Although "Cruel Summer," the compilation album from Kanye West's GOOD Music label, is less than a month away from hitting stores on Aug. 7, little is known of the blockbuster hip-hop project. An official track list, music video release and any sort of performance opportunities have yet to surface -- but don't feel bad, says Pusha T, since most of the GOOD Music crew isn't aware of West's master rollout plan either.
"I'm in the dark just as much as you guys," Pusha T, who is featured on both singles released from the album, "Mercy" and "New God Flow," tells Billboard.com. "Nothing is conventional with these guys. It's to the point now, and it's so bad, because [West]'s been so unconventional… that people won't even accept conventional **** from him. I know we're not gonna start now."
A prime example of West's secrecy? GOOD Music's performance at the 2012 BET Awards on July 1, which featured a giant fake Lamborghini onstage. "I'm like, 'Yo, what are we gonna do for the BET Awards?' He goes, 'Oh, I got something.' I walk out, it's like a ****ing 50-foot ****ing Lamborghini!'" Pusha exclaims. "You know what he tells us? He tells us things like what color to wear. 'Hey, bring white or black.' 'Okay, what are we doing?' 'Bring white or black.'"
One thing that Pusha T is clued into, however, is the quality of the album, which will feature GOOD Music mainstays and West orchestrating the ensemble. Pusha says that a lot of the album was recorded separately, with intermittent meet-ups between all the rappers to determine which submitted verses would coalesce into songs, and which rhymes were tight enough to make the finished cut.
"I felt like nothing was forced -- things were experimental at times, and I think you're gonna see that," says Pusha. "You're gonna see the experimentation in guys like Common, who is looked at in a certain way. And it was so great to be on a record that may have a bit of a different flow than what you would