Everything We Know (So Far) About Kid Cudi's Next Album
Earlier this month, Kid Cudi proclaimed on Twitter that the "days of f---ery are over." Drake and Kanye West name-drops aside, the Cleveland MC-slash-actor assured that he would "let the music speak," referring to his forthcoming project slated for release this month.
Here's everything we know about Cudi's follow-up to 2015's Speedin' Bullet 2 Heaven.
The album title
In May, Cudi posted an Instagram video of red words scrawled on a piece of paper that reads Passion, Pain and Demon Slayin with the caption "My new album is titled."
On Sept. 5, Cudi tweeted that this album would be available on all digital platforms upon its release. "Hey! So im workin on a date for a release this month. Available on ALL PLATFORMS for streaming and download, physicals shortly after," he wrote.
Hey! So im workin on a date for a release this month. Available on ALL PLATFORMS for streaming and download, physicals shortly after ------— The Chosen One (@KidCudi) September 5, 2016
The physical release
Kid Cudi also shared that the album will be over an hour and 30 minutes long and split over 18 tracks. Accordingly, he's putting the physical version of his album on a double-disc set.
At 18 tracks deep, the album is well over an 1hr 30mins long, so the physical will be a double disc set.— The Chosen One (@KidCudi) September 5, 2016
Pharrell will be lending his talents to the project, according to Cudi. During the Trillectro Music Festival on Aug. 27 at the Merriweather Post Pavillion in Columbia, MD, Kid Cudi debuted the Pharrell-produced cut tentatively titled "Magic." Cudi also teamed with Mike Will-Made It for the previously released "All In" as well as Mike Dean and Plain Pat on "The Frequency." "Goodbye" also features production from frequent collaborator Dot Da Genius, WZRD and Cudi himself.
Got some magic from Pharrell lastnite. New collabs, new energy, new frequency.— The Chosen One (@KidCudi) June 29, 2016
While speaking to Pharrell and Scott Vener on their Beats 1 Radio show OTHERtone in July, Cudi remarks how drugs was a way to cope with the guilt he felt about his success. "I didn't like that I had money and success and I had made it," he offered. "Everybody I had ever met in my life -- good people -- weren't able to experience the same, and I wasn't able to truly enjoy my success. Even though I worked hard for it." Given his recent tweets about the industry and his trippy yet vulnerable releases in the past, it's reasonable to expect Cudi offering more of his thoughts on life and his career on the album.
The second album?
Cudi tweeted in June how he would be releasing two albums in 2016: one in the summer and another in the fall while two months later, the rapper captioned a photo of Olympic runner Usain Bolt with "Both albums finished."
So my plan is to release 2 albums this year. One for the summer and another for the fall. I finished this new one already. Fine tuning now— The Chosen One (@KidCudi) June 1, 2016
Albums finished ---- pic.twitter.com/yiAC5XYTCm— The Chosen One (@KidCudi) August 15, 2016
-------- pic.twitter.com/RWb81VPyd8— The Chosen One (@KidCudi) September 26, 2016