Artist: DJ Khaled
Label: E1 Music
Genre: Hip Hop / Southern Rap
Featured Artists: Lil Wayne, Nas, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Bun B, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, Drake, John Legend, Usher, T-Pain, Birdman, Soulja Boy Tell “Em, Nelly, Pitbull, Plies, Buju Banton, Bounty Killer, Ace Hood, Schife, Kevin Cossom, Ace Hood, BallGreezy, Desloc, Piccalo, Iceberg, Bali, Gunplay, Rum & Young Cash
Featured Producers: The Runners, DJ Nasty, The Inkredibles, Schife
Links: Wikipedia | iTunes
Analysis: As unoriginal as the title “Victory” is, that is what you’re getting from a DJ Khaled album. These are all songs that you’ve heard before, mostly from Khaled himself. He pulls in virtually the same contributers, the same beatmakers, and the sets the same semi-obnoxious, over-produced action film-in-the-hood tone for every full-length turn. Exceptions and surprises are few, but they can be found. ‘Holla At Me Baby’, ‘Grammy Family’ and ‘We Takin Over’ are three past examples of pretty good rap songs that Khaled has taken credit for, and the good news is that Victory has at least two more. ‘All I Do Is Win’ has the help of Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross & T-Pain, and ‘Fed Up’ evokes Lil Wayne, Drake, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross & Usher. If you are unfamiliar with his albums, you can easily see the formula just by looking at the lineups to those two songs. But both work as partystarters, and it’s hard to deny their addictive energy. The bad news is that the rest of Victory drowns under overreaching beats, talentless rap hacks like Ace Hood, Lil Boosie & Soulja Boy, and tired street music themes like repping cities, or an unknown named Rum wanting to “Bring Real Rap Back”. For a guy who likes to use big name collaborators so much, I’m dumbfounded that DJ Khaled chose to give Rum a solo track that has absolutely NO business being on a regional mixtape, let alone a national retail release. Even when the occasional respectable feature like Bun B and Nas show up, we’re treated to what seem more like favors than the passionate raps that they’re known for. And it’s useless at this point to harp on how Khaled does nothing but yell over the tracks, because with the fourth record in his namesake, you’re a little slow if you are expecting anything else from him. This is an album for the rap fans who like to bump their music real loud when they drive by movie theaters, and could care less about the actual music itself. A handful of instrumentals are passable, but Khaled can’t claim victory on this one.
Highlights: ‘All I Do is Win’ ft. Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross & T-Pain • ‘Fed Up’ ft. Lil Wayne, Drake, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross & Usher • ‘Killing Me’ ft. Busta Rhymes, Buju Banton & Bounty Killer
Tracklisting / Music Videos:
01. ‘Intro’ ft. Diddy & Busta Rhymes
02. ‘All I Do is Win’ ft. Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross & T-PainVodpod videos no longer available.
03. ‘Put Your Hands Up’ ft. Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Plies & SchifeVodpod videos no longer available.
04. ‘Fed Up’ ft. Lil Wayne, Drake, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross & Usher
05. ‘Victory’ ft. Nas & John Legend
06. ‘Ball’ ft. Jim Jones & Schife
07. ‘Rocking All My Chains On’ ft. Birdman, Bun B & Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em
08. ‘Killing Me’ ft. Busta Rhymes, Buju Banton & Bounty Killer
09. ‘Bringing Real Rap Back’ ft. Rum
10. ‘Bring the Money Out’ ft. Nelly, Lil Boosie & Ace Hood
11. ‘On My Way’ Kevin Cossom, Ace Hood, BallGreezy, Desloc, Piccalo, Iceberg, Bali, Gunplay, Rum & Young Cash
12. ‘Rep My City’ ft. Pitbull & Jarvis