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V Exclusive: DJ Khaled Talks Collabs With Kanye West, Nas, Cee-Lo; 'I'm On One;' & New Album

With his buzz-heavy single “I’m On One” already blazing the charts and a new album (We The Best Forever) due out in July, DJ Khaled is pretty much in a zone. VIBE caught up with the ubiquitous Cash Money artist and Def Jam South President to talk about whether his upcoming release will take him to new commercial levels, his collaboration with Kanye West, criticism that he’s not a real producer, and why he’s currently the best.—Keith Murphy

VIBE: Your single “I’m On One” has become one of the hottest songs in the country. A lot of the success of the track points to its enormous star-power. What does it say for your influence that you were able to get three of the biggest rappers—Drake, Lil Wayne and Rick Ross—on the same record?

DJ Khaled: Well, it’s a team. Rick Ross is my brother. I’m signed to Cash Money and I’m a label mate of Drake. And Lil Wayne has been my brother for years, and he has supported me since the beginning of my career. [“I’m On One”] is a special record obviously because it has all four of us on it. People could not imagine all of that on one record. And that’s the whole point. To pull off what can’t be pulled off. Not only that, it’s a new sound and it’s a smash!

Speaking of Ross, you have been very instrumental in his career growth to becoming a viable superstar who recently established his own label—Maybach Music Group. What comes to mind when you think about how you helped Ross break with his debut solo album 2006’s Port of Miami?

Ross was a special project. First of all, he’s from Miami and we came up together. We came from the bottom to the top. We’re best friends. To be in on the day-to-day operations at Def Jam with Ross and A&R his albums, it’s beautiful because he’s my friend. Today, he’s one of the biggest artists in the game. Every time we win it’s a different enjoyment because we know where he comes from. We make great music together and we strategize together and we put great plans together. Everything has gone perfectly when it comes to DJ Khaled and Rick Ross.

Are you surprised at Ross’ immense success given how much he had to overcome in terms of the past criticisms he went through concerning all the C.O. talk?

I’m not surprised. It’s bosses coming together and doing boss things. It’s more than just making music. It’s about taking a record to the next level. It’s about outworking the competition. Ross and myself are hard workers. The whole Maybach, Def Jam, and We The Best teams come together…it’s a team effort. I would not change anything. 

From being President of Def Jam South to your long-running radio show on Miami’s 99 JAMZ, you seem to be one of the hardest working people in the music industry. Do you feel more comfortable being an artist, a producer, executive or DJ?

I’m an artist that puts out albums. I’m an executive at Def Jam, I do radio, run a management company and run a studio. But it all falls under one umbrella: music. That’s how I became who I am. I’m gong to continue to keep doing it all because that’s how you become the biggest in the game.

There was a lot of speculation on why you decided to sign with Cash Money instead of Def Jam. Was it a hard decision to make?

No. The reason why I didn’t sign to Def Jam is because I wanted to keep my A&R/exec job in that building separate from my artist projects. When I’m on the Cash Money side I got my artist hat on and I can be just that…an artist.

So as an artist on Cash Money, do you feel any added pressure for We The Best Forever to become a commercial success with the likes of Wayne, Drake, and Nicki Minaj putting out platinum plus albums? 

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It looks like Eminem and Machine Gun Kelly's beef is still going strong. During Eminem's latest concert in Australia, the rapper called MGK a "c*cksucker."

It all started when Em's fans began chanting for him to play his 2018 diss record, "Killshot." Instead of performing the track however, the Detroit native said: "I would but I don't want to give that cocksucker any more fucking light."

"Make some noise for your f**kin' selves and make nothing for MGK," he added before continuing with his set.

Em's latest comments come months after his feud with MGK exploded in 2018. The beef ignited after Em addressed Machine Gun on his Kamikaze album, which prompted the Houston artist to return with "Rap Devil." Fans thought the beef had died down, but was later resurged with Eminem's "Killshot."

Check out Eminem's latest diss in the video below.

 

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The Viral Covington Catholic High School Teen Is Suing The Washington Post

Nicholas Sandmann, the 16-year-old Kentucky teen who went viral after footage showed him wearing a MAGA hat starring at a Native American man, has launched a lawsuit against The Washington Post to the tune of $250 million.

According to reports, Sandmann's lawyers filed a complaint Tuesday (Feb. 19) and argued the newspaper neglected to add context to the video, which resulted in damage to the teen's reputation, as well as him allegedly being bullied and harassed.

"[The Post] intended to harm Nicholas because he was a white, Catholic boy wearing a MAGA hat, and consciously ignored the threats of harm that it knew would inevitably ensue, in favor of its political agenda," the complaint outlines.

Nicholas and veteran Nathan Phillips crossed paths in January at the March For Life protest in Washington, D. C. While at the Lincoln Memorial, Philips was singing and playing a drum after the Indigenous Peoples March. Scenes from the video show teens in the background making tomahawk chopping gestures with their hands as Philips moves through the crowd, as Nicholas is seen smiling directly in his face.

Longer videos, however, provide more background. Black Hebrew Israelites were shouting and a confrontation ensued between Native Americans and tourists. BuzzFeed News spoke with Hunter Hooligan another attendee of the Indigenous People's March and described Nicholas' behavior as "mob mentality."

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"What made me feel scared was the mob mentality of the situation," Hooligan said. "That type of tactic of instilling fear and intimidation and overpowering and outnumbering has been a consistent weapon of white supremacy against indigenous people."

The lawsuit claims Nicholas was singled out by the paper's coverage of the incident and was motivated by their own political agenda.

"The Post must be dealt with the same way every bully is dealt with, and that is hold the bully fully accountable for its wrongdoing in a manner which effectively deters the bully from again bullying other children."

Speaking to Buzzfeed News, The Post is planning to "mount a vigorous defense."

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Barack Obama Talks The Damaging Effects Of Toxic Masculinity

Former President Barack Obama and Golden State Warrior Steph Curry spoke about the importance of creating vulnerable spaces for young boys and men, specifically of color, at the annual My Brother's Keeper summit in Oakland.

“The notion that somehow defining yourself as a man is dependent on, are you able to put somebody else down… able to dominate… that is an old view,” Obama said.

The initiative, which was launched in 2014, is aimed at closing the opportunity gap for boys of color by connecting them with mentors in their desired fields.

Obama, who introduced himself as "Michelle's Husband" and referred to Curry as "Ayesha's Husband," was surrounded on stage by several young men who traveled from Yonkers, New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville.

The former president also spoke on how racism plays a factor in why young men feel the need to use aggression to "prove" themselves.

“Racism historically in this society sends a message that you are ‘less than,’ ” Obama said. “We feel we have to compensate by exaggerating stereotypical ways men are supposed to act. And that’s a trap.”

Along with racism, Obama spoke on how some hip-hop songs perpetuate a negative stereotype of black men as well.

“Ironically, that shows the vulnerability you feel,” Obama said. “If you were very confident about your sexuality, you don’t have to have eight women around you twerking… you seem stressed that you gotta be acting that way.”

“I got one woman who I’m very happy with,” he added."

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