Asher Roth just released “Party Girl,” the lead single from his forthcoming Def Jam debut Is This Too Orange? And though the new record is one for the clubs, don’t think that’s all he’s about.

The Morrisville, PA rhymer stopped by the Complex offices to talk about the albums that shaped his musical sensibility. Of course there are some certified bangers on the list, but there’s plenty of thoughtful picks as well—and more than a few surprises. So click through Asher Roth’s 25 Favorite Albums to find out which records got him through rough times, whose drums he’d sample (if only he could clear them), and what album brings out his inner D’Angelo.

As told to Brad Wete (@BradWete)