Happy Birthday, DJ Khaled!
In 2017, DJ Khaled has branded himself as a super A&R/producer and the king of Snapchat. The Miami-based hitmaker, born Khaled bin Abdul Khaled, turns 42 years old today (Nov. 26).
DJ Khaled's specialty is giving people what they want. A majority of that is getting several rappers together to create a club hit, which is something he's been doing since 2006's Listennn... the Album. Khaled's formula for making club hits continued on several albums, including We The Best (2007), We Global (2008), Victory (2010), We The Best Forever (2011), Kiss the Ring (2011), Suffering from Success (2013), I Changed a Lot (2015) and Major Key (2016).
In June 2017, Khaled delivered, arguably, his best album to date, Grateful, which was executive produced by his one-year-old son, Asahd. The collection featured the chart-topping hits "I'm the One," featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne, and the infectious "Wild Thoughts" featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller.
For his hard work, DJ Khaled nabbed a trophy for Best Song (Rap/Hip-Hop) for "I'm the One" at the 2017 American Music Awards.
"God is the greatest," Khaled said during his acceptance speech. "God, I love you -- thank you so much, Im so grateful for you. I wanna thank my son, the executive producer. Asahd, we did it, boy!"
DJ Khaled's is ready to bring his success to the small screen. He and fellow rap mogul Diddy have officially signed on to be judges of Fox’s upcoming hip-hop talent competition series, The Four. Just think of it as a quasi-hip-hop version of American Idol. The show will air in January 2018.
Happy Birthday, DJ Khaled! Another one.