Interview: DJ Khaled Talks Cash Money, Rapping On Songs, & "We The Best Forever"

Interview: DJ Khaled Talks Cash Money, Rapping On Songs, & "We The Best Forever"Photography by Kareem Black
So what’s the guest list for We The Best Forever looking like?
DJ Khaled: You’ve got the usual suspects like Rick Ross, Plies, T-Pain, Lil Wayne, and Birdman. Then I’m about to work on records with Jeezy, Keyshia Cole, and Chris Brown. I worked with Cee Lo Green, Ludacris, and Nas. I’m also going to have Drake and Nicki Minaj on the album as well. As far as producers, you’ve got The Runners, The Renegades, Nasty Beatmakers, Danja, Boi-1da, and Drumma Boy.

When my record goes top ten, expect me to always do a super smash remix, and then I’m going to rap again.

Will you rap more on this album?
DJ Khaled: I’m going to rap on one of my remixes. When my record goes top ten, expect me to always do a super smash remix, and then I’m going to rap again. I got a surprise coming up, I’ve got some bars I’m about to let the world hear. They about to be lethal. Them "All I Do Is Win" bars were lethal too. But I got something up my sleeve, you feel me?

Do you have Rick Ross writing all your rhymes? Or do you have multiple people?
DJ Khaled: Nah, Ross didn’t write the ‘All I Do Is Win’ rhyme. But I don’t mind Ross writing me some rhymes. I come up with some of the rhymes myself. But it depends who I’m in the studio with because we just vibe and sometimes it turns into kind of a group effort. But of course, Ross is my brother. He’ll write a 16 any day for me and you know it’s going to be lethal. But I’ve got some swag myself.

On all your singles, you always have all the superstars come on one song together. How do you get everyone to do that?
DJ Khaled: I’d just say we have a great relationship and we all respect each other. Like, the term ‘real recognizes real’ is a real term because our relationships are real. Me and Ross have known each other from day one. I’ve know Jeezy before he was Jeezy. I’ve been down with Cash Money from back in the day. I’ve known T-Pain since he came in the game. So these are real relationships. I’m there for them and they’re there for me. And they know if I’m going to make a record with somebody, I’m gonna hit a home run. That’s my A&R-ing skills and my executive skills. I’m coming to the artist with a smash. I’m like, "Yo this is a smash. We’ve got to go in."

Has DJ Khaled ever taken a loss?
DJ Khaled: Nah, we can’t take a loss. We can take a "It was hard to get there." But we ain’t taking no loss. We’re going to win. You know, everybody’s got a different description of a loss, but we don’t lose here. We go hard. In everything we do we’re going to accomplish our victory and our goal. If it takes a day, a year, or 20 years, we’re going to win. I haven’t taken a loss because everything I’ve done has been a working process to win. From being a kid on them turntables to becoming where I am is not a loss. It’s a blessing. I look at things differently. That’s the only time I understand. Anybody else with another attitude, I don’t need them around me.

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