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EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s one thing to attract as many top-tier guests to an album as DJ Khaled does. It’s another to create winning chemistry between them. Here, the producer/talent wrangler achieves that by seeking out intriguing contrasts as well as complementary voices for his string of radio-ready anthems. Travis Scott’s layered, shape-shifting vocal springs off Nas’ old-school gravitas (“It’s Secured”), Alicia Keys provides a regal counterpoint to Nicki Minaj’s bullish energy (“Nobody”), and JAY Z’s playful triumphalism bounces around Beyoncé’s steady cool (“Shining”).

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s one thing to attract as many top-tier guests to an album as DJ Khaled does. It’s another to create winning chemistry between them. Here, the producer/talent wrangler achieves that by seeking out intriguing contrasts as well as complementary voices for his string of radio-ready anthems. Travis Scott’s layered, shape-shifting vocal springs off Nas’ old-school gravitas (“It’s Secured”), Alicia Keys provides a regal counterpoint to Nicki Minaj’s bullish energy (“Nobody”), and JAY Z’s playful triumphalism bounces around Beyoncé’s steady cool (“Shining”).

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Customer Reviews

3 out of 5

1459 Ratings

Yuck

NickRetne50,

I would rather read a book

Thanks

Blunderbluss,

Thanks DJ Khaled for showing me that as long as I can magically get connections to other artists I'm totally free to put my name on their work. I have respect for the fact that you're in an industry that's hard to get into. Because it is admittedly very difficult to get to where you are. However, what I don't respect is the fact that you use your lack of tangible talent to plaster your ridiculous Ad-Libs and name drops over someone else's voice. The charm of hearing your name blaring over the instrumental has came and gone since All I Do is Win. People aren't going to buy this album because it's YOUR music. People are gonna buy this because you can get Quavo and Bieber on a track together. Which, in execution isn't a bad thing necessarily, but certainly not worth you putting your name on the song. Thanks for telling me that all the hours I put into making music sound as good as humanly possible really don't matter. Thanks for showing me that money is more important to making a record than putting in a lick of genuine talent.
And in regards to the teaser tracks you've posted here. The singers do a decent job. But why you've decided to overlay all of their actual talent with your yelping is beyond me.
Can't wait for another disposable, cash grabbing, cookie-cutter collection of pop-rap that you've decided was worth your time.
Stop putting your name on records.

About DJ Khaled

No overnight success, Khaled Mohamed Khaled toiled as a DJ for years prior to becoming an immensely successful, larger-than-life figure in rap music. During the latter half of the 2000s and throughout the following decade, surrounded by an ever-shifting cast of high-profile associates, Khaled factored into several of the rowdiest and most triumphant crossover rap hits. His first nine albums, released from 2006 through 2016, peaked within the Top Five of Billboard's rap chart, supported by singles that often seemed like events. Many of the genre's biggest names, including Rick Ross, Drake, and Jay-Z, eagerly took part. Cynics noted that Khaled rarely produced or wrote material and wondered if he did more than yell, self-promote, and flaunt. Meanwhile, others were having too good a time to care, charmed by Khaled's fun-loving spirit and/or the well-placed talent that flanked him.

The son of Palestinian immigrants, Khaled spent the first years of his life in New Orleans, Louisiana. His family moved to Orlando, Florida, where, at the age of 13, he started to learn how to DJ in his supportive parents' garage. Due to financial hardship, Khaled's family returned to New Orleans. While still a teenager, Khaled briefly worked at the city's Odyssey record store, networking with rising rap artists like Birdman and Lil Wayne and, to the dismay of his boss, running up the phone bill by placing long-distance calls to record labels. Khaled went back Orlando, then headed south to Miami and struggled to establish himself as a DJ in the reggae soundclash circuit. At Miami pirate radio station Mixx 93, Khaled approached the on-air DJs and asked for a portion of their time slot. Marcello Valenzano and Andre Lyon, who were on the brink of leaving town and becoming known as production duo Cool & Dre, obliged. Khaled made the studio his home and became an exuberant force on the city's airwaves. His reach extended with mixtapes and club gigs. He received a boost from Luther Campbell, who brought him on as a regular DJ for WEDR's The Luke Show, and was eventually granted a station slot of his own, shortly after he received his first production credits.

Emboldened by his increasing popularity and number of connections, as well as his status as the DJ for Terror Squad, Khaled put together his first official mixtape, which led to a long streak of commercially successful proper albums. Debut full-length Listennn: The Album (2006), released through Koch, was a modest success due to the Afrika Bambaataa-sampling Cool & Dre production "Holla at Me." It hit the Top 20 of Billboard's rap chart and, like all Khaled hits that followed, involved several rappers. Khaled remained with Koch/E1 for three additional albums that placed a total of four singles in the pop Top 40: "We Takin' Over," "I'm So Hood," "Out Here Grindin'," and "All I Do Is Win." Made with a combined total of 14 rappers and seven producers, these anthems earned Khaled several gold and platinum certifications. Birdman, who was among the crew heard on the first of the big hits, added Khaled to the Cash Money roster for a period that entailed three additional albums: We the Best Forever (2011), Kiss the Ring (2012), and Suffering from Success (2013). Only "I'm on One" and "No New Friends" were added to Khaled's stack of Top 40 hits, but the parent albums either reached or nearly missed the top of the Billboard rap chart. After a one-album stint with Sony's RED division, which yielded I Changed a Lot (2015) and its "Hold You Down," Khaled moved to major label Epic for Major Key (2016). Prefaced with "For Free" and "I Got the Keys," his seventh and eighth Top 40 singles, the album debuted at the top of the Billboard 200. Only nine months later, Khaled released the Beyoncé and Jay-Z collaboration "Shining" as the first single off Grateful (2017). The album's second single, "I'm the One," put Khaled at the top of the Hot 100 beside guest stars Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, and Lil Wayne. ~ Andy Kellman

  • ORIGIN
    New Orleans, LA
  • GENRE
    Hip-Hop/Rap
  • BORN
    November 26, 1975

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