DJ Khaled Gets the Keys to Miami
Over the past few days, the quote-unquote Rap Internet has been up in arms about something Vince Staples said. The young artist from Long Beach explained in an interview with Time that the 1990s, while producing some of the best hip-hop in history, are not unassailable, nor are they inherently better than more recent periods. And while some old heads took great offense to this, it speaks to a fundamental part of human nature: we romanticize the past at the expense of watching what's going on around us. One day you might wake up and realize that you haven't given the architects and curators of 2000s and 2010s rap their due. When that day comes, DJ Khaled will be in Miami, waiting for your apology.
Some people recognize: Yesterday (Oct. 29), Miami mayor Tomas Pedro Regalado presented Khaled with keys to the city at Citrus Grove Middle School; students performed for Khaled after his reign over the Florida metropolis was made official. The DJ also made a donation to the school's arts program and to the Miami Music Project, which provides performance and instrumental education to boys and girls in the city's public school system. Khaled's eighth album, I Changed a Lot, is available now, and features cover art dedicated to a local eatery he owns. It sports contributions from fellow Miami pillar Rick Ross, alongside Future, Boosie BadAzz, Jeremih, Trey Songz, French Montana, Jadakiss, Lil Wayne, Beanie Sigel and many more.