DJ Khaled has teamed up with some of the most talented acts in hip hop and r'n'b for his new album Major Key. Released on 29 July, the record boasts guest features from the likes of Rick Ross, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj and even pop star Meghan Trainor. Needless to say, DJ Khaled is one of the most well-connected men in music – just how does he do it?
Working with DJ Khaled, real name Khaled Mohamed Khaled, almost guarantees a hit single, even for established artists like Rick Ross or Jay Z. The music producer may not be a regular chart-topper on the Billboard Hot 100, but his reputation and ability to create an instantly infectious hip-hop track is certified. Khaled, 40, has landed some incredible collaborations over the last decade – but the guestlist on his ninth album Major Key may just be his best to date.
In total, 29 artists are credited as guests on Major Key. That may sound like hard work to the average person, but it is mostly pleasure for DJ Khaled, who told iHeartRadio in 2015 around the release of his eighth album I Changed A Lot: "All of those artists, I'm a fan of their music and they're my friends. So these are featuring your favourite artists.
"These are all my favourite artists in one album. And what I am good at is making good songs with our favourite artists. Getting a feature is one thing, but making a good song is another thing, and that's what I do. I make good songs."
Even when they are his friends, DJ Khaled can experience trouble securing collaborations. Revealing how he persuaded his Roc Nation boss Jay Z to feature on I Got The Keys, DJ Khaled said: "I basically got a condo in NYC for a whole year to stay close by him and to let him know how hungry I was for that verse. I went to the studio everyday, he was recording his album."
He added: "It was a year process that I had to go back-and-forth from Miami to New York. I let him know I ain't going nowhere. Basically we made history and I ain't ever stopping."
Before fans indulge themselves in the fresh material on Major Key, IBTimes UK takes a look back at DJ Khaled's best collaborations so far.