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"For real, for real: Puff Daddy -- that's who made me want to become a rapper," Wiz says in the video below. "He just looked like a rapper to me when I seen him on TV."
"I always heard Snoop, and I loved Snoop's music, but when I saw Puffy on TV, he was just doing his thing," adds the Taylor Gang ringleader. "I was like, 'Man, I could do that.'"
As the interviewer, points out, the Pittsburgh MC doesn't sound much like the Bad Boy impresario -- a dude known more for his shiny jackets than for his flow -- but Wiz feels a certain kinship with the man now known as Diddy.
"We got the same spirit, the same soul," he says. "Kind of flamboyant, kind of savage."