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Before he was telling us all to drink green apple Ciroc and spending more time on Snapchat than a teenager, DJ Khaled made music. The king of Snapchat used to be the king of collaborations, and became famous in the music scene for linking up with multiple artists in the rap world, getting them all on the same song and creating a hit.
Recently, DJ Khaled announced on Instagram (and Snapchat, obviously) that he’ inked a new deal with Epic records. The announcement comes 10 years after the beginning of Khaled’s We The Best Music label, the same year he released his debut album, Listennn… the Album. On top of the record deal announcement, Khaled has announced the title of upcoming ninth studio album, Major Key.
To celebrate success the right way, we decided to take a look at some of DJ Khaled’s best tunes over the years. This is the DJ Khaled music before the meme.
Featuring: Akon, T.I., Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Birdman, Lil Wayne.
The first single on Khaled’s sophomore album We The Best had to be a big one, and this was it. Although it was followed by an even bigger single, this song confirmed that Khaled was not messing around. The song peaked at No. 26 on the Billboard Hot 100, and spawned remixes from Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, as well as an official remix featuring R. Kelly, Akon, T-Pain, Lil’ Kim, and Young Jeezy. Check out the video here.
Featuring: T-Pain, Trick Daddy, Rick Ross, Plies.
There’s not much to say about this song, other than the fact that it is probably one of the most well-known Khaled songs to date. The song peaked at No. 19 on the Hot 100, and the official remix of the song won an award for best collaboration at the 2008 BET Hip-Hop awards. Great tune accompanied by a great video with some great cameos.
Featuring: Akon, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, Lil’ Boosie, Trick Daddy, Ace Hood, Plies.
This song had to be included simply because it’s a music video that everybody deserves to see at least once in their life. Lil Wayne was originally on this cut, but was removed because he couldn’t attend the video shoot. It’s rumoured that a sequel to this song titled Grindin Season is in the works, and would be interesting to see now that
Lil’ Boosie Boosie Badazz is out of prison. Here’s hoping they create a sequel to the video as well.
Featuring: T-Pain, Kanye West
The second single on Khaled’s third studio album We Global, featured a lot less people than what we’re used to on a DJ Khaled single. The song featured a great T-Pain hook, and the second verse has to be up there with one of Kanye’s best. Maybe the lack of other features was the reason this song spawned not one, not two, but ten remixes. Watch the video here.
Featuring: T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross.
Perhaps the most well-known song on the list, All I Do Is Win has since become an anthem for nearly every sports team following its release in 2010. Being certified 3x Platinum, this single peaked at 26 on the Hot 100, making it Khaled’s third-highest song on the charts. This song is a perfect pump-up track and will continue to live on in pop-culture, always being played after any team wins any game, ever. Watch the video here.
Featuring: Drake, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne.
Now this is Khaled’s highest charting single to date, and it’s no wonder why. This song features three rap-powerhouses who were at the top of their game at the time. Drake was gearing up to release Take Care. Lil Wayne had released the first single for Tha Carter IV a few months before, and Rick Ross was cementing himself as an artist not to be messed with, thanks to Deeper Than Rap amd Teflon Don. On top of the superstar Canadian rapper, the track also features Canadian production from T-Minus and Noah “40” Shebib.
Featuring: Drake, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The lead single for Khaled’s seventh studio album Suffering From Success went back to the formula that gifted Khaled with his highest charting song. The song featured a great beat produced by Boi-1da, Vinylz, and 40, and a catchy hook that teenagers were posting as Facebook statuses for months following. Oh yeah, the outfit Drake wore on set for the music video also created one of the best memes of the last five years.