The September 18th push back that was rumored is now confirmed. The plus side: the reason for the delay, according to Malik Yusef, is that 4 additional features are being added, with one of them being Mighty Mos Def, a.k.a. yasiin bey. For additional features, I can wait a couple more weeks, especially if they're on the level of Mos. And technically, September 18th is still summer... hah! (shouts 2 FSD).
EDIT: I have a sneaky feeling that G.O.O.D. might do the September 6th, post-VMAs iTunes only drop. No sources, no leads, just a suspicion. Feels like that's just the cool way to drop an album now (see: Watch The Throne and Channel Orange). In a related note: it is pretty cool.
Nothing has been confirmed by Def Jam yet but Malik Yusef and Amazon have said that Cruel Summer may not be ready until September 18th and not September 4th which was the original release date. Hopefully this isn't the beginning of numerous push backs if true.
G.O.O.D. Music's hotly anticipated upcoming album, Cruel Summer, is due out September 4th and today, we get a glimpse at the newly revealed artwork. It looks like 'Ye may have enlisted the work of Tisci again (the GIVENCHY designer of the Watch The Throne cover art) and I don't doubt there will be a continued theme throughout the entire box set of the album like WTT. I'm intrigued to hear their ideas behind the nude cover and what else they have in store for the design. Here is one more look at the cover in this 3D look at the CD.