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DJ Khaled, We The Best Forever

DJ Khaled is fast-becoming more consistent than your favorite rapper. Beginning with his debut “solo” album, Listennn…the Album, in 2006, the part-time DJ, part-time artist, part-time label exec has released five albums, including We The Best Forever, which hit shelves this past Tuesday. In that five-year span, Khaled has become something of a larger than life hip-hop personality, and has had his hand in at least one anthemic hit record yearly. With We The Best Forever, the recent YMCMB signee shows not just that he has a lot of friends, but, more importantly, that he knows how to put them together to facilitate the crafting of undeniable bangers.

The album opens, fittingly, with No. 1 hit “I’m On One.” Since it’s release in May, the Drake-Rick Ross-Lil Wayne collaboration has established itself, with ease, as the song of the summer. And it’s frankly hard to imagine anything surpassing it as the most memorable song of 2011. Setting off WTBF with such a peak would seem to lend itself to disappointment as the album progresses, but what works about this project is that, though no record is quite on the “I’m On One” level, nothing over the next 11 tracks feels left behind or lacking.

“Legendary” is a bit of an unexpected uplifting R&B anthem, as Chris Brown, Keyshia Cole and Ne-Yo volley elegantly executed harmonies back and forth. So, too, does the singing stand out on “Sleep When I’m Gone,” as Cee-Lo’s crooning bridges together verses from Busta Rhymes and Game. Later, “Future” is a showcase of exactly that, as Ace Hood, Meek Mill, Big Sean, Wale and Vado spew venom on a five-and-a-half minute, chorus-less track, produced by Boi-1da, that will stir up arguments about who came out on top.

Just as it opened, the album finds a way to close appropriately, as the DJ Khaled-featuring-a-lot-of-rappers “Welcome To My Hood (Remix)” sums up the reach of this new age artist. Though the content of We The Best Forever is what we’ve come to expect from a DJ Khaled offering—grandiose odes to the grind and getting yours—that he understands how to create those better than most is what makes a DJ Khaled track, and album, worthwhile. —Adam Fleischer

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    This rating is ridiculous. This is his weakest album yet and it gets an XL? Ridiculous. This CD is whack.

  • Hip Hop Addict

    This Album Was Straight Trash Lol…. The Ratings Was Another Case Of Dick Riding…. XXL The New Source???

    • jimmmyjam

      people on this site are hilarious once again bitching and accusing xxl of dickriding when they give a review u dnt like. pathetic. not everyone hatesfun u know.

  • JAM

    im not a hater but…this album is trash look on i tunes read the comments there even…..and if you still dont think so look at the numbers no one is rocking with it and im from florida and no one down here has a new york accent unless you from new york dj khaled aint from miami and if he is its cause he was born there but no one gets that accent unless you live up north look at trick daddy a real miami boy and that how we be talking f*** khaled i mean how can u be real and mess with officer ricky y homeboy was locked up where he use to work and the got his picture up lol….what ever happened to real hp hop stick to underground cause the music is ussually better n if you havent check BIG KRIT out boy fire……but once again f dj khaled

  • Will_Morebucks

    Khaled albums are like Fat Joe albums… Couple hot singles wit the rest of the album being lacking

  • swype-matic

    That song “The Future” is wack. Ace Hood was cool, and Wale was alright, and maybe even Vado, but Meek Mil & big Sean were complete trash and sucked the life outta that song

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  • G3

    how can future even be this fucks song if he doesnt kick a verse and didnt produce it? just sayin yall.

  • simpleTOM

    adam, this is the second suspect rating that i seen from you (sorry for the wait).