What a joyous time it was back in the fall of 2012. Kanye West and his G.O.O.D. Music clique had just delivered their long-awaited Cruel Summer LP and fans then got word of a possible second Cruel Winter project. Two G.O.O.D. albums in one year seemed too good to be true and eventually, one-by-one, members of 'Ye's team began to speak out, squashing reports that such a project ever existed.
Well Pusha T believes that Cruel Winter was once a reality, even if it now seems to be totally scrapped. "I believe that there were intentions for a Cruel Winter and there's so much music floating, but G.O.O.D. Music isn't one to just piece a project together," he told MTV News on Tuesday.
Push was on the carpet for the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards in September when Q-Tip first made mention of CW. It was a delightful-yet-awkward moment as the A Tribe Called Quest rap icon opened Pandora's box. "If there's a Cruel Summer then there's got to be a Cruel Winter, right?" Q-Tip said, throwing his arm around Pusha.
Since then, the G.O.O.D. squad has been tight-lipped only hinting at a CS follow-up, but never giving any real concrete info. In an interview last week with NYMag, Common let all the air out of the balloon saying that he didn't think the project was happening and that it was just a rumor.
Well Push alludes that it was a little more than that. "I can tell you right now, I probably have 15 verses that are just over beats, that are lying around wherever 'Ye and his hard drive is right now," he said. "And I'm sure Cyhi, Sean, Cudi, Tip, everybody has other production or verses on these records as well."
It's no secret that Kanye is very guarded about his studio work and it is with reason, Push says. "I think 'Ye really tries to keep the brand, keep it up to a certain standard and piecing together a record like that, it's just not gonna work," he said.
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