Today in Musical Friendships: Kanye and R. Kelly, Pink and Lily Allen, Nicki and Cassie

Photo: Glazer, Eliot

Kanye’s G.O.O.D. music album is not due until Septembter 18, but certain large and possibly complete portions of Cruel Summer may or may not have made their way onto the Internet sometime last night. [Pause for frantic Googling.] The intro track has also made its way into certain video players, and so if you are interested in hearing R. Kelly sing about his middle finger and Frank Sinatra, then “To the World” is below. Also, if you’re a political reporter and need a new story, there is a Mitt Romney shout-out on Kanye’s verse.

Meanwhile, Pink has a bunch of friends on her new album — here’s the Eminem track from yesterday — but Vulture chooses to highlight “To the One” because it features … Lily Allen Rose Cooper!  Yes, the same Lily Allen Rose Cooper who used to actually release music back in like 2009 before she married a carpenter and had a baby (no shots, that’s great). She’s only on the song for twenty seconds, but who cares. Lily Allen Rose Cooper!

And while we’re at it, Nicki’s re-releasing Roman Reloaded and she got Cassie for a new track.  It is called “The Boys,” and it sounds like this.

Today in Musical Friendships: Kanye and R. Kelly