Just when you think you’ve got him locked down from his myriad ventures in food and media, Eddie Huang will throw some next-level curveball like naming a Care Bears song as a pivotal track in his life.

Along with “Friends Make Everything Better” by the multi-colored ursine troupe, Huang shares four other joints, only one of which reps his adopted city, NYC. And even though he once said Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg tracks are “cheesy” for a restaurant playlist, he acknowledges their relevance at a time when he was grappling with an anger built from tensions at home and being bullied at school.

In no expressed order, here are Huang’s life-changing tracks:

  1. Care Bears: “Friends Make Everything Better” (1986)
  2. Inner Circle: “Bad Boys” (1987)
  3. Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg: “Dre Day” (1992)
  4. Tupac: “Me Against the World” (1995)
  5. Cam’ron: “Killa Cam” (2004)

[via ego trip]