We the Best

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This article is about a 2007 DJ Khaled album. For a record label founded in 2008, see We the Best Music Group.
We The Best
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Studio album by DJ Khaled
Released June 12, 2007
Recorded 2006–2007
Genre Hip hop
Length 65:49
Label Terror Squad, Koch
Producer Kane Beatz, Cool & Dre, Danja, Jim Jonsin, Diaz Brothers, DJ Khaled, Steve Morales, The Runners, The Fresher's
DJ Khaled chronology
Listennn... the Album
We the Best
We Global
Singles from We the Best
  1. "We Takin' Over"
    Released: April 1, 2007
  2. "I'm So Hood"
    Released: September 11, 2007

We the Best is the second studio album by Miami mixtape DJ and Terror Squad member DJ Khaled, which was released on June 12, 2007. Guest appearances are Fat Joe, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Birdman, T.I., Akon, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, T-Pain, Dre, Game, Trick Daddy, Young Jeezy, Plies, Juelz Santana, Jadakiss, Ja Rule, Styles P, Trina, Flo Rida, Paul Wall, Bun B and C-Ride.

We the Best received a mixed reception from critics who found some of the tracks enjoyable and engaging but felt it was over-bloated with lesser tracks and Khaled's persistent ad-libbing throughout the album. The album debuted at number 8 on the Billboard 200 and spawned two singles: "We Takin' Over" and "I'm So Hood". The album has sold 440,000 copies in the United States as of January 2008.


Rick Ross, Dre, Lil Wayne, Fat Joe and Trick Daddy had a much "major role" on this album. Rick Ross is featured on 5 tracks, Dre is featured on 4 tracks, Trick Daddy, Fat Joe and Lil Wayne are featured on 3 tracks, Jadakiss, Birdman and C-Ride are featured on 2 tracks.[1] There are new guests on the album, like T-Pain, Plies, Flo Rida, Pooh Bear, C-Ride, Cassidy, Shareefa, Yung Berg, Ludacris, Lil' Kim, R. Kelly, Ace Mack, Busta Rhymes, Willy Northpole, Rich Boy, Joe Hound, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Jim Jones, Big Boi and Ja Rule.


Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
DJBooth 2/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly C[4]
HipHopDX 3/5 stars[5]
Pitchfork Media 4.8/10[6]
RapReviews 7.5/10[7]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[8]

We the Best received a generally mixed reception from music critics. Steve 'Flash' Juon of RapReviews praised the album for showcasing great lyricism and production from some of the best rappers and producers working at the time but found Khaled's repeated trademark phrases annoying, concluding with: "Other than that though this album is good - hell it's even summer banger ride in your Jeep with it 'til October good. Just don't fool yourself into thinking that Khaled had anything to do with it other than putting the right people together in the right place at the right time."[7] Christian Hoard of Rolling Stone said that Khaled's beats weren't anything innovative but we're used well thanks to a huge list of guest artists and tracks like "Hit Them Up" and "Brown Paper Bag" that he credited for being "big, dumb pleasures, just begging to blast from your SUV."[8] David Jeffries of AllMusic also praised the album for collecting a lot of capable guest artists to deliver great lyricism but found some of Khaled's catchphrases and geographical jumping through his producers as the album's shortcomings, concluding that, "Much more frustrating than a failure, We the Best earns a slight thumbs up if you think of it as a disjointed soundtrack or four-hit mixtape."[2]

Andres Tardio of HipHopDX commented on the various tracks throughout the album, saying that some of them can grab the attention of the listeners but others will feel tiring with the overabundance of guest artists and their lack of focus in the lyrics.[5] Tom Breihan of Pitchfork Media said that after the first single, the album starts to sound rote and generic with tracks that deliver more swagger-rap and less thought-provoking substance, concluding that "We the Best, it turns out, is indicative of one of the major problems with mainstream rap lately: too many rappers seem unwilling to drop their defenses and speak plainly."[6]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 8 on the Billboard 200, selling 79,000 copies in its first week.[9] As of January 2008, the album has sold 440,000 copies in the United States.[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro (We the Best)" (featuring Rick Ross) DJ Khaled 1:57
2. "The Movement" (skit) (featuring K. Foxx)   0:22
3. "We Takin' Over" (featuring T.I., Akon, Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Birdman and Lil Wayne) Danja 4:24
4. "Brown Paper Bag" (featuring Young Jeezy, Dre, Juelz Santana, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne and Fat Joe) Cool & Dre 4:57
5. "I'm So Hood" (featuring T-Pain, Trick Daddy, Rick Ross and Plies) The Runners 4:15
6. "Before the Solution" (featuring Beanie Sigel and Pooh Bear) DJ Khaled 4:29
7. "I'm From the Ghetto" (featuring Dre, The Game, Jadakiss and Trick Daddy) Cool & Dre 5:06
8. "Hit 'Em Up" (featuring Bun B and Paul Wall) The Runners 3:20
9. "S on My Chest" (featuring Lil Wayne and Birdman) Kane Beatz, The Nasty Beatmakers 4:10
10. "Bitch I'm From Dade County" (featuring Trick Daddy, Trina, Rick Ross, Brisco, Flo Rida, C-Ride and Dre) Diaz Brothers 5:48
11. "The Originators" (featuring Bone Thugs-n-Harmony) Cool & Dre 6:18
12. "New York is Back" (featuring Jadakiss, Fat Joe and Ja Rule) Cool & Dre 5:54
  • "Hit 'Em Up" was removed from the Wal-Mart Edition of the album.
  • "Intro (We The Best)" and "**** I'm From Dade County" both do not include Rick Ross in some markets. While it included on Best Buy.
  • "Brown Paper Bag" Contains a sample of "If I Can't Have You" by Yvonne Elliman
  • ""S" on My Chest" Contains a sample of "Get Your Shine On" by Birdman
  • "We Takin' Over" Contains a sample of "C.R.E.A.M." by Wu-Tang Clan


Credits for We the Best adapted from AllMusic.[10]



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