6 Reasons You Shouldn't Sleep On DJ Khaled's 'Suffering From Success'
October 22, 2013 - 4:47 pm
Reason #1: President Obama is featured on the intro for Suffering From Success.
DJ Khaled isn't the first artist to put a sample of President Obama on a rap song. However, the sample he chose for Suffering From Success is PERFECT. It features the President using Khaled's posse cut, "All I Do Is Win," and then speaking (very) briefly about the song. As far as intros on rap albums go, this was one of the most effective ones we've heard in a long time.
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Reason #2: Every production effort on Suffering From Success has more energy than DJ Khaled on Red Bull.
This one shouldn't really come as a surprise when you consider that Khaled always tends to lean towards energetic productions when he's putting together his albums. But he really went over the top on Suffering From Success with productions from the likes of Young Chop ("Suffering From Success"), Boi-1da ("No New Friends"), J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League ("Blackball") and StreetRunner ("No Motive"). Make no mistake about it: The songs here are meant to be played very, very loudly, preferably in the car or in the club.
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Reason #3: There are a number of lyrical performances on Suffering From Success.
While the energetic productions are great, they're not the only thing that you should be listening out for on Suffering From Success. There are also some standout verses on the project. For instance, Jadakiss kicks one of his most memorable verses in a long time on "Never Surrender," while J. Cole serves up several hot verses on "Hells Kitchen." So there are more than just crazy hooks and head-nodding beats on Suffering From Success. There's some substance, too.
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Reason #4: Posse cuts. There are lots and lots of posse cuts—good posse cuts—on Suffering From Success.
Khaled has become the king of posse cuts. So it's easy to overlook how difficult it can be to get five or six rappers on the same song and have it sound cohesive. But on Suffering From Success, he nails it again and proves that he has the winning formula when it comes to posse cuts. The standouts to us are "You Don't Want These Problems" (featuring Big Sean, Rick Ross, French Montana, 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, Ace Hood and Timbaland) and "Never Surrender" (featuring Scarface, Jadakiss, Meek Mill, Akon, John Legend and Anthony Hamilton). We wouldn't be surprised to hear those two on repeat for the next few months.
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Reason #5: DJ Khaled works with the artists he feels most comfortable with on Suffering From Success.
The problem with most compilation albums like the ones Khaled puts together is that DJs and producers have a tendency to ask for verses from whoever is hot at the moment. But on Suffering From Success, Khaled doesn't do that. Every artist featured on the album has been featured on a Khaled album in the past, which makes the album sound very familiar. There are really no random songs that leave you thinking, "Why is he on the album?" And on this kind of project, that's a good thing because you're not left skipping through songs to find one that sounds like something you want to hear.
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Reason #6: Somehow, someway, DJ Khaled is going to force you to love Suffering From Success.
As we mentioned in the intro, Khaled is not going to let you ignore Suffering From Success. So you can either embrace it now…or embrace it a month from now when he yells your ear off until you give it a listen. Which one is it going to be?
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