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DJ Khaled
We The Best

djkhaled.jpgIf nothing else, DJ Khaled is a great host. After a successful mixtape run, the Miami-based jock made sure to include all his MC buddies on last year’s Listennn: The Album. For his follow-up effort, We the Best, the rotund producer/DJ continues to play the back while his lyrically inclined friends feast on a new batch of synth-funk and soulful grooves.

Surprisingly, Khaled, a fine beatmaker in his own right, only produces the intro track, and the majority of the rhythms are supplied by regional favorites. The Diaz Brothers paint a vivid backdrop of thudding drums for the 305 posse cut “Bitch I’m From Dade County.” On the anthemic “Hit ’Em Up,” Orlando neighbors the Runners cook up a bevy of sounds for Bun B, Paul Wall and Pitbull to drop bombs on. Anchoring the album, however, is the majestic leadoff single, “We Takin’ Over,” featuring T.I., Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Baby and Akon over Danja’s synthesized bed of sound.

While all the main ingredients for a great compilation are in place, Khaled’s lack of direction hinders the project’s overall potential. Despite a notable bravado-filled verse from Cassidy (“I just beat a murder, so what is niggas tellin’ me”), “No Hook” is an exercise in patience, waiting for Jim Jones to finish yet another ballin’ manifesto. Khaled also mistakenly enlists Jadakiss, Fat Joe and Ja Rule to reconvene on a hollow organ-filled track for “New York,” which pales in comparison to the 2004 original.

Even Lil Wayne, who appears four times, provides weak moments. The 808-stocked “S on My Chest” finds Weezy spittin’ aimlessly: “Real thick women, I adore/I’m a whore/You know that I’m a whore.” Young Money regains his swag on the soulful “Let’s Talk,” where he professes his love for a scorned lover: “Five carats on her ring, got her hand smitten/But everyone get a ring, even Scottie Pippen.” Well, not everyone. Although Khaled corrals an all-star lineup, the lack of team chemistry makes We the Best fall just short of a championship run. —JESÚS TRIVIÑO ALARCÓN


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    Lil Wayne is average when at his best and people say he’s runnin shit,please!Collabos work well 4 rappers who cant even spit 8 bars.TRASHBAG MUSIC AT ITS BEST!

  • HollyHood

    Wayne is dope, but he ain’t took a break, I guess he scared of fallin off, but being that he’s always workin sometime his shit gets repetetive and he stars soundin wack. But he’s dope when he wanna b. But he’s far from the best rapper alive!!

  • 813-tampaboi-813

    ey dat new track dey got out “brown paper bag” dat shit hot

  • BuckTheWorld

    1 to 5 its about 3.8 and tha beats are str8. ALBANY4LIfe is rite wayne isnt the best but he got some crazy flow. The album is aight but not even close to the top 10 this year. BUCKtheWORLD still #1.

  • The Chancellor

    Man DJ Khaled is wack! someone please weigh in here!

  • beeyo

    Every time Khaled yells “We the BEST!!”, he sounds to me like a immigrant retarded 4th grader who got left back twice that can’t really find the right words to express himself, on account of his illiteracy.

  • Dude

    Dang, the advance I saw only had 12 tracks, but maybe it’s not complete since “No Hook” was not on it. Anyways, it was 12 tracks but you take away the intro and the movement (skit) and you are down to 10 tracks. If you have “We takin’ over” basically recorded in your mind and you dislike “Brown paper bag” then you’re down to eight tracks.

    The problem I had with his last album is addressed in this review: Khaled’s lack of direction hinders the project’s overall potential. Why [Khaled] did a New York song with Ja Rule, Jadakiss, and Fat Joe? LOL! I wish I knew.

    Nor do I know where Khaled gets the idea to say (in regards to his sophmore album) “This is like Big, Pac, Nas. My shit is concepts.” If saying “I’m so hood” or “I’m from the ghetto” then more power to the guy. If he sees a concept as a general idea then he is right; he has not grasped the concept of a concept as an idea though.

    Do not get me wrong, I appreciate his effort and passion for music. However, he will have to come stronger than just getting a bunch of artists together to make “bangers.” How would I know whose CD this is if I were to buy it with no booklet? What seperates this from any mixtape with assorted artists songs? Where is that pizazz that makes this album stand out (in a good way) as a DJ Khaled album, aside from the constant “LISTEEEEEEEN” and “We the best?”

    P.S. What is with this guy constantly saying the N-word? Fat Joe set a bad example for this guy.

    I would rate this a Medium.

  • beeyo

    Khaled: “I love CRAYONS!!!”
    Teacher: “Yes, I know Khaled.”
    Khaled: “Crayons the BEST!!”
    Teacher:”You’ve said the already, Khaled. You’re in ninth grade now Khaled, its time to move past the crayons.”
    Khaled:”I love CRAYONS!!
    Teacher: Shoots self in the face.
    Khaleds:”That’s RED. Like the red CRAYON!!!”

  • beeyo

    Khaled: “I love CRAYONS!!!”
    Teacher: “Yes, I know Khaled.”
    Khaled: “Crayons the BEST!!”
    Teacher:”You’ve said that already, Khaled. You’re in ninth grade now Khaled, its time to move past the crayons.”
    Khaled:”I love CRAYONS!!
    Teacher: Shoots self in the face.
    Khaleds:”That’s RED!! Like the red CRAYON!!! Crayons the BEST!!”

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  • Spencer

    Why the hell did they pick the worse line from lil wayne on that track to write about. They should have said that on that same track he also said, ‘Say you want beef, well i got cha boy. I’ma let the BIG MAC WHOP-A-Boy ‘. (Big Mac, Whopper, beef, get it)

  • XTC

    WHACK if NY aint dropin good shit and this the bullshit i gotta hear then im sorry ima start litsenin to rock and shit

    hip hop is dead

  • semi

    Koch stay getting an L…They need to by some ads!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/larrybrite larry brite

    khaled can get lil wizzy, fat joe and akon for his entire album and it will not be hot.

  • http://www.yahoo.com what it do

    Dj khaled is a goofy middle eastern guy with a funny voice. U cant tak him seriously. and how can he rep MIami without putting pittbull on his album. PITBULL is mr. 305

  • NapCtyKngz

    he’s a DJ people. he supposed to be yelling. Pitbull is on ‘Bitch Im From Dade County’. and whats wrong wit an artist hyping his album. should he yell GUnit Dipset. the NY song is average but its true they coming back(im from the bottom bitch) West coast is to but the South gon be the major sellers for a hot minute. when they cool down everybody gon be on the same track. 4sho

  • NapCtyKngz

    like or dislike
    QUIT Hatin

  • Beezy

    Fuck that that album is hella hot khaled is that nigga beanie siegal so was even fire, wayne is always hot so motherfuckas stop hating because the the bessssssst

  • ryba!

    Khaled PlaY mY sHIT, nIGGA i’M tHE bEST !!!!

  • http://- YA BOY

    what exactly is it, that khaled does if he doesnt produce? can someone please explain it to me???

  • SleepY 1

    WE THE WORST! dis cd sucked i was looking for a cd wit like 10 hard tracks and only “bitch im from dade county” and “brown paper bag” were some hot tracks. Listen… was fire. keep doin your thing khaled. Respect Ya

  • Sire For Hire

    BEEYO, you must of met Khaled before. This album isn’t even worth buying the bootleg.

  • 50

    KHAled Play Buck Shit Nigga !

  • these posts are racist

    Stop hating on Khaled, he’s dope. His album is hot, his swagger is sick and his ability to get a group of rappers together and make them mesh is unparellel. You guys need to stop hating on Khaled for doing it right. you don’t like him, don’t copp his album…but i bet you get out your seat when “We takin over comes on.”

  • i’ll shit bag u

    i hate this chump..all his shit is wack….

  • to real for the streets

    all ya haters need to stop hating on my nigga ya just mad bitches tht he’s leaving good the first palestine nigga in the rap game rep for the muslims we with u nigga and u know we the best fuck all ths haters they ain’t feeling u they wish they can do the same shit u hang around with same ppl u do let the haters hate just be a player and keep on playing …..knock them haters out biatch…..

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  • Bigz Lury

    word 2 the rap game khaled gets some hot people but you have too much talent on one track. i aint sayin its bad but danm mix it up you keep gettin the same fuckin ppl on tracks shit you a dj then mix it up. lil weezy mane fuck weezy he aint got flow shit hes a swagger jaccer 4 life (atleast over beats). this nigga always spits over other ppls beats. fuck that nigga you wanna spit then spit on your own shit nigga not mines. Weezy spits shitty rhymes for people he dnt actually make punchlines 4 niggas to vibe to thats why hes great though only cause he can make a rhyme. you feel me. Honestly this aint khaleds best trust me let this nigga mix with people like ludacris nelly jeezy aundre 3000 n idk daz dillinger do something that niggas wouldnt expect you feel me and see how that shit would turn out. put different flavours in the shit so the shit can stink like hell dattz how you do it.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/?p=10607 Got Purp

    fuck this fuck that…everybody hatin on everything. im not sayin this dude Khaled is ‘the Best’ but he DOES have SOME dope tracks on both of his cd’s.

    i’d like to see some of you talkin shit spit a hot verse, produce a hot track, make nice collabo’s or even get behind the 1′s and 2′s and bring that shit out…im sure none of u got talent. what a waste…fuckin faggot

  • im the best! at commenting

    alright, bm jr IS the best out there right now, but not even he can save an album from a talentless dj… idk if anyone watched hi stints on mtvjams fab 5, but he included”we the best” and “listenn” in his responses to literally every question… also, with the exception of the last sixteen bars, we takin over is weak… TI assures us know he knows his states, a shallow akon belts out a meaningless hook, then ricky ross talks some more about miami, then fat joe talks about how he has been in the game for a while, and then baby and lil wayne give great performances, emphasis on lil wayne… “artists” like khaled are the reasons that hip-hop is dead…

  • BiG NuT StaiN DrAwPa

    Mayne!! dis sum ol’ weak nigga boo boo shit mayne…… Dj khaled sum ol lobster lookin ass nigga ridin dat douche donkey dat shit ain’t hoo…….d. And what da fuck is this nigga Jim Jones doin?!?!?! nigga spittin dem “i eat dick” rhymes lil busta ass faggot ………..”you smell me ya dig”…….nigga What tha Fuck is dat cornpudd shit !!! ……. sum skr8 garbage!! real talk!!!

  • johnny

    khaled doesnt make hit records.. The Runners do!!!!! AHHHHHHHHH!

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