EPISODE 90: DJ Khaled – Grateful Reaction
Coming off the birth of his beautiful baby boy Asahd, who, in fact, executively produced his album, and following up his 9th album Major Key, everyone’s favorite Snapchatter has returned with his TENTH, that’s right, TENTH studio album. Inspired by all of the “wins” he’s been blessed with, all the success he’s enjoyed, and the biggest blessing of all, his son, the album is aptly titled Grateful.
Khaled’s latest album runs 23 tracks long and is STACKED with features. To name a few, Travis Scott (who is featured on 4 entire songs), Future, Lil Wayne, Justin Bieber, Alicia Keys, Big Sean, Migos, Chance the Rapper, and Rick Ross, and that’s not even half of the guest list on the album. Unfortunately, despite the heart-warming album cover, the star-studded ensemble, and all the promotion all over social media, Khaled’s latest album is ultimately a disappointment. The phrase “quality over quantity” is the best way to sum up what’s wrong with this album. Additionally, the question of what exactly Khaled does on his albums is back in rotation. Khaled has a long history of hits to his name that he actually didn’t produce. “I’m On One” which is arguably his biggest hit, was produced by T-Minus and Noah “40” Shebib. With that song being one of many that Khaled didn’t have production credit on, a lot of eyebrows have been raised for a period of time when his music came up in conversation. Besides a few songs on the album, Grateful annoys more than it entertains. “Wild Thoughts” is a cheap imitation of the classic “Maria Maria” by the one-and-only Carlos Santana, “Shining” might be the laziest production ever to feature the likes of Beyoncé and Jay-Z, and overall, this 23 track project leaves any listener exhausted and not wanting to hear “Another One” for a cool minute.