DJ Khaled is multi-talented in the way he becomes not only an artist but also radio host and Def Jam South president. Born on November 26, 1975 in New Orleans, Louisiana, Khaled Bin Abdul Khaled inherited Palestinian blood. In his teens, Khaled had developed interest in music but he didn't want to be a rapper because he "didn't have that kind of ethic".
He loved making beats and experimenting with sounds, therefore he chose to be a music producer. "I fell in love with making sounds and beats and from then on I worked very hard to get somewhere with my music," Khaled said. One of his first takes in showbiz was as radio host and a sidekick to Miami rapper Luther Campbell in 1998. In the same year, hip-hop group Terror Squad was established in Bronx, NYC and Khaled joined as a member.
In June 2006, his first solo album "Listennn...the Album" was released under Koch Records. "I went to Koch because I like dealing with the underdogs. The people at Koch are family to me, and they all work. It's not like when you're dealing with the big companies and you have to find out who's doing what," the DJ said about signing to the label. The decision was on-spot for his album debuted on Billboard Hot 200 at number 12.
Khaled followed it up with "We the Best" in 2007 with more artists such as T-Pain, Plies and Rick Ross in feature. One of the singles "We Takin' Over" was at number 28 on Hot 100 and later certified gold by RIAA. When not working on his next album, Khaled was keen on helping other artists in their projects.
His busy schedule prevented him from releasing an album in 2009. "Victory", his fourth studio album, was released in March 2010, featuring Nas, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, Ludacris, Drake and many more. Unlike the previous ones, the album had low sales but still debuted at #12 on the Billboard 200.
Khaled's fifth album is titled "We the Best Forever" and would be released as part of his new deal with Cash Money Records and Universal Motown. Among the guests are fellow Terror Squad member Fat Joe, Chris Brown, Keyshia Cole, Cee-Lo, Kanye West and Nicki Minaj. "Welcome to My Hood" was released as the first single and the album was dropped in stores on July 19, 2011.
Khaled returned with a new album called "Kiss the Ring" in 2012. He followed it up with "Suffering from Success" in 2013. The title was inspired by Khaled's visit to a doctor. At the time, he complained about a bald spot on his beard to the doctor, who then told him he was "suffering from success."
One of the standouts from the project was "I Wanna Be With You" featuring Nicki Minaj. Before releasing the song, Khaled publicly "proposed" to Minaj with a 10 karat diamond ring from Rafaello & Co., valued at about $500,000. "I ain't a young boy no more. I'm on my thinking the future. I just had to be honest. I always liked her. She's my friend, of course. And I like her. It's more than a crush," he said of his proposal in an interview before Minaj said that Khaled was just kidding.
"Khaled is my brother and Khaled was not serious with that damn proposal, ya'll. Please let it go. He was kidding," she said in an interview with Funkmaster Flex that later premiered Khaled's "I Wanna Be With You". This led some to believe that his proposal was a "publicity stunt" to promote his new single.
In May 2015, Khaled revealed that he'd parted ways with Cash Money Records. "I'm not signed to Cash Money at all. I've been off for a minute," Khaled said. "It's not that I'm here to promote that I've been off. That's family. But, nah, it's just We The Best. Nothing negative, everything's beautiful." His first project after leaving the label was "I Changed a Lot" that came out in October 2015.
In February 2016, Khaled signed a management-only deal with Jay-Z's Roc Nation and announced his ninth studio album. Titled "Major Key", the LP was released in July 2016 and became his first album to reach No. 1 on Billboard 200.