A Kid Named Cudi, Kid Cudi
Some might say that as time wore on, the opposite became true—Cudi's style would indirectly and directly help form 808s and Heartbreak—but Cudi was another fine student of College Dropout when he started his career. If you remember, he was still trying to rap on his first mixtape before embracing his more hybrid abilities, and he did so over beats by Dilla and OutKast. He attempted to do what Kanye had finagled—enticing traditional heads with trustworthy references like those above, while also extending his sound with hit songs like "Day N Nite." It was the same balance that Kanye deftly maneuvered between songs like "Two Words" and "Workout Plan."