Album: Man on the Moon: The End of Day (2009)
Producers: Kanye West
Sampling Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” in 2009 was a great idea, even if the results are a little cringe-worthy now. Eight years ago, hip-hop and pop were starting to converge in weird and unexpected ways. It was a time where sampling a year old Lady Gaga song seemed revelatory. Cudi and Kanye—in a rare move—decided to abandon their penchant for singing, humming, and fiddling with the outer boundaries of their voices to merely rap for the listener. It was fun then, and still is.