ESPN Music: Cruel Summer

'Cruel Summer' in sports-related lyrics

September, 18, 2012
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Kanye WestDaniel Boczarski/VEVO/Getty ImagesKanye and G.O.O.D. Music pepper their new album with lyrical references to pro athletes.
The biggest (end of) summer album of the year comes out today — "Cruel Summer," from Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music crew. With a lineup that hails from sports hubs like Chicago, Detroit and New York — and includes at least one legitimate baller — it's no surprise to hear plenty of lyrics referring to pro athletes throughout the album.

Sure, they're outnumbered by designer names — but we're not counting those, dummy. (And we didn't even include the Ric Flair reference, either.) In any event, as you enjoy your "Cruel Summer," take a breeze through all of the sports-related lyrical references on the album ...

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