Album Review: We the Best Forever by DJ Khaled

Posted: July 17, 2011 by eptarheels23 in Album Review, Music
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Courtesy of killerhiphop.com

Oh DJ Khaled, I’m not sure what to think of you. First of all you produce none of your songs at all and rap on a total of none of them. So what do you do exactly? Well, he gets popular artists to all jump on the same record. I mean just look at the lineup for We the Best Forever, the artists on the album are Drake, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Plies, T-Pain, Young Jeezy, Ludacris, Waka Flocka Flame, Ace Hood, Mary J. Blige, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Chris Brown, Keyshia Cole, Ne-Yo, Busta Rhymes, Game, Cee-Lo, Ester Dean, Birdman, Meek Mill, Big Sean, Wale, Vado, Akon, B.o.B, Tyga, Cory Gunz, Mac Maine, Jae Millz, Kevin Rudolf, Mavado, Twista, Fat Joe and Bun B. That’s ridiculous, it’s basically impossible for anybody else to even consider getting all those names on one album. Well did the all-talented (haha good one) DJ Khaled score a hit with his new album? Check out the review below!

1: I’m On One (feat. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne) 4.5/5
The second single from We the Best Forever is probably the most popular DJ Khaled song to date; it has peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. While it’s not my favorite DJ Khaled song (that’s probably Grammy Family), it’s pretty damn catchy. Drake is by far the best on this song and the only reason it is a good song. His verse and hook are insanely catchy and make the record what it is. Also the beat laid down by Canadian producers T-Minus and 40 is one of the best on the album. Lil Wayne drops an absolutely awful verse as his lyrics suck and he raps off beat. This verse, How to Love and Sorry 4 the Wait have me really worried about Tha Carter IV but that’s a discussion for a different day. This is a certified hit.

2: Welcome to My Hood (feat. T-Pain, Rick Ross, Plies & Lil Wayne) 3/5
Call it I’m So Hood Part 2. It has the exact same features except Lil Wayne is subbed in for Trick Daddy. I wasn’t a fan of I’m So Hood and this is basically the same song. If you want to know what this is like, listen to I’m So Hood, it’s a better version of this. So, it’s going to have to be skipped if it ever comes up on the ol’ shuffle.

3: Money (feat. Young Jeezy & Ludacris) 3.5/5
You know every DJ Khaled is going to have those street anthems and who better to get behind the beat than Lex Luger himself. He’s made for that kind of music. While I think Lex Luger is one of the worst things to happen to hip-hop in a long time, that’s another discussion for later. This song is meant to be a banger and it succeeds in that front, but I’ve never been a fan of songs like these. Let’s be honest though, Young Jeezy was born to rap over Lex Luger beats.

4: I’m Thuggin’ (feat. Waka Flocka Flame & Ace Hood) 1.5/5
I can’t stand this song, point blank period. It is an even worse version of the previous track. If you’re a fan of Lex Luger or Waka Flocka Flame or that sound, then you’ll love this. If you’re not, then you’re going to want to skip this one right away, before the song even starts. It’s that bad.

5: It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over (feat. Fabolous, Mary J. Blige & Jadakiss) 5/5
This is what I’m talking about DJ Khaled! Get two respected rappers on a track and then get the queen of R&B to hold down the hook! This record has a New York sound to it, not surprising considering Fabolous is from Brooklyn and Jadakiss and Mary J. Blige are both from Yonkers. When I first heard this track I wasn’t that big of a fan, but it has really grown on me recently. The hook from Mary J. Blige is the standout of the whole track. This will be on repeat for some time to come.

6: Legendary (feat. Chris Brown, Keyshia Cole & Ne-Yo) 5/5
This is a complete new lane for DJ Khaled, it features three different R&B singers and no rappers. I thought originally that Chris Brown would drops some bars like he’s been doing recently, but nope. This is an R&B record through and through. While it has a pop feel, that’s not going to stick out that much. The producing group of Cool & Dre (frequent collaborators of DJ Khaled), brought their A-game on the beat after being notably left off of DJ Khaled’s last album, Victory. Keyshia Cole and Chris Brown really kill this song, Ne-Yo is kinda just there. After all that, I would definitely recommend you listen to this.

7: Sleep When I’m Gone (feat. Cee-Lo, The Game, Busta Rhymes & Ester Dean) 4.5/5
This is the classic DJ Khaled record. Some serious star power behind this one. Cee-Lo kills the hook and Game and Busta both drops solid verses. I was really hoping Busta would use his rapid fire flow, but sadly he doesn’t. Ester Deans contribution to this song is almost nothing as she just has background vocals during the hook. The beat is solid, but I feel like this tracks deserves a great beat with these artists on the track. All in all, a good listen.

8: Can’t Stop (feat. Birdman & T-Pain) 3/5
This track sucks, there isn’t much else to be said. Frequent collaborators of DJ Khaled, Birdman and T-Pain both suck it up on here. The one psoitive about this song is that it is short, just under three minutes to be exact. One word: pass. On a random note, has anyone else ever realized how Birdman always rubs his hands together in music videos?

9: Future (feat. Ace Hood, Meek Mill, Big Sean, Wale & Vado) 5/5
As you can tell from the title and the guest features, this track is all about the future hip-hop heavyweights of rap. I don’t agree at all with his picks (except for Vado and Big Sean), but I realize that Kendrick Lamar, Big K.R.I.T, J. Cole, Mac Miller, Childish Gambino, ect. are all out of his reach. And now that I think about it, I would hate it if those artists did do a song for DJ Khaled, it would seem like they are selling out. Back to the song, it just has each artist do a long verse and there is no hook. The beat bangs and everyone goes tries to go in.

10: My Life (feat. Akon & B.o.B) 4.5/5
The beat is laid back and smooth (compared to the rest of the songs) on here. Akon does a stellar job on the hook and he feels right at home. B.o.B drops the verses but they seem more like the “popish Adventures of Bobby Ray” rather than the Am I Pyscho? B.o.B. He needs to go back to the reason I liked him all the way back in 2007, rapping with his crazy flow and switching his style up and just being B.o.B. Stop doing all this pop crap. With all that rambling on about B.o.B, this is a solid listen.

11: A Million Lights (feat. Kevin Rudolf, Tyga, Mack Maine, Jae Millz & Cory Gunz) 4/5
This song could have been We Are Young Money and I thought it would suck when I first saw it. It has all the bad people out of Young Money and throws them in with Kevin Rudolf (known for his hit Let It Rock with Lil Wayne). However it doesn’t suck, completely. Kevin Rudolf drops an infectious hook that brings the track to life. If this song was like Future and had no hook, just verses, then it would have been up there with I’m Thuggin’. Okay not that bad, it can’t get much worse than that, but bad nonetheless. If you’re a fan of the whole Young Money crew, then you’ll enjoy this.

12: Welcome to My Hood (Remix) [feat. Ludacris, T-Pain, Busta Rhymes, Twista, Mavado, Birdman, Ace Hood, Fat Joe, Game, Jadakiss, Bun B & Wacka Flocka Flame] 3.5/5
Public Service Announcment: DJ Khaled tries his hand at rapping! Check the 3:18 mark! What I can say is that it’s kinda funny to finally see him try. There are too many people on this song to make it enjoyable at all. The one positive place is when Busta and Twista speed it up back to back, but other than that this song is just a long remix of a poor original. Sidenote: Movado verse, can you say weird?

Well, what I can say is that this album will probably have a song for everyone. From the hit (I’m On One) to the street anthems (Money and I’m Thuggin’) to the hip-hop head (It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over) to R&B fanatics (Legendary) to posse cuts (wait? that’s every single song). This might be DJ Khaled’s most complete effort to date as he shows his versatility behind the… hold up, he doesn’t do anything. All jokes aside, it’s a pretty solid fifth album from DJ Khaled.

Download: DJ Khaled – We the Best Forever

It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over (feat. Fabolous, Mary J. Blige & Jadakiss)

Comments
  1. […] Critics agree that We the Best Forever is pretty much what you would expect from a Khaled album, its large cast of guest features and instant replay value make it a fitting soundtrack to the summer. Going into a Khaled album you know what you’re getting, similar beats, the same features and damn near the same lyrics about nothing but ballin’, bustin guns, and being the illest trap-boy ever. There is nothing to figure out; either you like it or you don’t and for the most part, the album ends up being forgettable once it all blends together because too much is the same. Production as usual is pretty tight except for the song that was designed to bring in Kevin Rudolph’s pop guitar stylings which is way more out of place than the r and b changes of pace. Possibly if Khaled weren’t obsessed with trying to get Ace Hood over and adding the awkward Wale flow a slot could have been found for Pill, who fits better or maybe another handout for Plies or Fat Joe to placate two guys who helped create Khaled who is apprently done with his older terror squad affiliation. (As Is Hip Hop) Well, what I can say is that this album will probably have a song for everyone. From the hit (I’m On One) to the street anthems (Money and I’m Thuggin’) to the hip-hop head (It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over) to R&B fanatics (Legendary) to posse cuts (wait? that’s every single song). This might be DJ Khaled’s most complete effort to date as he shows his versatility behind the… hold up, he doesn’t do anything. All jokes aside, it’s a pretty solid fifth album from DJ Khaled.(The Side Perspective) […]

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