For hip-hop tops of a particular age, there’s an inevitable commonality present all through DJ Khaled’s twelfth studio collection, KHALED KHALED. Project opener “THANKFUL”, featuring Lil Wayne and Jeremih, gets the flute line from JAY-Z’s “Heart of the City (Ain’t No Love)”. Devotees of long lost ATL legend Shawty Lo will perceive the horn charge from H.E.R./Migos collabo “WE GOING CRAZY” as the one from “Dey Know”. A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Big Sean, Puff Daddy and Rick Ross show up over an interjection of the Notorious B.I.G. exemplary “Long Kiss Goodnight” for “THIS IS MY YEAR”, and afterward we get Justin Timberlake on “JUST BE” singing over a piano circle that Ghostface Killah made well known on “All That I Got Is You”.
To be reasonable, however, these equivalent standards of hip-hop past are much of the time samples themselves, with Khaled simply encouraging the practice he was naturally introduced to—refreshing incredible music for another age of audience members. The sounds he’s designed here are irrefutable around there and will without a doubt be as eyebrow-raising for the unenlightened as they are for those overwhelmed with wistfulness. There’s an absolutely new energy in the odd-couple collaboration “LET IT GO” (that features Justin Bieber and 21 Savage), a mountain-moving articulation melody that features both JAY-Z and Nas (“SORRY NOT SORRY”) and afterward a legends-only dancehall set called “WHERE YOU COME FROM” featuring Buju Banton, Capleton and Bounty Killer. Oh, and two Drake tunes!
All the songs in the album can be streamed here for your listening pleasure.