G.O.O.D. Music’s compilation, “Cruel Summer,” which drops as the season ends on Sept. 18, features label head Kanye West with a number of top artists including R. Kelly, John Legend, Kid Cudi, Raekwon, 2 Chainz and The-Dream.

Snippets of the full album are on iTunes, but today we get a full version of opening track  “To The World,” performed by West and Kelly. The song is basically a big “F You,” albeit an often clever one,” to you and yours.

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The song, which has a nice musical bed, bolstered by classical strings and a bold drum beat, opens with R. Kelly singing, “Let me see you put your middle fingers up to the world.”  As lovely as he sounds, he’s mad at everyone: “Funny till they wait til you’re gone to miss you.”  In other words, he believes you can fly-- straight to hell.

West’s rap doesn’t come into until more than two minutes in-- he mentioned Rick Ross, Francis Ford Coppola, Ving Rhames, and Mitt Romney.  Then, over the graceful string bed, an unidentified female voice comes in.

The song doesn’t have a strong hook, although the line, “Bitch, I’m Rick James tonight,” we will probably start to see quoted everywhere. What it lacks in catchiness, it makes up for in a lovely melody that is totally contradictory to the “my way or the highway” lyrics.

What do you think of “To The World?”