Kanye West Unveils ‘Cruel Summer’ Film + Album
Kanye West revealed on Friday (May 18) the title of his highly-anticipated G.O.O.D. Music compilation album. The collection is titled 'Cruel Summer' and it boasts contributions from labelmates Big Sean, Pusha T, Q-Tip, Kid Cudi and newly-signed member Teyana Taylor.
In addition to the album, Yeezy will also present his self-directed short film of the same name on May 23 at the Cannes Film Festival as an out-of-competition film. According to NBC Chicago, West promises "a fusion of short film and art installation" and an "immersive seven-screen experience." Fans can cop tickets at kanyewest.com/cruelsummer for a limited time.
As we previously reported, West filmed the movie last month in the Middle East nation state of Qatar. The hush-hush movie project is 30-minutes long and reportedly will star rapper-actor Kid Cudi and funnyman Aziz Ansari.
"Kanye conceived the story, which is set in the Gulf,” said an insider about the film. "It’s supposed to showcase the beauty of the region, a piece that’s culturally sensitive and embraces the customs and traditions of the region."
As for the G.O.O.D. Music compilation, no release date has been set for the LP, but judging by the title, it's definitely coming in the summer. The set's first single is 'Mercy,' which features Big Sean, Pusha T and (maybe, possibly G.O.O.D. Music artist) 2 Chainz.
This isn't the first time West has sat in the director's chair. In 2010, he directed a 35-minute video for his song 'Runaway,' which appears on his Grammy-winning rap album 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.'
Watch the Kanye West 'Runaway' Video