DJ Khaled is the “Father of Asahd” and a Big Success
By Anahi Anaya
After months of teasing, DJ Khaled has finally released his highly anticipated eleventh album. On May 17, “Father of Asahd” was revealed to the world and was met with immediate success. The fifteen-track album features a variety of big names from the music industry. The album’s title is based off the name of Khaled’s only son, Asahd, who has played an important role in the artist’s life. Through fresh hits and collaborations, the album lives up to the hype. In fact, some people regard “Father of Asahd” as Khaled’s best work.
The album begins with “Holy Mountain,” a collaboration with 070 Shake, Mavado, Sizzla and Buju Banton. The track makes reference to spirituality, protection, and awakening through a series of upbeat reggae rhythms. The second track, “Wish Wish,” which features Cardi B and 21 Savage, showcases the artists boasting on their successes; the artists tell their haters to continue wishing for their downfall, which of course, is not expected to happen anytime soon. In “Jealous” with Lil Wayne, Big Sean, and Chris Brown, the artists talk about their personal relationships and the public’s disapproval, which is often fueled by jealousy. The album’s fourth song, “Just Us,” features SZA and discusses a couple that is up against the world.
The song “You Stay” features artists J Balvin, Meek Mill, Jeremih, and Lil Baby. With lyrics that are in both English and Spanish, the artists ponder over why a love interest chooses to stay in a toxic relationship. Next, Khaled collabs with Post Malone and Travis Scott in “Celebrate,” which looks at their relationships and how their lifestyles have impacted the people around them. The artists want to celebrate what they have, even if it has come at a cost.
The album takes a turn in the next track, “Higher,” which features John Legend and the late artist Nipsey Hussle. The track is a beautiful piece in which Nipsey opens up about his life; people and events continue to try and bring the artists down, but they continue to rise. The track’s music video was the last one that Nipsey filmed before being fatally wounded in March. As an honor to Nipsey, all proceeds made from the song will be given to his family.
The eighth track, “Won’t Take My Soul,” with Nas and CeeLo Green takes a look at past struggles and the artists’ rise to success; the artists refuse to let the world drag them down and they stay true to themselves. Khaled collaborates again with Meek Mill and Lil Baby in “Weather the Storm,” a piece about rising from life in the streets and overcoming obstacles. “Big Boy Talk,” featuring Rick Ross and Jeezy, flaunts the artists’ riches and popularity. “Freak N You” with Gunna and Lil Wayne samples the 1995 hit “Freek’N You” by Jodeci, and focuses on a predominantly physical and complicated relationship.
The next track is “Top Off” with Beyonce, Jay-Z, and Future. In the track, the artists talk about their luxurious lifestyles and brag about their wealth. The album’s thirteenth track, “No Brainer”, which features Justin Bieber, Quavo, and Chance the Rapper is a follow-up to their previous collaboration in “I’m the One” from DJ Khaled’s 2017 album “Grateful.” Once again, the love interest is at crossroads with choosing a lover, but the artists argue that it is a no brainer on who she should pick.
The second to last track, “Thank You,” features Big Sean as he thanks others for helping him get to where he is today. Khaled helped Sean gain more exposure and connections, which Sean expresses his gratitude for throughout the song. The last track on the album is titled “Holy Ground” and features Buju Banton. The song is another spiritual piece, which reinforces Khaled’s beliefs and his appreciation for the many blessings in his life.
DJ Khaled’s album has numerous messages, collaborations, and sounds. They sample old hits, introduce new sounds, honor deceased artists, flex luxurious lifestyles, and offer thanks. “We the best music” is Khaled’s famous motto, and although his music might not be for everyone, “Father of Asahd” certainly lives up to the famous line.