STORY BY JACOB MCKAY
All I do is win. I’m On One. No New Friends. The list goes on and on. DJ Khaled and his anthems are responsible for some of the most recognizable catchphrases in pop culture over the last ten years.
The man is a master of collaboration, managing to do basically nothing while having his songs feature the biggest artists in hip-hop along with the brightest producers.
Khaled has been slapping his name on hits since most of the people who read this were in grade school. We grew up being caught up in the infectious confidence of T-Pain belting out, “All I do is WIN, WIN, WIN, NO MATTER WHAT!”
The DJ Khaled who provided us with such memorable moments is not gone. After 2013’s “Kiss the Ring”, Khaled has been on a two-year hiatus from his normal pattern of an album more or less every summer.
That does not mean Khaled stopped planning singles and collaborating with artists he believed would make sure he retained the self-appointed title “King of the Anthems.” This DJ Khaled album will no doubt feature Khaled on the cover in some sort of pose that emphasizes his greatness.
If one studies Khaled’s work closely, it becomes evident that the cover of the album is one of the better parts of the project. The reason why you are reading this story is simple. You want to know what anthems off of this project will become classics.
Khaled somehow managed to get five features from the man of the year in hip-hop, Future. I can confirm that Future went off on basically every feature. There is a decent amount of French Montana appearances, and always on hooks, where he seems to be at his best.
The production is very energetic even by Khaled standards, with the trap drums that have become popular since Khaled’s last work. In an era of songs being popularized by having catchy hooks, that box can be checked as well.
There are four or five songs that will be stuck in your head guaranteed and as far as sure-fire radio anthems, at least two or three. Khaled may have provided exactly what we needed in a music packed year.
There have been more classic hip-hop albums this year than the last five combined, from every notable artist. Sometimes we just need a bunch of songs to go crazy to, like in middle school. DJ Khaled is back to giving us those “All I do is win” moments.