Kid Cudi Defines Introspection On "Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin'"

Kid Cudi Defines Introspection On "Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin'"

 Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin' - Kid Cudi  

Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin' - Kid Cudi  

The long awaited drop of Kid Cudi's new album, "Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin'" is finally here. I won't go into the details of his recent headlines: you guys have Google. What I will say is that I didn't expect this album to hit me so hard.

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If you've ever been through something, so has Kid Cudi. In his sing-songy rapper way, he details trails and tribulations, self-medication, love, premonitions, dreams and triumph in way that is on one hand realateable and on the other unique to his own life experience. At 19 tracks (split into 4 acts: Tuned, Propecy, Niveaux de l'Amour and It's Bright and Heaven Is Warm) the sound is less traditionally hip-hop and more of an experiential sound that resonates. This album will carry far into 2017 and beyond. I applaud Cudi for not only speaking his truth (something that so many people, let alone artists, are afraid to do), but also crafting an album that is sonically all the way to the left of what mainstream hip-hop sounds like right now.

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With features from Willow Smith (Rose Golden) and Travis Scott (Baptized In Fire), Cudi taps into the younger generation while appealing to anyone interested in a fresh sound, including us Cusp Millennials. The GOAT at creating his own lane, André Benjamin (André 3000), makes two appearances on By Design and The Guide--both stand out tracks on the album.  And we can't leave out super-producer and polymath Pharrell Williams. His contribution is pronounced on his two features, Fight At First Sight/Advanced and Surfin' as well a production credit on By Design. Mike Dean production contributes heavily to this album as well as Mike Will Made It, Dot Da Genius and Kid Cudi himself.

String and bass ladened, at times morbid, but overall understatedly inspirational, Kid Cudi has created a timeless masterpiece. Despite setbacks, the Pursuit of Happiness may be difficult, but Passion, Pain and Demon Slayin' might be the only route.

Listen to the new album below and sound off in the comments. What's your favorite track?