L.A. Reid on DJ Khaled's No. 1 Debut: 'I Couldn't Be Happier to See Great Things Happen to Great People'
"He is the artist connector. His relationship with talent is pretty unparalleled."
Next to DJ Khaled's mixed bag of major keys presumably lies a hefty Rolodex. The Miami-bred DJ/producer -- who recently called on big names like Nas, Jay Z, Drake, Future and Nicki Minaj (among others) for his first Billboard 200 No. 1 album Major Key -- also has the blessing of esteemed label executive L.A. Reid.
The Epic Records CEO and chairman recently reminisced on his longtime relationship with Khaled, telling Billboard, "We have a relationship that dates back to, probably, 2008, the first time we signed his [We the Best] label when I was at Island Def Jam. So this is a continuation of a relationship that we’ve been building for years and a career that he’s been building for years.
"Now, he’s on steroids," Reid said about the Snapchat master's surging popularity. "This guy -- he is the artist connector. His relationship with talent and the platform is pretty unparalleled."
It also doesn't hurt that the We the Best CEO is a "great guy," per Reid, and an Epic Records artist. "I’m really happy," continued Reid. "You know the best thing about it? He’s a great guy and I couldn’t be happier to see great things happen to great people. I’m really happy about DJ Khaled’s success, and of course, we’re happy that he’s an Epic artist. Very happy about it."
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