Ever since crashing the scene in 2008 with his A Kid Named Cudi mixtape, Kid Cudi has been one of hip-hop's more eclectic artists. The rapper continues to shine on his latest album, Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin', which was released this past Friday on Republic Records. Cudi's first release since dropping Speedin' Bullet 2 Heaven, which was a bit of a departure from his signature sound, Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin' finds the Ohio native getting back to his center, with his glorious hums, croons and timely raps gripping the listener's attention from the outset.
Kid Cudi has inspired many with his artistry, including a few of the guest stars that make appearances on Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin'. The ever-elusive Andre 3000, who admitted to being a big Kid Cudi fan last year, adds to his impressive 2016 slate of feature verses, popping up on "By Design" and "The Guide." Pharrell Williams also lends his golden touch to the album, with "Flight at First Sight/Advanced" and "Surfin'" among the most electric contributions on the album.
The likes of Kacy Hill, Travis Scott and Willow Smith join the party as well and help convey Cudi's takes on depression, loneliness, relations, and happiness, all of which are major themes on Cudi's latest body of work.
With a sound and style as unpredictable as his social media rants, Kid Cudi rises to the occasion on Passion, Pain Demon Slayin', capping off what had been an intense 2016 for the rapper on a high note -- he exited from rehab shortly before the album dropped. After giving the former XXL Freshman's latest effort a thorough listen, we've highlighted 20 of the best lyrics from Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin' that listeners should take special note of.
"Wet and passionate/Real close, shed tears and the sweaty groove/And I love the love/Hot sweat in the sheets never speak on cue in the cyclone/Cyclone, wet, uh/A couple trippy girls, couple stories, and a couple shrooms/Now a couple nudes, sucking boobs/Seeing double, seeing double/And it zoom"
"Moments don't pass me up, no, no, 'cause I seize them in stride/Tell them winnin' never gave me in, when I eternally have faith/In the choices you made, it's all by design/Go with it, mmmm/Come on, don't fuck up the feng shui"
"I see every thing with new beams, I do dream/My eyes are glowing mood rings, you're boring/Stop dueling with the true thing, I do think/When you think too much you're removing what's moving"
"Around the age of 23, let's go/Is when I finally heard the frequency/And I've been tuned in the line of grace/Livin' an electric dream"
"Rose Golden"Kid Cudi and Willow Smith
"Oh, since I was young, been grooving to my own drum/Ain't that many teachers show me my potential/Felt like a failure, momma said you know better/Future in my hands, God, she had a plan/Stronger than I know, soon I'd understand/The power I possess, the story of the Chosen"
"Learning day to day humans/Spread love to all my sisters and brothers, let's do better/Stop judging a nigga because they're different/We're supposed to groove to our own tune/Had that one tripped out dream back in 2003"
"Baptized In Fire"Kid Cudi
"Mixing fluorescent to the core of the accouterment/Off the tippy titty, setting off my groupie radar/Sipping Hen, dapping hands off the roof of my Porsche/A fresh nigga at large, a fresh nigga go hard/All my youngins say keep it going/All my youngins, they dumb and repping, they always knowing"
Baptized in Fire"Kid Cudi
"Nightmares kept a nigga from closing his lids/Since a kid, I've been haunted by visions of death/Such a trip, now it's normal, I customed the grip/Think they gon' know, think the door the haunters ain't left"
"Baptized in Fire"Kid Cudi
"Last week I almost weaved right off of Mulholland/Chiefing good like I should, alone in my thoughts/All the awesome places I've gone to and witnessed/Is it worth the paranoia, betrayal and loss?"
"Flight at First Sight/Advanced"Kid Cudi
"Come on, I know you're sexy/Come on, let's take off/The seance, it's no cost to get lost/And be found in the sound/I came through to throw down, say what/I ask who came for the show down/Yeah, so exclusive, I don't mean to be a loser/Just go on let your hair down"
"It's like a nigga been here before, shit is a bore
My thoughts soar in the AM/Slay them like a machine round the clock with the 12-gauge aim/Telling Satan to fuck off, hated the hand I was given/Tossed that shit back, like God must be kidding"
"Uh, doing music, TV and movies, sitting on the floors we ain't heard of/And the media wanna act like I ain't out here, I'm out here/Running laps around these hoes/Running the game with no cheat codes/Unfuckwittable with two T's nigga, who else but Cud?/Give a motherfuck"
"And if I piss people off along the way, bonus/Cause these niggas are stale chips/All around thinking they're fresh with the stale shit/And corny bitches need corny niggas, that's well fit/God has a plan for everybody but I'm it, Chosen"
"Distant Fantasies"Kid Cudi
"So stop wastin' your fuckin' chi/Stop searchin', chasin' your tail/Runnin' in circles to no destination/Remember we once saved each other from hell"
"Of course we all have times when we're weak/Where you can not find the version of yourself you seek/You should dig deep/Hmmm, don't go through extremes/Oh baby don't get so down"
"Oh baby here we are, I made a wish on a shootin' star/It would be so tragic if we abandoned this part, no/Baby we've journeyed too far/No U-turns my sweetheart"
"I took a swan dive/Wall behind me
Metaphor for the life of mine/Searchin' far and wide/Never needed to, overdrive"
"I need a winning woman, a wonder woman/A Gal Gadot, sophisticated and hot/She knowin' what she doing like the music here/When she step on the scene she could light up the block/Sittin' all, took her, make her awesome/Simple hearts, it don't hurt that I've been accustomed"
"Convertible would murder evil, pup pup hounds/Just been dogging her/Courtesy and real love found, just been dodging her/Mr. Man, misogyny hands, been massaging her/If she ran and blew up her town, shit I would pardon her"
"Tonight is electrical/I done told y'all, this the cinema/I am on my Kubrick horn/Like a Spielberg Close Encounter form"