Rap’s A-list — Kanye West and his fellow GOOD Music all-stars — just kicked off the summer with a new single off the long-anticipated Cruel Winter album.
West tweeted the release Friday.
"Champions" packs nearly six minutes of pop-the-trunk bass and anthemic synth and features a who's who of major players in the rap industry: GOOD Music mainstays 2 Chainz, Big Sean and Travis Scott weigh in alongside newcomers Yo Gotti, Quavo of the Migos hip hop trio, and Desiigner of hit single “Panda” fame.
The track also features a surprise: rapper Gucci Mane, sprung from prison just last week after two years behind bars, delivers the second verse, proclaiming he's "fresh out the pen," and later that he "gave his b---h two mil' cause she stuck around."
In just five hours, the track received more than 875,000 plays.
In an interview on Big Boy's Neighborhood on 92.3 in L.A., West said he’s putting together a 12- to 15-minute version of the track that will feature "everybody" — a boast about all the stars in the “Life of Pablo” rapper’s orbit.
No release date for the Cruel Winter album or the final version of the single has been set.