Snoop Doggy Dogg, Doggystyle (1993)
Label: Death Row / Interscope / Atlantic
Kid Cudi: “Snoop Dogg is my favorite rapper ever, so this album is one of those things that I had to put on a list. It was the first time I was introduced to the man and I thought he was the coolest motherfucker alive. His whole cadence, his delivery, his swag—it was real. It was something that I never heard before.
“This album was the first album I heard with so many different styles on it. It had soul, it had straight-up gangster shit, all on one fucking album. Dr. Dre fucking snapped on that album. [Laughs.]
His whole cadence, his delivery, his swag—it was real. It was something that I never heard before.
“Dr. Dre always snaps, but he really flexed his shit on Doggystyle. He was flexing for Snoop and they crafted something really amazing, something that changed my life forever. Something that made Snopp Dogg my favorite rapper of all time.
“Snoop is the epitome of what a hip-hop artist is supposed to be. No fake, no phony shit. Stand-up nigga, real nigga. Came from a real fucked-up situation and made something of himself. That, to me, is what a real hip-hop artist should be.
“A lot of people can learn from cats like Snoop and Hov. These are niggas that did it the right way. These are cats that stayed true to themselves, even when Snoop does his stuff out of the box, like 'Sexual Seduction,' it's still true to Snoop.
“Snoop is definitely a hip-hop artist. He's super creative and always tries to reinvent himself and push the envelope and still stay true to Snoop. That's where I get my whole shit, where I can do rock and roll, but it's still Kid Cudi. The subject matter is still there, the feeling is still there, the honesty is still there, the energy, and the passion. That's a real artist.”