Artist: Kid Cudi
Release Date: 2008
After linking with Kanye West's A&R, Plain Pat, to release the 10.Deep sponsored mixtape A Kid Named Cudi, the Cleveland native went from being just another NYC transplant with a dream to West's musical muse. The tape, an instant classic, produced the radio hit, "Day 'n' Nite," which reached the Top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop song charts and would later resurface on his debut album Man on the Moon: The End of Day, the following year. By constantly challenging the parameters of hip-hop with his genre-bending aesthetic, Cudi has always existed in an intangible creative space just outside of rap. Cudi's brutal honesty, transparency, and unique cadence, which rivals anything ever heard in hip-hop, is never more clear than on this essential project.