Dr. Dre, 2001 (1999)

Label: Aftermath / Interscope

Kid Cudi: “I remember me and my sister were at a record store and 'Forgot About Dre' was playing. We were listening and my sister was like, 'Yo, what the fuck is that?' And I was like, 'What is that?' [Laughs.] I remember hearing Em's voice but I didn't know whose record it was.

 

If Dr. Dre hadn't made 2001, there would be no Kid Cudi. There would be no lonely stoner.

 

“We asked the dude, 'What's this?' And he was like, 'That's that new Dr. Dre album. That's that Chronic 2001.' I was like, 'Holy shit. This about to be the illest album ever.' I got it and it was exactly that.

“It definitely put the stoner in me before I was a stoner. It definitely got me into the groove of wanting to smoke to this album. It inspired me to get high. Not to just be a stoner, but to see life from a different perspective.

“When I listened to that album, I got really into weed culture and getting stoned. It was definitely ground-breaking for me. If Dr. Dre hadn't made 2001, there would be no Kid Cudi. There would be no lonely stoner.”