Wale's 25 Favorite Rap Albums

#2. Jay-Z, Reasonable Doubt (1996)

Favorite song: “Brooklyn’s Finest” f/ The Notorious B.I.G.

Wale: “I’m into poetry, like I really write poems. Jay-Z wasn’t rapping on that album. That’s something the fuck else. His vocabulary, delivery, and honesty—that shit was something else. That shit was freaky. If you get high listening to that joint, it’ll freak you out how good he is. I didn’t get hip to Reasonable Doubt until Vol. 1 was out. When he said [on 'Hard Knock Life'], ‘I brought you prophecy on the first joint, and y’all all lamed out,’ I was like, ‘Yeah. I did, but I won’t again.’”

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