by Carla Bynum
Cudi wants listeners to tune into the “Frequency” of his music and ride along with him through the journey that is Passion, Pain & Demon Slaying. Throughout the album he takes listeners on a ride of highs and lows. Cudi has described his music as a frequency only the chosen can hear. “The more open the mind and heart, the more powerful the experience.”
The same tricks he used before won’t work to help him numb the pain and he suddenly realizes that the pain will never cease on the track “Swim in the Light.”
Prior to the release of this album and the song “Releaser,” Cudi admitted publically that he battles with depression and that is what causes him to feel like he is breaking down. The song features fellow G.O.O.D. music artist Kacy Hill.
Cudi urges people not to fuck up his Feng shui on the track “By Design” featuring Andre 3000. Similar to the first track, Cudi encourages listeners to tap into the frequency.
The final song of Act I, “All In,” comes across as a love song upon first listen; however, it can be interpreted in different ways. Cudi sings about how he feels exposed, secure, and pure and is wants to commit fully. I personally believe the song is about his relationship with his fans and not the traditional love some may assume.
Act II: Prophecy
The first song of Act II is “ILLusions” and digs into Cudi’s mental state and the effect drugs have on him. He has hallucinations but desires to have a free mind. He initially started using drugs because he wanted to free himself from the demons in his head but the drugs have become a mainstay in his life and he no longer likes the affect it has on him.
“Rose Golden” is a story of the “Chosen.” Growing up, Cudi didn’t have many people to encourage his potential because he was different than everyone else. He marched to the beat of his own drum growing up and oftentimes felt like a failure. His mother encouraged him to do better because she believed in his dream and knew he was destined for greatness. The song perfectly features Willow Smith who likes to stray from the norm.
Travi$ Scott joins Cudi on the track “Baptized in Fire,” a follow up to their collaboration “through the late night” on Travis’ Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight album. Cudi has been a major influence on Travis and on the song’s hook Travis shows his support for Cudi as he attempts to better himself. When Cudi announced he was checking into rehab for his depression, Travis supported his decision and applauded him for it.
“Flight at First Sight/Advanced” is a two-part song. On the first part of the song, Cudi plays on the phrase love at first sight and raps about how he felt a high when he met a certain woman. Part two of the song features Pharrell Williams as Cudi admits he’s entranced by this lady and wants to advance with her.
“Does It” is the final song on Act II: Prophecy and serves as a reminder that he is out here working hard although the media has tried to discredit him. Not only is he working on his music but he has been busy acting and modeling as well.
Act III: Niveaux de l'Amour
The third act commences with the song “Dance 4 Eternity” which is an upbeat song about savoring the moment. Although Cudi finds it difficult to trust anyone, he is entranced with his lady and he wants to dance with her forever.
Cudi is feeling confident on the track “Distant Fantasies” and is sure that his ex-girlfriend still wants him and is fronting for her new boyfriend. He knows they are meant to be together.
He encourages listeners to dig deep when they’re feeling weak. He promises to sew his “Wounds” and find the best version of himself on his own. He doesn’t want his mental state to continue to hinder him.
Cudi feels like he’s in heaven with his lady on the track “Mature Nature.” He has described what he thinks heaven is like on the track “Heaven at Nite” from his A Kid Named Cudi mixtape in 2008.
On the final song of Act III, Cudi desires to find someone trustworthy but he has realized that they all seem to have the same mission and if they can’t handle the heat of his love, they should stay out of the “Kitchen.” The song features background vocals by Jaden Smith and a reference to Adam Sandler’s movie “Punch-Drunk Love.” Cudi has said that before this album, he was much like Sandler’s character in the movie.
Act IV: It’s Bright and Heaven Is Warm
Cudi feels that he has destroyed his mental demons and is closer to reaching infinite light and has emerged as a “Cosmic Warrior.”
Cudi needs a strong and sophisticated woman like Wonder Woman and he wants to be “The Guide” on their journey together. The song also features Andre 3000.
He believes we are all “The Commander” of our own lives and destiny. At the start of the album, he was on a journey to regain control over his life and as the album comes to a close, he feels that he is back to being the commander of his destiny.
Cudi is too busy making and “Surfin’” on his own waves to ride anybody else’s. With all his experience in the entertainment industry, he has noticed the fakeness that surrounds him and he tells everyone to get off his waves.
Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ gradually transitions from a dark place in Kid Cudi’s life to the triumph he is feeling now. Cudi recently admitted that he has battled with drug abuse and mental demons and this album shows us the journey he took to overcome them. This album is encouraging and empowering and showcases Cudi’s strength in his battle.
Recommended Tracks: “By Design,” “Rose Golden,” “Does It,” “Wounds,” “The Guide,” “The Commander”