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Kanye West Unveils All-Star First ‘Cruel Winter’ Single

2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, Quavo, Big Sean, Yo Gotti and Desiigner all feature on G.O.O.D. Music’s return

UPDATE: Kanye West has officially released “Champions,” his first Cruel Winter single on iTunes.

Kanye West made a surprise appearance on Los Angeles radio Friday morning to premiere the still-untitled first single from G.O.O.D. Music‘s upcoming Cruel Winter. The brooding, synth-heavy track, which debuted on Big Boy in the Morning, features an all-star array of guests on the track, including 2 Chainz, Migos’ Quavo, Big Sean, Travis Scott, Desiigner, Yo Gotti and the freshly sprung Gucci Mane. Listen to the track below via Miss Info.

Neither Cruel Winter or its new single have set a release date; West admitted that the track will undergo more mixing before its official release. The rapper also revealed during the interview that Cruel Winter will feature a 15-minute version of Desiigner’s “Panda” that includes a verse from every rapper on the G.O.O.D. roster.

West has long been teasing Cruel Winter, the follow-up to the G.O.O.D. Music clique’s Cruel Summer. However, in January 2013, Pusha T informed waiting fans, “We’re not doing the Cruel Winter album or the Cruel Summer sequel.”

That same year, Scott told MTV, “Until I hear ‘Ye be like, ‘It’s not coming out’ then that’s when I can say it’s ‘not coming out’ but he still goin’ ham. Maybe it’s not right now, maybe it’s not next year, but you can expect one for sure.”

The project lay dormant for nearly three years as West turned his efforts to Yeezus and The Life of Pablo. However, hopes for a Cruel Winter were reignited two days ago when a Snapchat featuring Big Sean and West in the studio boasted the hashtag #CruelWinter.

Kanye West spoke about wanting more kids and not regretting his tweets during candid ‘Ellen’ interview. Watch his rant here.


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