While Kanye West’s Cruel Summer compilation had a few more misses than we’re used to for a Kanye West release, the comp was most successful during its posse cuts, something West has perfected on Cruel Winter‘s lead single, “Champions.” The song features a massive set of features – Gucci Mane, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Travis Scott, Yo Gotti, Quavo and Desiigner to be specific – and each pops in and out of frame, with most staying long enough to make their presence felt. Gucci Mane continues his welcome back tour, while Big Sean and 2 Chainz reconfirm my belief that the two always sound better together. This isn’t Kanye West trying to reinvent the wheel, or duplicate past successes. “Champions” is the sound of a group artists in a celebratory mood, undeniably infectious and inviting.
Listen to “Champions” via Apple Music.