The Best DJ Khaled Songs Ranked
DJ Khaled is all the proof you need to understand that positive karma and hard-work pays off. His genuine energy is contagious and has in-turn opened doors for him that transcends the shores of rap.
Before Khaled became hip hop’s version of Calvin Harris, he was largely responsible for some of raps biggest summer anthems — and still is (Don’t get me wrong, his songs are dope but he just don’t make them like he used to).
With a new leash at life and Asahd behind him, his winning streak won’t be going away anytime soon.
Here are 25 of his best ever songs.
25. “Jermaine’s Interlude” Feat. J. Cole
Mr. Platinum with no features once again went solo on “Jermaine’s Interlude.” The popular belief is Cole makes bedtime music due to his usually laid back nature, but on this, there was an added aggression to his voice as he raps about record labels wanting you to sell your soul.
“Tables do turn and labels do burn
The second they ask you to sell your soul
Don’t you do it, don’t you fold
Say “Fuck that shit” and be bold
Cause all them stories you told
On records worth more than gold”
“Jermaine’s Interlude” was clearly no made for radio which makes the Forest Hill’s rapper the right fit.
24. “I Wish You Would” Feat. Kanye West & Rick Ross
“I Wish You Would” is the second single off Khaled’s ‘Kiss The Ring’ and it features both Kanye West and Rick Ross. The two rappers rise above the haters on the Hit-Boy produced banger.
Kanye raps about being “hot for real” and not wanting to catch a case while Rick Ross brags about his money.
Not entirely a summer smash but certainly one for the streets.
23. “B-Boyz” Feat. Birdman, Ace Hood, Kendrick Lamar & Mack Maine
Originally released by Birdman for his “Billionaire Minds” mixtape with Mack Maine but was later revamped with a different intro and outro for Khaled’s ‘kiss The Ring’ deluxe edition. The song appears on a Khaled album so we acknowledge it as a Khaled track.
Kendrick Lamar on a song with part-time rappers was always going to bring out one winner. No disrespect to Ace Hood.
22. “For Free” Feat. Drake
Since bursting into the scene, the 6 god has been a main stay on every DJ Khaled album. Either supplying some of his trademark catchy hooks or in this case, delivering a raunchy solo verse about charging girls for sex.
“For Free” samples Too $hort’s “Blow The Whistle” as well as Akinyele’s “Fuck Me For Free.”
21. “They Ready” Feat. J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T. & Kendrick Lamar
Producer: J. Cole, Canei Finch
Three emerging Hip-Hop titans at the time. Big K.R.I.T. since then has struggled to keep up with the pace of Cole and Kendrick Lamar who hadn’t dropped “Good kid Mad City” then.
The song’s ‘OMG’ moment was when K.R.I.T ended his verse with — “This that new KRIT shit, that Cole shit, them country niggas” — and Kendrick started his with “Hol’ up, but don’t forget about Compton nigga.”
What will the response be like if this track dropped today?
20. “Out Here Grindin” Feat. Akon, Rick Ross, Plies, Lil Boosie, Ace Hood & Trick Daddy
Producer: Akon and The Runners
Release Date: 2007
DJ Khaled pretty much owes most of his early success to Akon and T-Pain. Them two in their prime could turn an average track into one of the most fire songs you’d ever hear. “Out Here Grindin” is DJ Khaled’s gift to the hustlers.
19. “I Did It For My Dawgz” Feat. Rick Ross, Meek Mill, French Montana & Jadakiss
Producer: The Beat Bullies
Release Date: 2012
“I Did It For My Dawgz” once again finds DJ Khaled catering to the streets. The collaboration produced two decent street verses from Rick Ross and Meek Mill but Jadakiss was clearly the star of this show, “Yo, watch who you drinking with/Watch who you smoking with/1.7 in my safe/when I open it /If I put 7 in ya face, will I open it/And I know tomorrow ain’t promised but I hope it is”
Proof that DJ Khaled’s initial allegiance was with the streets rather than the pop world.
18. “Take It To The Head” Feat. Chris Brown, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Lil Wayne
“Take It To The Head” was the end of Khaled’s traditional hood anthems and the beginning of this new combination of artists we see today on his LP’s. The single was somewhat disappointing and even Chris Brown’s ear-filling hook couldn’t save it.
This was Nicki Minaj’s first ever appearance on a DJ Khaled track.
17. “Holy Key” Feat. Big Sean, Kendtrick Lamar & Betty Wright
Producer: DJ Khaled, Edsclusive, Cool & Dre
“Holy key” was a perfect opportunity for Big Sean to get his “Control” moment and he took it. “I hear a little bit of me in all your favorite rappers/You know it’s true, bitch I need respect due.”
Despite that line, the song is mainly a positive one that touches on police brutality in America. Betty Wright’s contribution to the record was a thunderous chorus.
16. “No New Friends” Feat. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne
Album: Suffering From Success
Producer: Boi-1da, Noah “40” Shebib, Vinylz, Alen Ritter
The now funny thing about this song and the video that followed it is, most of the guys seen in the clip can’t stand each other and have moved on to new friends. The fucking irony. Khaled tried to re-create his I’m On One magic using the same formula but he just falls a little short. The song peaked at No. 37 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Major disappointment about the YMCMB, We The Best break up is, no more Birdman hand rubs in Khaled videos. Bummer!
15. “Welcome To My Hood” Feat. Rick Ross, Plies, Lil Wayne & T-Pain
Album: We The Best Forever
Producer:| The Renegades, DJ Khaled, DJ Nasty
We need a T-Pain revival by Khaled forreal. Their chemistry was just beautiful to watch.
(Editor’s side piece) Did DJ Khaled’s hood anthems get curved for more party and audience friendly records or does he just miss someone who can deliver them with T-Pain’s level of intensity?
It’s no secret Khaled has struggled to fill the void the Nappy Boy rapper left. He even tried to replace him with Future, and most recently Travis Scott but they all sound dud. You think Desiigner could do a decent job? Maybe not.
“Welcome To My Hood” is pretty much rappers celebrating black culture and hood trends.
14. “Go Hard (Remix)” Feat. Kanye West & Jay-Z
Jay Z loved the “Go Hard” beat so much that he had to jump on the unofficial remix. The solo kanye west version was great.. in fact, i think he killed it, but we can never say no to a new Hov verse.
T-Pain once again proved why he’s regarded as the best hook master since Nate Dogg. RIP
13. “Fed Up” Feat. Jeezy, Rick Ross, Drake & Usher – Fed Up
Producer: DJ Khaled & The Runners
Release Date: 2010
Khaled sure knows how to pick em. His selection of artist are not always straight forward but he certainly knows the winning combination to use when he’s looking to create a hit record, and knows when to experiment. “Fed Up” is a product of a Khaled experiment that turned out to be good.
Usher was saddled with the responsibility of hook duty and he wasn’t half bad.
12. “I Got The Keys” Feat. Jay-Z & Future
Producer: Southside, Jake One, G Koop
Release Date: 2016
I believe songs like “I Got The Keys” is exactly why DJ Khaled “do this.” Who else would’ve been able to get Jay Z to do a track with Future, one of the advocates of modern day autotune — a sound the “Blueprint” rapper thought he killed back in 2009 when he made DOA. Never underestimate Khaled.
Hov was the beneficiary of one of DJ Khaled’s customary solo cuts, which gave him ample room to deliver special cloth talk.
11. “Victory” Feat. Nas & John Legend
Producer: The Inkredibles, DJ Khaled
The way this song begins still gives me goosebumps. Nas shares some words of wisdom for the go-getters, “For my hustlers, here’s some motivation/He who has begun is half done, why you waiting?” — with John Legend supplying the resonating sounds of victory.
1o. “Nas Album Done” Feat. Nas
Producer: DJ Khaled, 808-Ray, Cool & Dre
It’s been over a year now and still no Nas album. Did we get trolled? I know you don’t rush greatness but one of the main reasons rap fans became hyped for this record was the thought of a new Nas project. The euphoria the title generated made the single a success way before it dropped.
On the song Esco brags with vintage flows about his signature fade, starting trends, and the struggles facing minorities in America. Big up to Africa.
9. “Grammy Family” Feat. Kanye West, Consequence & John Legend
Producer: Kanye West, Jon Brion
Kanye West used to be so fun on records, what happened? (i still miss the old Kanye). If this was made today it would sound more political than anything. Over a sample of Lou Rawls’ “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” Ye and Cons celebrate G.O.O.D. Music with an unofficial Grammy nod.
This was before Kanye realized the Grammy’s ain’t shit.
8. “Never Surender” Feat. Scarface, Jadakiss, Meek Mill, Akon, John Legend & Anthony Hamilton
Album: Suffering From Success
Release Date; 2013
My only downer with “Never Surrounder” is the inclusion of Akon, Anthony Hamilton and John Legend. Just one out of the three would’ve been enough but that’s just my take. I spoke of khaled’s experimental combinations above, this was yet another one of those that turned out amazing. Not a bad verse on site, but Jadakiss takes the cake.
7. “Hold You Down” Feat. Chris Brown, August Alsina, Future & Jeremih
Producer: Lee On The Beat, BKorn, LDB, DJ Khaled
Release Date: 2015
Whenever “They” ask you what Khaled does, play them this record. Tell me which other DJ would’ve been able to bring together some of RnB’s biggest talents for a single? “Hold You Down” was a huge success but not entirely because of the combination of names featured. On a song that included the likes of Chris Brown & Future, Khaled somehow was able to steal the show. The Miami native took the song from a possible 7 to a 10 and he did it by using words.
“You smart. You loyal. You’re grateful. I appreciate that. Go buy your mom a house. Go buy your whole family houses. Put this money in your savings account. Go spend money for no reason.”
I almost shed a tear when i heard him say those words for the first time.
6. “HipHop” Feat. Scarface & Nas
Producer: J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League
I remember quoting some of the lyrics to the song on my social media feed and the girl i was kicking it with at the time thought i was lowkey dissing, but nah.
“Always on my mind so I can’t sleep
She used to tell me she was all mine
Now the only way I see the broad is online
I’m doing drugs trying to feel you
I’m killing me trying to kill you
I built my whole life around ya
I thought I found it all when I found her.
When i look back at it now, i see what she was getting at.
I still don’t think the essence of this rack is appreciated enough. Scarface, Nas and DJ Premier are hip hop royalty and all three combining for a track was nostalgic. The radio songs with T-Pain and Justin Bieber are good but I don’t think Khaled would ever top this.
5. “I’m On One” Feat. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne
Album: We The Best Forever
Producer: T-Minus, Noah “40” Shebib, Nikhil “Kromatik” Seetharam
Drake is suprisingly good when giving hook duties which makes you wonder why more people haven’t tried him for their songs. The Toronto rapper seamlessly transitions between singing and rapping using a smooth flow that matches the slow vibe of the song. You could take away Rick Ross and Lil Wayne’s verses and “I’m On One” would still be a smash.
Arguabely the hottest song of 2011.
4. “I’m So Hood” Feat. T-Pain, Trick Daddy, Rick Ross, Plies
Release Date: 2007
The Runners contribution to DJ Khaled’s early success is so underrated. The duo consisting of Andrew “Dru Brett” Harr & Jermaine “Mayne Zayne” Jackson crafted majority of his bangers including one of the most DJ Khaled-esque songs ever released.
“I’m So Hood” is that disrespectful song that plays well in the whip with the windows down and the speakers blasting at high octane levels — enough to piss off the white supremacist. It did back then and i bet it still would today.
Florida is one of the whitest states in America so it was only right to make a track of this magnitude with rappers from there. Khaled certainly knows what he’s doing.
If the ghetto was to have a soundtrack “I’m So Hood” would be it.
3. “Brown Paper Bag” Feat. Dre, Young Jeezy, Juelz Santana, Fat Joe, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne
Serving as an ode to hustle (illegal) “that RIS can’t tax” money — “Brown Paper Bag” is one of the nicest and depending on who you speak with, greatest rap cut to ever come out of the DJ’s lab. The song samples Yvonne Ellimans disco classic “If I Can’t Have You.”
What’s not to love about this track? the minimalist chorus by Dre, the piano keys or the grit in Jeezy’s opener? This is what I meant when I said Khaled don’t make em like he used to. They all soared but oh my goodness .. Fat Joe’s verse was just naughty.
2. “All I Do Is Win” Feat. T-Pain, Rick Ross, Ludacris & Snoop Dogg
Producer: DJ Nasty, LVM, DJ Khaled
“All I Do Is Win” is exactly what you want playing in the background as you walk to the podium to collect your award for excellence. The song quickly became a fan favorite and was widely used by athletes as a pre-warm up track to get them ready and hyped for a game. With T-Pain supplying the triumphant vocals, DJ Khaled once again owned the summer with sounds of success. Ludacris, Rick Ross and Snoop Dogg also helped in turning the song into one of the DJ’s biggest ever songs.
1. “We Takin Over” Feat. Akon, T.I, Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Birdman & Lil Wayne
Release Date: 2007
This is still undoubtedly the best DJ Khaled song ever made. Not generally in terms of quality but purpose. khaled laid out his vision on the track and we didn’t know. To us it was just another song but to him it was the blueprint to world domination. The infectious hook by Akon said “We Takin Over” and khaled indeed has taken over.
The write-up was done before “Grateful” which is why no song from the project is included.