A 2015 graduate of Glenbrook South High School in the Chicago-area suburb of Glenview, Illinois, Ben L. Schwartz now attends Ohio University, where he studies journalism. When he’s not busy working toward his degree, former Glenview resident Ben L. Schwartz enjoys relaxing by listening to his favorite musician, Kid Cudi.
The Cleveland rapper recently released his sixth studio album, Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’. The musician first rose to prominence with the 2009 hit “Day ‘n’ Nite,” which reached No. 3 on the Billboard Top 100. Though his next several albums were experimental in nature and sounded vastly different than the sound he curated on his first album, Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ signals a return to his earlier style.
Cudi sings freely about his battle with depression and other issues on tracks such as “ILLusions,” but acknowledges it’s time to be free of those demons. The album also features guest appearances from Willow Smith, Travis Scott, Pharrell Williams, and Outkast’s Andre Benjamin. The album sold almost 50,000 equivalent units in its first week and is well on its way to surpassing his last project, Speedin’ Bullet to Heaven, which to date has only sold 117,000 units.