DJ Khaled
American DJ
DJ Khaled
Khaled bin Abdul Khaled, better known by his stage name DJ Khaled, is an American record producer, radio personality, rapper, DJ & record label executive. He is a radio host for the Miami-based urban music radio station WEDR and the DJ for the hip hop group Terror Squad. In 2006, Khaled released his debut album Listennn... the Album. He went on to release We the Best (2007), We Global (2008), Victory (2010), We the Best Forever (2011), and Kiss the Ring (2012).
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Monday's Morning Email: How The Grammys Got Political
Huffington Post - 12 days
TOP STORIES (And want to get The Morning Email each weekday? Sign up here.) HOW THE GRAMMYS GOT POLITICAL The 59th annual Grammys had a political undertone, from host James Corden’s jokes and Katy Perry’s “Persist” armband to Busta Rhymes’ commentary. The highlight of the night was Beyoncé killing her epic performance, which showcased her growing pregnancy. Twitter lost its mind after she brought the house down. Adele even gave her half of her award for Album of the Year, saying the queen should have won for “Lemonade.” Check out the full list of winners, as well as a breakdown of the pretty insane fashion rocked last night. [HuffPost] PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP YET TO DEFEND MIKE FLYNN The National Security Adviser’s tenure is increasingly “tenuous” as the White House has yet to make a statement following reports of Flynn’s contact with Russia. And here’s where this leaves the National Security Council. [NYT] RESIDENTS ORDERED TO EVACUATE AREA BELOW DAMAGED CALIFO ...
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Champagne and celebrities — that's how DJ Khaled celebrates his new album title
LATimes - 15 days
Leave it to DJ Khaled to turn an album announcement into a flashy, over-the-top experience.  The invitation was cryptic. The hip-hop producer, Snapchat star and Grammy nominee had faux crystal plaques engraved with details of Thursday’s event sent to reporters.  Held at the Beverly Hills Hotel, the...
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Snapchat haters and lovers: a history
Yahoo News - 22 days
Snap Inc. is the shiniest thing on Wall Street right now. But it wasn't always like that. As recently as a year ago, Snapchat was a roll-your-eyes startup. To the biggest names in tech, advertising, and media, Snapchat was "too confusing"—just a "sexting" app and simply "overhyped."  SEE ALSO: Our first look at Snapchat's biggest risks and most powerful enemies Chris Sacca, an early stage investor in Uber, Twitter, Instagram and Kickstarter, had been approached by the company in its younger days, but passed: “I was like, ‘The dick pics?’” he told CNNMoney last year. “That probably cost me like a billion dollars.”  Ashton Kutcher passed on investing—twice—citing the design: “I looked at Snapchat’s product and I hated the product,” Kutcher told Recode last year. “I just thought it was like, a little crickety and a little rickety. It just wasn’t beautiful or elegant." The dick pics haven't disappeared, but Snapchat, led by CEO and cofounder Evan Spiegel, has been able to change the tune o ...
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Celebrities React To Trump's #MuslimBan With Anger And Calls To Action
Huffington Post - 28 days
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Rest Your Greatness: 6 Key Moments With DJ Khaled
NPR - about 1 month
NPR's David Greene recently spoke with producer-musician-Snapchatter DJ Khaled about his Jet Ski adventure, his love of pillows, and all the things "they" don't want you to know. (Image credit: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Yahoo)
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Predictions: Will the Knicks trade Melo and Rose? - ABC News
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ABC News Predictions: Will the Knicks trade Melo and Rose? ABC News Should -- and will -- the New York Knicks trade Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose? Is Kristaps Porzingis untouchable? Chargers have to fight to show they belong in L.A. · DJ Khaled is all-in on Steelers · Karl surprised by magnitude of anger in reaction ... The Knicks reportedly fined Derrick Rose $200000 for his Chicago Bulls vs. New York Knicks Betting Odds, Analysis, NBA PickBleacher Report Bad karma gets best of Knicks after they start Derrick RoseNew York Daily News -Pippen Ain't Easy all 105 news articles »
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DJ Khaled Throws Us The Keys
NPR - about 2 months
The musician and Snapchat advice guru says his communication style is meant to resonate with young audiences. "Sometimes we've got to get somebody to translate in a different way," he says. (Image credit: DeWayne J. Rogers/Courtesy of the artist)
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DJ Khaled on Snapchatting His Son's Birth
ABC News - 2 months
Social media sensation DJ Khaled made waves when he documented the minute-by-minute moments of what was happening in the hospital delivery room as his fiancée gave birth.
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The Holidays With DJ Khaled
NYTimes - 3 months
The hip-hop producer, social media guru and national spokesperson for Get Schooled, whose book "The Keys" is out now, on that time he slept through the holidays.
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DJ Khaled Reminds Trump That 'Every Leader Should Have Love'
ABC News - 3 months
Not many of us can command the attention of millions with a simple phrase.
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Grammy Nominations 2017 Include Beyoncé And Adele
Huffington Post - 3 months
Awards season is about to begin and music’s biggest night will be here before you know it. On Tuesday morning, the Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 59th annual Grammy Awards.  Last year’s Best New Artist, Meghan Trainor, got things rolling by revealing the general field awards on “CBS This Morning,” and more nominations were announced throughout the day.  Beyoncé leads with nine nominations, while Drake and Rihanna follow close behind with eight each. Meanwhile, Chance the Rapper is nominated for seven awards and Adele earned herself five noms.  Head over to for a full list of all the nominations for 2017: Album Of The Year: 25 — Adele Lemonade — Beyoncé Purpose — Justin Bieber Views — Drake A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson   Song Of The Year: “Formation”— Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles, Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé) “Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele) “I Took A Pill In I ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of DJ Khaled
  • 2016
    In 2016, he pinned a book called "The Keys" including his opinions on success, real life stories, and mogul talk.
    More Details Hide Details This chart lists every artist who has appeared in at least 3 different albums by DJ Khaled (including bonus tracks and remixes). His most frequent collaborator is Rick Ross, who has appeared on 31 songs, among all nine of Khaled's albums. Lil Wayne has appeared on eight out of the nine. 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!! J.
    He later released a track called "I Got the Keys" with Jay Z and Future, that premiered after the 2016 BET Awards.
    More Details Hide Details 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. 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".
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He also announced his album will have a bevy of big names such as Jay Z, Future, Kanye West, Big Sean, Lil Wayne, and Rick Ross.
    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.
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    On February 14, 2016, DJ Khaled announced that he would debut French Montana's new mixtape on We The Best Radio.
    More Details Hide Details The Wave Gods titled mixtape premiered on February 19, 2016.
    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.
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  • 2015
    DJ Khaled revealed that his long delayed album, I Changed A Lot, released on October 23, 2015 and also revealed the album's artwork.
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    On May 11, 2015, DJ Khaled revealed that he's parted ways with Cash Money Records, amicably. "I'm not signed to Cash Money at all.
    More Details Hide Details 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." 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.
  • 2014
    On November 3, 2014, Khaled released the remix to "Hold You Down" featuring Usher, Rick Ross, Fabolous, and Ace Hood.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details The single was released on August 11, 2014, along with a music video, directed by Gil Green.
    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".
    More Details Hide Details The brand is advertised in the video "They Don't Love You No More."
    On April 28, 2014, DJ Khaled announced in an interview with MTV that Jay Z will be featured on his new single.
    More Details Hide Details 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." 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 is set for a 2015 release. Then the following day, "They Don't Love You No More" was serviced to mainstream urban radio in the United States.
  • 2013
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Please let it go. He was kidding." 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.
    On July 25, 2013, Khaled publicly "proposed" to fellow Cash Money artist Nicki Minaj via MTV.
    More Details Hide Details He supported his offer with a 10 karat diamond ring from Rafaello & Co., valued at about $500,000. 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."
    On April 14, 2013 DJ Khaled released a promotional video for Suffering for Success and the first single "No New Friends". The single was then premiered the following day and released to iTunes of April 19, 2013. "No New Friends" has since debuted at #55 on the Billboard Hot 100.
    More Details Hide Details On June 10, 2013, it was announced that Suffering from Success would be released on September 24, 2013.
    In January 2013, DJ Khaled announced that he had already started working on his seventh album and that it was titled Suffering from Success.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2011
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 & Rick Ross. Kiss the Ring was released on August 21, 2012. The third official single was "Bitches and Bottles" featuring T.I, Lil Wayne, and Future.
    DJ Khaled performed the song at BET Awards 2011 which aired on June 26, 2011.
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    DJ Khaled announced the title of the album, We the Best Forever, on Twitter. 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 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.
    More Details Hide Details The song is the first released under Cash Money Records and Universal Motown, 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. The next single, "I'm On One", featuring Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne, was released on May 20, 2011.
  • 2010
    His fourth studio album Victory was released on March 2, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2009
    He was appointed the president of Def Jam South in 2009.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Khaled released his eighth studio album, I Changed a Lot, on October 23, 2015. He recently released his 9th studio album Major Key.
  • 2008
    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.
    More Details Hide Details RIAA certified the single "I'm So Hood" Platinum on June 4, 2008. That year, Khaled won DJ of the Year awards from the BET Hip Hop Awards and Ozone Awards.
  • 2007
    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.
    More Details Hide Details That year, Khaled won two Ozone Awards: one for Best Video ("We Takin' Over") and another for Best Radio DJ.
    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.
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  • 2006
    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.
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    In 2006, Khaled released his debut album Listennn... the Album.
    More Details Hide Details 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).
  • 2004
    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 by Fat Joe, and Me, Myself, & I by Fat Joe.
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  • 2003
    In 2003, he started hosting a weeknight radio show on WEDR.
    More Details Hide Details During his career, Khaled has used many monikers including Arab Attack (discontinued soon after September 11 attacks), 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. The moniker Arab Attack which he used for music like "attack with music" was soon discontinued by him after September 11 attacks since he felt that using the moniker would seem disrespectful and offending towards those who suffered due to the 9/11 attacks.
  • 1998
    Soon after that, he started co-hosting with 2 Live Crew’s Luther Campbell on Campbell's WEDR radio show The Luke Show in 1998.
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  • 1993
    During his early career, Khaled built alliances with many young artists and helped champion them before they were major stars including 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.
    More Details Hide Details After leaving Odyssey, he began DJing in reggae soundclashes, mixing dancehall and hip-hop. His first radio gig was on a pirate station.
  • 1975
    Khaled was born on November 26, 1975 in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Palestinian parents who had immigrated to the United States.
    More Details Hide Details He has described himself as a devout Muslim. His parents were musicians and played Arabic music. Khaled starting 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 recording store which helped to lay foundations for his music career.
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