intricate pieces to this Cruel Summer album. Leaving many wondering if Ma$e will join the G.O.O.D . Music team or not.

The album is definitely in my opinion a GOOD album, but my expectations were quite higher than what I received on the other end of those speakers. I wish they had extended the 12 songs to 18 tracks, added a few more big names and specific tracks dedicated to artists like Kid Cudi or Pusha T, and added more production from other names like possibly Timbaland, Just Blaze & Noah “40” Shebib  instead of using the usual Hit-Boy which isn’t a bad choice at all because Hit-Boy is a pretty DOPE producer! Just looking for more variety in sound and production.

Really wish Mos Def, Mr. Hudson &  Common were on more tracks. I mean they are G.O.O.D. so why not show them some love and let them spew some lyricism on some of these tracks.

Either way you look at it, G.O.O.D. Music is on top of the Rap game right now!


Verdict: 8/10  


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