What happens when you combine the forces of the successful social media dynamo that is DJ Khaled with Lil baby, one of the hottest rappers in the game right now? A legendary interview for Khaled’s special XXL digital cover of the magazine to celebrate his new album.
One day (May 1) after the release of his 12th studio album, Khaled khaledLast Friday (April 30), the # 1 album slogan king sat down at his Miami mansion for an interview with Lil Baby, who spoke to Khaled about his ride via Zoom to ask him everything on the making of his new 14 track LP.
When the famous DJ dropped the tracklist last week, just days before the album’s release, fans were eager to see a song featuring both Jay-Z and Nas. “Sorry Not Sorry,” also starring vocalist James Faunteleroy and Harmonies from The Hive (hi, Beyoncé), brings together two acclaimed big names in rap who have a rich history with each other that includes major beef in the years. 1990, then crushed it several years later. Rare as it is to hear Hov and Nas collaborate, they did it on the 2006 track “Black Republican”, who appears on the queens rapper Hip hop is dead album.
“Well, first of all, it’s been a dream of mine to hear these brothers working together, right?” Khaled tells Lil Baby. “Even when they were going through their situation. They were my two favorite MCs. Even when they moved on in life, you know, away from that situation, it was still a dream of mine to put on this record. [‘Sorry Not Sorry’] together.”
A few years ago, DJ Khaled was at a dinner party with some of the music industry’s most prolific artists when he had the vision of putting Hov and the Son of God together on a track. “And, you know, Jay is my brother, Nas is my brother and it took me around, it was one day that I was out in a restaurant with me, Nas, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Puff Daddy, uh, Pharrell and so many other people who were all having dinner and I remember they were just talking and I was sitting next to them and they were like laughing brothers, ”Khaled reveals . “I’m like, yo, that’s my, man, that’s, I can’t believe that, you no I say? And these are my brothers. So I said, you know what, I can this happen because they know my heart is pure, they know my soul is clean and my heart is clean and they know my face is clean and they know the kind of person that I am. “
Khaled didn’t bombard Jay and Nas with the demand to reprise any of his tracks right away. The timing had to be right. “So, but from that day forward, it took me about a few years, a few years later to have the courage to ask, you nah I say?” Khaled shares. “Even though I felt it… It was the right time. It’s a special album for me, you know, called Khaled khaled, and, uh, to put Jay-Z and Nas on a record together. Not even just that, to shoot the video, no I say? They don’t even shoot videos for themselves. So shoot the video and it’s my gift to the world and also a gift to me, but it was definitely for culture at the highest level, right? “
Overall, Khaled just wants to inspire with “Sorry, not sorry”. “And I wanted to inspire young dem, you nah I mean, if you ever bother with somebody, man, if you could fix it, it’s always awesome, no I mean?” he says.
Elsewhere in the interview, Lil Baby asks DJ Khaled which artists he still wants to work with, although he’s already locked up with a lot of hip-hop stars during his career. Baby himself appears on three songs on the Khaled khaled album: “Every Chance I Get” with Lil Durk, “I Did It” alongside Post Malone, Megan Thee Stallion and DaBaby, and “Body in Motion” also starring Roddy Ricch and Bryson Tiller. He also bonded with Khaled for 2019 Father of Asahd LP, on the tracks “You Stay” with Meek Mill, J Balvin and Jeremih, and “Weather the Storm” with Meek Mill.
“I have the chance to work with you on two albums, right?” Khaled tells baby. “I have the good fortune to work with Jay-Z on several albums, and [Lil] Wayne and [Rick] Ross. Like Lil Wayne and Ross have been on each of my albums since the start of my career. “
Khaled explains that his ultimate goal is to continue working with artists of Lil Baby’s caliber as well as the other performers who have appeared on many of Khaled’s albums. However, there is one rapper that Khaled hasn’t had a chance to record with yet. “But I would love to work with André 3000,” he says.
Three Stacks is also one of Lil Baby’s dream collaborations. “I’m not going to lie, that’s my answer,” says the chef at Four Pockets Full. “That’s my answer. Maybe you put us together on that bitch. Maybe you put us there together, me and Andre 3000.”
The founder of We The Best Music Group tells Baby that there might be some luxury in the future with a song that features both. “The deluxe with André 3000 and Lil Baby and the deluxe will only have one record,” Khaled laughs. “Not five, not 10, just one.”
“Yeah, it’s gonna be crazy,” Baby replies.
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