"When you have girls, you see your mother, you see your grandmother, and you see your auntie," he tells PEOPLE

Mike Epps does not play favorites when it comes to his four daughters – Madison, 9, Moriah, 11, Makayla, 16, and Bria, 23.

“They’re all No. 1 in my eyes,” Epps, 45, tells PEOPLE in the latest issue. “They’re all really good girls and really, really smart. I’ve been blessed.”

The actor, who stars in the ABC sitcom Uncle Buck, says that having girls has influenced every aspect of his life — even his choice in music.

“Being a man and really a fan of hip hop, I grew up in the era where there were parts of hip hop that was degrading towards women,” he explains. “Some of my favorite songs! Sir Mix-A-Lot‘s ‘Big Butts.’ ”

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He continues, “And then when I started having daughters, I was like, ‘Well I’ve got to change my music menu.’ When you have girls, you see your mother, you see your grandmother, and you see your auntie. All my daughters look like my great ones, my loved ones, my older one, my influences.”

Though Epps is grateful for his girls, he admits that he misses the joy of having a boy.

“I wish I had a son,” he says. “My mother had eight sons and one girl. My mother cried every day. A woman can’t control a little boy that much. You think they can, but it’s like dealing with a little man.”

He jokes, “I think the gene pool switched up. I had all the girls that she wanted!”

For more from Mike Epps, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.

— Christina Dugan