The lonely stoner is doing Cleveland proud.

The lonely stoner is doing Cleveland proud.

Kid Cudi is among rap's breakout stars in large part for the way he breaks the genre out of its familiar molds.

Debut hit "Day N Nite" brought the club to the bedroom, but not R. Kelly style. Debut album "Man on the Moon: The End of Day" spent much of its running time awash in gooey psychedelic synths.

Until Kanye West drops in for a guest verse, hit single "Erase Me" is hip-hop in only the most tangential sense - it could just as easily be an Eve 6 song.

Whether you love him or loathe him, the Brooklyn-based Cleveland native is continuing his hometown's long history of spearheading rock music's evolution.

Setting aside other recent greats like Bears, Emeralds and Chip Tha Ripper, here's a rundown of 10 top musicians that made Cleveland rock. (The many great Kent and Akron acts need not apply.)

10. Tracy Chapman - She has won Grammys, scored hits and toured the world. Gimme one reason not to put this folk singer on the list.

9. Machine Go Boom - Mikey Machine and company were indeed explosive, walking the line between annoyance and ecstasy with their cartoonish pop-punk.

8. Frankie Yankovic - The Purple Heart-winning polka star is not related to Weird Al, but they share a love for accordion.

7. This Moment In Black History - The greatest Cleveland punk band of our generation.

6. The Raspberries - This would be Cleveland's top power-pop export if it weren't for

5. The Mice - Frontman Bill Fox has reentered the public eye of late as a solo performer, bringing a much-deserved wave of attention to this 1980s combo.

4. Screamin' Jay Hawkins - The crazy voodoo blues legend has much more to offer than just his timeless "I Put a Spell On You."

3. Nine Inch Nails - Trent Reznor's dark and angry industrial rock had its roots on the banks of Lake Erie.

2. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Cudi isn't the only Cleveland MC to sing his raps. The thuggish ruggish Bone did it first and did it better.

1. The Dead Boys, Pere Ubu, The Mirrors, Electric Eels, The Styrenes, Rocket From the Tombs, Death of Samantha - Is this a cop-out? Maybe, but you try choosing between Cleveland's rich history of post-punk pioneers.