Producer: Dot da Genius, Kid Cudi
Album: Man on the Moon: The End of Day
Label: Fool's Gold
Inspired by the Geto Boy's "Mind Playing Tricks On Me," Kid Cudi hit the scene with a stoner anthem that shot him to stardom and inspired an instant cult following. The slow, prodding instrumental provided by long time friend Dot Da Genius set a dark mood, but Cudi's gentle vocals carried the record.
Cudi painted in broad strokes; he didn't tell a story per se but instead narrated the life of the lonely loner, Mr. Solo Dolo. Of course, Cudi was essentially talking about himself. Well, except for the whole "A silent sleeper you won't hear a peep," since Cudder has often spoken about his frequent night terrors as a child. —Insanul Ahmed