They don’t want you to hear the major cloth talk, learn the trade to securing the bag, and the making of an album like Major Key. They don’t want you know what the journey was like to achieving and coining those moments. They don’t want you to know that DJ Khaled, arguably one of the biggest ringleaders in music, is on his ninth album with Major Key and how he got to formally clear Fugees’ "Fu-Gee-La" for Nas’ comeback record, getting Jay Z to believe in "I Got the Keys" and how the legendary Betty Wright happens to someone he likes to call 'family.' Considering all these things that they don’t want you know, Khaled went straight to The Breakfast Club and dropped the major keys anyway. So without further adieu, allow DJ Khaled to set off your weekend with some special cloth talk only on The Breakfast Club. The new album, Major Key, is available now.
On the evolution of his 10-year run:
"When you check my catalog, resume I’ve always put out No. 1 records, big anthems. I’m the king of anthems and I mean that in a humble way, but confident because we work hard. I wouldn’t say that on the first album (Listennn…), I’m saying that on my ninth album. I’ve been dropping [so many] anthems, I could put out a greatest hits album right now. What happened was Snapchat, like on The Breakfast Club this is y’all outlet where everybody know y’all, my outlet was, besides people knowing me for my anthems, me being in the videos or in the club DJing or whatever, they got to know me personally. I’ve been like this my whole life so, what happened with Snapchat it just broadcasted this to the whole world and it got a [new] connection with my fans. That’s why I went super all out on this album. I always go out on all my albums, but Major Key was inspired by my fans because the love is so amazing. When I go out there it’s so much love, when I go home or in the studio I just take that love and put in the studio."
On "I Got the Keys":
"Every album and every anthem I put out, it’s just a vibe and moment that we rocking in. When I made "I Got the Keys," me and Future was in the studio vibing, we record like four, five records a night. But "I Got the Keys" was basically inspired by life. So when I presented it to Jigga, he loved it and he immediately just came with them bars. To get him in the video, to me that was not only a huge accomplishment, but big for the game. He barely shoots videos for himself."
On flipping Usher’s "Lovers and Friends" for "Do You Mind":
"You know I always have to do something for the ladies. I went and produced that, I flipped [Usher’s] "Lovers and Friends," my brother Nasty co-produced it and Lee co-produced it with me and I went in there with this idea. For five years, I always wanted to flip "Lovers and Friends," but I didn’t want to do it so early. So I waited a certain time to do a flip and the response on that is just super amazing."
Reaching out to Betty Wright for "Holy Key":
"Betty Wright is from Miami. She's the mother of Miami, we’re like all her children. She's always been a part of my career early, when I was in the mud she supported me and always embraced me and we always in the studio together. Like on Ross record with Kanye West and Big Sean ("Sanctified") on one of his albums (Mastermind), Betty Wright jumped on that. On some stuff, she used to do ad-libs. But on this record, I wanted her to do the hook and go to church on it so, when I got in the studio I was like, "Listen Betty we gotta go to church on this one." So we collaborated and I feel like we made a masterpiece."
Getting Jay Z for "I Got the Keys":
"We had some cloth talk and I played him the record with [just] the hook. I was like, "Man I would love to get you on this record." Right when I played it for him, I kind of glanced and looked at him and he was bopping his head and then after the hook came off, he was listening to the hook like "I got the keys, keys, keys." Then when the instrumental part of the beat came out I already seen him start rapping in his head. So I was like, Oh man he likes it. I could tell he was already catching a vibe, and then he was like, "Yo, leave this for me.” The next day he hit me and said, "I got it done, where you at? Come see me in the studio."
On the importance of the 22-day nutrition:
"I use the elliptical to feel good. I want to be clear, I'm happy the way I am. I used to be 300 pounds. I’m 260 pounds now. Two years ago, I was at 240 something when I went into serious mode. But I used that really to deal with everyday life. It makes me smile, feel good, energized and deal with stress better. Of course I want to lose pounds, but I’m more cautious about everything I do in life when it comes to eating and working out now. So when I eat, when I’m at home with my chef, she cooks everything gluten free. When I’m on the road, I be messing up but when I mess up, I feel guilty and I’m conscious and so I go back the next day and eat good. I'm more cautious. Then I did the 22-day nutrition and I lost a lot of weight doing the vegan thing. So I recommend everyone to do the 22-day nutrition because it really makes you lose weight but at the same time, feel good. After you accomplish that mission, you gonna be so cautious and it’s on you if you want to continue."
On taking endorsements:
"Anything that you see me, when I do a commercial or endorse, always know this: I love it. I have to promote something I love. I’m not only a secure the bag alert hustler."
On speaking his vision into existence:
"I think it's always important to talk your vision into existence. Don’t just dream it, do it. Dream it and make it into a goal and do it. I always said when I was kid when I first started DJing, I’ma have a record company, I’ma be one of the biggest DJs, I’ma be able to put albums out, I’ma be an entrepreneur, a mogul, a business. I own a restaurant and starting to get into other things, investing and taking my career and securing the bag to a whole other level. I tell people everyday, when I say secure the bag, I’m being so real, anybody that tells you not to get money, run fast. It costs money to eat, it cost money drink water, it costs money to sleep at your house. It drives me crazy when people say it’s not about the money, listen first of all, we have life it’s about God. But at the end of the day, we still have to survive in this world and it’s cold. Bundle up."