Jay-Z, Vol.2... Hard Knock Life (1998)

Label: Roc-A-Fella / Def Jam

Kid Cudi: “When I heard 'Hard Knock Life,' it sent me to a whole another level. I was a kid when that came out too, so I remember that was when I got on to Hov and then I went back to Reasonable Doubtand discovered all those albums.

“When I was kid I heard 'Hard Knock Life' and was like, 'Holy shit. What is this?' And going to get the album and being like, 'Holy shit! This is like so ground-breaking.' And then getting Vol. 3… and being like, 'Holy shit! This is ground-breaking.'

“This album is really important because this was the album that got me to be a Hov fan.”