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Kanye West Drops Official Version of ‘Champions’ (and More Album Details)

By Hayden Wright

When Kanye West dropped an unvarnished version of “Round and Round (Champions)” it featured a who’s who of ambitious, talented rappers: Gucci Mane, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Quavo, Desiigner, Travis Scott and Yo Gotti. Now the completed track is available on iTunes and more details have emerged about Yeezy’s next album  Cruel Winter.

Related: Is Kanye West Working on ‘Cruel Winter’ at Last?

Cruel Winter has been gestating for years as a followup to the G.O.O.D. Music-released Cruel Summer. While The Life of Pablo was masterminded by West and brought collaborators into his vision, Cruel Winter is expected to mirror its predecessor in diversity of sound and direction. “Champions” proves that most of Kanye’s team is aboard for the album, but there’s one high-profile holdout: Kid Cudi announced he would sit this one out to pursue his own creative inclinations.

“I salute my G.O.O.D. Fam but its time I start to build my own regime. Based off my visions and artistic moral code,” Cudi tweeted on June 3. “I lead. The originator. Love to my day 1 supporters.”

Cruel Winter will include a 15-minute version of Desiigner’s “Panda” which contains a full verse by every member of the G.O.O.D. clique roster, reports Rolling Stone.

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