Victory (DJ Khaled album)

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Victory
Studio album by DJ Khaled
Released March 2, 2010
Recorded 2009–2010
Genre Hip hop
Length 46:58
Label We the Best, Terror Squad, E1
Producer DJ Khaled (exec.), The Runners, The Inkredibles, Schife & OhZee, DJ Nasty & LVM, The Team, 1500 or Nothin', Ervin "EP" Pope
DJ Khaled chronology
We Global
(2008)
Victory
(2010)
We the Best Forever
(2011)
Singles from DJ Khaled
  1. "Fed Up"
    Released: October 28, 2009
  2. "Put Your Hands Up"
    Released: February 8, 2010
  3. "All I Do Is Win"
    Released: February 8, 2010

Victory is the fourth studio album by Miami-based mixtape DJ and Terror Squad member, DJ Khaled. It was released on March 2, 2010,[1] under his We the Best Music Group imprint of E1 Records.[2]

Singles[edit]

The album's lead single, "Fed Up" featuring Usher, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross and Drake, was released on October 28, 2009.[3] This song peaked at number 45 on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop songs.[4] The album version features an extra verse from rapper Lil Wayne. On December 3, 2009, the music video was released for "Fed Up" featuring Usher, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross and Drake.[5]

The album's second single, "Put Your Hands Up" featuring Schife, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross and Plies, was released on February 8, 2010.[6] On March 2, 2010, the music video was released for "Put Your Hands Up" featuring Schife, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross and Plies.[7] Plies was not featured in the music video, and his part in the song skips over to Rick Ross.[7]

The album's third single, "All I Do Is Win" featuring T-Pain, Ludacris, Rick Ross and Snoop Dogg, was released on February 8, 2010.[8] The song peaked at number 24 on the US Billboard Hot 100, in which it became his most successful single.[9] On March 2, 2010, the music video was released for "All I Do Is Win" featuring T-Pain, Ludacris, Rick Ross and Snoop Dogg.[10] On June 28, 2010, the music video was released for the "All I Do Is Win" (Remix) featuring T-Pain, Diddy, Nicki Minaj, Busta Rhymes, Rick Ross, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Fat Joe and Swizz Beatz.[11]

Upon its release, "On My Way" featuring Kevin Cossom, Bali, Ace Hood, BallGreezy, Iceberg, Rum, Desloc, Triple C's member Gunplay, and Young Cash, also charted at number 16 on the US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[9]

Reception[edit]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 14 on the US Billboard 200, number 5 on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, and number 2 on the US Top Rap Albums charts.[12] Behind Lil Wayne's Rebirth (2010), it sold 28,000 copies in its first week.[12]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[13]
DJBooth.net 3/5 stars[14]
HipHopSite.Com 3/5 stars[15]
HipHopDX 2/5 stars[16]
Sputnikmusic 1.5/5 stars[17]

The album received mixed reviews. David Jeffries of Allmusic called the album a "fist-pumping song cycle of triumph in the hood". He called the five-star lineup of T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, and Rick Ross on "All I Do Is Win" the gold medal track, with the Young Jeezy showcase "Put Your Hands Up" winning the silver. He stated Bun B's help on the song "Rockin’ All My Chains On" helps score the bronze, giving the track a slight edge over the hood reggae number “Killing Me,” which partners Busta Rhymes with Jamaican stars Buju Banton and Bounty Killer. Through intros and shout-outs, Khaled puts more of himself into this personal, story-telling album, and while this supposedly troubled effort seems complete and sound, for the most part. He disliked the closing song "Rep My City" saying that it "is the least satisfying number and is best thought of as a bonus track". In conclusion he said "(the album) is as satisfying as his other mega-star-studded albums, with the added benefit of being more cohesive and significantly more purposeful.[13]

Edwin Ortiz of HipHopDX prasied the single Fed Up with an all-star lineup and a catchy hook by Usher. But said the song "On My Way" got a bit tiring with eight different artists on the track. He also disliked the songs "Bring the Money Out" and "Rockin' All My Chains On". Talking about "Rockin' All My Chains On" he stated that it’s almost downright unfair to put Birdman and Soulja Boy on the same song as Bun B. He applauded Nas' performance in "Victory". In conclusion he said that "We may look back on DJ Khaled’s legacy in Hip Hop and see some shining moments. However, Victory as a whole product will certainly not be one of them."[16]

Track listing[edit]

Writers by Allmusic.com.[18]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro" (featuring Diddy and Busta Rhymes)   Prince Ben 2:34
2. "All I Do Is Win" (featuring T-Pain, Ludacris, Rick Ross and Snoop Dogg) Christopher Bridges, Calvin Broadus, Jr., Johnny Mollings, Lenny Mollings, William Roberts II DJ Nasty & LVM 3:49
3. "Put Your Hands Up" (featuring Young Jeezy, Plies, Rick Ross and Schife) Algernod Washington, Jay Jenkins, Ian Lewis, Oscar Zayas, Roberts II Schife & OhZee 5:12
4. "Fed Up" (featuring Usher, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Drake and Lil Wayne) Andrew Harr, Aubrey Graham, Dwayne Carter, Jr., Jenkins, Jermaine Jackson, Roberts II, Usher Raymond IV The Runners 4:11
5. "Victory" (featuring Nas and John Legend) John Stephens, Leigh Elliott, Maurice Carpenter, Nasir Jones The Inkredibles 3:13
6. "Ball" (featuring Jim Jones and Schife) Joseph Jones II, Lewis, Zayas Schife & OhZee 3:48
7. "Rockin' All My Chains On" (featuring Bun B, Birdman and Soulja Boy) Bernard Freeman, Bryan Williams, DeAndre Way, Christopher Gholson, Zayas Schife, Drumma Boy 3:40
8. "Killing Me" (featuring Buju Banton, Busta Rhymes and Bounty Killer) Harr, Jackson, Mark Myrie, Rodney Price, Trevor Smith, Jr. The Runners 3:44
9. "Bringing Real Rap Back" (featuring Rum) Earl Anderson, Harr, Jackson The Runners 4:03
10. "Bring the Money Out" (featuring Nelly, Lil Boosie, Ace Hood and Schife) Antoine McColister, Cornell Haynes, Jr., Lewis, Torrence Hatch, Zayas Schife & OhZee 3:20
11. "On My Way" (featuring Kevin Cossom, Bali, Ace Hood, BallGreezy, Ice Berg, Desloc, Gunplay, Rum and Young Cash) Anderson, Kevin Cossom, Daniel Smith, Jackson, Jake Greezy, Harr, Mark Randolph, McColister, Richard Morales, Jr. The Runners 5:50
12. "Rep My City" (featuring Pitbull and Jarvis) Armando Pérez, Dwane Jarvis, Clyde Martinez, Kaz Kyzah, Mayne Chavez The Team 3:38

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[19] 14
US Billboard Top Independent Albums[20] 1
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[21] 5
US Billboard Top Rap Albums[22] 2
Canadian Albums Chart[23] 56

References[edit]

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  2. ^ DJ Khaled Readies Fourth Album, 'Victory'. Hip-Hop DX. Accessed October 4, 2009.
  3. ^ "iTunes - Music - Fed Up (feat. Usher, Drake, Rick Ross & Young Jeezy) - Single by DJ Khaled". Itunes.apple.com. 2009-10-29. Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  4. ^ "DJ Khaled - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  5. ^ Reid, Shaheem (2009-12-03). "DJ Khaled's 'Fed Up' Video, Featuring Usher And Drake, Premieres - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV.com. Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  6. ^ "iTunes - Music - Put Your Hands Up (feat. Young Jeezy, Plies, Rick Ross, Schife) by DJ Khaled". Itunes.apple.com. 2010-02-09. Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  7. ^ a b Homie, Big (2010-03-02). "New Video: DJ Khaled “Put Your Hands Up”". Rap Radar. Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  8. ^ "iTunes - Music - All I Do Is Win (feat. T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg & Rick Ross) - Single by DJ Khaled". Itunes.apple.com. 2010-02-09. Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  9. ^ a b "DJ Khaled - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  10. ^ Posted By: B.Dot (2010-03-02). "New Video: DJ Khaled “All I Do Is Win”". Rap Radar. Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  11. ^ Posted 7/1/10 (2010-07-01). "All I Do Is Win (Remix) | DJ Khaled | Music Video". MTV. Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  12. ^ a b Harper, Rosario (2010-03-11). "DJ Khaled Celebrates His "Victory" On The Sales Charts, "We The Best!"". Sohh.Com. Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  13. ^ a b Jeffries, David. "Review: Victory". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 March 2010. 
  14. ^ DJBooth.net review
  15. ^ Tylwalk, Nick. "Review: Victory". HipHopSite.Com. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  16. ^ a b Ortiz, Edwin (2010-03-06). "DJ Khaled - Victory! | Read Hip Hop Reviews, Rap Reviews & Hip Hop Album Reviews". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2011-02-26. 
  17. ^ "DJ Khaled - Victory (album review )". Sputnikmusic. 2010-03-08. Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
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