On his sixth studio album, Kid Cudi has rediscovered his true talents and turns his creative direction back towards hip-hop. Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ couldn’t be any more different than its predecessors like Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven and Man on the Moon: The End of Day, but there is one similarity in their collective darkness.
Kid Cudi has long struggled with depression, and more recently, it has hit him harder than ever. In a Facebook post back in early October, Cudder expressed his damaged emotions and his commitment to enter a rehab. This came as a shock to some, but to many of his avid fans, this exposition of psychological destruction has always been right in front of every ear to listen to a Cudi track.
Thankfully, Kid Cudi has embarked on a pathway to recovery, and releasing this record is another vital step in beating his crippling depression. Although its theme is ominous, you can feel the fight in Kid Cudi’s flow and lyrics. Songs like “By Design (feat. Andre Benjamin)” and “Baptized in Fire (feat. Travis Scott)” sound like Cudi taking a journey through self-perceived wickedness. But as you approach the finale in “Surfin’ (feat. Pharrell Williams)”, it feels as if our stricken artist finds the light he has been searching for.
Listen to the entire album below.