After a month-long stay in rehab and a stellar performance at the first-ever ComplexCon, Scott Mescudi — better known as Kid Cudi — is poising himself for a hell of a New Year with Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’.
At 19 tracks in length, the album comes just one year after Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven and features appearances by Willow Smith, Travis Scott, Pharrell Williams, and — brace yourself — not one, but two tracks with Andre 3000.
Fans who weren’t feeling Bullet’s aesthetic will also be happy to know the Man on the Moon has made his triumphant return.
Cudi told Billboard back in April:
“Anytime you do an album like [‘Bullet’] and you’re exploring, it’s stressful. I wanted to get back to having a little bit more fun. I always had the most fun when I was just rapping, because it’s easy. But I’ve come to find that people think I’m completely terrible, since I haven’t rapped in years. They’re so naive. It never really bothered me. But when I came back from my quest, I looked around like, “These are the new hot ni–as. This is what y’all think is the best shit? This shit is not that dope.” But where I ruffled some feathers was when I’d have an outspoken opinion about hip-hop, but I‘d have a guitar in my hand. I wasn’t even a part of the genre at that moment. I can’t talk shit while doing rock music. That pisses people off. So if I’m going to say shit is fucked up, I have to have a solution, which is the music. And I have a lot of solutions to fix the inauthentic nature of the business right now. Without me in it, Gotham City suffers . . .
. . . ‘Speedin’ Bullet’ was my last outing as the dark, depressing character that people place me as. I needed to get that out of me and that was the only way I could do it. I didn’t want to come back to hip-hop making that type of music. We did that already.”
Stream Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ below and on Apple Music.
SOURCE: Billboard, Spotify