With a Kanye West collaboration album, it's hard to know what to expect. We went through the same thing last summer with Watch the Throne
, although minutes into that release the braggadocious mission statement was crystal clear. Cruel Summer
is a little different, especially considering the fact that Kanye's list of collaborators is far longer and much less glitzy. The album's first single, "Mercy" didn't give us much help even though it's an awesome, quintessential posse track, Kanye's verse is set to a completely different beat, obviously apart from Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz. Therein lies the problem G.O.O.D. Music faced on Cruel Summer
-- can an album meant to showcase a whole group overcome the spotlight of its leader?