Wiz Khalifa's 25 Favorite Rap Albums

#4. Wu-Tang Clan, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (1993)

Favorite song: “Da Mystery of Chessboxin'”

Wiz Khalifa: “I pick that because of how original that sound was. Anybody who comes out with a CD where they’re doing what they do and it’s completely groundbreaking—that’s what I latch onto, always. I was too young to be on it back when it came out, but when I was around like 13 or 14 that’s when I really got into Wu-Tang.

“I really wasn’t into the music that was out at that point. I didn’t have anything against it, I just couldn’t really connect with it all the way. So that’s when I started going back and listening to a lot of the older stuff and that stuff really made me where I’m at now. That became more relevant to me for some reason.

“I was really listening to Wu-Tang’s music and what they were saying and doing. I was a part of that cult following for a minute. I used to always have it in my headphones going to and from school riding the bus. I used to have to ride the bus and those trips took like a half-hour to an hour to get from one side of the city to the other, so I end up listening to the whole CD.

“My favorite member of Wu-Tang? It’s a tie between Ghostface Killah and Inspectah Deck. I always liked Ghostface’s style and I liked the way he dressed. And how he rapped was just totally, completely different. You had to be up on Ghostface to really catch it. I always liked that. And I liked Inspectah Deck lyrically. He always came through.”

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