DJ Khaled, whose real name is Khaled Mohamed Khaled, born November 26, 1975 in New Orleans, Louisiana, is an American disc jockey and producer. He is a DJ and host of the WEDR radio station in Miami, which broadcasts several musical styles (rap, crunk, RnB, reggaeton). He is also the DJ of the group Terror Squad. In 2010, he founded his own record label, We the Best Music, whose most popular artist is Ace Hood. His label was integrated into Cash Money Records, run by Birdman, at the start of 2012.
Between 2004 and 2006, Khaled co-produced the albums Real Talk by Fabolous, True Story by Terror Squad and All or Nothing and Me, Myself and I, two albums by Fat Joe. In all of his songs, Khaled chants his name or raps a bit to show that he can be more than a DJ as in Welcome to My Hood Remix, from the album We the Best Forever, where he raps an entire verse.
DJ Khaled Biography
Early life and beginnings (1975–2003)
Khaled Mohamed Khaled, alias DJ Khaled, was born on November 26, 1975 in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Palestinian parents who immigrated to the United States2,3. DJ Khaled describes himself as a practicing Muslim.
He met Birdman and Lil Wayne in 1993, in New Orleans, when he was working at a record store called Odyssey5. After leaving Odyssey, he started DJing, mixing dancehall and hip-hop. He first appeared on pirate radio. Soon after, he teamed up with Luther Campbell of 2 Live Crew on his show The Luke Show. In 2003, he hosted his own radio show, TAKEOVER, for the Miami station, WEDR, with K. Foxx5. During his career, Khaled used several stage names such as Arab Attack (which he abandoned after the attacks of September 11, 2001), Big Dog Pitbull, Terror Squadian (used during his time in the group Terror Squad), Beat Novacane (a name under which he produces beats), The Don Dada, and Mr. Miami. He abandoned his stage name Arab Attack after the September 11 attacks, explaining that he did not want to offend the victims and families of the victims.
From Listennn … the Album to We Global (2006–2008)
DJ Khaled released his debut studio album, Listennn … the Album, on June 6, 2006, on Koch Records, which reached No. 12 on the Billboard 2009.10. DJ Khaled releases the single and music video, Born-N-Raised with Trick Daddy, Rick Ross, and Pitbull.
We the Best is his second album, released in 2007, marks a turning point in his career. Indeed, titles like I’m So Hood with T-Pain, Trick Daddy, Plies and Rick Ross or We Takin ‘Over, featuring Akon, TI, Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Birdman and Lil Wayne are very successful. . We Takin ‘Over ranks 28th on the Billboard Hot 100 and 11th on Hot Rap Tracks11, and is certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on November 20, 200712. He also participates in Birdman’s single 100 Million , on the 5 * Stunna album, featuring Rick Ross, Dre, Young Jeezy and Lil Wayne. This year, Khaled won two Ozone Awards: one in the “best video” category for We Takin ‘Over, and the other in the “best radio DJ” category.
In 2008, DJ Khaled’s third album, We Global, was released with the single Out Here Grindin (featuring Akon, Rick Ross, Lil Boosie and Plies), followed by Go Hard, with Kanye West and T-Pain. The single I’m So Hood Remix, reissued in this album, is certified platinum on June 4, 200812. The album also includes two tracks with rapper Pitbull, Defend Dade and Rep My City. The same year, Khaled won the “DJ of the Year” award at the BET Hip Hop Awards and Ozone Awards14,15. In 2009, he became president of Def Jam South.
From Victory to Kiss the Ring (2010–2012)
His fourth studio album, titled Victory, was released in early 2010. This album includes many featurings such as Drake, Lil Wayne, Usher, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Ludacris, P. Diddy, T-Pain or Snoop Dogg, Nas. The single All I Do Is Win featuring T-Pain, Ludacris, Rick Ross and Snoop Dogg is certified double platinum12, and is entitled to a remix with, among others, P. Diddy, Nicki Minaj, Fat Joe, or Jadakiss . The album ranked No. 14 on Billboard 20017.
In early 2011, Khaled announced the title of his next album, We the Best Forever, on Twitter18. The album was released on June 28, 2011. On August 19, Khaled placed his label, We the Best Music, under the supervision of Cash Money Records (YMCMB) through Universal Motown. The album is thus published thanks to several labels like We the Best Music, YMCMB but also E1 Entertainment and Def Jam South and involves Fat Joe, Chris Brown, Keyshia Cole, Cee Lo Green, Cool & Dre, Rick Ross, Kanye West , Jay-Z, Nas, Birdman, Lil Wayne, TI, Akon, Drake and Nicki Minaj19,20,21,22. The first single, Welcome to My Hood, produced by DJ Khaled, Nasty Beatmakers and The Renegades, featuring T-Pain, Rick Ross, Plies and Lil Wayne, was released on February 1, 201123. The music video was shot in Miami by Gil Green with appearances by Flo Rida, Busta Rhymes, Bow Wow and the French rapper Rohff. The second single, I’m on One, featuring Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne, was released on May 20, 2011 and ranked # 1 on Hot RnB / Hip-Hop Songs24 for approximately 12 weeks, making it the # 1 DJ Khaled’s first song to be ranked # 1. This title then becomes the highest ranked song of all the collaborations between DJ Khaled and Rick Ross. I’m on One is certified gold12. We the Best Forever had 53,000 copies sold on the day of its release, making it the best start for DJ Khaled, placing number one on Top Rap Albums24, and yet another first for the artist.
On December 10, 2011, Khaled announced that his next album, Kiss the Ring, announced for summer 2012 via a video posted on his website25. DJ Khaled states that he works with R. Kelly, Nas, TLC, Plies, Ice Cube, Ace Hood, Kanye West, Ryan Leslie, Maybach Music Group (Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Wale) as well as with YMCMB (T- Pain, Birdman, Lil Wayne, Drake) and many others. He also announces that he is doing a featuring with someone very special (rumor has it that it is Eminem, because Khaled shows the desire to work with him for a very long time). The first single presented is Take It to the Head featuring Chris Brown, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne. Kiss the Ring was released on August 21, 2012. The third official single is called Bitches and Bottles featuring T.I, Lil Wayne, and Future. In 2012, Khaled’s We the Best Music label was fully attached to YMCMB.
Suffering from Success and I Changed a Lot (since 2013)
In January 2013, DJ Khaled announced that he was working on a seventh album, Suffering from Success. The first single is called No New Friends and features Drake, Lil Wayne and Rick Ross, with production Boi-1da and Noah “40” Shebib27. On April 14, 2013, DJ Khaled released the promotional video for Suffering for Success and the debut single No New Friends28. The single was then released on iTunes on April 19, 201329,30. No New Friends debuted 55th on the Billboard Hot 100. On June 10, 2013, Suffering from Success was announced for September 24, 2013. On July 25, 2013, Khaled publicly offered Nicki Minaj’s hand for Cash Money on MTV32.33. On July 29, 2013, during an interview with Funkmaster Flex, Minaj refused Khaled’s offer explaining: “Khaled is my brother, and he was not serious. Drop. He was laughing34. That same day, Flex released Khaled’s new single, I Wanna Be with You with Minaj, Future and Rick Ross. This leads some to believe that this request was actually a promotion for his new single.
On April 28, 2014, DJ Khaled announced the participation of Jay-Z on a new single37. A few hours later, he released the single They Don’t Love You No More with Rick Ross, Meek Mill and French Montana. The song is announced on her eighth album, I Changed a Lot, scheduled for 201538,39. The next day, They Don’t Love You No More was broadcast on mainstream American urban radio.
On February 5, 2016, DJ Khaled launched his radio show We the Best on Beats. On February 14, 2016, DJ Khaled announced the broadcast of French Montana’s new mixtape on We the Best Radio42. The mixtape, Wave Gods, aired on February 19, 2016.43 In 2017, his song I’m the One featuring Lil Wayne, Justin Bieber, Quavo and Chance the Rapper, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, of the Official UK Charts and the Canadian Hot 100.
During the 11th season of the show Les Anges, he was invited among the participants.
- 2006: Listennn … the Album
- 2007: We the Best
- 2008: We Global
- 2010: Victory
- 2011: We the Best Forever
- 2012: Kiss the Ring
- 2013: Suffering From Success
- 2015: I Change a Lot
- 2016: Major Key
- 2017: Grateful
- 2019: Father of Asahd
- 2021: Khaled Khaled
- 2006: Holla at Me (feat. Lil Wayne, Paul Wall, Fat Joe, Rick Ross & Pitbull)
- 2006: Grammy Family (feat. Kanye West, Consequence & John Legend)
- 2006: Born-n-Raised (feat. Trick Daddy, Pitbull & Rick Ross)
- 2007: We Takin ‘Over (feat. Akon, T.I., Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Birdman & Lil Wayne)
- 2007: I’m So Hood (feat. T-Pain, Trick Daddy, Plies & Rick Ross)
- 2008: Out Here Grindin (feat. Akon, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, Lil Boosie, Trick Daddy, Ace Hood & Plies)
- 2008: Go Hard (feat. Kanye West & T-Pain)
- 2009: Fed Up (feat. Usher, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross & Drake)
- 2010: All I Do Is Win (feat. T-Pain, Ludacris, Rick Ross & Snoop Dogg)
- 2010: All I Do Is Win (Remix) (feat. Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, Diddy, Nicki Minaj, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Fat Joe, Swizz Beatz & T-Pain)
- 2011: Welcome To My Hood (feat. T-Pain, Rick Ross, Plies & Lil Wayne)
- 2011: Welcome To MY Hood (Remix) (feat. Ludacris, T-Pain, Busta Rhymes, Twista, Mavado, Birdman, Ace Hood, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, The Game, Bun B & Waka Flocka Flame)
- 2011: I’m On One (feat. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne)
- 2011: It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over (feat. Mary J. Blige, Fabolous & Jadakiss)
- 2012: Take It To The Head (feat. Chris Brown, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Lil Wayne)
- 2012: I Wish You Would (feat. Kanye West & Rick Ross)
- 2013: No New Friends (feat. Rick Ross, Lil Wayne & Drake)
- 2014: They Don’t Love You No More (feat. Meek Mill, Rick Ross, Jay-Z & French Montana)
- 2014: Hold You Down (feat. Jeremih, August Alsina, Chris Brown & Future)
- 2014: Hold You Down Remix (feat. Usher, Rick Ross, Fabolous & Ace Hood)
- 2015: How Many Times (feat. Chris Brown, Lil Wayne & Big Sean)
- 2015: Do you Mind (feat. Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Jeremih & Future)
- 2015: Gold Slugs (feat. Chris Brown, August Alsina & Fetty Wap)
- 2017: I’m the One (feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne)
- 2017: Shining (feat. Beyoncé & Jay-Z)
- 2017: Dinero (feat. Jennifer Lopez & Cardi B)
- 2017: Wild Thoughts (feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller)
- 2018: Top Off (feat. Jay-Z, Future & Beyoncé)
- 2018: I Believe (From Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time”) (feat. Demi Lovato)
- 2018: No Brainer (feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo & Chance the Rapper)
- 2019: Higher (feat. Nipsey Hussle & John Legend)
- 2019: Wish Wish (feat. Cardi B & 21 Savage)
- 2020: POPSTAR (feat. Drake)
- 2007: Grammy Family (Consequence feat. Kanye West & DJ Khaled)
- 2008: Superman (T-Pain feat. DJ Khaled)
- 2008: Karaoke (T-Pain feat. DJ Khaled)
- 2011: VNTM.COM (La Fouine feat. DJ Khaled)
- 2011: I’m Number One (Birdman feat. Nelly & DJ Khaled)
- 2012: Theraflu (Kanye West feat. DJ Khaled)
- 2012: Ima Boss Remix (Meek Mill feat. T.I., Rick Ross, Birdman, Lil Wayne, Swizz Beats & DJ Khaled)
- 2016: Miami Vice (Kalsha Feat Dj Khaled)
- 2004: Terror Squad: True Story: Nothing’s Gonna Stop Me, Yes Dem to Def
- 2004: Fabolous: Real Talk: Gangsta
- 2005: Fat Joe: All or Nothing: Temptation Pt. 1, Temptation Pt. 2, Beat Novacane
- 2006: Fat Joe – Me, Myself and I: The Profit (featuring Lil Wayne), Story to Tell
- 2006: Rick Ross – Port of Miami: I’m A G (featuring Brisco & Lil Wayne), The Realist (featuring Trick Daddy) (track discarded)
- 2006: DJ Khaled – Listennn … the Album: Intro, Problem, Where You At
- 2007: DJ Khaled – Intro (We the Best), Before the Solution (on We the Best)
- 2008: Fat Joe – Get It for Life (on the album The Elephant in the Room)
- 2008: DJ Khaled – Standing on the Mountain Top, Go Hard (featuring Kanye West & T-Pain) (on We Global)
- 2020: Bad Boys for Life by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah
- 2017: Pitch Perfect 3
- BET Hip Hop Awards 2007
- Best Collaboration, for We Takin ‘Over with Akon, T.I., Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Birdman and Lil Wayne
- People’s Champ Award, for We Takin ‘Over with Akon, T.I., Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Birdman and Lil Wayne
- BET Hip Hop Awards 2008
- MVP of the year
- BET Hip Hop Awards 2009
- DJ of the year
- Ozone Awards 2009
- DJ of the year
- Grammy Awards 2012
- Best Rap Collaboration, for I’m on One with Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne
- Grammy Awards 2017
- Best rap album, for Major Key
- BET Hip Hop Awards 2008
- Best Collaboration, for I’m So Hood (Remix) with Young Jeezy, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Big Boi, Lil Wayne, Fat Joe, Birdman and Rick Ross
- DJ of the Year47
- Ozone Awards 2008
- DJ of the year
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