With Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin', it's Cudi's turn for a well-deserved victory lap. , On September 30, 2016, Kid Cudi released "Frequency" and "Surfin'" featuring Pharrell Williams, as dual singles via digital distribution. Cudi has finally slayed his demons, and he sounds all the better for it. Forced to say something in the interim, he comes up with “The industry is so full of shit/Welcome, y’all, to the enema.” He’s barely ever been a rapper, which made him more unique and interesting when end rhymes and pacing were of little concern to him. The fact that Cudi and Mike Will both excel in spacey, atmospheric sounds makes one wonder why the two had never worked together before. The man literally pours his heart out on tracks like Swim in the Light and The Commander. The album's penultimate track, "The Commander," literally lifts the hook from "Heart of Lion," which appeared on Cudi's Man on the MoonÂ debut. Some would say as far back as 2012, when he followed up Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager with his lackluster attempt at a rock album, WZRD. One person found this helpful. Search. The beauty of the song lies in Cudi’s rising aggression as the verses go on which climaxes at the bridge with Cudi rapping, “Running the game with no cheat codes.”. He's at least co-produced many of his songs since he came onto the scene, but it was starting with Indicud that he took most of the burden of making his own beats. The minimalist offering conjures deeper images and feeling buried deep within the track; “you could try and numb the pain, but it’ll never go away,” he advises. Scott Mescudi’s latest tome, the 87-minute Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’, is the most focused he’s sounded since 2010’s Man on the Moon II, … Combine those professional demons with some of Cudi's personal demons -- drug addiction, depression, rehab, public feuds with other artists like Kanye West and Drake -- and you'd be hard-pressed to find much hope for Cudi as an artist. 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Search. Cudi is bolder and more confident throughout, finding new ways to balance the sonic experimentations with his early mixtape boom bap. The album was released on December 16, 2016, through Wicked Awesome Records and distributed by Republic Records. After a series of sub par releases, we finally get a Kid Cudi album that’s at least worth mentioning. Take some time to grab some headphones or high quality speakers and dive into the sounds of every song, don't just play it in the background and judge it based off that. It's not perfect, but it finally feels like we have the Cudi we fell in love with when we first heard him. The song, produced by Cudi and Dot da Genius (collectively known as WZRD), samples dialogue by Tupac Shakur from the 1992 film Juice, as well as vocals by English rock band Pink Floyd from their 1979 song "Goodbye Cruel World". Here, they're much more in the background. All the extended long hums and solos on "Frequency" and "All In" add necessary flourishes to the desolate landscapes Cudi is painting â this time with a renewed clarity. After a rough 2016 which involved feuds and rehab, Cleveland native Kid Cudi is finishing out the year with his sixth studio album, “Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin.’”.