Listennn... the Album

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Listennn... the Album
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Studio album by DJ Khaled
Released June 6, 2006 (2006-06-06)
Recorded 2005–06
Genre Hip hop
Length 65:56
Label
Producer
DJ Khaled chronology
Listennn... The Album
(2006)
We the Best
(2007)We the Best2007
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 disc jockey 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.[1]

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.

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] 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] Andrew 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.[1]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."Intro"DJ Khaled1:59
2."Born-N-Raised" (featuring Pitbull, Trick Daddy and Rick Ross)The Runners4:16
3."Gangsta Shit" (featuring Young Jeezy, Bun B, Slick Pulla and Blood Raw)DJ Nasty & LVM, Midnight Black3:51
4."Grammy Family" (featuring Kanye West, Consequence and John Legend)Kanye West, Jon Brion3:24
5."Problem" (featuring Beanie Sigel and Jadakiss)DJ Khaled3:36
6."Holla at Me" (featuring Lil Wayne, Paul Wall, Fat Joe, Rick Ross and Pitbull)Cool & Dre4:28
7."Addicted" (featuring Juelz Santana)Streetrunner3:45
8."Watch Out" (featuring Akon, Styles P, Fat Joe and Rick Ross)Cool & Dre3:45
9."Destroy You" (featuring Krayzie Bone and Twista)Cool & Dre4:27
10."Never Be Nothing Like Me" (featuring Lil' Scrappy and Homebwoi)Mr. Collipark4:23
11."Candy Paint" (featuring Slim Thug, Trina and Chamillionaire)Cool & Dre4:10
12."MIA" (featuring Lil Wayne)DVLP, Filthy3:45
13."Where You At" (featuring Freeway and Clipse)DJ Khaled3:52
14."Still Fly" (featuring Birdman and Chop)T-MIX5:10
15."Dip Slide Ride Out" (featuring T.I., Big Kuntry King and Young Dro)Nick Fury, Keith Mack5:10
16."Movement" (featuring Dre)Cool & Dre3:42
17."The Future of Dade" (featuring Brisco, Dirty Red, Dela, Lunch Money, Co, Hennessy and P.M.)Diaz Brothers5:37

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[9] 12
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[10] 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 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. 
  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. ^ Vibe review
  7. ^ Golianopolous, Thomas (June 2, 2006). "DJ Khaled Listennn... The Album". XXL. Townsquare Media. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  8. ^ Hasty, Katie (June 14, 2006). "AFI Burns Brightly With No. 1 Debut". Billboard. Eldridge Industries. Retrieved July 8, 2018. 
  9. ^ "DJ Khaled Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "DJ Khaled Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard.