Last night while he and his beau Kim Kardashian were out and about making New York Fashion Week rounds, Kanye West‘s long dreamed of, often delayed and highly anticipated G.O.O.D. Music compilation Cruel Summer found its way onto the internet. So, if you were looking for something more substantial than those preview-snippets and are good with Google, now’s the time to go forth to Cruel Summer! If otherwise, the album’s soaring opening track, “To The World,” featuring Kanye and his fellow Chicagoan R. Kelly, should be enough to keep you lifted until the album hits shelves next Tuesday.
A finger-flicking mission statement, “To The World” is less an address to the world than it is a welcome into G.O.O.D. Music’s Cruel Summer kingdom. And, so alike in their hot-hotheadedness and determination, there are few as fit to stand at the gate with Kanye as R. Kelly is. Together they post the rules (“my way or the high way,” “let me see you put your middle fingers up”) and set the scene with a survey of their goods.
Opening the track and on “his Sinatra,” R. Kelly suggests that, “The Whole world is a couch, bitch I’m Rick James tonight.” From there, Kanye picks up to remind us first that he “did a fashion show, and a tote, and a movie, and a score,” and also to make it known that Mitt Romney “don’t pay no tax” (chalk that up as another not endorsement). There is a throbbing bass and a quiver of autotune on the Kels hook, a shout out to Rick Ross and a joke about Frances Ford Car Coppola. And in the end, Kanye pulls the curtains: “R. Kelly and the God of rap/ Shitting on you, holy crap.” Holy crap, indeed.
How is the Cruel Summer treating you so far?