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Not to be confused with Khaled (musician) or DJ Khalil.
DJ Khaled
DJ Khaled 2012.jpg
DJ Khaled in 2012
Background information
Birth name Khaled Mohamed Khaled
Also known as
  • Beat Novacane
  • Arab Attack
Born (1975-11-26) November 26, 1975 (age 40)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Origin Miami, Florida, United States
Genres Hip hop
  • Disk jockey
  • radio personality
  • record producer
Years active 1998–present
Associated acts

Khaled Mohamed Khaled[1] (born November 26, 1975),[2][3] better known by his stage name DJ Khaled, is an American[2] record producer, radio personality, DJ and record label executive. He used to go by the name Arab Attack, but changed it after the 9/11 attacks, as he didn't want to appear insensitive.[4] 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), Kiss the Ring (2012) and Suffering from Success (2013). 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. He hosts the weeknight program TakeOver on Miami-based urban music radio station WEDR with fellow host K. Foxx; Khaled states that he has worked for the station professionally since 2003.[5] In 1998, Khaled worked as a DJ for M Luther Campbell for Campbell's Friday night WEDR radio show The Luke Show.[6]

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.[7] Khaled released his eighth studio album, I Changed a Lot, on October 23, 2015


1975–2003: Early life and career beginnings

Khaled Mohamed Khaled was born on November 26, 1975 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Palestinian parents who had immigrated to the United States. 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.[2][5]

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.[8] After leaving Odyssey, he began DJing in reggae soundclashes, mixing dancehall and hip-hop. His first radio gig was on a pirate station. Soon after that, he started co-hosting with 2 Live Crew’s Luther Campbell on Campbell's show The Luke Show. In 2003, he started hosting his own radio show, which airs weeknights on WEDR.[5][6][8] 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.[9][10][11]

2006–08: Listennn... the Album, We the Best, and We Global

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.[12]

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.[13] 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. That year, Khaled won two Ozone Awards: one for Best Video ("We Takin' Over") and another for Best Radio DJ.[14]

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. RIAA certified the single "I'm So Hood" Platinum on June 4, 2008.[13] That year, Khaled won DJ of the Year awards from the BET Hip Hop Awards and Ozone Awards.[15][16] He was appointed the president of Def Jam South in 2009.[17]

2010–12: Victory, We the Best Forever, and Kiss the Ring

His fourth studio album Victory was released on March 2, 2010. 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.

DJ Khaled announced the title of the album, We the Best Forever, on Twitter.[18] 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[19][20][21][22] 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. The song is the first released under Cash Money Records and Universal Motown,[23] 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.[24] The next single, "I'm On One", featuring Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne, was released on May 20, 2011. DJ Khaled performed the song at BET Awards 2011 which aired on June 26, 2011.[25]

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.[26] 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.[27] The third official single was "Bitches and Bottles" featuring T.I, Lil Wayne, and Future.

2013–present: Suffering from Success and I Changed a Lot

In January 2013, DJ Khaled announced that he had already started working on his seventh album and that it will be titled Suffering from Success. 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.[28] On April 14, 2013 DJ Khaled released a promotional video for Suffering for Success and the first single "No New Friends".[29] The single was then premiered the following day and released to iTunes of April 19, 2013.[30][31] "No New Friends" has since debuted at #55 on the Billboard Hot 100. On June 10, 2013, it was announced that Suffering from Success would be released on September 24, 2013.[32] On July 25, 2013, Khaled publicly "proposed" to fellow Cash Money artist Nicki Minaj via MTV. He supported his offer with a 10 karat diamond ring from Rafaello & Co., valued at about $500,000.[33] 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."[34] 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. Please let it go. He was kidding."[35] 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.[36][37]

On April 28, 2014, DJ Khaled announced in an interview with MTV that Jay-Z will be featured on his new single. 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."[38] 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.[39][40] Then the following day, "They Don't Love You No More" was serviced to mainstream urban radio in the United States.[41] 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".[42] The brand is advertised in the video "They Don't Love You No More." 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. The single was released on August 11, 2014, along with a music video, directed by Gil Green.[43] On November 3, 2014, Khaled released the remix to "Hold You Down" featuring Usher, Rick Ross, Fabolous, and Ace Hood.

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. 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." [44] 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.[45] DJ Khaled revealed that his long delayed album, I Changed A Lot, released on October 23, 2015 and also revealed the album's artwork.

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. [46]


Main article: DJ Khaled discography

Recurring collaborators

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 eight of Khaled's albums.[47] Birdman and Lil Wayne have appeared on seven out of the eight.

Artist Listennn... the Album We the Best We Global Victory We the Best Forever Kiss the Ring Suffering from Success I Changed a Lot Total
Rick Ross NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN 8
Birdman NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN 7
Lil Wayne NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN 7
Jadakiss NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN 6
Plies NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN 6
Ace Hood NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN 6
Bun B NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN 5
Akon NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN 5
Young Jeezy NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN 5
T-Pain NoN NoN NoN NoN NoN 5
Fat Joe NoN NoN NoN NoN 4
Trick Daddy NoN NoN NoN NoN 4
T.I. NoN NoN NoN NoN 4
John Legend NoN NoN NoN NoN 4
Busta Rhymes NoN NoN NoN NoN 4
Chris Brown NoN NoN NoN NoN 4
Meek Mill NoN NoN NoN NoN 4
Big Sean NoN NoN NoN NoN 4
Mavado NoN NoN NoN NoN 4
Brisco NoN NoN NoN 3
Beanie Sigel NoN NoN NoN 3
Pitbull NoN NoN NoN 3
Kanye West NoN NoN NoN 3
Jim Jones NoN NoN NoN 3
The Game NoN NoN NoN 3
Ludacris NoN NoN NoN 3
Nas NoN NoN NoN 3
Boosie Badazz NoN NoN NoN 3
Fabolous NoN NoN NoN 3
Drake NoN NoN NoN 3
Wale NoN NoN NoN 3
French Montana NoN NoN NoN 3
Future NoN NoN NoN 3

Awards and nominations

  • BET Awards
  • BET Hip Hop Awards
    • 2009, DJ of the Year (Nominated)
    • 2008, DJ of the Year (Won)[49]
    • 2008, MVP of the Year (Nominated)[50]
    • 2008, Best Collaboration ("I'm So Hood (Remix)") with Young Jeezy, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Big Boi, Lil Wayne, Fat Joe, Birdman, & Rick Ross (Won)[51]
    • 2007, People's Champ Award ("We Takin' Over") with Akon, T.I., Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Birdman, & Lil Wayne (Nominated)[52]
    • 2007, Best Hip-Hop Collabo ("We Takin' Over") with Akon, T.I., Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Birdman, & Lil Wayne (Nominated)[53]
  • Grammy Awards
    • 2012, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: "I'm On One" with Drake, Lil' Wayne & Rick Ross (Nominated)
  • Ozone Awards
    • 2008, DJ of the Year (Won)[54]

Snapchats and Internet popularity

DJ Khaled has recently been uploading several videos and pictures to his Snapchat account, a social media platform.[55] Most of his snaps involve "keys to success", and advice on how to succeed in life.

Some of the more popular snaps include:[56]

  • "Ride wit me through the journey of more success" (While riding a Jet Ski)
  • "The key to more success 🙏🏼 trust me" (While drinking Listerine)
  • "Key to more success is clean heart and clean Face" (While underwater, presumably cleaning his face)
  • "It's all about vibes ya know" (While eating)
  • "Hmm hmm hmm" "Hmm hmm hmm" (Two separate, similar snaps taken of his shoe collection)


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  51. ^ Best Collabo. BET Hip Hop Awards 2008.
  52. ^ Alltel People's Champ Award. BET Hip Hop Awards, 2007.
  53. ^ Best Hip-Hop Collabo. BET Hip Hop Awards, 2007.
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