#10: Kid Cudi
Calling Kid Cudi a rapper is a little like calling LeBron James a basketball player or Robert DeNiro an actor. The label describes him, but it necessarily doesn't define him. Since dropping his debut, Man on the Moon: The End of Day, in 2009, the Cleveland MC has gone through a transformation of sorts—favoring singing over rapping on his sophomore album, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, and eventually announcing that he'd skip the rapping altogether on his third album, which he is set to release as part of his new rock band called 2 Be Continuum. Still, it's Cudi's lighthearted approach to writing rhymes and stoner's mentality that we first fell in love with back in 2008 on A Kid Named Cudi—and he still brings it out every often enough to stay sharp on the mic. So even as he continues to change as an artist, our love for him won't.