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We the Best Forever
Studio album by DJ Khaled
Released July 19, 2011 (2011-07-19)
Recorded 2010 – 2011
Genre Hip hop
Length 53:42
Label We the Best, Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Motown
Producer Khaled Khaled (exec.), Ronald "Slim Tha Don" Williams (exec.), Bryan "Baby Birdman" Williams (exec.), Dwayne "The President" Carter (exec.), The Renegades, The Nasty Beatmakers, Danja, The Runners, The Monarch, Boi-1da, T-Minus, Noah "40" Shebib, Lex Luger, Infinity, The Team
DJ Khaled chronology
Victory
(2010)
We the Best Forever
(2011)
Kiss the Ring
(2012)
Singles from DJ Khaled
  1. "Welcome to My Hood"
    Released: February 1, 2011
  2. "I'm On One"
    Released: May 20, 2011
  3. "It Ain't Over Til It's Over"
    Released: July 8, 2011
  4. "Legendary"
    Released: October 4, 2011

We the Best Forever is the fifth studio album by DJ Khaled. It was released under We the Best Music Group, Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records, and Universal Motown Records on July 19, 2011 instead of June 28, 2011.[1] It is his first album to be released on a major label, his first four albums being released on the independent label Koch Records, which later changed its name to E1 Music.

Background[edit]

Khaled announced via Twitter on August 16, 2010 that the album would be titled We the Best Forever.[2] On August 19, 2010, three days after announcing the album title he announced he had signed with Cash Money Records.[3] On December 7, 2010 Khaled said the album was 75% done.[4]

Khaled confirmed in September 2010 that the people he's made past hits with including, Birdman, Lil Wayne, would be featured on the project.[5] Khaled revealed that he really wanted Eminem featured on one of his "street anthems" and asked Eminem to "do it for hip hop music as a whole."[5] In February 2011 Khaled confirmed that Drake, Rick Ross, T-Pain, and Plies will be featured in the album.[6] In April 2011, Khaled revealed additional guest appearances, including Fabolous, Young Jeezy, Fat Joe, Ace Hood, B.o.B, Cee Lo Green, Keyshia Cole, Ne-Yo, Chris Brown, and Akon.[7][8] On his first webisode Khaled confirmed production from The Runners on the album.[9] This is the first DJ Khaled album since his debut to feature production by DJ Khaled himself.[6]

Singles[edit]

Khaled originally announced the first single would feature Lil Wayne.[4] The album's first single "Welcome to My Hood" featuring Rick Ross, Plies, Lil Wayne, and T-Pain, and produced by The Renegades, DJ Nasty & LVM, and Khaled was released on January 18, 2011.[10] It peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 at number seventy-nine.[11] On February 10, 2011, the music video was released for "Welcome to My Hood" featuring Rick Ross, Plies, Lil Wayne, and T-Pain.[12] On April 27, 2011, the music video was released for the "Welcome to My Hood" (Remix) featuring T-Pain, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Twista, Mavado, Birdman, Ace Hood, The Game, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Bun B and Waka Flocka Flame.[13]

On May 12, 2011, Khaled premiered the second single titled "I'm On One" featuring Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne and produced by T-Minus, Noah "40" Shebib, and Kromatic. It was released in the United States for digital download on May 20, 2011, and was released to U.S mainstream radio on August 23.[14][15] It debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number seventy-eight, and has since peaked at number ten, becoming his then highest peaking song on the chart.[11] On June 26, 2011, the music video was released for "I'm On One" featuring Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne.[16]

The next single with a video to be released is Infinity-produced "It Ain't Over Til It's Over", featuring Mary J. Blige, Fabolous, and Jadakiss, released on iTunes on July 8. The next day, the official music video for "It Ain't Over Til It's Over" was premiered. The song was released to U.S. Rhythmic radio on August 30.[17]

The fourth single is "Legendary", featuring R&B singers Chris Brown, Keyshia Cole, and Ne-Yo.[17] It was produced by DJ Nasty & LVM, and was released to U.S. Rhythmic radio on October 4, 2011.[17]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 61/100[18]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[19]
HipHopDX 3.5/5 stars[20]
Now 2/5 stars[21]
PopMatters 4/10[22]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[23]
XXL 4/5 stars (XL)[24]

We the Best Forever was met with generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 61, based on 7 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews ".[18] Amanda Bassa of HipHopDX gave the album three out of five stars, saying "At this point listeners are either down with his movement or they aren’t, and while We The Best Forever is a solid piece, it’s not different enough from his previous work to change any minds about him. But with emcees ranging from Jadakiss to B.o.B., there really is a little something on his latest LP to satisfy just about anyone who enjoys mainstream Hip Hop."[20] David Jeffries of AllMusic gave the album three and a half stars out of five, saying "We the Best Forever may be DJ Khaled’s first release for the Cash Money label, but little else has changed. The good news is that the ringleader’s formula of rounding up superstar talent for an album jammed with potential singles still works, unless you think everything on 2011 radio is trash and that big money ruined hip-hop."[19] Adam Fleischer of XXL gave the album an XL, saying "Though the content of We The Best Forever is what we’ve come to expect from a DJ Khaled offering—grandiose odes to the grind and getting yours—that he understands how to create those better than most is what makes a DJ Khaled track, and album, worthwhile."[24]

Jody Rosen of Rolling Stone gave the album three out of five stars, saying "As usual, his imperial victory-march hip-hop songs are fun, and mildly exhausting."[23] Kevin Ritchie of Now gave the album two out of five stars, saying "DJ Khaled’s fifth curatorial compilation of posse raps is a forgettable snapshot of mainstream hip-hop despite an all-star roster of emcees, R&B singers and producers. An industry fixture, the Miami radio DJ and Terror Squad member takes few stylistic chances, making We The Best Forever a mostly tedious listen despite its flashes of lyrical invention."[21] David Amidon of PopMatters gave the album a four out of ten, saying "It’s certainly worth noting that We the Best Forever is Khaled’s most complete album since its namesake, for whatever that may be worth to you, and despite all kinds of reasons provided to do otherwise (Khaled actually spitting a verse on “Sleep When I’m Gone” comes to mind) it’s not an incredible struggle to listen to a Khaled album front-to-back for once."[22]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number five on the Billboard 200, selling 53,000 copies its first week.[25]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "I'm On One" (featuring Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne) Khaled Khaled, Aubrey Graham, William Roberts, Dwayne Carter, Jr., Tyler Williams, Nikhil Seetharam, Noah Shebib T-Minus, Noah "40" Shebib*, Nikhil "Kromatik" Seetharam^ 4:56
2. "Welcome to My Hood" (featuring Rick Ross, Plies, Lil Wayne and T-Pain) William Roberts, Algernod Washington, Dwayne Carter, Jr., Faheem Najm, Johnny Mollings, Lenny Mollings, Bryan Johnson, Mevin Riviere, Khaled The Renegades, DJ Khaled*, DJ Nasty* 4:10
3. "Money" (featuring Jeezy and Ludacris) Khaled, Jay Jenkins, Chris Bridges, Lexus Lewis Lex Luger 3:55
4. "I'm Thuggin" (featuring Waka Flocka and Ace Hood) Khaled, Lewis, Antoine McCollister, Jaquin Malphurs Lex Luger 4:16
5. "It Ain't Over Til It's Over" (featuring Mary J. Blige, Fabolous and Jadakiss) Khaled, Jason Phillips, Jordan Suecof, Mary Jane Blige, John Jackson, Kelly Sheehan, Livvi Franc Infinity 3:13
6. "Legendary" (featuring Chris Brown, Keyshia Cole and Ne-Yo) Khaled, Mollings, Mollings, Christopher Brown, Keyshia Cole, Shaffer Smith, Gary Carolla, L. Knighten DJ Nasty & LVM, Gary Carolla, DJ Khaled* 4:16
7. "Sleep When I’m Gone" (featuring Cee Lo Green, The Game and Busta Rhymes) Khaled, Nate Hills, Jayceon Taylor, Timothy Calloway, Trevor Smith, Kelly Sheehan Danja 5:22
8. "Can't Stop" (featuring Birdman and T-Pain) Khaled, Bryan Williams, Najm, Matthew Samuels, Matthew Burnett Boi-1da, Matthew Burnett 2:49
9. "Future" (featuring Ace Hood, Meek Mill, Big Sean, Wale and Vado) Khaled, Samuels, McCollister, Robert Williams, Sean Anderson, Olubowale Akintimehin, Teeyon Winfree Boi-1da 5:35
10. "My Life" (featuring Akon and B.o.B) Khaled, Aliaune Thiam, Bobby Ray Simmons, Lu Diaz, Benjamin Diehl, Kelly Sheehan, Heather Bright Luis Diaz & Ben Diehl 3:31
11. "A Million Lights" (featuring Kevin Rudolf, Tyga, Mack Maine, Jae Millz and Cory Gunz) Khaled, Kevin Rudolf, Michael Stevenson, Jermaine Preyan, Jarvis Mills, Peter Pankey Jr., Andrew Harr, Jermaine Jackson, Andre Davidson, Sean Davidson, Walter Douglas Powers The Runners, The Monarch 4:29
12. "Welcome to My Hood" (Remix) (featuring T-Pain, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Twista, Mavado, Birdman, Ace Hood, The Game, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Bun B and Waka Flocka) Khaled, Mollings, Mollings, Najm, Christopher Bridges, Smith, Carl Mitchell, David Brooks, Williams, McCollister, Joseph Cartagena, Phillips, Bernard Freeman, Taylor, Malphurs The Renegades, DJ Nasty & LVM*, DJ Khaled* 7:10
Total length:
53:42
Sample Credits

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