Kanye West Presents Good Music Cruel Summer

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Explicit rap compilation features big names, iffy content.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 3 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

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


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


Crude and graphic descriptions of sexual escapades. 


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


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."

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2-year-old Written bySarna87 July 19, 2013

Poor moral judgement from Kanye

It is not only a bad influence for children, but society in general.
Parent Written byKennyLogginsFan October 19, 2012


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 Ka... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byspeedblazer99 April 27, 2021

never listened just guessing

Kanye remixed "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson for Thriller 25th anniversary edition and that song is just the original with ad libs drum samples and... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 September 11, 2018

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?

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."

Talk to your kids 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
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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