Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, better known by his stage name Kid Cudi, is an American recording artist and actor from Cleveland, Ohio. Kid Cudi’s music has often grabbed my attention because his fascinatingly morbid creative style. The offbeat melancholy sound that is strung together by vocals and lyrics that blends in to set a mood, which brings you into—usually, a miserable place but a familiar one, that makes it all the more intriguing. If some of Kid Cudi’s music could be painted it would look like The Scream….and can easily be described as an artist that sonically portrays love, life and death.
After hearing about Cudi’s newly released album ‘Passion, ‘Pain, Demon Slayin’ I thought I would bend an ear and give it a listen. I eagerly anticipated experiencing some of the qualities of his earlier album songs like ‘Day and night’, ‘In Pursuit of Happiness’, singles from Man on the Moon: The End of Day and ‘Just What I Am ft. King Chip’ from the 3rd studio album Indicud.
Day N' Nite
With a generous nineteen songs and an hour and a half worth of listening time. To unpack the gems from this album would take some time if we were to give it some justice. It’s deep. It’s something that needs maturity to fully appreciate, don’t get me wrong, it’s good on the surface I’m just saying there’s more—much more beneath the surface. The first song ‘frequency’ is a clue that you may have to adjust your senses through out the album to get clarity. “Curiosity is the key to my frequency…” Cudi hints the complexity and depth of this album overtly from the get-go. Expect to have some level of focus to fully appreciate this work of art.
Just What I Am
Swim in The Light
‘Swim in The light’ is the calm in chaos, the moment you stop struggling when you’re drowning and you reach that poignant decision that makes you sink or swim. The synths bring in anticipation to some build up to an anthem of victory. But it doesn’t happen, it’s just reaching out for it, an internal struggle to get out of strife.
‘Releaser’ Picture exhaustion, distance, the moment you find yourself wanting to give up. Temptation from something you’ve lusted over, been a slave to and worked so hard to come away from and then been lured and tempted by it, temptation guised as the ‘Releaser’ of your pain trying to lure you back into the abyss.
‘By Design’ ft. Andre Benjamin (André_3000) —is mellow but catchy. It’s like a party with the volume cranked down but with the color, flavor and eccentricity of Andre. It has an ability to put you in a certain state with out blazing up. It feels so distant –but somehow inside your head. Kudos to the sound engineer for that for creating that effect It’s subtle but it’s out there.
Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ is an “album” in the classical sense. This is not a collection of ‘singles ‘masked as an album. It’s like a book, it has a story to tell, a lesson to learn, an experience shared and many highs and lows on many levels. I enjoyed the synth sounds and FX, the strings made some of the songs cinematic and what a powerful collaboration and powerful, poetic lyrics. The bottom line is Kid Cudi delivered. If you are a Kid Cudi fan you won’t be disappointed. But if you’ve never listened to Kid Cudi and you’re craving an experience, get the album…you won’t look back except to hit the replay.