Super Producer DJ Khaled has delivered a feature packed record which is full of hits for the summer.
‘Grateful’ features the likes of Drake, Rihanna, Future, Travis Scott, Nas, Bryson Tiller, Alicia Keys and Nicki Minaj. Known for his larger than life personality and ability to bring together the biggest artists in Hip Hop, Snapchat King Khaled has followed up last summer’s smash ‘Major Key.’
Executively produced by his son Asahd, marketing genius Khaled had built anticipation for his tenth studio album by showcasing his bond with his son, shooting the young man into stardom. The 22-track album has a wide range of collaborations which make it very interesting. Khaled fuses the Old and New School Hip Hop sounds on the track ‘It’s Secured’ featuring Trap talisman Travis Scott and Hip Hop legend Nas.
Standout tracks from the album include single ‘Wild Thoughts’ featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, the production flips classic Noughties track ‘Maria Maria’ by Carlos Santana. ‘I’m The One’ a catchy collaboration featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper and Lil Wayne, which is already a number one single, showcases Khaled’s ability to bring so many different artists together. Summer smash ‘To The Max’ featuring Drake is a bassy number which samples UK funky classic ‘Heartbroken.’ ‘Shinin’ featuring billionaire couple Jay Z and Beyonce is a BET nominated track and is arguably the best song on the album. Similar to a conductor of an orchestra, Khaled has little hand in the technicalities of producing the sound but rather instructs the sound he wants to hear and brings different pieces and people together.
Another stellar track where Khaled brings together two of the most powerful women in Hip Hop is ‘Nobody.’ Alicia Keys provides strong vocals over a Gospel Inspired beat, Nicki Minaj raps aggressively in this triumphant track. Known for spreading peace and positivity, one controversial track on the album is ‘On Everything’ where Big Sean features and continues his subliminal beef with Kendrick Lamar sending a few cheeky shots back in the Compton rapper’s direction. The two MCs both featured on DJ Khaled’s last album on the track ‘Holy Key.’ Miami producer Khaled returns to the main theme of the album at the end, his son, with the last track titled ‘Thank You Asahd.’
Overall, Khaled has managed to produce a solid body of work with an upbeat and feel good vibe. It’s always a treat when an artist can manage to hold a plethora of artists on one album. Beyond the memes, shoutouts and social media persona that the world has become accustom to, Khaled delivers that and more in an album which is sure to be a summer smash.
Listen to ‘Grateful’ below: