2Pac, Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. (1993)
Label: Amaru / TNT / Interscope / Priority
Kid Cudi: “2Pac inspires my mouth. When I be talking my shit and I get inspired and so passionate, when I say what I have to say—Pac inspired me to be that way. When you believe in something, you stand up for it no matter what.
When I be talking my sh*t and I get inspired and so passionate, when I say what I have to say—Pac inspired me to be that way.
“This man was probably one of the only MCs that took politics to the fucking records. He was talking about shit; he was the hood spokesmen. For now and forever. The stories he was telling—the hood tales—he told them from another perspective.
“Nas provided a different perspective for Queens, Jay-Z provided a different perspective for Brooklyn, Biggie provided a different perspective on Brooklyn. Pac definitely provided a different perspective on Cali and in the hood. You just started to see it's not a bunch of niggas wilding out; these niggas' backs are against the wall and they have no choice.
“This is the first rapper that educated me on some things. That's why I have an undying love for Pac. He was such a powerful nigga. His words are so powerful. What he stood for was so powerful.”