Kid Cudi: Passion, Pain, and Patiently Waiting [Updated]


Samantha Shapiro

During this holdup for Kid Cudi’s latest album, it can be said that fans have been patiently waiting. Scott Mescudi, also known as Kid Cudi’s album, “Passion, Pain, and Demon Slayin,” delayed since September 29 due to sample clearances, has yet to be released aside from two tracks, “Frequency” and “Surfin’,” The music videos for the two were released on October 12, 2016, and October 31, 2016, respectively, and have earned countless replaysat least from this listener. Cudi’s album appears to have ties from his first two albums, “Man on the Moon: The End of the Day” and “Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager”, with a glance at the structure of acts–Act 1: Tuned, Act 2: Prophecy, Act 3: Niveaux de l’Amour (Translated to “Levels of Love”), and Act 4: It’s Bright and Heaven is Warm.

The acts within the album appear to be in some instances, polysemantic, such as Act 3’s Niveaux de l’Amour potentially pertaining to the levels of love he sees, perhaps with his family or even with his fans.

Another instance of the multiple-meaning acts can be seen with his final act, Act 4: It’s Bright and Heaven is Warmseemingly a reference to DMX’s well-known album, “It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot”, but will likely have more to it, given his release of Act 4’s “Surfin’.” Of course, these are purely speculation, but the time present to wait draws out some intrigued thoughts.

The two songs and corresponding music videos have likely held many fans over until the eventual release. However, due to his leaking of both the track list and featured artists (Travis Scott, André 3000, Willow Smith, and even Pharrell Williams), it’s just as likely that many are looking forward to the release of his new albumpatiently, or rather impatiently, waiting.

Senior Tristan Luther hadn’t heard of the Cudi before, but liked Cudi’s single, “Surfin’.” He described the song as similar to “stereotypical surf shack music,” something that while he “wouldn’t listen to on a regular basis, but if [he’d] heard it on the radio, [he] wouldn’t turn it off.”

After his message to his fans that Cudi was seeking help for depression, it’s great to see new content from him, especially while he’s getting treatment. Throughout his musical career, Kid Cudi has been able to weave tracks and genres together to make intriguing albums, a mixtape, and many singleswe just have to wait patiently.

Update: Kid Cudi posted the official release date for his album on Twitter on December 1, 2016. For digital copies, the album will be released December 16, 2016, and for the physical copies, December 23, 2016.

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