The O.D.: A Mixtape Daily Exclusive
If DJ Khaled's records are movies, then the Miami-based radio jock is a director. And like all good cameramen, he wants to keep his script closely guarded.
His next project is his first for Cash Money Records, and he's looking to kick things off with a lead single that would put "The Matrix Reloaded" opening scene to shame.
"I don't want to tell you the name of the artist yet," he told Mixtape Daily. "I want people to be surprised. But I have my first single."
It might not be that hard to figure out who he could have in store for the record. He's new to Cash Money, and a certain Cash Money artist was recently released from prison. Plus, the two have a penchant for making smash hits together.
"I can tell you for a fact that me and Wayne did work together," Khaled said. "I'm not gonna lie, he's on it. We'll let that one go."
The album We the Best Forever marks Khaled's major-label debut, and he's hoping to make major moves with the set. In the past, he's delivered two big hits on cue with each release. But now, he's planning to stretch his LP out like an outfielder reaching over the fence to steal a home run.
"Bigger team, and they're letting me do what I want," he said.
So far, he's 75 percent done with the project, which will also feature Chris Brown and Keyshia Cole on one record (he called it "Olympic torch music" because it's so inspirational), Cee Lo Green ("Sleep When I'm Gone") and, of course, Weezy.
"When I work with Wayne, I always get the most classic verses, like 'We Taking Over,' " Khaled said. "And this verse with my new one, it's ... I'm not even gonna lie: It's amazing.
"It's one of them anthems that I do," he added. "The streets are gonna embrace it on another level. When you hear it you're gonna be like, 'This is what I'm talking about.' It's that anthem, I got them."
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