News: DJ Khaled Defends Spitting Rhymes, "I'm Not A Rapper, I'm Having Fun" [Video]
Friday, May 21, 2010 10:42AM
DJ Khaled has defended his decision to kick a few rhymes on his new "All I Do Is Win" remix which features him making his debut as an emcee.
While he does not see rapping as a new avenue, Khaled said he would use Rick Ross as a ghost writer.
"I love music, [Ross] is definitely gonna be a ghost writer for me," Khaled told DJ Envy in an interview. "I ain't hiding it...Everybody said 'Khaled you need to spit something one day,' so I said you know what, it's only right that I do it on the 'All I Do Is Win' remix and I waited four albums to do it. I'm not a rapper, I'm having fun. You will hear a few verses once in a blue moon, just doing my thing. Shout-out to Swizz Beatz, my brother had took it to another level. Shout-out Puff Daddy, I'm just doing what I do. I love music." (Power 105.1)
Earlier this year, Khaled spoke on his placement in hip-hop.
"I'm like the LA Reid of hip-hop, the Berry Gordy of hip-hop," Khaled told radio personality Jenny Boom Boom. "I feel like I'm the executive right now that's in the streets and going to take it to the next level, that's the goal, you know what I'm saying? That's the next goal. At Def Jam, we're one big team, and I'm an executive at Def Jam, office in Miami, but I gotta come to New York, do big meetings...LA Reid is a boss -- those [firing reports] are rumors, that's not happening. He hired me, so I'm with LA Reid for life, man. Shout-outs to LA Reid, one of the best execs in the game and also he's a music guy, he's another Berry Gordy." ("Jenny Boom Boom TV")
The hitmaker recently discussed how involved he is with artist development.
"DJ Khaled's involvement is everything in the record," Khaled said in an interview speaking of himself. "DJ Khaled comes up with the concept. DJ Khaled gets with the producer and is either me making it or somebody else making it with me orchestrating the situation. DJ Khaled is bringing the energy from the artist, to me, to the producer, then to the room. I am Berry Gordy of hip-hop." (All Hip Hop)
Recently, Fat Joe opened up about Khaled's success as of late.
"We passed him the baton and let him go," Crack said about Khaled. "What we do is try to help our brothers grow. He took it from there and he's got the 'We The Best' thing and he's doing his thing. I'm proud of him and we want him to do well. It's just, you know, that's how it is man. There are people who do things and there's a lot of people givien out opportunities. Some people take it and go all the way with it and try to create history and some people are passive and don't wanna work as hard and they take the same opportunities and sit on they a** and don't do it. Khaled was the go-getter, he went up there and did what he had to do." (Ozone Magazine)
Check out DJ Khaled's interview below: