DJ Khaled

Not to be confused with Khaled (musician) or Khalid (singer).


Khaled Mohamed Khaled (born November 26, 1975),[1] known professionally as DJ Khaled, is an American record producer, radio personality, DJ, record label executive, and author. He previously went by the name Arab Attack, but changed it after the 9/11 attacks, as he did not want to appear insensitive.[2] He was a radio host for the Miami-based urban music radio station WEDR “99 Jamz” and the DJ for the hip hop group Terror Squad. From 2004 to 2006, Khaled assisted in the production of the hip-hop albums Real Talk by Fabolous, True Story by Terror Squad, All or Nothing and Me, Myself, & I by Fat Joe.[3]

DJ Khaled

DJ Khaled in 2012
Background information
Birth name Khaled Mohamed Khaled
Also known as
Beat Novacane Arab Attack
Born November 26, 1975 (age 41)
New Orleans, Louisiana, US
Origin Miami, Florida, U.S.
Genres
Hip hop R&B
Occupation(s)
A&R record producer DJ radio personality rapper hype man
Instruments
Turntables keyboards sampler
Years active 1998–present
Labels
We the Best Roc Nation Epic (current) Young Money Cash Money Terror Squad Republic Def Jam South E1 (former)
Associated acts
Ace Hood Big Sean Birdman Bun B Busta Rhymes Chris Brown Drake Fat Joe Future Jadakiss Jeremih Lil Wayne Meek Mill Nas Rick Ross Terror Squad T.I. T-Pain
In 2006, Khaled released his debut studio album Listennn… the Album. He went on to release We the Best (2007), We Global (2008), Victory (2010), We the Best Forever (2011), Kiss the Ring (2012) and Suffering from Success (2013). In 2009, Khaled became the president of record label Def Jam South and he is also the CEO and founder of We the Best Music Group.[4] Khaled released his eighth studio album, I Changed a Lot, on October 23, 2015. In July 2016 he released his ninth studio album Major Key, and on June 23, 2017, his tenth studio album, Grateful, was released.

Biography

1975–2003: Early life and career beginnings
Khaled was born on November 26, 1975, in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Palestinian parents who had immigrated to the United States. He has described himself as a devout Muslim.[5] His parents were musicians and played Arabic music. Khaled started developing an interest in rap and soul music at a young age and his parents supported his interest. He took up work in a local record store which helped to lay foundations for his music career.[6][7] His brother Alec Ledd (Alla Khaled) is an actor.[8]

During his early career, Khaled got acquainted with several young artists and helped them before their breakthrough; these include Birdman, Lil Wayne, and Mavado. One of his first jobs was at the New Orleans record store Odyssey where he met both Birdman and Lil Wayne in 1993.[9] After leaving Odyssey, he began DJing in reggae soundclashes, mixing dancehall and hip-hop. His first radio gig was on a pirate station. In 1998, he moved to Miami and co-hosted The Luke Show on WEDR “99 Jamz” with 2 Live Crew’s Luther Campbell. In 2003, he started hosting a weeknight radio show on 99 Jamz.[4][7][9] During his career, Khaled has used many monikers including Arab Attack, Big Dog Pitbull, Terror Squadian (used during his time with the hip!hop group Terror Squad), Beat Novacane (a moniker under which he produces beats), The Don Dada, Mr. Miami etc. Khaled has stated that he used the moniker Arab Attack for music as in saying “attack with music”, but it was soon discontinued by him after September 11 attacks since he felt that using it would seem disrespectful and offending towards those who suffered due to the attacks.[10][11][12]

2006–08: Listennn… the Album, We the Best, and We Global
On June 6, 2006, his debut album Listennn… the Album was released by Koch Records; it premiered on the US Billboard 200 chart at number 12.[13] We the Best (2007) is his second album with singles “I’m So Hood” with T-Pain, Trick Daddy, Plies, and Rick Ross and “We Takin’ Over” with Akon, T.I., Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Birdman, and Lil Wayne. “We Takin’ Over” peaked at number 28 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 11 on the US Hot Rap Tracks chart and was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on November 20, 2007.[14] Khaled made a guest appearance on Birdman’s 2007 album 5 * Stunna on the single “100 Million”; which also features Rick Ross, Dre, Young Jeezy and Lil Wayne. That year, Khaled won two Ozone Awards: one for Best Video (“We Takin’ Over”) and another for Best Radio DJ.[15]

In 2008, Khaled’s third album We Global came out with singles “Out Here Grindin” with Akon, Rick Ross, Lil’ Boosie, Trick Daddy, Ace Hood, and Plies, followed by “Go Hard” featuring Kanye West and T-Pain. RIAA certified the single “I’m So Hood” Platinum on June 4, 2008.[14] That year, Khaled won DJ of the Year awards from the BET Hip Hop Awards and Ozone Awards.[16][17] He was appointed the president of Def Jam South in 2009.[18]

2010–12: Victory, We the Best Forever, and Kiss the Ring
His fourth studio album Victory was released on March 2, 2010. The album featured guest appearances from Drake, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Nelly, and more. The single “All I Do Is Win” featuring Ludacris, Rick Ross, Snoop Dogg, and T-Pain was certified as a double-platinum single. Other singles include: “Put Your Hands Up” featuring Ross, Young Jeezy, Plies, and Schife, and “Fed Up” featuring Usher, Drake, Ross, and Jeezy. The album had low sales and debuted at number 12 on the Billboard 200.

DJ Khaled announced the title of the album, We the Best Forever, on Twitter.[19] On August 19, Khaled signed to Cash Money Records along to Universal Motown, the album will be released under the label, also under E1 Entertainment, Terror Squad, Def Jam South, and Khaled’s own label We the Best Music Group, with confirmed guests as Fat Joe, Chris Brown, Keyshia Cole, Cee Lo Green, Cool & Dre, Rick Ross, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Nas, Birdman, Lil Wayne, T.I., Akon, Drake, and Nicki Minaj[20][21][22][23] The first single titled “Welcome to My Hood”, featuring Rick Ross, Plies, Lil Wayne and T-Pain was released in January 13 of 2011, which was produced by The Renegades, and co-produced by DJ Khaled himself and The Nasty Beatmakers. The song is the first released under Cash Money Records and Universal Motown,[24] a music video was filmed in Miami, Florida and directed by Gil Green, featuring cameos by Flo Rida, Bow Wow, Busta Rhymes, and other artists.[25] The next single, “I’m On One”, featuring Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne, was released on May 20, 2011. DJ Khaled performed the song at BET Awards 2011 which aired on June 26, 2011.[26]

On December 10, 2011, DJ Khaled announced the title of his next album, Kiss the Ring, via a video, with the release date as “coming soon”, presumed 2012.[27] Guests on the album are T-Pain, French Montana, Future, Wiz Khalifa, Nas, Plies, Ace Hood, Kanye West, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Jadakiss, Kirko Bangz, Mack Maine, Tyga, T.I., J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Big K.R.I.T., Mavado, Wale and many more. Khaled mentioned that he had a verse from someone very special which was later revealed as Scarface. The first single released was “Take It to the Head” featuring Chris Brown, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne. The second single released was “I Wish You Would” featuring Kanye West and Rick Ross. Kiss the Ring was released on August 21, 2012.[28] The third official single was “Bitches and Bottles” featuring T.I, Lil Wayne, and Future.

2013–15: Suffering from Success and I Changed a Lot
In January 2013, DJ Khaled announced that he had started working on his seventh album and that it was titled Suffering from Success. After going to a doctor due to a bald spot on his beard the doctor told him he was “suffering from success” which inspired the album title.

The first single from the album is titled “No New Friends” and features Drake, Lil Wayne and Rick Ross, along with production coming from Boi-1da and Noah “40” Shebib.[29] On April 14, 2013 DJ Khaled released a promotional video for Suffering for Success and the first single “No New Friends”.[30] The single was premiered the following day and released to iTunes of April 19, 2013.[31][32] “No New Friends” has since debuted at #55 on the Billboard Hot 100. On June 10, 2013, it was announced that Suffering from Success would be released on September 24, 2013.[33] On July 25, 2013, Khaled publicly “proposed” to fellow Cash Money artist Nicki Minaj via MTV. He supported his offer with a 10-karat diamond ring from Rafaello & Co., valued at about $500,000.[34] Later, he reaffirmed his proposal in an interview with Power 106’s DJ Felli Fel, stating: “I ain’t a young boy no more. I’m on my thinking the future. I just had to be honest. I always liked her. She’s my friend, of course. And I like her. It’s more than a crush.”[35] On July 29, 2013, in an interview with Funkmaster Flex, Minaj denied Khaled’s proposal, saying: “Khaled is my brother and Khaled was not serious with that damn proposal, ya’ll. Please let it go. He was kidding.”[36] The same day, Flex premiered Khaled’s new single, titled “I Wanna Be with You” which featured Minaj, as well as frequent collaborators Future and Rick Ross. This lead some to believe that his proposal was a “publicity stunt” to promote his new single.[37][38]

On April 28, 2014, DJ Khaled announced in an interview with MTV that Jay Z will be featured on his new single. The interview was noted due to Khaled “cursing, gesturing, and tossing the microphone to the floor in an effort to convey the importance and impact of the music he has coming this summer.”[39] A few hours after that, he released the single called “They Don’t Love You No More”, also featuring frequent collaborators Rick Ross, Meek Mill and French Montana. The song will be on his eight studio album titled I Changed A Lot, which was released in 2015.[40][41] The following day, “They Don’t Love You No More” was serviced to mainstream urban radio in the United States.[42] On July 1, 2014, Khaled announced that he has partnered with Danish audio company Bang & Olufsen to launch his own brand of headphones, titled “We the Best Sound”.[43] The brand is advertised in the video “They Don’t Love You No More.” On August 8, 2014, Khaled released the official artwork for the second single from I Changed A Lot entitled “Hold You Down” which features Chris Brown, August Alsina, Future and Jeremih, and is produced by Bkorn, Lee On the Beats and LDB. The single was released on August 11, 2014, along with a music video, directed by Gil Green.[44] On November 3, 2014, Khaled released the remix to “Hold You Down” featuring Usher, Rick Ross, Fabolous, and Ace Hood.

On May 11, 2015, DJ Khaled revealed that he had parted ways with Cash Money Records, amicably. “I’m not signed to Cash Money at all. I’ve been off for a minute”, Khaled revealed. “It’s not that I’m here to promote that I’ve been off. That’s family. But, nah, it’s just We The Best. Nothing negative, everything’s beautiful.”[45] On the same day, DJ Khaled released the third single off the upcoming album I Changed a Lot titled “How Many Times”, featuring Chris Brown, Lil Wayne and Big Sean produced Bkorn, Lee on the Beats and OZ.[46] DJ Khaled revealed that his long delayed album, I Changed A Lot, released on October 23, 2015 and also revealed the album’s artwork.

2016–present: Major Key and Grateful
On February 5, 2016, DJ Khaled premiered the debut his new We The Best Radio show on Beats 1 with the premiere of Future’s fourth studio album EVOL.[47] On February 14, 2016, DJ Khaled announced that he would debut French Montana’s new mixtape on We The Best Radio.[48] The Wave Gods titled mixtape premiered on February 19, 2016.[49] On February 29, 2016, Khaled signed a management-only deal with Jay Z’s company, Roc Nation and announced his ninth studio album, Major Key, was going to be released in 2016, specifically on July 29, and has a lion on the cover.[50][51] On June 3, 2016, Khaled released the first single off Major Key, “For Free” which is produced by the OVO team of Nineteen85 and Jordan Ullman.[52] He also announced his album will feature Jay Z, Future, Kanye West, Big Sean, Lil Wayne, and Rick Ross.[52] He later released a track called “I Got the Keys” with Jay Z and Future, that premiered after the 2016 BET Awards.[51][52]

On December 24, 2016, Khaled announced on Twitter that he’s working on his tenth studio album.[53] In January 2017, he was seen in the studio on his Snapchat with potential collaborators, such as Chance the Rapper, Justin Bieber, Migos and Mariah Carey.[54][55]

On February 9, 2017, DJ Khaled announced his tenth studio album titled Grateful and said that it was going to be released in 2017.[56] On February 12, 2017, DJ Khaled released the lead single to Grateful titled “Shining” featuring Beyoncé and Jay Z on Tidal and iTunes.

He has made a cameo appearance in Spider-Man: Homecoming.[57]

Internet popularity

In late 2015–16, a number of Snapchat videos of Khaled’s detailing his “key to success” received significant attention on the internet due to his larger-than-life persona, mainly popularized by the YouTube channel h3h3Productions. This newfound online recognition caused him to gain popularity; becoming an “internet phenomenon”, with some now describing him as a “living meme” or “meme in human form”.[58][59][60]

Personal life

Khaled is engaged to Nicole Tuck, who gave birth to their son, Asahd, on October 23, 2016.[61]

In October 2016, he became the face of “Ciroc Mango” and starred in CÎROC’s new episode of “Let’s Get It” called “Let’s Get It: Khaled’s Odyssey”.[62]

Writing

In 2016, he penned a book called The Keys, which included his opinions on success, real life stories, and mogul talk.[63]

Discography

Main article: DJ Khaled discography
Listennn… the Album (2006)
We the Best (2007)
We Global (2008)
Victory (2010)
We the Best Forever (2011)
Kiss the Ring (2012)
Suffering from Success (2013)
I Changed a Lot (2015)
Major Key (2016)
Grateful (2017)[56]
Recurring collaborators

This chart lists every artist who has appeared in at least three different albums by DJ Khaled (including bonus tracks and remixes). His most frequent collaborator is Rick Ross, who has appeared on 35 songs, among all ten of Khaled’s albums so far.[64] Lil Wayne has appeared on nine, whilst Jadakiss has appeared on eight and Birdman has appeared on seven.[needs update]

Artist Listennn… the Album We the Best We Global Victory We the Best Forever Kiss the Ring Suffering from Success I Changed a Lot Major Key Grateful Total
Rick Ross           10
Lil Wayne   [a]        9
Jadakiss         8
Birdman        7
Ace Hood       6
Big Sean       6
Fat Joe       6
Jeezy       6
Mavado       6
Plies       6
Akon      5
Bun B      5
Busta Rhymes      5
Chris Brown      5
Drake      5
Future      5
Nas      5
T.I.      5
T-Pain      [b] 5
2 Chainz     4
Fabolous     4
French Montana     4
Jay Z     4
Jeremih     4
John Legend     4
Meek Mill     4
Nicki Minaj     4
Trick Daddy     4
Wale     4
Beanie Sigel    3
Boosie Badazz    3
Brisco    3
The Game    3
J. Cole    3
Jim Jones    3
Ludacris    3
Pitbull    3
Vado    3
Kanye West    3
Wiz Khalifa    3
Notes

^[a] Lil Wayne was featured on the original version of “Out Here Grindin” but his verse was removed from the album and video versions.
^[b] archived recording[citation needed]
Awards and nominations

BET Awards
2008, Best Music Collaboration (“I’m So Hood (Remix)”) with Young Jeezy, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Big Boi, Lil Wayne, Fat Joe, Birdman, & Rick Ross (Nominated)[65]
BET Hip Hop Awards
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2007 “We Takin’ Over” (with Akon, T.I., Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Birdman, & Lil Wayne) Best Hip-Hop Collabo Nominated[66]
People’s Champ Award[67] Nominated
2008 “I’m So Hood (Remix)” (with Young Jeezy, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Big Boi, Lil Wayne, Fat Joe, Birdman, & Rick Ross) Best Collaboration Won[68]
Himself MVP of the Year[69] Won
DJ of the Year Nominated[70]
2009 Nominated
2010 Won
“All I Do Is Win (Remix)” (featuring Rick Ross, T-Pain, Busta Rhymes, P. Diddy, Fabolous, Fat Joe, Jadakiss & Nicki Minaj) Reese’s Perfect Combo Award Nominated
“All I Do Is Win” (featuring T-Pain, Ludacris, Rick Ross & Snoop Dogg) Best Club Banger Nominated
2011 “I’m on One” (featuring Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne) Nominated
Reese’s Perfect Combo Award (Best Collab) Nominated
Best Hip Hop Video Nominated
Himself DJ of the Year Won
2012 Won
2013 Nominated
2014 Nominated
2015 Nominated
2016[71] Won
MVP of the Year Won
Hustler of the Year Won
“I Got the Keys” (featuring Jay Z & Future) Best Hip Hop Video Nominated
Best Collabo, Duo or Group Nominated
“For Free” (featuring Drake) Nominated
People’s Champ Award Nominated
I Changed a Lot Album of the Year Nominated
Grammy Awards
The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States. Khaled has 2 nominations.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2012 “I’m on One” (featuring Rick Ross, Drake & Lil Wayne) Best Rap/Song Collaboration Nominated
2017 Major Key Best Rap Album Nominated
Ozone Awards
2008, DJ of the Year (Won)[72]
2007, Best Video, (“We Takin’ Over”, directed by Gil Green) (Won)[73]
2007, Best Radio DJ (Won)[73]

References

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