Kanye West, Graduation (2007)
Label: Roc-A-Fella / Def Jam
Kid Cudi: “Aside from College Dropout, I'd say Graduationis my favorite Kanye album. When that album came out, I was working at the BAPE store. I remember telling my boy to have it on repeat all day. That album was the album that helped pass the time at work.
I used to listen to that at work all the time—just sitting there like, 'When is it going to be my turn?'
“As I was listening to it, it got me more and more inspired about my plight as an musician. Sitting at the job spot and hearing songs like 'I Wonder,' that was my shit. I used to listen to that at work all the time—just sitting there like, 'Fuck, when is it going to be my turn?'
“I remember very specifically sitting there at work listening to it. It kept me through my shift. It let me know, 'Man, it's all good. It's just the grind. You gonna make it through this shit. Stay focused.'"