The numbers are in and Kanye West and his G.O.O.D. Music team made a pretty good showing with Cruel Summer debuting at #2 on the charts with first week sales.
Selling 205,000 copies, Cruel Summer was second only to Pink, who debuted at #1 for the first time in 12 years with her new album The Truth About Love. Cruel Summer received mixed reviews from critics, who took aim at Kanye West for being too “distracted” on the album, but fans don’t seem to have as many complaints.
The 12-track LP, released on Tuesday (September 18), rounds up ’Ye’s band of musical mercenaries. Big Sean, Pusha T, Common, Kid Cudi, Cyhi the Prynce and John Legend all make key contributions, while non-G.O.O.D. (but still great) artists like Jay-Z, 2 Chainz, Raekwon and Marsha Ambrosius appear as well. It’s R. Kelly who steals the show on the first track, “To the World.” The “I Believe I Can Fly” singer urges listeners to throw their middle fingers up in a surprisingly motivational tune, where he proclaims, “The whole world is a couch, bitch, I’m Rick James tonight,” in a nod to Dave Chappelle’s everlasting depiction of the legendary pop star.