G.O.O.D. Music’s Big Sean continues to build up buzz behind a rumored Cruel Winter compilation album by hinting at its production while at radio station Power 106’s Cali Christmas Concert this month.
Although he would not attach a release date to it, Sean teased the LP’s existence.
“Man it’s so god—- cold in Cali, it’s a little ‘Cruel Winter’ in California right now,” Sean said jokingly. ‘Cruel Winter, you guys want Cruel Winter? Do you like Cruel Summer?’ he teased before adding, “All right, well, you might get it.” The Detroit MC has so far done his best to remain tight-lipped about the LP, but he noted that Q-Tip technically beat him to the punch this time: “Everybody always says I spilled the beans, everybody be like, ‘You be talking too much, you be telling [these] people too much’ — but it was Q-Tip who said it, right? And then I just said it again.” (MTV)
A few days ago, Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon revealed his interest in hopping on the compilation project.
“Um, you know, Kanye, them is my guys,” Rae said when asked if he will appear on Cruel Winter. “If he was to call me in to do some things, it’s gonna happen. You know what I mean? I’m a big fan of the movement. They’ve been doing a lot of great things, so, when they call a fella like me in, they know what I get ready to do. So Cruel Winter, Cruel Spring, [laughs], all that, put me down so I can throw my voice on it, you know what I mean?” (HHNM)
Recently, Big Sean discussed the speculated LP and promised its production.
“Yeah, you’re gonna get it. Pause,” Sean told DJ Semtex when asked about a Cruel Winter album. “[Before Christmas?] I don’t know about that. You have to wait and see, man. I don’t know. It can’t be Cruel Spring, it’s gotta be in a timely fashion. I know I did something for it, for Cruel Winter and I was like, ‘God d*mn it. I might need to cut this for my album.,’ ’cause it was really good. But that’s how ‘Clique’ [was supposed to be]. ‘Clique’ was supposed to be for my album and it ended up going on Cruel Summer. I was like, ‘God d*mn it.’ I’m still on a song with Jay-Z and Kanye but it was originally going to be a single for my next album but we got so many singles that it doesn’t even matter.” (DJ Semtex)
Back in October, the clique’s rap veteran Q-Tip accidentally spilled the beans on their forthcoming album.
“We’re just trying to do some next ‘ish, you know what I’m saying?,” Tip said in an interview when asked about working with Kanye West. “Look out for the Pusha T album, the Big Sean album’s coming up next. [Can you expect me on Cruel Winter?] Oh yeah, for sure. I can’t really, [laughs], let out too much details about it but yeah, I’ll be on it. Kanye had the plan for that, so look out.” (Hip Hop Since 1978)
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