Kanye West Presents Good Music Cruel Summer

 
Explicit rap compilation features big names, iffy content.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Tons of negative messages about violence, irresponsible sex, substance use, and excessive consumerism.

Positive role models

Not a lot you'd want your kid to emulate here.

Violence

Lots of talk about guns and violence; for example, "Got a pistol on my hip / And it's going to be some s--t."

Sex

Crude and graphic descriptions of sexual escapades. 

Language

Plenty of profanity, including "f--k," "s--t," and the "N" word.

Consumerism

Luxury brands and celebrity names are woven in throughout the album.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Substance use abounds: "I'm drunk and high at the same time / Drinking champagne on the airplane."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Kanye West Presents Good Music Cruel Summer features solid rap but is way too graphic for kids. The album features big doses of profanity, sex, substance use, violence, and consumerism -- making it best for adults only.

What's the story?

KANYE WEST PRESENTS GOOD MUSIC CRUEL SUMMER is the first full-length album released by the G.O.O.D. Music label, which was founded by rap kingpin Kanye West. Short for "Getting Out Our Dreams," the G.O.O.D. label counts artists like John Legend, Common, Kid Cudi, and Big Sean among its signed artists. Several of these artists appear on the Cruel Summer album, along with others, including Jay-Z, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Though not every song on this album is a knockout, the record still has its memorable moments. Jay-Z comes on typically strong in "Clique;" John Legend's butter-smooth vocals shine in "Bliss;" and Kid Cudi's atypical style adds a refreshing sound to "Creepers."

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the lyrical formula used by so many rap artists -- lots of partying, sex, and money. Why do you think so many artist stick to this formula in their writing?  

  • Do rappers need to rely on explicit topics and bravado in order to sell music? Why or why not? 

  • What are some other subjects rappers could tackle that would make their music meaningful yet not explicit?

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:September 18, 2012
Type:Album
Label:Island Def Jam
Genre:Rap
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Parent Written byKennyLogginsFan October 19, 2012
age 13+
 

Meh

Not a very good album. This album is mostly just Kanye trying to hype up all the subpar rappers signed to his subpar label. If you're looking for a good Kanye intro album, listen to late registration or college dropout.
Parent of a 2 year old Written bySarna87 July 19, 2013
age 18+
 

Poor moral judgement from Kanye

It is not only a bad influence for children, but society in general.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 16 years old Written byBestPicture1996 November 3, 2012
age 15+
 

West has great beats, some performers are weak however

In what's sure to be his magnum opus, West and literally every single person on "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" brought their A-game. With this album having an excessive amount of people, it's bound to have some weak spots, specifically 2 Chainz and Big Sean, though "Clique" is easily the album's best single, followed closely by "To the World." If we're pitting Young Money against G.O.O.D., I'll have to go with the latter, because this album does have some clever wordplay, fantastic production and appearances.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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