Air Jordan Talk with DJ Khaled

DJ Khaled | Shot by Jerritt Clark / Getty Images for Epic Records

DJ Khaled’s a man for the people. I met up with him to talk about his new Air Jordans. Following the press conference of sorts that he held to debut the sneaks, fans who lined the block to see him were allowed inside. We were supposed to have a brief interview in a back room, but he insisted that we do it in the main area with the fans.

DJ Khaled opens up about Jay-Z and Beyoncé, his son Asahd and his recent Jordan Brand collaboration

So at the podium, he picked up his microphone as I sat next to him. “This is one of the big editors,” Khaled told the crowd jokingly, urging them to quiet down. His publicist had just told him that I was with the Los Angeles Times Fashion section. Then he slid me an ice cold water, in a motion that suggested I deserved it more than he. Comedically catering to me aside, we had a fun convo about his Air Jordan IIIs, how his Airness inspired him, and creating furniture. Head over to the LA Times to read it all here

 

 

DJ Khaled: Me Asking Him What the Hell He Does Musically

On Monday producer, hype man, Snapchat legend and all-around good guy DJ Khaled announced that he’s inked a management deal with Jay Z’s Roc Nation. It’s a huge feat, considering that Jay—a clear-cut mogul—is known at this point to only align himself with the best. Coincidentally, Khaled music label is called We the Best. Here’s his announcement vid’ below.

What, Exactly, Does DJ Khaled Do?

Khaled’s recent ascent and Monday’s announcement brought a story and interview I did with him for Complex a few years ago to mind. I had the nerve to ask him what the hell he actually does. You see, Khaled isn’t a conventional producer in the sense that he knows how to play instruments, actually produce complex beats, or compose. So when he’d get marquee credit on songs that truly star his buddies (rappers/singers) and had actual producers credited as the creators of whatever the hit is, most of us listeners would wonder aloud: “What did Khaled do?” Aside from yell, of course.

So I got him on the phone. He called me from his tour bus (Khaled hates flying) and I proceeded to humbly ask him what role he plays as a “producer,” hoping that his answers would be enough to make me lift the quotation marks from around the word in regards to Khaled being one. And they were. He had good vibes and was actually a great interview. I’m happy for his latest wins.

Read that story here. And if you don’t, “Congratulations, you played yourself.