Snapchat legend DJ Khaled released his ninth studio album Major Key this summer. The phrase “Major Key” comes from Khaled’s motivational speeches on his snapchat stories. Khaled discovered this app in 2015 and began sharing his keys to success. His keys consisted of cutting “they” out of your life and using cocoa butter on the daily.
If you only know Khaled from this snapchat fame then you’ve been living under a rock. DJ Khaled is known heavily throughout Hip-Hop for collaborating with your favorite artists. His signature adlib “We the best!!” echo’s throughout one of your 2000s playlists. Having connections with the hottest stars in music, his career rocketed after collaborating with acts like YMCMB and Rick Ross.
Even though DJ Khaled gained a new younger demographic from his snapchat legacy he brought on artists that will appeal to an older demographic such as Jadakiss, Betty Wright & Nas on to this album. The music on this album brings different vibes and flavors. It’s almost kind of messy and seems like a bunch of tracks recorded from the past three years have been thrown together into one album.
Catchy songs like For Free (feat. Drake) weren’t even created by Khaled himself. For Free was produced by Jordan Ullman of Majid Jordan and Ninteen85 (aka DVSN); out of the 14 songs on the album Khaled only had his hands producing about 4 of them. Khaled was involved in the writing process of majority of his album, but having so many different styles and multiple producers makes this album messy. I learned that Khaled doesn’t produce the music as much, he buys the track from artists and makes it his own.
Do You Mind sounds like a song from 2010. From Nicki’s cringe worthy verse to lack of suitable lyrics, and having three artists who sound very similar makes Do You Mind a hot mess. There’s no reason for a hook to be repeating for 5+ minutes. This song is also too crowded; I don’t understand why there needed be six artists on one song.
Big Sean’s verse on Work For It makes it the best song on the album with its lucrative production and clever word play. From putting an usher sample in his verse to making a TWENTY88 reference Sean held up making it the best song on the album. Tourist (feat. Travis Scott & Lil Wayne) is my second favorite song on Major Key. Before its “debut” on Khaled’s album an unfinished version of this song leaked a couple months ago.
One song that stood out to me was Forgive Me Father featuring Megan Trainor, Wiz Khalifa, and Wale, I thought it was very strange that Khaled chose to have Meghan Trainor on his album. Khaled went on the Formation World Tour with Beyoncé and the female vocalist he chose for that track was Meghan Trainor?
Major Key brings out some messages pertaining to the issues of today within the lyrics. It’s a decent album but I would not rank it as one of my favorite releases of the summer. I don’t think this is DJ Khaled’s best album but he did deliver anthems for summer sixteen.