DJ Khaled isn’t impressed with fleeting fame, fading away. He wants it all, forever.
The Miami hitmaker sat for a chat with Billboard’s Chelsea Briggs ahead of his 12th album release, Khaled Khaled, a name that translates from Arabic to “immortal.”
“I always wanted to make an album called Khaled Khaled,” an idea that geminated way back before he’d cut his first LP, 2006’s Listennn… the Album, the record producer says. “I figured I had to get past 10 albums,” he adds. When you reach double figures, you’ve climbed the mountain, “you’re great.”
He hit that immortal benchmark with 2017’s Billboard 200 chart-leader Grateful.
Khaled Khaled is slated to drop this Friday (Apr. 30) via We the Best Music, Epic and Roc Nation. The tracklist is, naturally, stuffed with famous guests including Drake, Megan Thee Stallion and Roddy Ricch.
Summoning his renowned hype-man skills, Khaled is certain Megan’s track will be an evergreen hit. “It’s one of those records where, like, after a Super Bowl win, or an NBA championship, any accomplishment,” he enthuses. “The last time I felt like this was ‘All I Do is Win.”
That’s some win. “This is the feeling I’m getting. It is an anthem,” he continues. It just might be one of those records, he reckons, that’ll be “licensed forever.”
Ricch’s contribution to the new album is a real head-bender. “He’s a young icon,” comments Khaled. “When the vocals came in, I lost my mind,” he confessed. “We ended up making something incredible.”
The hip-hop star also discussed his recent trip to Jamaica to work “on top secret things,” talked about his friend and collaborator Drake (“he’s a true friend but he’s also a genius, a musical genius”), his circle of friends, busting moves on the dancefloor and more.
Khaled Khaled is the followup to 2019’s Father of Asahd, which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The song “Higher,” featuring John Legend and Nipsey Hussle, from the album earned DJ Khaled his first Grammy at the 2020 Grammy Awards for best rap/sung performance.
Watch the interview above.