Kid Cudi: “I love all his albums. Saying 'favorite albums' is preposterous. Especially because of the artists that I listen to that have multiple releases, it's really fucking tough. But if I had to chose one, I would choose his first one because I'd have to choose the one where it all started.
“Are You Experienced? was the first album of Jimi's that I dove into and I can say inspired a lot of what Kid Cudi is today. It definitely inspired a lot of Man On The Moon, MOTM2, and the WZRDproject.
Are You Experienced? was the first album of Jimi's that I dove into and I can say inspired a lot of what Kid Cudi is today.
“Jimi was somebody who I was getting into [during the making of] Man On The Moon. We started vibing out to that during that process of making the first album. With my projects, I look for some type of inspiration. I was looking for something that would help me take this shit to the next level, from mixtape to album.
“I needed to be inspired and I really turned to Jimi, somebody I knew of but didn't really get into his music until later on. I tell people this all the time; I was deprived of rock and roll for so long. So now as an adult I am jumping right into it.
“It was the first one [I heard]. Hearing 'Hey Joe'... I can't explain it. That shit is so amazing. Those lyrics, how it was put together.... I got up on shit a little bit late, but it stands the test of time so it didn't fucking matter. Jimi was somebody who was greater than what was going on at that time.”