Nirvana, Nevermind (1991)

Label: DGC

Kid Cudi: “Nevermind [was what I listened to] when we first started the project and towards the end I listened to In Utero.

 

I look to guys like Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and Kurt Cobain because these are the guys that dealt with some type of internal torture.

 

“I look to guys like Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and Kurt Cobain because these are the guys that dealt with some type of internal torture. That's really what got me into most of these guys: 'Hey I'm going through similar shit, how do other people deal with this?' I know I'm not the only one getting a little crazy dealing with fame, coming from humble beginnings, and being interested in their music and life.

“I looked towards rock and roll more than any other genre for inspiration mainly because it was more poetry. I got into the writing style and how tracks were put together. Not like hip-hop, where you take a loop and people don't mind hearing that loop for fucking four minutes and thirty seconds and there's no change up. Rock and roll went all over the place, it's so much more musical for me.”