Nas, Illmatic (1994)

Label: Columbia

Kid Cudi: “When I think about certain albums, it reminds me of a particular moment in my life. Illmaticdefinitely reminds me of my younger days. It doesn't really remind me of school that much.

“When I heard Illmatic, I was like, 'This nigga coming from the hood, but he sound so intellectual and so smart.' He has a different outlook on things. He's just telling me these tales and it was really like storytime for the hood when I heard Nas talk.”