With his penchant for promoting projects, [artist id="1800901"]DJ Khaled[/artist] might be the biggest cheerleader on the Cash Money roster. But the budding Miami mogul also knows a song can sell itself, and that was the case with his latest, “Welcome to My Hood,” which features Rick Ross, Plies, T-Pain and Lil Wayne.
Khaled first hyped the We the Best Forever track when he spoke to Mixtape Daily last month, telling us he had a strong feeling Weezy would deliver on this one. MTV News caught up with the DJ recently and he detailed how the studio session came about.
“I’m hanging out in the parking lot chilling and [Wayne] comes outside of his room and he goes, ‘Khaled, I heard you got something for me,’ ” Khaled recalled. “I go, ‘Of course I got something for you, I’m always ready to go.’ So 10 minutes later, I get a call, ‘Khaled come into the studio, Wayne is in the studio.’ So Wayne is like, ‘Mack Maine told me you have something crazy for me.’ I told him, ‘Yeah, this record is gonna be big. I would love for you to do what you do and I gotta have that Weezy.’ I played it for him and I just seen him bopping his head.”
Once Khaled saw Wayne’s diamond-encrusted smile, he knew the rapper was onboard; Wayne told him he’d be back in an hour.
“Last time he told me that was when we did ‘We Takin’ Over,’ ” Khaled said, recalling the 2007 hit that features one of Lil Wayne’s most memorable verses: “I am the beast,” the Young Money captain spits. “Feed me rappers or feed me beats.”
“I came back and I heard the most legendary verse,” Khaled said of Wayne’s contributions to “Welcome to My Hood.”
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