Wiz Khalifa's 25 Favorite Rap Albums

#8. The Diplomats, Diplomatic Immunity (2003)

Favorite song: "The First"

Wiz Khalifa: “I put that because of how influential Dipset was to me at that time. I was really into that whole movement and real excited about them on the underground when they were coming out with the album. Cam had signed to Roc-a-fella, so the build-up was crazy. And the album was everything that people expected it to be.

“When I was in junior high, I used to play basketball a lot. So I used to hoop to that album. Anytime I had on my basketball shorts, I’d hoop to it. I carried the actual CD around with me everywhere. And when I lived in Oklahoma for a year, people there were always listening to other music—like chopped and screwed music and stuff like that—and they didn’t understand me listening to Cam’Ron and Dipset, so I was always defending it.

“I was always repping Pittsburgh. Dipset was always real popular in Pittsburgh because of their sound. But they were on some down south shit. So I was just repping what I was repping. They just didn’t understand it, just like I didn’t understand their music. But the same artists that they were promoting and that they wanted to be on, got their chance to blow up as well. So we were both right.”

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