Wiz Khalifa Sean Berry

Wiz Khalifa is riding high on the success of his smash singles “Black And Yellow” and “Roll Up,” which have perfectly set the stage for his major-label debut album, Rolling Papers, which is due March 29.

We sat down with the Pittsburgh hip-hop pioneer, who shared his five favorite rappers, in no particular order.

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony Goes Hard

I liked their style and just how unique they were, and of course their harmonies, how they used all that and kept it unique. Their style was original.

I have a couple of favorite Bone songs, but I don’t want to say that one was better than the other one. Some of my favorites are “1st Of Tha Month,” “If I Could Teach The World” and “U Ain’t Bone.” I’m just a huge Bone fan in general. Everything that they did was hard. That’s why I like them.

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony’s “1st Of Tha Month.”

Cam’ron: On To The Next

His swag was crazy and everything he rapped about was because he was really doing it. He was just so sure about himself.

I liked everything off S.D.E., like “Double Up” and of course “Oh Boy” and “Really Mean It.” He was so creative with coming up with new stuff and sticking with it. But as soon as people would get on to it, he was moving on to the next thing.

Cam’ron’s “Double Up.”

Big Daddy Kane: Crazy Flow

He had style and swag, but he was old school with it. He was the first of his time to be that fly. He was dancing and rapping, which is real hard.

He’s got a lot of respect, still. His flow was crazy. People just respected him and whatever he did. It’s real hard to get that. I loved “Ain’t No Half-Steppin’,” for sure, and I like some of his newer shit, too.

Big Daddy Kane’s “Ain’t No Half-Steppin’.”

The Notorious B.I.G.: Picasso of Rap

I liked how lyrical he was. He put stuff in his lyrics to where you could hear it years from now and you’re still catching new stuff.

That’s just a gift to be able to say stuff you think you understand and then you hear it later and then you understand it a whole totally different way and you actually hear what he’s saying. The picture that he paints is crazy. That was unique to me.

The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy.”

Snoop Dogg’s Consistency

I love his swag and how consistent he’s been for years. He’s stayed consistent and always made the same music. He always stayed the same person, too, so you know exactly what to expect from him.

It was big to have him on the “Black And Yellow” remix. That was a huge step for me personally and in my career. Everybody wanted to see it happen and he was super cool. He vibed out with us. We’re working on a movie and a soundtrack just based off of meeting each other.

“Black And Yellow (G-Mix)” featuring Snoop Dogg, Juicy J., T-Pain

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