Kid Cudi shared the release date and full tracklist (as well as a photo that may be the cover art) for his upcoming album Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin' on Twitter Monday. The 18-song project will include appearances from Travis Scott, Willow Smith, and two guest spots each from Pharrell and André 3000. It's slated to drop on Sept. 30.
The run-up to the album has been a contentious one. On Sept. 14, Kid Cudi called out a number of people in hip-hop for what he perceived as "fakeness." This included Drake and his onetime mentor Kanye West. Ye later responded during his Saint Pablo Tour, saying that he "birthed" Cudi. Kanye later struck a more conciliatory tone when he called Cudi the "most influential artist of the last ten years" at a later tour stop.
Passion, Pain, & Demon Slayin' will be Kid Cudi's fifth studio album—sixth if you include WZRD—and represents a watershed moment for the rapper's career. Although his early work has been praised for its game-changing influence in hip-hop, his recent albums have been met with a more mixed reception. This was particularly true of Speedin' Bullet 2 Heaven, which also saw uncharacteristically weak sales numbers when it dropped at the end of 2015. However, recent tracks like "All In" and "The Frequency" have been met with praise, and Cudi promised publicly to "let the music speak" from here. Many are eagerly awaiting what he has in store for the new project.
You can check out the whole tracklist below.
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