Preview Kanye West’s “To The World” (Feat. R. Kelly)

When the tracklist for G.O.O.D. Music’s Cruel Summer hit last week, something that immediately got me sweating out of excitement was the leadoff pairing of Chicagoans Kanye and R. Kelly for a track called “To The World.” Now, a short preview — which contains Kels’ quotable, epic hook — has popped up online. And I gotta say, Kels steps up so magnificently that it’s straight up anti-climactic when Kanye comes in; “The whole world is a couch / And bitch I’m Rick James tonight,” Kels sings, pretty much telling everyone to fuck off. Since it’s early, I don’t want to go on the record and say that it’s more memorable than My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’s grand “CAN WE GET MUCH HIGHER?” intro, but, it’s close. With “Clique” in the fold, the bar for this record is set high. Listen at Fake Shore Drive.

UPDATE: Listen to clips of all the Cruel Summer tracks at iTunes.

Here’s the tracklist:

01. Kanye West and R. Kelly – “To the World”
02. Kanye West, Jay-Z and Big Sean – “Clique”
03. Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha-T and 2 Chainz – “Mercy”
04. Kanye West, Pusha-T and Ghostface Killah – “New God Flow”
05. Raekwon, Pusha-T, Common, 2 Chainz, Cyhi the Prynce, Kid Cudi, D’Banj – “The Morning”
06. DJ Khaled – “Cold”
07. The-Dream, Pusha-T and Ma$e – “Higher”
08. John Legend, Travi$ Scott, Teyana Taylor, Cyhi the Prynce and Malik Yusef – “Sin City”
09. Kanye West, Big Sean, 2 Chainz and Marsha Ambrosius – “The One”
10. Kid Cudi – “Creepers”
11. John Legend and Teyana Taylor – “Bliss”
12. Kanye West, Chief Keef, Pusha-T, Big Sean and Jadakiss – “Don’t Like”