DJ Khaled is an American record producer, radio personality, DJ, record label executive, and author.
Let’s find out some fun facts about him!
1. Khaled Mohamed Khaled was born November 26, 1975 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
2. His parents are Palestinians who had immigrated to the United States.
3. He has described himself as a devout Muslim.
4. His parents were musicians and played Arabic music.
5. Khaled started developing an interest in rap and soul music at a young age and his parents supported his interest.
6. He took up work in a local recording store which helped to lay foundations for his music career.
7. During his early career, Khaled built alliances with many young artists and helped champion them before they were major stars including Birdman, Lil Wayne, and Mavado.
8. One of his first jobs was at the New Orleans record store Odyssey where he met both Birdman and Lil Wayne in 1993.
9. After leaving Odyssey, he began DJing in reggae soundclashes, mixing dancehall and hip-hop. His first radio gig was on a pirate station.
10. Soon after that, he started co-hosting with 2 Live Crew’s Luther Campbell on Campbell’s WEDR radio show The Luke Show in 1998. In 2003, he started hosting a weeknight radio show on WEDR.
11. During his career, Khaled has used many monikers including Arab Attack (discontinued soon after September 11 attacks), Big Dog Pitbull, Terror Squadian (used during his time with the hip-hop group Terror Squad), Beat Novacane (a moniker under which he produces beats), The Don Dada, Mr. Miami etc.
12. Khaled has stated that he used the moniker Arab Attack for music as in saying “attack with music”, but it was soon discontinued by him after September 11 attacks since he felt that using it would seem disrespectful and offending towards those who suffered due to the attacks.
13. He was a radio host for the Miami-based urban music radio station WEDR and the DJ for the hip hop group Terror Squad.
14. From 2004 to 2006, Khaled assisted in the production of the hip-hop albums Real Talk by Fabolous, True Story by Terror Squad, All or Nothing and Me, Myself, & I by Fat Joe.
15. In 2006, Khaled released his debut studio album Listennn… the Album.
16. He went on to release We the Best (2007), We Global (2008), Victory (2010), We the Best Forever (2011), Kiss the Ring (2012) and Suffering from Success (2013).
17. In 2009, Khaled became the president of record label Def Jam South and he is also the CEO and founder of We the Best Music Group.
18. Khaled released his eighth studio album, I Changed a Lot, on October 23, 2015.
19. In July 2016 he released his ninth studio album Major Key, and on June 23 his tenth studio album, Grateful, will be released.
20. Khaled is engaged to Nicole Tuck, who gave birth to their son, Asahd, on October 23, 2016.
21. In October 2016, he became the face of “Ciroc Mango” and starred in CÎROC’s new episode of “Let’s Get It” called “Let’s Get It: Khaled’s Odyssey”.
22. In 2016, he penned a book called The Keys, which included his opinions on success, real life stories, and mogul talk.
23. In late 2015–16, a number of Snapchat videos of Khaled’s detailing his “key to success” received significant attention on the internet due to his larger-than-life persona, mainly popularized by the YouTube channel h3h3Productions.