On this day, September 18, in hip-hop history…
2012: After amassing one of modern hip-hop’s most impressive rosters of popular artists, Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint had achieved a level of cultural impact on hip-hop in the previous regimes. After amassing a stable of artists that consisted of Big Sean, Common, Kid Cudi, John Legend and Pusha T, the label was set to release their Cruel Summer compilation in Fall 2012.
Powered by the strength of their artists and numerous hits records, Cruel Summer was a commercial hit for G.O.O.D. Music as it landed at number two on the Billboard charts selling 205,000 copies it’s first week out. The album had numerous successful singles that stayed on the charts for months including the Billboard Top 20 hits, “Mercy” and “Clique.”
Along with numerous appearances from the G.O.O.D. Music family, the record is notable for it’s sheer amount of guest appearances from top artists including 2 Chainz, Jay Z, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Chief Keef and R. Kelly. While the album was met with a lukewarm reception from critics, it sold over 389,000 copies and singles “Mercy” and “Clique” eventually went platinum off the compilation.