Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin'

Kid Cudi - Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin'
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2016 Ratings: #743 / 905
User Score
Based on 463 ratings
2016 Ratings: #389
Liked by 13 people
December 16, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Republic / Label
Hip Hop, Pop Rap / Genres / Website
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Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin' breathes gravitas into the Kid Cudi discography, realigning his trajectory and hinting at hope, possibility, and, most importantly, recovery.


The project's significance is its vulnerability. Not only is Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin' loaded with hits, but it also draws attention to Cudi's renewed sense of self. Cudi has finally slayed his demons, and he sounds all the better for it. 


Cudi contorts through his emotions, at times too weak to fight, and at others rejuvenated and ready for battle, but the album comes as a requisite combatant to his demons, and a cinematic illustration of the war he’s continuing to fight.


The 87-minute runtime is both ridiculous and somehow necessary; if the redundancies were cut, some of the self-importance would be lost. The extended monotony allows you to get lost in Cudi’s ego and your own head, clearing room amid the nothingness to discover and create meaning.


He returns to the sound and the producers that made him become a star around 2008, and that change has him making the best music he’s made since those Man on the Moon albums.


Cudi might lack ingenuity as a lyricist and songwriter, but he makes up for it by creating an environment in which the listener can enter an altered state from his vibes ... It’s not a particularly deep work—and it’s certainly not as important as its maker implies.

Consequence of Sound

Cudi slipping but somehow managing not to fall another rung on this outing is the most promising aspect of the entire release given his very public struggle to stay alive, sober, and in good spirits in recent years.

The Needle Drop

Kid Cudi returns with an album that plays more toward his strengths. I use the word "strengths" loosely.

Top-notch production. Lyrics about depression, waning fame, using drugs for self-reflection, being yourself, and coming to terms with the life you're living. Cudi's most consistant record to date, just introspective enough without being trite or cliche. He doesn't polarize casual fans with too much out-there experimentation this time, as he did on the last 2 releases.
☆☆☆ 1/2

I legit couldn't go without a proper review for this damn album.

The VIBES are REAL with this one, I've found myself bumping so many songs from the project like Kitchen, Rose Golden and especially Baptized In Fire... that track is actually amazing! You know that "stank face" Bigquint makes when he's listening to a fire song... that was me. Travis and Scott's styles mesh so smoothly with each other, Willow Smith's feature is excellent, and Kitchen has a warm and ... read more
Cudi's best album since his debut. Rose Golden is a bop.
You know, I'm starting to think that Kid Cudi is one of the most overhated artists of this decade. Sure, nothing of what he has released has been as good as his debut, but at least he has been consistently releasing fun albums (except for SB2H, fuck that album).

This is probably my favourite release from Cudi since Man On The Moon. I just had so much fun with this one. It was by far the most enjoyable record by him from the 2010s. There are even quite a few songs on here that I would call ... read more
Speedin' Bullet 2 Redemption
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Track List

  1. Frequency
  2. Swim in the Light
  3. Releaser
  4. By Design [ft. Andre Benjamin]
  5. All In
  6. ILLusions
  7. Rose Golden [ft. Willow Smith]
  8. Baptized in Fire [ft. Travis Scott]
  9. Flight at First Sight / Advanced [ft. Pharrell Williams]
  10. Does It
  11. Dance 4 Eternity
  12. Distant Fantasies
  13. Wounds
  14. Mature Nature
  15. Kitchen
  16. Cosmic Warrior
  17. The Guide [ft. Andre Benjamin]
  18. The Commander
  19. Surfin’ [ft. Pharell Williams]
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