Kendrick Lamar EP, Kendrick Lamar
You might think that Kanye took "Vanity Slaves" from (O)verly (D)edicated and injected a shot of steroids to make "New Slaves," yet Kendrick's maiden EP showed traces of Kanye's DNA first. He was a self-aware lyricist, but not too sheltered to look at his life in the context of a bigger mirror. He applied his personal problems (the one most attractive to listeners via identification) and related them to the problems of humans across the world. He won the hearts of traditional boom-bap enthusiasts before experimenting with his sound down the line. Those details could describe either Kendrick or Kanye, so it's clear that College Dropout helped form Kendrick's artistic outlook.