You probably follow him on Snapchat or found some type of knowledge from his motivational video that has been floating around. It’s hard to deny DJ Khaled‘s staying power both in pop culture and music. The “king of the summer anthem” has been present since 2006, but with his budding popularity on the social media front, I’ve been ranking his “anthems” in my head. You can’t deny that Khaled has a certain touch when it comes to making big, anthemic tracks and getting artists together to collaborate successfully – an underrated trait.
5) “Holla At Me” from Listennn… The Album: Featuring verses from Lil Wayne, who was on a lyrical hot streak at the time, Pitbull before he began his onslaught in the pop word and Paul Wall at the height of Swishahouse, “Holla At Me” was one of the first instanes that proved Khaled could do a proper crew record. Top it off with verses from Fat Joe and an up and coming Rick Ross, the 808 heavy, “Looking For The Perfect Beat”-sampled track was the first implication that Khaled was on to something.
4) “Grammy Family” from Listennn… The Album: Before there were G.O.O.D. Fridays and Cruel Summer, we had “Grammy Family”, which included some of the G.O.O.D. Music family (Kanye West, Consequence, and John Legend). West was the near the top of his game, dropping bars like “From the chi the city of hella haters/where we keep rising to the top like elevators”, as was Consequence, one of the most underrated rappers who rounded out the track with gems like “I started independent with owners from land speed/But now they recognize the way they did for Sam Sneed.” And, of course, I can’t speak on this track without including one of the best Jay-Z freestyles in his history.
3) “I’m On One” from We The Best Forever: A track that you can hit a decent two-step to, “I’m On One” is the song that showed versatility in the Khaled crew-record ensemble. It’s a little slower tempo, but still packed that anthem feel. Personally, this is one of my favorites. This is also the highest charting song for Khaled to date (# 10 on the Billboard Hot 100) and you can see why, there is great crossover appeal to it. Plus you have Drake singing the hook in a style that a lot of people would go on to emulate.
2) “We Takin Over” from We The Best: One would argue that this was the first anthem that put DJ Khaled on the map. I’m surprised that everybody forgot about Akon, who blessed the hook on this track. If there’s one consistent thing about these “anthems”, it’s that Khaled always gets great verses out of Lil Wayne and Rick Ross. Chalk it up to being the eye of the storm if you will. It was almost hard to keep this track out of the top spot.
1) “All I Do Is Win” from Victory : It’s one of the ultimate celebratory songs. Hell, you might even call it hip hop’s “We Are The Champions”. I heard this track on New Years Eve 2015 and everybody stopped what they were doing when we were all prompted to put our hands up. This song will be around forever, I can pretty much guarantee it.