The Notorious B.I.G., Ready to Die (1994)

Label: Bad Boy

Kid Cudi: “When I'm telling a story [in a song] I need to listen to some Biggie shit to make sure I'm doing it right. That was somebody who I used to listen to who painted a lot of amazing stories just like Nas and Hov.

 

When I'm telling a story [in a song] I need to listen to some Biggie sh*t to make sure I'm doing it right.

 

“I would literally sit back and listen to those guys with my sister and be like, 'Man, this shit is wild.' These are the go-to guys I went to when I wanted to learn about New York. I was growing up in Ohio. It's a whole other ball game where I'm from.

“It was like, hip-hop is when motherfuckers would turn on the radio to listen to Green Hornet. I would listen to stories. That was what hip-hop was to me. I only search out the artists that had something to say, a story to tell. Biggie was one of those guys.”