Random Record Review: Kid Cudi – Passion, Pain, & Demon Slayin’

Kid Cudi

     Ok so Cudi…  To say I’m a fan isn’t enough but I’ll leave it at that…  What I will say is he’s been consistently breaking the mold of the genre for almost a decade.  Day N Night dropped in ’08 & Cudi has been dropping honest heart felt classics ever since.  Not all of the releases were welcomed with open arms, but that’s what comes with growing as an artist.  

     Experimenting & trying new things is not something alot of loyal fans are receptive to.  Especially when you go so far left as he did with Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven & Satellite Flight.  Both of which left alot of fans torn between the Cudi we’ve grown to love & the Cudi he had been growing into.  I guess it comes with the territory though.  All the greats were often criticized when they tried to expand & experiment sonically.  Don’t get me wrong.  I liked both Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven & Satellite Flight, but I did prefer Satellite Flight more.  I respected & praised him for having the balls to make, much less release a pretty solid alternative rock album.  I just prefer the more refined sound he is known for.  Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven seemed almost too raw, maybe even rushed.  None the less he has been one of my favorite artists this long, and it’s not necessarily for just the sound of his music.

     Kid Cudi has been in the spotlight somewhat & it’s not for his music per say, but the reason he is in the spot light is one of the reasons I’m a fan.  He is not perfect, he is human.  A person that has ups & downs.  We are not infallible, but we still endure.  I think Kid Cudi and his music is a testament to that.  To me that’s powerful & comes through in the best way possible on Passion, Pain, & Demon Slayin’.  He’s back to the Cudi we’ve know & love, but still keeps to the tradition of evolving sonically.  Cameos by Pharrell WilliamsWillow Smith, and Andre 3000 compliment the diverse project.  Freshly released just like Cudi from rehab this project is hopeful & optimistic.  Emotional but focused on positive growth just like we all should be.  It’s been in my rotation since it’s release on 12/16/16.  It’s a project I’ll be absorbing for a while.  Smooth listenable in almost any setting, but most important it’s honest.  Cudi is good at letting that emotional honesty shine in his music.  This project is no different.  Passion, Pain, & Demon Slayin’ is a defenite recommended listen.  Don’t take my word for it.  Give it a listen.

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