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CD Review // Kid Cudi

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PASSION, PAIN, & DEMON SLAYIN’

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Two months after announcing on Facebook that he had admitted himself to rehab due to “depression and suicidal urges,” Scott Mescudi, better known as Kid Cudi, released his sixth studio album, Passion, Pain, and Demon Slayin’, which does more than live up to its name.

Although the album carries a heavy load with 19 tracks, most being over four minutes long, listeners can find themselves immersed in the world that Cudi creates in his new album—a world that puts Cudi’s creative process and heart right into the listener’s hands.

If nothing else, the album is a well-crafted emotional journey for the listener but seems to be even more for Cudi.

The album is clearly meticulously produced with its wide variety in songs from “Swim in the Light” and “The Commander” that have focused synthesizer sounds  to “Wounds” and “Kitchen” that feature heavy and deliberate percussion. 

Cudi leaves listeners with one final thought in the album’s closer “Surfin’.” “I ain’t got no waves. Too busy makin’ my own waves, baby,” he sings.

Despite his personal struggles, it is clear that Cudi is here to stay and that he is determined to create his own path.

Ashley Kim
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