Cudders Comes Back

After bravely discussing his fight with his own demons back in October Scott Mescudi, better known as Kid Cudi, has seemingly left his troubles behind him with his trippy new album Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’.  The elongated 19-track album which was originally scheduled to drop in October, follows on from his Man on the Moon series; splitting into four distinct acts with each telling a story as enthralling as the last.

Frequency headlines Act I, which as a whole is a pretty slow builder. Each track is quite mellow to start with, slowly building the tempo for what is the highlight of Act I - a surprise feature by Andre 3000. Taking things to another level, By Design gives us a snippet of those Outkast vibes that are long overdue. Act II just seems a little dirtier, like Cudi has opened up his thoughts to us in a really gritty but honest way. Features seem to be the subject of conversation though with Willow Smith, Travis Scott & Pharrell Williams all prominent throughout the next few tracks.

It’s not until Act III that the tempo finally picks up a little, the tracks in this section seem to focus on the idea of love and in Dance 4 Eternity we have what sounds like a Kid Cudi love song and what follows somehow makes you feel that you’re floating in air. Act IV brings more Andre 3000, Pharrell Williams and those hearty hums that Cudi has perfected over the years alongside the real up-tempo beats reminiscent of the early days.

The album as a whole feels like Cudi is trying to tell us something; the battle with his demons isn’t completely over just yet. What’s glaringly obvious though is that even if it isn’t perfect, there currently isn’t anything like what Kid Cudi offers in Hip-Hop – it gets a strong 8/10.