Wale's 25 Favorite Rap Albums

#22. Noreaga, N.O.R.E. (1998)

Favorite song: “Banned From TV” f/ Big Pun, Nature, Cam'ron, Jadakiss & Styles P

Wale: “I remember getting that joint, [Cam’ron’s] Confessions on Fire, and Benzino’s album at the same time. No knocking Benzino—it’s just that I was very influenced by The Source magazine’s ratings. I was a kid! I was like 13 at the time. I was like, ‘If The Source says it’s a three-and-a-half mics, let me get this shit.’ I wasn’t really familiar with Noreaga, because niggas wasn’t bumping him in D.C. like that. But when I heard that shit, ‘Banned From TV,’ I was like, ‘That’s how you start a fucking album!’”

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