‘Ye and G.O.O.D. Music are preparing to force the rap game to tuck their whole summer in with the highly-anticipated compilation album, Cruel Summer. The ensemble effort, which features Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz, Q-Tip, Kid Cudi, and Q-Tip among others, is slated for release on September 4.
The temperatures will be easing into the chiller fall season by release date. But Common and the crew are already wreaking havoc on the streets with the anthem, Mercy, among other hits.
The whole hit squad – sans Kanye, who is adhering to his own “no press” policy – assembled together for an interview with Complex magazine for their August/September issue.
Get prepared for a G.O.O.D. domination! Here are some of the highlights:
On what G.O.O.D. Music Means:
Big Sean: Quality—the best … We dress the best, we rap the best, we sing the best, we look the best.
Pusha T: …The fans get so much, in fucking with this brand. From G.O.O.D. Fridays to these 30-minute movies in the Middle East…
Kid Cudi: —made on a whim.
Cudi: With all due respect to what these guys said, I think we’re missing the main point, which is that we represent honesty, in all aspects. Ain’t nobody fake. Ain’t nobody phony. Niggas are who they are. Everybody is who they are around each other. We’re real. I’m not in other crews. I don’t know how other niggas live, but I know right here that’s one of the main things we represent: honesty and realness. You can just hear it in the music. This ain’t no cookie-cutter shit.
On Kanye’s Influence:
Q-Tip: One thing that we all have in common, Kanye included, is that we all want to be great. We all have that drive. Kanye channels it—he’s the nucleus. But at the same time, it’s collaborative. He’s open to whatever it is. If there’s pressure, it’s just to do outstanding shit. And that’s more of a drive than a pressure.
On 2-Chainz Affiliation with G.O.O.D.:
I’m not officially signed, paperwork-wise, to G.O.O.D. Music. But I have a great rapport with ’Ye. He called me before Watch the Throne came out. I’m an only child. I’ve got trust issues. So I don’t have a best friend, a brother, sister—nothing. Stuff was happening in my life that I couldn’t tell nobody. I didn’t have anybody in my life that I could tell, like, “’Ye just called me.”
I’ve talked to ’Ye 1,000 times about trying to make this situation work for the both of us, so it won’t feel like anyone is getting used or anything. I’m in a position in life where I like talking about things like that. I came from a situation with DTP, being under Luda, where I got a phobia. Sometimes when an artist signs another artist, they’re so worried about themselves. And with ’Ye, he helps everybody.
Check out the full interview on Complex’s website.
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