Listennn... the Album

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Listennn... the Album
A man wearing a black t-shirt saying "Dade County" while holding a platinum "Terror Squad" necklace, points at the viewer while a fire happens behind him.
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 6, 2006 (2006-06-06)
RecordedMay 2005 – May 2006
StudioTerror Squad Studios, The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S., North Miami, Florida, Dade, Carol City, Atlanta
GenreHip hop
Length66:31
Label
Producer
DJ Khaled chronology
Listennn... the Album
(2006)
We the Best
(2007)
Singles from Listennn... The Album
  1. "Holla at Me"
    Released: February 28, 2006
  2. "Grammy Family"
    Released: July 1, 2006
  3. "Born-N-Raised"
    Released: September 24, 2006

Listennn... the Album is the debut studio album by American hip hop artist DJ Khaled. It was released on June 6, 2006. by Terror Squad Entertainment and Koch Records. The album features guest appearances from Young Jeezy, Bun B, Birdman, Juelz Santana, Slim Thug, Krayzie Bone, Chamillionaire, Trina, Twista, Freeway, Jadakiss, Beanie Sigel, Styles P and Lil Scrappy, among others. Reviews for the record were generally positive but divided over the production, lyrical content and Khaled as an artist. Listennn... the Album debuted at number 12 on the Billboard 200, selling 44,000 copies in its first week in the United States. The album was supported by three singles: "Holla at Me" featuring Lil Wayne, Paul Wall, Fat Joe, Rick Ross and Pitbull, "Grammy Family" featuring Kanye West, John Legend and Consequence, and "Born-N-Raised" featuring Pitbull, Trick Daddy and Rick Ross.

Singles[edit]

The album's lead single, "Holla at Me" was released on February 28, 2006. The song features guest appearances from Lil Wayne, Paul Wall, Fat Joe, Rick Ross and Pitbull, with the production by Cool & Dre. The song peaked at number 59 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[1]

The album's second single, "Grammy Family" was released on July 1, 2006. The song features guest appearances from both American rappers Kanye West and Consequence, alongside American singer-songwriter John Legend, while West himself also produced the track as well, alongside Jon Brion.

The album's third single, "Born-N-Raised" was released on September 24, 2006. The song features guest appearances from Pitbull and Rick Ross (whom both of them previously featured on "Holla at Me"), alongside fellow American rapper Trick Daddy, with the production by The Runners. The song also included on Pitbull's second album El Mariel.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
HipHopDX2.5/5 stars[3]
PopMatters8/10 stars[4]
RapReviews6/10[5]
Vibe3.5/5 stars[6]
XXL3/5 stars[7]

Upon its release, the album received a generally positive reception from music critics. AllMusic's David Jeffries praised Khaled for crafting an album that's diverse in its production geography-wise and for bringing out great performances from his artists.[2] A.L. Friedman of PopMatters also praised Khaled for bringing in an all-star cast of artists and producers, signaling out "Born-N-Raised" and "Gangsta Shit" as the album's highlights.[4] Vibe contributor Damien Scott felt that Khaled "masterfully balances hometown pride with outer regional influences", highlighting "Holla at Me", "Problem" and "Candy Paint" for their production and lyricism, concluding that "[T]his compilation makes a solid sonic case for why it deserves to be heard."[6] Steve 'Flash' Juon of RapReviews gave a mixed review of the record, saying it was competent and has a few standout tracks but that it didn't reveal much about Khaled besides the fact that he has many connections and shows pride in representing Miami.[5] Andres Tardio of HipHopDX gave credit to the catchy production, but felt it was let down by the weak lyricism delivered by almost every artist throughout the record, concluding that "If nothing else, this album shows off Khaled's connections, but it does little justice to Khaled's talent."[3]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 12 on the Billboard 200, selling 44,000 copies in its first week.[8] To date, It has since sold 230,000 copies.[9]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from BMI and ASCAP.[10][11]

No.TitleWriter(s)Featured artist(s)Length
1."Intro"
DJ Khaled1:59
2."Born-N-Raised"4:16
3."Gangsta Shit"
4:59
4."Grammy Family"3:24
5."Problem"3:36
6."Holla at Me"
4:27
7."Addicted"Juelz Santana3:45
8."Watch Out"
3:45
9."Destroy You"4:27
10."Never Be Nothing Like Me"4:22
11."Candy Paint"
4:10
12."MIA"Lil' Wayne3:45
13."Where You At"3:52
14."Still Fly"
5:10
15."Dip Slide Ride Out"Khaled5:00
16."Movement"
  • Khaled
  • Lyon
Dre3:42
17."The Future of Dade"
  • Brisco
  • Dirt E Red
  • Dela
  • Lunch Money
  • Co
  • Hennessy
  • P.M.
5:37
Total length:66:31

Sample Credits

Personnel[edit]

  • DJ Khaled – production (tracks 1, 5, 13)
  • The Runners – production (track 2)
  • DJ Nasty & LVM – production (tracks 2, 3)
  • Midnight Black – production (track 3)
  • Kanye West – production (track 4)
  • Jon Brion – production (track 4)
  • Cool & Dre – production (tracks 6, 8, 9, 11, 16)
  • Streetrunner – production (track 7)
  • Mr. Collipark – production (track 10)
  • DVLP – production (track 12)
  • Filthy – production (track 12)
  • T-Mix – production (track 14)
  • Keith Mack – production (track 15)
  • Diaz Brothers – production (track 17)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[12] 12
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[13] 3

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Jeffires, David. "Listennn... the Album – DJ Khaled". AllMusic. Retrieved July 26, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Tardio, Andres (June 4, 2006). "Terror Squad Presents DJ Khaled – Listennn". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. Retrieved July 26, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Friedman, A. L. (September 7, 2006). "DJ Khaled: Listennn... the Album". PopMatters. Retrieved July 26, 2011.
  5. ^ a b Juon, Steve 'Flash' (June 13, 2006). "DJ Khaled :: Listennn – The Album :: Terror Squad/Koch Records". RapReviews. Retrieved July 26, 2011.
  6. ^ a b Scott, Damien (July 2006). "DJ Khaled 'Listennn...The Album'". Vibe. Vibe Media. 14 (7): 144. ISSN 1070-4701. Retrieved July 26, 2011.
  7. ^ Golianopolous, Thomas (June 2, 2006). "DJ Khaled Listennn... The Album". XXL. Townsquare Media. Archived from the original on December 23, 2015. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  8. ^ Hasty, Katie (June 14, 2006). "AFI Burns Brightly With No. 1 Debut". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 8, 2018.
  9. ^ Diep, Eric (October 21, 2013). "DJ Khaled's Complete Discography By The Numbers – Page 2 of 8 – XXL". XXL. Townsquare Media. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
  10. ^ "BMI | Repertoire Search". repertoire.bmi.com. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
  11. ^ "ACE Repertory". www.ascap.com. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
  12. ^ "DJ Khaled Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "DJ Khaled Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard.