Cruel Summer is the debut collaborative studio album of Kanye West's record label GOOD Music. The album will feature contributions from members signed to the GOOD Music label, including recording artists Kanye West, John Legend, Big Sean, Kid Cudi, 2 Chainz, Mr Hudson, Cyhi the Prynce, Mos Def, Pusha T, D'banj, Q-Tip, Teyana Taylor and GOOD Music affiliate Common. The album's production will be handled by GOOD Music in-house producers Hit-Boy and Lifted along with other well known record producers like Mannie Fresh.[2] The album is scheduled for a August 2012, release, under GOOD Music, Def Jam Recordings and Roc-A-Fella Records.[1]

Release and promotion

Prior to the release, West re-initiated the free music program GOOD Fridays through his website on April 6, 2012, offering a free download of previously unreleased songs each week. A short film of the same title, directed by West, will coincide with the album's release. On June 20, 2012, Pusha T announced Cruel Summer would be released on August 7, 2012.[1]


The album's lead single, "Mercy", released via iTunes on April 3, 2012, features West along with his GOOD Music recording artists Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz. The second single "Cold", was released on April 17, 2012. It features DJ Khaled and uncredited vocals from DJ Pharris.

Confirmed tracks


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 D., Nigel (June 20, 2012). Pusha T Speaks On Lil Wayne’s Diss, The Clipse’s Future & G.O.O.D. Music’ Compilation Album. RealTalkNY. Retrieved on June 20, 2012.
  2. Markman, Rob (December 28, 2011). Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music Album 'Almost Done' - Music, Celebrity, Artist News. MTV. Retrieved on April 8, 2012.

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