Label: Wicked Awesome, GOOD, Republic

In the promotional run-up, Indicud, Kid Cudi was alling it his version of Dr. Dre's 2001. While that's perhaps a lofty comparison (come on, who can really compare themselves to Dre?) it made sense in terms of structure. The album's cinematic feel puts Cudi in the director's seat as he compiles a diverse ensemble cast of luminaries, ranging from rap legends like RZA to indie rockers like Haim to West Coast spitters like Kendrick Lamar. There's even a Michael Bolton cameo! (No, not that Michael Bolton.) The final product is proof Cudi can make a soundscape that others can easily adapt to, not the other way around. —Insanul Ahmed