Hear Kanye West’s ‘Cruel Winter’ Single “Champions” Featuring All The Rappers
UPDATE (6/13/16): The song is officially called “Champions” and is available on iTunes/Apple Music. Album artwork below.
UPDATE: After the song premiered, Kanye told Big Boy he’s planning to release an extended version of the song that’s 12-15 minutes long.
Kanye West‘s Cruel Summer sequel has been rumored for nearly four years now, and chatter about the project was reignited this week after a few Snapchats from West’s recent studio session. And today, he confirmed that G.O.O.D. Music’s Cruel Winter comp is happening, premiering the first single on L.A.’s 92.3. (It’s worth noting Kanye has misled people about this sort of thing before, but just embrace the excitement for now.)
Tune into Big Boy's 92.3 I'm about to play the first single from Cruel Winter
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) June 3, 2016
Kanye sat down with Big Boy to debut the song. When asked if the track is done, he said they might mix it a few more times before its commercial release. Oh, and they have to give it a title. West didn’t announce who featured on the track before playing it, revealing afterward that it’s got Gucci Mane, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Desiigner, Quavo, Travi$ Scott and Yo Gotti, as well as Ye’s own verse that was previewed a few days ago.
It’s a massive, lumbering mecha-trap ensemble joint which, to me, sounds like it had some Hudson Mohawke involvement. Hear a rip below.